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After hiker's death, residents say they are shocked, more cautious

A dark and heavy cloud hung over the city of Buford Tuesday as grim details kept emerging about the discovery of Meredith Hope Emerson's remains.

Residents of the Atlanta suburb went about business as usual, but some of them said they will never look at their town the same after hearing of the 24-year-old hiker's death.

January 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Suspect charged with murder in hiker case

On New Year's Day, 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson disappeared after setting out with her dog for a day of hiking near Union County's Vogel State Park.

January 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Thompson Mill Road plans: Residents want more shopping, no more houses

An outdoor shopping mall accompanied by offices and homes is planned at the Village at Deaton Creek active adult community off Thompson Mill Road.

January 20, 2008 | Nikki Young | Local


For runners, there is a free lunch, and a YMCA membership

To get people to participate in its March 20 "Get Fit Stay Fit" 5K run/walk, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is making an offer that's hard to refuse.

January 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Language academy could be permanent home for much traveled South Hall students

A group of South Hall families who have seen their children moved in and out of three elementary districts over this decade could find a home in Hall County's new World Languages Academy.

January 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


New lanes opening on Dawsonville Highway may cause delays

Two new lanes on Dawsonville Highway are set to open today, according to an official from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

January 19, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Boaters pay so ramp can open again

Lake Lanier's dwindling levels have left boaters with only a handful of operational ramps, but local fishermen and rowers alike have worked together to raise funds that will allow a ramp at Clarks Bridge Park to open on Sunday.

On Monday, Lake Lanier Rowing Club donated $1,000 to a ramp extension fundraising effort initiated by bait and tackle store owner Kerry Hicks.

January 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Official touts future of South Hall sewage plant

Hall County officials presented their newest asset, the Spout Springs Reuse Facility, at a press conference Monday in South Hall.

January 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Creative kids tour arts center as reward

GAINESVILLE - Some kids in Hall County took advantage of their last day of winter break by sleeping late and watching television. Others perused the art at the Quinlan Arts Center.

On the day before their art debuts at the Lakeshore Mall, about 20 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs toured the Quinlan Arts Center, and some got their first taste of a real art exhibit.

January 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Georgia may get first-ever water plan

Georgia would get its first statewide water management plan under a proposal approved Tuesday by the drought-stricken state's top environmental officials.

The Georgia Water Council, a group of lawmakers and officials, unanimously adopted the plan after almost three years of wrangling over its specifics. But it must still be approved by Georgia's lawmakers before it can take effect, a process that promises more debate during the legislative session.

January 19, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein The Associated Press | Local


Hikers unsettled by Emerson's death

The disappearance of Meredith Emerson, the hiker who disappeared near Blood Mountain on New Year's Day and whose body was found Monday night, has been a hot topic of conversation in Georgia and throughout the nation.

January 19, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Carville, Matalin to visit Brenau

Husband-and-wife political advisers James Carville and Mary Matalin, who worked for opposing presidential candidates in 1992, are scheduled to appear at Brenau University on April 18.

January 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Police believe Friday assault was gang-related

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville Police Department is investigating an assault that involved a car chase Friday night at the La Flor De Jalisco restaurant at 425 Atlanta Highway.

Odilon Valencia, 26, of Gainesville, reported to police that he and Elias Diaz, 30, of Gainesville, were leaving the restaurant at 10:07 p.m. when several Hispanic men attacked them, Gainesville police said. Valencia said Diaz was hit in the face and that he was struck and knocked to the ground.

January 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


New lanes now open on Dawsonville Highway

Teri Pope with the Georgia Department of Transportation said that as of 11:35 this morning, new lanes on Dawsonville Highway north of Gainesville have been opened.

January 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Traveling flag will welcome submarine home

All 159 of Georgia's counties are playing a part in rolling out the welcome mat for the return of the USS Georgia to state waters in March.

U.S. Navy representatives are collaborating with multiple Georgia Regional Development Centers to plan a statewide Georgia Flag Project that takes the state flag on a trip through each county where local government officials sign a document verifying its visit to the county.

January 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Day care parade a moment for celebrating, remembering

Heather Webb started crying in the atrium of her son's day care as she embraced Quinsha Cheeks.

April 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Flowery Branch weighs benefits of tax change

Flowery Branch City Council discussed three revised occupational tax rate structures designed to bring the city's business license fees more in line with the county and surrounding cities.

April 18, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


Chief planner urges cities to consider top road needs

The head of Hall County's main transportation planning group told area government leaders Wednesday they should consider "critical needs" in terms of projects as the county moves forward on updating its long-range transportation plan.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water district councils seek Hall residents

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water District is seeking Hall County residents to serve on the Lake Lanier and Oconee basin advisory councils.

April 17, 2014 | | Local


Lanier Village Estates holds fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends

The young and old, two humans dressed as a biddy and a bunny, some dogs for petting and a U.S. representative turned out Wednesday for the fifth annual Lanier Village Estates Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends.

April 17, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Panel publicly upholds firing of Hall fire official

The Hall County Civil Service Board publicly voted 4-2 Wednesday to affirm the termination of an ex-Hall County Fire Department battalion chief.

April 17, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Cattle farmer honored for conservation efforts

Some say the agricultural industry in Hall County, worth $298 million to the area economy, is the backbone of the community.

April 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge and Bar: Motions set for man accused of assaulting deputies

Motions are scheduled for May 2 in the case of a man indicted in December on obstruction and terroristic threat charges.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


United Way raised $1.5 million in 2013

Raising more than $1.5 million in this economy is reason enough to celebrate.

April 16, 2014 | Savannah King | Local


Schools, manufacturing industry want to entice more young workers

Local manufacturers, business leaders and school officials gathered Wednesday at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood for a forum to address how skilled, educated and motivated workers can be developed, recruited and funneled into burgeoning career paths.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth bank robbery suspect caught

April 16, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville man resentenced after pleading to molestation

After a tumultuous ending more than a year ago, a child molestation case closed on calmer terms Tuesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville eases pawnshop restrictions

Gainesville City Council has given its nod to easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located after a second reading and final vote Tuesday.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


365 corridor beginning to take shape

Government officials, business leaders and developers gathered Tuesday at the Brenau Downtown Center to discuss progress along the Ga. 365 corridor in northeast Hall County.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Freezing temperatures expected overnight

So much for winter being over.

April 16, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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