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Dahlonega store blaze ruled as arson

The Georgia state fire marshal's office confirmed Tuesday that the Monday night fire at Dahlonega's Rite Aid pharmacy was deliberately set.

March 03, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall County: Fire destroys mobile home

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze that destroyed an unoccupied mobile home Tuesday on Bob Bryant Road.

A call to 911 went out from a passerby who spotted the smoke from Athens Highway shortly before noon, Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said. The double-wide mobile home was about 80 percent engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

March 03, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Three teens arrested for burglary; one suspect still missing

Three teens have been charged and authorities are looking for a fourth suspect in a string of South Hall burglaries, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

March 03, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


DOT crews set to finish work on Cleveland square

A Georgia Department of Transportation signal crew is set to start Monday finishing up a Cleveland square project that was suspended for several months after underground storage tanks were found.

March 03, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lanier Tech's GOAL student has shot at new car

Four Lanier Technical College students told their success stories and were honored for their accomplishments at Tuesday's Gainesville Lions Club meeting.

March 03, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Icy conditions hamper efforts to restore power

Icy conditions still persist on roads in Clarke, Oconee and Jackson counties after Sunday's heavy snow, and about 3,500 residents in Jackson County remain without power.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews are continuing their work in those counties, as well as dealing with many fallen trees, officials said.

March 03, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch looks to renew contract with firm

Flowery Branch is looking at renewing a contract for a local firm to provide building and soil erosion inspections, as well as construction management and minor construction work.

March 03, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Buford man arrested on drug charges

A 21-year-old Buford man has been charged with a felony after Hall County deputies found him with four bags of marijuana and scales to weigh the substance.

March 03, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Buford man dies in wreck

A 65-year-old man was killed in a head-on collision Saturday night in Buford, according to Gwinnett County Police.

March 03, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


North Forsyth County gets new traffic light

A new traffic signal at Ga. 9 and Spot Road in North Forsyth County should be operational by midmorning Thursday, weather permitting.

March 03, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Planners nix appeal in setback dispute

The Hall County Planning Commission stuck by the letter of the law when it denied an appeal at its meeting Monday.

March 03, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Health departments offer free screenings

March 26 is American Diabetes Alert Day. But officials at District 2 Public Health believe the issue is too important to confine to a single day, so they're giving it an entire month.

March 03, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Group wants to ‘Open Doors’ to disabled women

Our Neighbor Inc. needs money to open doors for young people with physical disabilities.

March 02, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Officials hurry to submit stimulus projects

On Monday, Hall County received bids to build a replacement post for the Georgia State Patrol on U.S. 129.

March 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Student advances to state spelling bee

Davis Middle School student Parker Ramey has done it again.

March 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Flowery Branch moves forward on plans for new city hall

With Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller calling it the "second most important date" the city has had after becoming home base for the Atlanta Falcons, council members approved the very first steps of developing a new city hall location.

May 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville Council formally adopts 2016 budget

Gainesville City Council formally adopted a $30.7 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year Tuesday night.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Kids create Northeast Georgia History Center activities for their peers

Young visitors to the Northeast Georgia History Center will now have activities made just for them, including scavenger hunts, scrapbooks, picture guides and more.

May 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Eyes on the Road: Work planned soon along I-85 Express Lane

The Georgia Department of Transportation and the State Road and Tollway Authority are planning safety improvements on the Interstate 85 Express Lane in the coming weeks.

May 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville city manager announces resignation

Gainesville City Council members said they have big shoes to fill after City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation Tuesday night.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville school board recognizes retirees

Eighteen of Gainesville City Schools' employees were recognized Tuesday as their service to the school system comes to an end.

May 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Integration-era Gainesville High School principal dies at age 81

Gainesville High School's principal during integration and a beloved figure who was involved in community service long past retirement has died.

May 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville to approve budget, tax rates Tuesday

Gainesville City Council will formally approve its 2016 fiscal year budget when it meets Tuesday night, and also set property tax rates for the coming year.

May 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood city manager at top of field

Colleagues, friends and family members of Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown gathered on May 11 to recognize him for being named as one of 2015's top 10 public works leaders by the American Public Works Association.

May 18, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Lula council denies rezoning request for baseball center

Lula City Council unanimously voted down a proposed rezoning Monday night that would have allowed for a baseball training center in an otherwise agriculturally zoned area.

May 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Driver in fiery Capitol crash identified

The driver who eluded Georgia Capitol Police in Atlanta on May 1 after allegedly stealing a pickup truck in Gainesville has been identified.

May 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Judge accepts settlement in sheriff’s office release lawsuit

Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin on Monday accepted the agreement reached by Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch and a Forsyth man seeking release from the Hall County Jail.

May 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County school board approves redistricting plan

Nearly 200 children in Hall County Schools will be redistricted away from Spout Springs Elementary School beginning this fall.

May 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


County library director retiring, search committee seeking replacement

Hall County Library System Director Adrian Mixson is retiring at the end of May, and a search committee is currently accepting applications to fill his role and hopes to make a recommendation to the library Board of Trustees by mid-June.

May 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system seeks additional $200K from county as state continues to slash budget

In some ways, the Hall County Library System is a microcosm of how budget cuts impacted public services during the economic recession.

May 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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