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Hall County Schools opens doors to those outside district

Students who don't live in the Hall County School District will now have an opportunity to come inside - if space allows.

March 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Sheriff’s office plans to build new headquarters

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is set to approve a $257,000 contract Thursday for the architectural design of a new sheriff's office.

March 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Schools to hire more teachers

More students will equal more teachers in next year's county school budget.

March 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


County to vote this week on energy-saving projects

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote Thursday on whether to hire Siemens for energy-efficiency projects now that language in a proposed contract has been clarified.

March 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT plans to build new home for osprey as part of Boling Bridge project

Transportation plans usually affect humans, not a federally protected bird of prey.

March 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dawsonville Highway bridge repairs may be on hold a bit longer

Uncertainty over federal transportation dollars beyond July 1 may mean motorists who have long had a bumpy ride over the Dawsonville Highway westbound bridge crossing Lake Lanier may have to wait a bit longer for relief.

March 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gun bill’s OK gets mixed reactions from area church leaders

In a final dash before the legislative session ended Thursday, the Georgia General Assembly passed a bill widely expanding gun rights.

March 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Medical amnesty bill awaits governor’s signature

Public health advocates say addressing the fear of legal repercussions after dialing 911 will save overdose victims in a medical crisis after Georgia's "medical amnesty" bill passed the legislature Tuesday.

March 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Class Notes: Federal progress report mostly positive on Georgia’s Race to the Top status

While backlash against the Common Core continues among political groups in Georgia, it appears the state is doing well in implementing the set of standards.

March 23, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Reading winners: Centennial Arts Academy team takes state competition

For many, reading may be a leisurely activity to enjoy during a quiet afternoon. For 10 Centennial Arts Academy students, it's a sport.

March 23, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Meeting to set stage for new SPLOST

Hall County and area municipal officials will gather today to begin laying the groundwork for a new special purpose local option sales tax.

March 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Gainesville Little League throws first pitches

Players broke from the usual protocol and charged onto the field Saturday morning at City Park during opening day ceremonies for the Gainesville Parks and Recreation baseball and softball teams.

March 23, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Food Bank celebrates supporters, sets new goals

Kay Blackstock, executive director of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, said Saturday night's first-ever celebration of the organization's new Harvester Club wasn't a challenge issued but an invitation to the community to help feed more people in the coming year.

March 23, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Visitors get sneak peek at Smithgall Garden, set for fall opening

If there was a college basketball tournament going Saturday, visitors to the Gainesville's Smithgall Woodland Garden weren't concerned with missing the games.

March 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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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


Lanier Plaza business owners oppose redevelopment

Aurelio Guzman has fond childhood memories of the El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ex-jailers, former inmates enter mediation

Two former Hall County Sheriff's Office employees have entered into mediation with three then-inmates alleging civil rights violations in a Dec. 22, 2010, incident at the jail.

April 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Badge and Bar: Trial date set on child sex trafficking charges

A tentative May trial date has been set for three Gainesville residents accused in a child sex trafficking case in Hall County Superior Court.

April 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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