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Sixth-grader wins Hall County’s spelling bee

C.W. Davis Middle School sixth-grader Parker Ramey took home the Hall County Spelling Bee trophy Tuesday after correctly spelling the word "renegade."

February 10, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Local woman banned from mortgage business

A Gainesville woman has entered into a consent agreement with the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance that bans her from the mortgage business for three years.

February 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Standing alone: Hamrick says golf course deal gives perks to country club members

Gainesville City Councilman Robert "Bob" Hamrick said he thinks a recently approved fee agreement between the city's municipal golf course and the Chattahoochee Country Club is unfair to the average person.

February 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Rotary Club honors Ware, Black, Langman

Pam Ware, the veteran drama instructor at Gainesville High School, was honored Monday night as the Rotary Club of Gainesville's Woman of the Year at a banquet at the Chattahoochee Country Club.

February 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County schools may have to slash more than $10 million from budget

The Hall County school board unanimously approved a plan that will shift three South Hall schools to different buildings in August to save $1.5 million in startup costs associated with opening the new Spout Springs school.

February 10, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood council delays acting on sign rules

OAKWOOD - Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to put off changes to the city's sign law, particularly affecting the display of banners.

February 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Volunteers honor veterans with snacks and stories

OAKWOOD - Veterans groups served up coffee and cookies Monday morning for men and women waiting for medical services at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic as part of National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week.

February 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dentists will hold free clinic Friday

Even in the best of times, many people can't afford to go to the dentist.

February 10, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Schools get casual to help blind students

An Alpharetta mom initiated a statewide fundraiser for the Georgia Academy for the Blind that has Gainesville school employees sporting jeans to work this week.

February 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jefferson taking up ‘islands’ annexing again

JEFFERSON - The city of Jefferson is once again taking up the issue of eliminating county "islands" within city limits.

February 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall County commission hears concerns over roadside solicitors

Some Hall County officials worry that organizations asking for donations on roadsides could not only be a nuisance but a traffic hazard.

February 09, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Teen burned in house fire in Jackson County

A 16-year-old boy is in critical condition in a burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital following a fire Sunday in Jefferson.

February 09, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Longtime attorney Gignilliat dies at 90

William R. "Bill" Gignilliat, a retired Gainesville attorney, died Saturday following an extended illness. He was 90.

February 09, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


‘Suspicious’ fire burns vacant home on Athens Highway

A Monday evening fire destroyed a vacant Athens Highway house.

February 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


School board OKs shuffling of South Hall schools

The Hall County school board unanimously approved a plan that will transfer three South Hall schools to different school buildings in August to save $1.5 million in start-up costs associated with opening the new Spout Springs high school.

The school board approved the school shuffle proposal Monday, saying the move will save about 24 system teachers' jobs and $1.5 million on staffing the new Spout Springs school's media center, cafeteria and front office, among other expenses.

February 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

The iconic fountain on Brenau University's front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau's longtime figures.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Campaigns may rake up even more money under new rules

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows individuals to donate to any number of federal candidates they want and promises to pour millions more dollars into an election system already swamped in money.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Animal shelter works to raise funds, awareness

Wagging tails, barking, laughter and smiles were found on the Gainesville square Saturday as the Hall County Animal Shelter held the first Mutts On Main fundraising event.

April 12, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Coinciding cleaning events beautify county

Under a clear weekend sky, volunteers on land and water did some spring cleaning to make Hall County a bit more pristine.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Deal to sign criminal justice bill at Gainesville event

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign the third phase of his criminal justice reforms today at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Fifth fire in 3 days destroys North Hall home

Fire destroyed a house Saturday afternoon, causing $150,000 in damage, not including the contents.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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