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Good tunes, good cause: Jarrard concert helps local charities

The crisp October air was perfect for Tuesday's seventh annual Bruce Burch & Friends Honor John Jarrard Concert, as people came out to enjoy the outdoor music event and support a good cause.

The annual concert event honors John Jarrard, a Gainesville native and Nashville songwriter, who died from complications of diabetes in 2001.

October 12, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Advocates want to reach more Latino victims of domestic violence

Reaching and connecting with Latino victims of domestic violence is among the greatest challenges facing those who work to provide services for abused women, a discussion panel said Tuesday.

"My concern is too often (help) doesn't reach the Hispanic community," Rosemary Stefanoff, Spanish services coordinator for Gateway Domestic Violence Center, said at the Fourth Annual Domestic Violence Breakfast and Briefing at the Hall County Courthouse. "And we are working on that."

October 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Oakwood presents plan to reshape the way it looks

OAKWOOD -- Oakwood city officials unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to reshape 253 acres surrounding the city's downtown center and the yet-to-be-built final leg of Thurmon Tanner Parkway.

"We know we can't do this alone," City Manager Stan Brown said of the Oakwood 2030 plan. "Our job is to cast a vision and steer development in the right direction."

October 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Teenager found dead in Forsyth home

It could be months before authorities know what caused the death of a 19-year-old Dawson County woman whose body was found Saturday in a northeastern Forsyth County home.

October 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Local man victim of lottery ticket scam

A Gainesville man is out $13,000 after falling victim to a flim-flam by a trio of con artists who told him they had a winning lottery ticket, police said.

October 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Today's rain is first for area in nearly a month

Early morning rain showers have done little to resolve the low water level of Lake Lanier.

October 12, 2008 | By Brandee Thomas and Melissa Weinman | Local


Walk to School Day goes on despite rain

Early Wednesday morning, more than 30 kids and their parents paraded down Enota Avenue under the cover of umbrellas to participate in international Walk to School Day.

October 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


With I-985 ramp open, Oakwood traffic changes

Tim Hayes will be glad when all the orange barrels are gone, but for the short term, he was pleased Wednesday with the partial opening of Interstate 985's Atlanta Highway interchange.

October 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


2 promising athletes end up in prison

At 17, Joseph Mahaffey and Carlos Cobb were two gifted high school student-athletes with real prospects for the future.

October 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Chattahoochee Bank opens headquarters

Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia opened the doors to its new headquarters on Monday.

October 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall schools to resume field trips

Fuel supplies are back on track for the Hall County school system and field trips will resume Monday.

October 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Welcome center work gets an OK from Oakwood council

OAKWOOD - Oakwood City Council voted 3-1 Monday night for preliminary work related to a planned regional visitors center off Interstate 985's Exit 16.

October 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Academy holds fourth annual Walk to School Day

Join Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy students on their walk to school Wednesday. Parents and Enota elementary school students are invited to partake in the school's fourth annual Walk to School Day. As many as 3,000 schools across the United States are expected to participate in the international Walk to School Day event. Parents must accompany their children on the walk. Parents and students can meet at 7 a.m. on Wednesday at either Green's Grocery, 971 Riverside Drive or the Gainesville Elks Club, 1547 Riverside Drive. All participants are expected to arrive at school at about 7 ...

October 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Contract, fund approved by Gainesville school board

The board approved a contract with a new technician to upkeep the schools' monitoring systems that will cost roughly $5,600 per year. The contract replaces a contract costing the school system $24,000 per year for the technical company currently overseeing the schools' monitoring systems.

October 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Handmade bowls hold an important message

Local students have been using their creativity for good, making pottery bowls that will be donated to the second annual Empty Bowls Luncheon.

October 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | 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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