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GSC hosts discussion on global warming

A Gainesville State College assistant professor will present "Understand Global Warming" at noon April 23 in the college's Continuing Education/Performing Arts Center auditorium. The public is welcome to attend.

April 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Ga. 400 gets cable barrier in median

The Georgia Department of Transportation last week installed a median on portions of Ga. 400.

April 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gov. Perdue to decide whether to expand gun rights

When Gainesville sporting goods store manager John Lipscomb wears his Glock 23 handgun legally concealed in the waistband of his pants, he has to leave it behind when he goes into a restaurant to eat. The same goes for riding on a bus or visiting a state park.

April 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall County tax assessor agrees to leave of absence

Hall County Board of Tax Assessors Chairman Emory Martin Jr. agreed Wednesday to take a leave of absence from his position, with pay and benefits, until the district attorney comes back with the results of his investigation into allegations of financial improprieties within the office.

April 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Date set for Special Olympics

Special Olympics Georgia has been able to reschedule the Area 2 spring games after concerns that the games weren't going to happen.

April 20, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Gainesville departments ask for taxpayer help with budgets

In Wednesday's budget meetings, the Gainesville City Council heard from departments that don't totally rely on city funding.

April 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Two men charged with pandering

Two men were arrested Tuesday at an undisclosed location in Gainesville after they negotiated with a prostitute to pay for sex, officials said Wednesday.

April 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Beagle mix uses nose to pinpoint termites for pest control business

There may never be a machine that can rival a dog's nose for identifying odors. That's why dogs are widely used by law enforcement for finding bombs, drugs, arson evidence and missing persons.

April 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Mohawk’s closing follows the trend as manufacturing jobs decline in Georgia

This week's announcement that Mohawk Industries was laying off 366 workers in Dahlonega follows a trend of a decline in manufacturing jobs that has been occurring in Georgia for the past decade.

April 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Canada will hold Olympic trials on Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier's canoe and kayaking venue has been chosen for the Canadian Olympic Trials next month.

April 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Man in critical condition after one-car wreck

One person was airlifted in critical condition from a one-car wreck involving a SUV on Harmony Church Road this afternoon.

April 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Sewer starts design phase

Plans for a sewage system on Spouts Springs Road have made it to the drawing board.

The Gainesville City Council and the Hall County Commission have given permission to Rochester and Associates to design sewage lines and a sewage pump station that would serve a future school complex and future developments on the South Hall road.

April 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County Planning Commission approves items

  • Whit and Pat Powell requested the county review a 37-acre tract at 6178 Yellow Creek Road for the use of an equestrian boarding facility.
  • George L. Savage requested to amend a condition of the existing residential zoning of a 44-acre tract at 2673 Lee Land Road.
  • HMR Partnership requested to rezone a 35-acre tract at 5490 and 5476 Old Winder Highway from agriculture residential to highway business for the use of an office/warehouse and auto maintenance and retail sales.
  • Hall County Board of Commissioners will review the planning commission's recommendations for final action at 5 p.m. April ...

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Commission asked to adopt conduct code

A constituent urged the Hall County Board of Commissioners to address practices of the Hall County clerk of court and a Hall County tax assessor Monday during the board's work session.

Doug Aiken, president of the Hall County Taxpayers Association, addressed the Board of Commissioners regarding the Hall County Clerk of Court Dwight Wood's legal pocketing of passport fees and recent allegations of financial improprieties levied against Hall County Board of Tax Assessor Chairman Emory Martin Jr.

April 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board hears zoning request

In what may have been the world's shortest government meeting, Gainesville's planning and appeals board voted "yes" to a rezoning request and adjourned within 10 minutes.

In a unanimous decision, the board voted Tuesday to recommend approval of Danny Allen's request to rezone nearly an acre of land on Thompson Bridge Road in order to be able to "market" the property for residential or office uses.

April 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Weather Service aims for more accurate tornado warnings

False alarms during severe weather can draw the ire of residents, or worse a complacency that causes people to ignore real dangers.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Celebrating Mother Earth

Earth Day isn't until Tuesday, but a few residents grabbed shovels, axes and rakes and got their hands dirty to show appreciation to Mother Nature.

April 19, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Rain not a damper for March of Babies

Doctors, former patients and hundreds of other walkers didn't let rain dampen their enthusiasm for helping ensure healthy babies Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Development Authority considers financing Brenau projects

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority is considering issuing $8 million in bonds to pay for a new dormitory, anatomy lab and field house at Brenau University.

April 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Photo essay: Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Members of St. Michael Catholic Church spend Good Friday at Laurel Park for the living Stations of the Cross.

April 19, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall officials seek extension of Glades Reservoir agreement

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority on Monday will consider renewing an agreement for the Glades Reservoir project with Hall County and Glade Farm LLC.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Plaza redevelopment poses traffic problems

If the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is redeveloped as proposed into a 42,000-square-foot grocery store and accompanying 12-pump fueling station, it will generate 6,627 daily two-way trips down the Gainesville thoroughfare, according to a traffic study performed in late March.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tuition rates to increase at public institutions

Tuition rates are rising once again at public colleges and universities in Georgia, including the University of North Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Man gets 18 months in motorcycle gang bust

A judge said Friday that although the government's conduct had raised some eyebrows, it didn't excuse the actions of a Gainesville man who served as lookout for federal-agent-initiated drug deals.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Man reported drowned at country club

Gainesville police and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are investigating the reported drowning of a Gainesville man in Lake Lanier.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Man charged in Clermont bank robbery

A Cleveland man has been charged in the Tuesday armed robbery of a North Hall County bank.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


DOT crews plan work on I-985, I-85 next week

Crews will be working next week on Interstate 985 in Hall County and Interstate 85 in Jackson County, the Georgia Department of Transportation said.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Fire damages Atlanta Highway house in Flowery Branch

Hall County firefighters were called to a blaze on Atlanta Highway in Flowery Branch this afternoon.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville man pleads guilty in $12 robbery case

The most serious violent felonies were dropped against a Gainesville man after he pleaded guilty to robbery Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville school officials implement new juvenile code changes

Gainesville schools have eliminated about 700 days of out-of-school suspension for students this academic year after implementing changes from the state juvenile code.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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