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Georgia Municipal Association worries about trauma care, taxes

COMMERCE - With the start of the 2009 legislative session just around the corner, Georgia Municipal Association officers are warning local officials to keep a watchful eye on state legislation.

November 22, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


East Hall basketball team drives and dishes for Meals on Wheels

The East Hall High School boys basketball team took a break from school Tuesday morning to go as a team and deliver meals to senior citizens in Hall County with Meals on Wheels.

November 22, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Banks-Jackson-Commerce Medical Center will leave the baby business

Banks-Jackson-Commerce (BJC) Medical Center has announced it will stop delivering babies as of Dec. 9.

November 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


2009 Gainesville water rates still uncertain

Hamrick said the council has asked Randall's staff to look at the feasibility of postponing a rate change or calculating a different rate increase.

Gainesville water customers may not know until next month what they will be paying for water and sewer in 2009.

November 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


South Hall home destroyed in Tuesday night blaze

Firefighters from four Hall County fire stations responded to a South Hall blaze that destroyed a home on Thompson Mill Road Tuesday night.

November 22, 2008 | | Local


Italian marble gazebo to grace Brenau entrance

Brenau University is undergoing some renovations and rearranging some landmarks.

November 22, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Winter takes wind out of fall weather

Those cold weather types must be having a blast.

November 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chaplain in Iraq: Music can be our solace

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 in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

November 22, 2008 | By Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Weak economy hasn’t stopped donations to United Way

Although many businesses and individuals are facing tough financial times, that hasn't stopped them from giving back to the community.

November 22, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Adults help students plant tulips on school campus

As the mercury threatens to dip below freezing, New Holland Core Knowledge Academy students, faculty and staff braved the elements to plant nearly 700 tulip bulbs Tuesday on school grounds.

November 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


School board talks technology during tour

More than $9 million of Hall County school system funds were allocated for classroom technology in the past three years, and school board members visited four schools Monday to see how those funds were implemented.

November 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Georgia DOT to hold meeting about Lula bridge project

A public meeting on a proposed bridge replacement and road alignment on Ga. 52 in Lula is set for Dec. 2 at Lula Elementary School.

November 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County marks rabies case No. 41

Hall County marked its 40th case of rabies last Friday, but the epidemic shows no sign of slowing down.

November 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Bobby Gruhn Field gets named field of the year

The Sports Turf Managers Association, a national organization, named City Park Stadium's Bobby Gruhn Field its Schools and Parks Football Field of the Year.

November 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Boat ramp construction at Laurel Park starts soon

Construction on the new Laurel Park boat ramp is set to begin Thursday.

November 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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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


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


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