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'Jilted bride' case: Ex-fiance wants a new trial

A jilted bride should not have been awarded $150,000 by a Hall County jury because she defrauded a bankruptcy court by concealing the value of an engagement ring she now is trying to sell for $15,000, according to lawyers for the man who broke off the engagement.

RoseMary Shell's lawyer, meanwhile, said the ring, which she described as "flawed," isn't worth much and that it was uncertain who owned it when her client filed for bankruptcy.

September 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


PSC to hold public hearing today on Atmos Energy

The Georgia Public Service Commission will hold the final round of public hearings on the Atmos Energy Corp.'s request for an increase in base rates beginning at 10 a.m. today.

September 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Mobile home burns in White County

Volunteer members from stations 1 and 6 of the White County Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire on Sugar Ridge Road on Monday morning.

September 07, 2008 | | Local


Fellow officer extends help to family of Louisiana sheriff's investigator

Prior to last December, Joe Amerling and Lance Vitter were absolute strangers. The two law enforcement officers were brought together by a double homicide of two men from Gainesville in St. Tammany Parish, La.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


These fast-food dinosaurs aren’t toys

A fast-food restaurant is probably the last place you'd expect to see a dinosaur, at least one that's not a prize in a kid's meal.

A glimpse inside the McDonald's on Frontage Road in Oakwood reveals glass cabinets full of museum-quality dinosaur fossil replicas, including a Tyrannosaurus rex claw, a T. rex tooth and a dinosaur egg. Also on display along the walls are replicas of a 70 million-year-old mosasaurus fossil, which looks like an alligator with fins.

September 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville school board will vote one more time on increasing taxes

Gainesville residents are one step closer to paying 12 percent more in property taxes this fall.

September 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Wal-Mart celebrates revamp at Shallowford Road location

When it opened 15 years ago, the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Shallowford Road was one of the first of the company's mega-stores, offering everything from groceries to tires under one roof.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Labor Day holiday kept authorities busy

Area authorities stayed busy over the Labor Day weekend responding to fires, widespread acts of vandalism in Gainesville and what appears to be an accidental drowning.

September 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Habitat High students delighted to build home for single mom, kids

Nine Hall County high school students have taken matters into their own hands to help a single mom realize her dream of owning a home.

September 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Local Red Cross chapter chooses executive director

Just as the peak hurricane season arrives, the Northeast Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross has hired a new executive director.

The Gainesville-based chapter announced Tuesday that Hall County native Philip Reed had taken the position. On Wednesday, Reed was already down in Atlanta meeting with other disaster preparedness officials, as storms Hanna, Ike and Josephine approached the southeastern United States.

September 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New Ga. 53 lanes to open Thursday

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to open one and possibly two new westbound lanes at 9 a.m. Thursday on Ga. 53/Winder Highway between Ga. 211 and Atlanta Highway.

September 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dahlonega water plant is at half capacity

The city of Dahlonega is under an outdoor watering ban after one of its two water filters failed, cutting the city's water capacity in half.

City Manager Bill Lewis said the structure under the 32-year-old filter collapsed on Friday. The city has found replacement parts in Idaho and North Carolina, but it could take two weeks to a month to get the repairs made and the pump back in service.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Pair charged with selling moonshine; 1 also accused of illegally selling guns

Two men were charged Tuesday for selling moonshine, and one was charged with selling guns to a convicted felon.

September 07, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hearing set for gas rate hike for Atmos Energy

The Georgia Public Service Commission will hold the final round of public hearings on the Atmos Energy Corp. request for an increase in base rates beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

September 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lanier was quiet, but 19 died statewide over the weekend

The death toll hit 19 in Labor Day weekend activities across the state, according to state officials.

September 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Hibachi Express opens on Thompson Bridge Road

A Georgia-based, fast Japanese hibachi chain is now open in Gainesville.

July 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


New South Hall interchange on I-985 hung up by federal funding uncertainty

A new Interstate 985 interchange between Flowery Branch and Oakwood is behind schedule because of uncertainty over federal highway funding - a debate that's expected ...

July 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cherokee Bluffs park to open "sometime this fall"

South Hall residents looking forward to the opening of a long-anticipated area park have a few more months of waiting.

July 26, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall seeks flexibility in state school standards

As class resumes in Hall County next week, school leaders are seeking more flexibility from state rules.

July 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Toddler recovered from burns allegedly suffered at day care

At age 2, Damon Gaddis is graduating. And his family is ecstatic.

July 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Workers comp claims keep governments on their toes

There is a certain trust that comes with workers' compensation claims.

July 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Disabilities act at 25: ‘That was our moment’

Emilie Angle struggles to speak and her movements are dictated by the effects of mitochondrial disease, a genetic disorder that is both progressive and incurable.

July 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Johnny’s BBQ is still smokin’ after all these years

Step inside the little building behind Johnny's BBQ and you'll find yourself squinting through a dense, hickory-flavored fog. There's a rotisserie oven ...

July 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Cancer survivor paddles circumference of Lake Lanier

Paddling the circumference of Lake Lanier - roughly 350 accessible miles in total - Dana Richardson has seen a lot of water and a lot of parks.

July 25, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Gainesville teens stress how ‘lives matter’ at justice form

Teenagers of Generation Inspiration came together Saturday morning at the Beulah Rucker Museum to ask Gainesville's government and law enforcement officials some tough questions ...

July 25, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Local


Military recruiters try to rein in armed supporters

Armed residents have taken to guarding military recruitment centers across the nation, including in Gainesville, after a deadly attack on Marines at a recruiting office ...

July 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville’s Will Crain to compete in World Special Olympics next week in LA

"Mama! Mama! How was that?"

July 24, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County Boys & Girls Clubs expand their reach

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County offer kids a safe, structured place to go after school. But some kids have trouble getting there.

July 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


A fresh start for 16 lives: Drug Court graduates largest class in 14 years

Looking out over the front pews with 16 Drug Court graduates, Superior Court Judge Jason Deal congratulated the group for passing the arduous program akin ...

July 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Motor home ‘just wouldn’t stop,’ sinks in Lake Lanier

Gray leather couches were scattered around the interior of a customized motor home as water poured out every nook and cranny.

July 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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