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Fire department: Get smoke alarms

As the spring time change approaches, local fire officials saw another reason this week to remind homeowners of the importance of having working smoke alarms.

March 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


North Georgia Screamin’ Eagles wheelchair soccer team is ready for showdown

David Beckham may be one of the best and most well-known soccer players in the world, but how well would he play if he couldn't use his legs?

March 18, 2008 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Hall County Sheriff’s Office adds more patrol districts

The boundary lines have been redrawn for the deputies who patrol Hall County's 1,300 miles of roads.

March 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch City Council to keep meetings in mornings

An ordinance maintaining a 9:30 a.m. city council meeting time divided the Flowery Branch City Council on Wednesday.

March 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall outperforms state on writing test

The Hall County school system outperformed the state in eighth-grade writing scores, Superintendent Will Schofield said Thursday.

March 17, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville home invasion shows need for prevention measures

A home invasion robbery this week in which two women were forced into a closet at gunpoint isn't a common occurrence in Gainesville, but it illustrates the need for common-sense safety measures, police say.

March 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Obesity tests could weigh down schools

Last week, the Georgia Senate passed a bill that would require elementary school students to be screened for obesity. School nurses say it would promote better health, but concerns have been raised about privacy and about how the mandate would be implemented.

March 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Former DA pleads guilty, sentenced to 6 years in prison

HOMER - As district attorney of Northeast Georgia's Piedmont Judicial Circuit for 24 years, Tim Madison spent many hours prosecuting cases in the wood-paneled second-floor courtroom of the Banks County courthouse.

On Tuesday, Madison was the one being prosecuted, as the disgraced former DA for Banks, Jackson and Barrow counties pleaded guilty to stealing taxpayer money and was sentenced to six years in prison.

March 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dahlonega robbery suspect pleads guilty

The second of two suspects in an armed robbery and assault at a Dahlonega convenience store pleaded guilty this week, officials said.

Robert Jacob Mallard, 28, pleaded guilty to armed robbery in Lumpkin County Superior Court and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, Lumpkin County Sheriff's Capt. Jason Stover said.

March 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Southern Catholic names new board member

DAWSONVILLE - Southern Catholic College's Board of Trustees has a new member.

March 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


UGA honors one of its own, ‘Whispering Bill’ Anderson

A half century ago, a country singer wannabe went into an unfinished recording studio at the University of Georgia, and the rest, as they say, is history.

March 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada sworn in

GAINESVILLE - New Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada swore to serve the residents of Gainesville with compassion, courage and integrity to the best of his ability Tuesday.

March 16, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Wanna fish? Don’t count on buying a license at local bait shops

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is getting out of the business of issuing hunting and fishing licenses and boat registrations. That job is being outsourced to a private, out-of-state company, and many people aren't happy about it.

March 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville schools human resources chief gets 15 percent raise, new title

The human resources director for the Gainesville school system is receiving a 15 percent raise, along with a new job title.

March 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Move to change recording of minutes triggers debate in Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch City Council will consider an ordinance this morning that could revamp the style of City Council meetings.

March 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Politics of Ebola: Nunn, Perdue make virus part of campaign rhetoric

The few diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States are no longer simply a public health issue.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sheriff's office has 30 days to appeal civil service ruling

Sheriff Gerald Couch will have 30 days to appeal the Hall County Civil Service Board decision regarding two former deputies, County Attorney Bill Blalock said.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Driver charged with DUI in Athens Highway crash

One of the drivers in the Monday crash on Athens Highway has been charged with driving under the influence and failure to yield, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to craft brewery

Gainesville City Council gave the final go-ahead Tuesday night for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County fighting closing of Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

Hall County officials are fighting a Georgia Department of Transportation order to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing, though it appears state law may supersede the county's wishes.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT readies for winter with ‘salt barn’

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of some sunny, fall days to better respond as needed to frigid, snowy winter days.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville man ID’d as pilot in Thursday plane crash

A Gainesville man was identified Monday as the person killed in a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport last week.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man still critical after 7-story fall at Raven Cliff Falls

North Georgia emergency authorities crossed fallen trees and rappelled down a 40-foot cliff to rescue a man who had fallen 80 feet.

October 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville to give final OK on brewery today

Gainesville City Council is expected to give the final go-ahead needed for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area when it meets tonight.

October 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


UNG biology professor discusses Ebola facts with students

Ebola rumors and confusion are nearly as out of control as the virus itself, according to a professor at the University of North Georgia.

October 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall board reinstates deputies for 2nd time

The Hall County Civil Services Board voted 5-1 on Friday to rescind the termination of two Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies involved in an inmate's escape.

October 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville schools plan to increase dual enrollment

Gainesville Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel announced a plan to increase dual enrollment rates Monday at a Board of Education meeting.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


2 Gainesville youths killed Saturday in wreck in Gwinnett

The two victims of a fatal Saturday wreck in Gwinnett County have been identified as Gainesville residents Ramon Gonzalez, 16, and Yudel Jarquin, 21, Gwinnett police confirmed Monday.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


One injured in collision on Athens Highway

One person was sent to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash Monday on Athens Highway at Gaines Mill Road, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood gives final OK to 50 percent tax hike

Oakwood City Council gave its final OK Monday to increasing the South Hall city's property tax rate by about 50 percent.

October 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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