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Children's author shares his love of language with kids

An impish creature with a pickle nose, elf ears and a bicycle horn perched on top of its head stared back at its delighted young audience members Tuesday morning. Sweeping his colorful markers in simple strokes across an easel, children's author Mike Thaler brought to life the imaginations of a group of Fair Street Elementary School students.

"Your ideas come from your imagination. Each one of you has an imagination as good as mine, but you've gotta use it," Thaler told the youngsters.

May 31, 2008 | | Local


City council defeats fueling station for now

When a RaceTrac gas station on the Seasons on Lanier property seemed like nearly a done deal, Gainesville City Councilman George Wangemann came up with a strategy to defeat the controversial rezoning on its second reading.

A tie vote at Tuesday's City Council meeting means plans for the fuel station are out of gas - for at least six months.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall Development Authority OKs industrial park agreement

A plot of land that was once doomed to be a spray field will blossom into an industrial park within a few years if construction goes as smoothly as it has for others in the area.

May 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


7-year-old killed in Braselton ATV accident

A Braselton boy was killed Monday evening in an accident on Davenport Road.

May 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Vote on Gainesville charter school application delayed until June

A decision on whether Gainesville City Schools will be one of the first in Georgia to be granted charter system status was deferred Tuesday until the state board of education's June meeting.

May 31, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Amid questions, Army Corps gives answers

DAWSONVILLE - Why can't the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers do more to boost the water level in Lake Lanier?

May 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school system proposes 15 percent property tax rate increase

To begin the climb out of a deep financial hole, Gainesville school officials are recommending raising the property tax rate by 15 percent in fiscal year 2008-09, which begins July 1.

May 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Meeting set to pick new DOT board member

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, have set May 29 as the date for the caucus to elect a 9th District representative to the State Board of Transportation.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Inmate found dead in cell at Hall jail

A man who had been charged with neglecting his 79-year-old mother was found dead in his cell at the Hall County Jail, authorities said Monday.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County and Gainesville map 170-acre industrial park

The Hall County Board of Commissioners discussed plans Monday for an industrial park on Calvary Church Road that advocates say will bring improvements to the area.

The industrial park would be a joint venture between Gainesville and Hall County and would be developed by Gwinnett Industries Inc. on a 170-acre site adjacent to the new county jail and Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

May 30, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Courses prepare for worst scenario

The firefighters of Georgia were hard at work Sunday, training for dire circumstances when they may have to save themselves and others.

May 30, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Perdues speak as a ‘team’

In a speech at a benefit for a camp focused on at-risk youth, Gov. Sonny Perdue opted to defer to one of the state's major advocates for children - his wife.

The governor and first lady, Mary Perdue, jointly addressed a Sunday morning breakfast at First Baptist Church for Camp Hope, a summer camp sponsored by the Chattahoochee Baptist Association.

May 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Butterflies flutter to freedom at annual release

About 2,000 people swarmed Wilshire Trails Park on Sunday to release 1,000 fluttering butterflies into the Gainesville sky.

The 12th Annual Butterfly Release was sponsored by Friends of the Parks, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department.

May 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Industry owner moves on after losing bid for Gainesville contract

Bruce Mistarz started making industrial electrical connectors in his kitchen oven in Illinois 20 years ago. Since then, he has consistently found himself in a building that becomes too small for his growing operation.

Mistarz, owner of Mencom Corp., brought part of his Illinois-based industry to Gainesville 12 years ago, and has since outgrown three buildings.

May 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


East Hall Community Center holds open house

Karen Owens, facility manager for the East Hall Community Center, hoped to give the community a glimpse of the center's offerings with an open house Monday.

The center opened last year, and Owens said the purpose of the event was "to get people familiarized with the new facility."

May 30, 2008 | | Local


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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


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


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