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Fatal Lumpkin wreck involving trooper probed

A state accident reconstruction unit is investigating a wreck ,involving a Georgia State Patrol trooper, that killed a motorcyclist in Lumpkin County last month.

November 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


City, county schools surpass state English language learner targets

Recently released test scores show both Hall County and Gainesville schools' English language learners exceeded state targets for English proficiency progress in the 2007-2008 school year.

November 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


More than paper, plastic at Hall’s recycling event

It's time to start sorting through all the junk you don't use anymore. Saturday is America Recycles Day, and Hall County residents will have the opportunity to get rid of a wide variety of items.

"This is the biggest event we've had, the most ambitious," said Rick Foote, natural resources coordinator for Hall County.

November 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Level of lake visitors drops with water

BUFORD - The chief operating officer of Lake Lanier Islands told attendees at a chamber of commerce meeting Wednesday that overall visitation to Lake Lanier had declined by 1 million visitors this year, due to a combination of low lake levels and the economy.

November 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


State DOT may give local officials more input on projects

The state Department of Transportation board is starting to consider giving local governments more say-so in the road projects they deem worthy as part of a state effort to reprioritize construction efforts.

"This has not been written in stone yet," said 9th District member Steve Farrow, "but there was enough hesitation on enough of the members ... that my sense of it is that there may be a reluctance to completely use prioritization as the sole means of funding projects."

November 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annexation benefits called into question by Jackson County residents

As city of Jefferson officials consider moving forward with annexing more than 30 county properties into the city, some affected residents are questioning how they will benefit from the transition.

November 16, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Collins: Something to be said for having a little solitude

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there earlier this month. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil.

November 15, 2008 | State Rep. Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil. | Local


West Hall Middle Patriots live up to mascot on Veterans Day

West Hall Middle School Principal Sarah Justus recalled memories of her former student, Pfc. Johnathon Millican, who was killed in action last year in Iraq at age 20, during a Veterans Day ceremony.

November 15, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Residents wanting piece of tax pie meet to discuss SPLOST

The Concerned Citizens of Gainesville and Hall County spoke up about the issues in their community with members of Hall County government at the group's monthly meeting Tuesday.

November 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Officials: Car fire may be arson

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said his office will be investigating a fire in South Hall County they believe may have been started intentionally.

November 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Old gas station tanks halt DOT work in Cleveland

The Georgia Department of Transportation got an unexpected delay and - for a time - a mystery on its hands when working to place ornamental traffic poles in the Cleveland downtown square.

November 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Operation Patriot’s Call seeking donations

The Northeast Georgia chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America is initiating a support group called Operation Patriot's Call for the families of the U.S. Army troops in Charlie Company who will be deployed to Afghanistan in the spring.

November 15, 2008 | | Local


More area families try home schooling

Although the Stewart family tried to send their oldest son to public school, they decided to pull the plug on the venture when Cason reached third grade.

November 15, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


New president for North Georgia Tech

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson has appointed Steve Dougherty as the new president of North Georgia Technical College.

November 15, 2008 | | Local


36 arrests a prelude to convict's 18-year sentence

A Hall County man who has been arrested 36 times in the past two decades got a lengthy prison term Tuesday for an armed home invasion.

November 15, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Justus approved as West Hall High principal

Eight years ago, while coaching a summer baseball game, Scott Justus got the call to see if he was interested in pursuing an assistant principal's job at West Hall High School.

April 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Renovated downtown building open for business

An old red brick building in downtown Lula is once again open for business after decades of neglect.

April 14, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council may ease pawnshop rules

A second reading and final vote on easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located will be heard when Gainesville City Council meets tonight.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Basin group moves forward on water plan

A private group with a vested interest in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin has asked its consultants to begin drafting a water management plan for the basin.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gateway to Hope plans night of fun for good cause

The annual Gateway to Hope fundraiser set for Friday aims tobenefit victims of domestic violence.

April 14, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Plane ran out of gas before landing on U.S. 441

A single-engine Cessna plane that had to make an emergency landing on U.S. 441 in Commerce on Sunday morning appears to have run out of gas.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall school board moves forward on bonus pay plan

A draft plan featuring educator bonuses as part of the federal Race to the Top program was approved Monday night by the Hall County Board of Education.

April 14, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville City Schools lowers graduation requirement

Gainesville High School students now need only 23 credits to graduate, down from 24 last year and 28 just a few years ago.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Woman charged in hit-and-run at school bus stop

A Dahlonega woman has been charged in a hit-and-run at a school bus stop that resulted in minor injuries to two Hall County schoolchildren.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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


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