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Ruby Brawner celebrates a rosy 75th

The basement of the First Baptist Church on Green Street was decorated with rose-colored napkins and white tablecloths to mark the birthday of one of Gainesville's most treasured citizens.

January 24, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Extended boat ramp opens today at Clarks Bridge Park

Build it, and they will boat.

Kerry Hicks and a team of volunteers saw their grass-roots project to extend the public boat ramp at Clarks Bridge Park realized Saturday, when they successfully pulled a 24-foot pontoon boat from Lake Lanier on a new, 40-foot steel extension.

January 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall schools have $10 million technology wish list

GAINESVILLE - The Hall County school system has a $10.6 million technology wish list.

Aaron Turpin, who is about to take over as the district's technology chief, talked Saturday with the Board of Education about a variety of projects, some high-dollar and some becoming more urgent than others, throughout the system.

January 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville to submit charter system application to state

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville school system is vying to become one of the state's first charter school systems.

At its annual retreat Saturday, the City Board of Education voted to submit its application to the Georgia Department of Education.

January 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Retirement deal pays well for Hall County administrator

On Dec. 31, 2006, Hall County Administrator Jim Shuler retired from his job with county government.

January 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Motorcycle shop fire deemed suspicious

Fire officials say a business fire that caused nearly a $1 million in damage at a Buford motorcycle shop late Thursday night is suspicious.

Hall County Fire Capt. Scott Cagle said the owners of the Professional V Twin, a motorcycle shop in the 2800 block of McEver Road, have received threats on their business in the past.

January 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Derrer hired for Forsyth County post

A longtime Hall County government employee is the lone finalist for deputy county manager in Forsyth County.

January 23, 2008 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON The Forsyth County News | Local


Two hurt in construction accident

Two construction workers are recovering after an accident Thursday morning at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

January 23, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


State EPD may keep pools dry this summer

For many people, a summer without swimming pools is unthinkable. But it may come to that, if Georgia's extreme drought does not abate. Under the Level 4 drought restrictions currently in place in 61 North Georgia counties, outdoor swimming pools cannot be filled or "topped off" with municipal water.

January 23, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Defying the odds: Flowery Branch man overcomes brain trauma

FLOWERY BRANCH

As part of his job, emergency medical technician Kyle Brown sometimes transported patients to Shepherd Center, the Atlanta hospital that treats serious brain and spinal injuries.

January 23, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Man sought in sexual assault, home invasion

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office investigators want to question a man in connection with a sexual assault and robbery that took place Jan. 5 in South Forsyth County near Strickland Road and Ga. 9.

January 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Weather Channel to visit Lake Lanier

The Weather Channel will be broadcasting live from Lake Lanier next week as part of the network's weeklong series from locations across the Southeast affected by the drought.

The series asks the question: What happens when H20 becomes H2-No?

January 23, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Brenau hosts famed children’s author

Book author and storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy will be featured in a Saturday evening program at Brenau University.

January 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall commissioners OK Hagen Creek development

Hall County Commission gave the final approval for a 2,736-home North Hall subdivision Thursday that will include a 20-acre school site, 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space and possibly an 18-hole golf course.

January 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall, Gainesville school boards set for retreats

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville City and Hall County boards of education plan to meet separately Saturday for annual retreats, a time when board members typically focus on big-picture issues.

The Gainesville board will talk about its "mission, visions and beliefs," and Hall County will conduct Georgia School Boards Association training.

January 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | 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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