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Rep. Deal pleased with extension of PeachCare

Georgia's PeachCare program is safe for another year and a half, after Congress passed an extension plan that had been pushed by U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville.

"We had introduced a bill early on, when it appeared there would be a stalemate," Deal said. "We felt like the states needed some certainty that they could count on in terms of funding, and 18 months was the most realistic time frame."

January 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Police talk to woman from security video in homicide investigation

Hall County sheriff's investigators Friday interviewed a woman who was with a Gainesville man at a car rental center the day before his body was found dumped on the side of an interstate in Louisiana, dead of a gunshot wound.

Hall County Sheriff's Maj. Jeff Strickland said the woman called authorities Thursday after recognizing herself in a surveillance camera image that was distributed to area news media outlets. Authorities had asked the public's help in identifying the woman, who was with 30-year-old Miguel Angel Ayala on Dec. 11 at the Hertz Rent A Car on Browns Bridge ...

January 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Your help needed to identify robbery suspect

Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a clerk at gunpoint Thursday night at the Golden Pantry on Ga. 53.

Hall County Sheriff's Maj. Jeff Strickland said the man entered the store around 10 p.m. Thursday and pointed a gun at the clerk, demanding money. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in an older-model, red Ford Mustang, Strickland said. No one was hurt in the robbery.

January 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Dawsonville man guilty of tax fraud

A Dawsonville man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of tax fraud, according to a report from the U.S. Attorney's office.

January 01, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Volunteers needed to shuttle folks around the hospital

Northeast Georgia Medical Center needs more volunteers to shuttle passengers from the main campus parking lot to the hospital.

January 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Funding impedes Hall trial

The thorny issue of defense funding for accused Fulton County courthouse shooter Brian Nichols has trickled down to Hall County, where a long-pending death penalty trial could be delayed another six months or more, a lawyer said Thursday.

Attorneys for Cornelio Zamites, charged in the 2005 kidnapping, rape and strangulation death of 4-year-old Esmeralda Nava, want a separate jury trial to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial on the charges. But first they need the money to hire an expert to evaluate Zamites.

January 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Colleagues, other dignitaries, bid Murphy farewell

ATLANTA -- The body of Tom Murphy - once the nation's longest serving House speaker - made its final visit to the state Capitol Friday where current and former lawmakers and other dignitaries gathered to bid the political giant farewell.

As an honor guard of state troopers escorted his flag-draped casket into the House and then to the Capitol Rotunda, Georgia's political establishment paid one-of-a-kind tribute to Murphy, who dominated state politics from the 1960s into the next millennium. He died Monday night at age 83.

January 01, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


New Year’s resolution: Fix Dawsonville Highway

Thanks to a couple of rainy days, the Georgia Department of Transportation won't be able to open all four lanes on Dawsonville Highway until after the first of the year.

The DOT has been trying for the past two days to paint stripes and make adjustments to two traffic signals along the stretch of Ga. 53 north of Gainesville.

January 01, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Drought benefit: Dredging Longwood Cove costs less

The bids are in, and Gainesville officials will soon decide who will dredge the silt-filled Longwood Cove.

January 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


New school board members to be sworn in

A swearing-in ceremony for the Gainesville City School Board of Education's new members is set for Jan. 7.

January 01, 2008 | | Local


Brasstown Bald, Anna Ruby Falls want people to operate their shops

After an unsuccessful search last spring for a concessionaire to run a retail shop at Brasstown Bald, the U.S. Forest Service is trying again. Only this time, the agency is sweetening the deal.

January 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Bait shop raising money to extend boat ramp

There are only two public boat ramps left on Lake Lanier, but an effort led by a local bait and tackle store owner could change that.

Candy Hammond, owner of Hammond's Fishing & Boat Storage, has collected nearly $12,000 in pledges toward extending the non-functional Charleston Park boat ramp by 10 feet.

January 01, 2008 | BY JENNIFER SAMI | Local


Students start winter break

Winter holidays begin today for students and employees in Gainesville city schools and students in the Hall County school system.

January 01, 2008 | | Local


Water war heats up over spending bill surprise

A U.S. senator from Alabama has successfully inserted language into a massive year-end spending bill that blocks the federal government from updating the operating manuals for two river systems at the heart of the 18-year tri-state water war.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., wrote the prohibitive language into the bill during the summer; however, both of Georgia's U.S. senators expressed surprise that it survived in the final version that passed the Senate late Tuesday night.

December 31, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Transcript of floor statements of U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson

Mr. CHAMBLISS. Mr. President, I know many of my colleagues have become involved in issues in their States stemming from a shortage of water over the years. Sometimes these issues are intrastate, sometimes they are interstate. Regardless of the size or scope, they always get very complicated quickly.

The water wars between Georgia, Florida, and Alabama that have been going on for decades are no different in that regard. They too get very complicated very quickly. There are decades of negotiations, agreements, lawsuits and settlements, and the Governors of the three States are still attempting in good faith to come ...

December 31, 2007 | | Local


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Study: Atlanta sprawls while Hall County hangs tight

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta region - perhaps not surprisingly - is the most sprawling large metropolitan area in the country.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two overnight fires in N. Hall deemed suspicious

Two overnight fires in North Hall County are believed to be suspicious but not connected, according to Hall County Fire Services.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Curriculum, budget hot topics at school board forum

Common core, board transparency and fiscal accountability were the main topics discussed during a Thursday education forum for Board of Education candidates hosted by the Lanier Tea Party Patriots.

April 11, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


Rabid raccoon found in North Hall

A rabies alert has been issued for the Persimmon Tree Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 11, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia leads country in growth of women-owned businesses

There's no one road for a woman to take when it comes to owning and operating her own business.

April 11, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County commercial, industrial tax notices mailed today

Annual tax assessment notices for about 4,200 commercial and industrial properties in Hall County were dropped in the mail today, but it's not time to pay up quite yet.

April 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal backs medical marijuana trials

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday announced two separate efforts to pursue clinical trials on a cannabis-based drug that has shown promise in helping children who suffer from seizure disorders.

April 11, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


DA seeks tougher penalty in stabbing

The Gwinnett County District Attorney's office has given notice of intent to increase the punishment in the slaying of a Gainesville woman.

April 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Forsyth assistant principal on leave following arrest

April 10, 2014 | From regional reports | Local


Dawson County commissioners seek back taxes from hotel

April 10, 2014 | From regional reports | Local


Construction continues on new Clarks Bridge

Work continues on a new Clarks Bridge across Lake Lanier in Gainesville. The project, which also calls for a new pedestrian tunnel under Ga. 284, is set for completion by Dec. 31, 2015. When completed, the new bridge will have 12-foot lanes and an 8-foot shoulder in each direction.

April 10, 2014 | | Local


Fire damages home on Tulip Drive

A fire caused by unattended cooking damaged a home in the 1800 block of Tulip Drive in Gainesville, but the occupants got out without injury, authorities said.

April 10, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville parks department proposes increased budget

As it looks to expand recreational opportunities, renovate park facilities and increase staff, the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department has proposed a $5.261 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Emerging partnership benefits local housing programs

A partnership between the Gainesville Nonprofit Development Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Hall County to build and rehabilitate homes and neighborhoods across Gainesville is beginning to pay big dividends.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Camp Merrill debate alive in US House

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville argued Wednesday before the House Armed Service Committee for control of Camp Frank D. Merrill near Dahlonega to be transferred from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Department of Defense.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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