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Hall schools try to revive Special Olympics

Hall County school officials began working Friday to restore this spring's Special Olympic games for schools in Northeast Georgia.

April 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


No Child change could ease rules

Relief could be on the way for Georgia schools that narrowly miss making "adequate yearly progress."

April 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fieldale to cut chicken production by 5 percent

Fieldale Farms Corp. announced Friday it would reduce live chicken production by 5 percent, citing excess supply and the high cost of corn for feed.

The announcement was made by Gus Arrendale, the company's executive vice president.

April 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Atmos Energy files for $6.1 million rate increase

A spokesman for the Georgia Public Service Commission said Friday that Atmos Energy, which serves 10,000 customers in the Gainesville area, has filed for a $6.1 million rate increase.

Bill Edge, a spokesman for the commission, said the application was filed in late March and would increase the average bill by $4.70 per month.

April 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Man arraigned in 1997 slaying

The family of a Gainesville man shot to death in a drive-by shooting 11 years ago got their first look Thursday at the man accused of his murder, bringing some relatives of Rigo Verto Verbuzco to tears.

April 15, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Tornado watch posted for North Georgia

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of North Georgia that will remain in effect until 10 p.m.

April 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Officials: Woman’s death was no accident

CUMMING - Authorities say a 42-year-old Forsyth County man meant to harm his girlfriend when, after an argument, he struck her with his pickup truck while she walked along Shiloh Road.

April 15, 2008 | | Local


2 from Gainesville killed in car wrecks

ent in Athens, one week after a soldier from Gainesville was killed in a wreck in Killeen, Texas.

April 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Get your old Bibles, books repaired

The Hall County Library System will be hosting Bible and Old Book Repair Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 15 at the headquarters branch at 127 Main St., Gainesville.

Jack Kyle, a representative of the National Library Bindery, will be on hand to give free estimates of the cost of repairing or restoring valued old books or family Bibles.

April 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Rabies still on the rise

Experts are at a loss to explain why the incidence of rabies seems to be so high in Hall County.

April 15, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hitting the high notes: Dallas Brass jams with local students on stage to further music education

Hours before Thursday night's performance for a paying audience at the Georgia Mountains Center, the Dallas Brass had a group of middle and high school students laughing, applauding and learning from their antics.

April 15, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Dogs steal the moment in China

Carla Abshire was a little surprised when the phone rang at 4:30 a.m. Thursday at her home in Gainesville. On the other end was her husband, Mike Giles, who was calling to tell her about the stir he caused at an elementary school near Beijing.

April 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Students will get a breather during CRCT tests

Hall County and Gainesville students will get a one-day break between the high-stakes parts of the state's basic-skills tests they'll take later this month.

April 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville police, fire departments ask for more money

Two of the biggest recipients of city money, Gainesville's fire and police departments, presented larger-than-usual budget requests Thursday to the Gainesville City Council morning - despite the city's smaller-than-usual general fund for the coming year.

April 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Wake up: Consider this your garden’s alarm clock

Boy, a sun-ripened, garden-fresh tomato sure would taste good right now.

And every year, many home gardeners think, "This is the year I'll finally grow those tomatoes."

April 14, 2008 | Kristen Morales | 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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