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Visitors bureau touts area with new Web site

BRASELTON - Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to launch a new Web site next week as part of an ongoing effort to "reposition" itself to a larger market, its president said Tuesday.

April 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Atlanta metro area’s air among dirtiest in U.S.

A report released by the American Lung Association on Tuesday ranks the Atlanta metropolitan area, which includes Gainesville, in the nation's top 25 cities with air pollution problems.

April 29, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Want to carpool? Group will pay you

Clean commuting is not only good for the environment, but for your wallet, too.

April 29, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Potential candidates begin eyeing Deal's congressional seat

While U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal is expected to make an announcement about his political future this week, the mad scramble to fill his 9th District seat is quietly happening in the background.

April 29, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Schools to start getting stimulus money soon

Georgia school districts will start to get $665 million of stimulus cash flow now that the state Board of Education unanimously approved the allocation of federal funds Tuesday.

April 29, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Georgia Supreme Court reverses man’s conviction in Hall

The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the conviction of a man who was accused of striking and seriously injuring a Hall County sheriff's deputy with his car during a drug bust.

April 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lanier, dam to receive $8.3 million in federal funds

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Mobile District, which governs Lake Lanier, will get $293 million in federal stimulus money, including about $8.3 million for Buford Dam and Lake Lanier, officials announced Tuesday.

April 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville First United Methodist Church outspells competitors

Shown up too many times by their rivals from Grace Episcopal Church, the Methodists were out for respect, the kind Aretha Franklin spelled out, in Tuesday's 18th Annual Spelling Bee at Brenau University.

April 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cocaine seized in South Hall worth $500,000, official says

Hall County authorities seized more than 10 pounds of cocaine worth half a million dollars Monday in a "buy-bust" operation, officials announced Tuesday.

April 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ex-worker says Gainesville retaliated by eliminating his job

The city's Public Works Department eliminated its engineering services administrator position Thursday, a move that City Manager Kip Padgett said was an effort to cut costs.

April 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Academy day could become good investment for military hopefuls

Students who are considering applying to a military academy may want to think about attending the upcoming Military Academy Day at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Atlanta.

April 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lanier Park ER to shut its doors at midnight tonight

At midnight tonight, something will happen at the emergency room at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park campus that hasn't happened since it opened: The doors will be locked.

April 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Purple Passion: Wednesday sales, paint campaign raise money to fight and awareness about cancer

You may not need an excuse to shop or eat dinner out Wednesday, but the American Cancer Society will reap the benefits if you partake.

April 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Can you spell literacy? This bee helps raise money for reading classes

Put on your thinking caps and get ready to spell. The 18th annual spelling bee for the Gainesville/Hall Alliance for Literacy is 7 tonight at Pearce Auditorium.

April 27, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Gainesville Fire Department rules chicken-cooking contest

Gainesville Fire Department cleaned up at Saturday's Spring Chicken Festival, winning three awards and taking home the Grand Champion prize for its finger-licking chicken cooking.

April 27, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Headmaster kisses pig following school's high reading scores

Lakeview Academy Headmaster John Kennedy kissed Purdy the Tamworth pig Wednesday at the Gainesville school as a reward for first- through fifth-grade students, who exceeded their goal in the Scholastic Reading Counts challenge.

October 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Talks underway between lawyers for Hall firetruck maker over training accident

Legal representatives for the maker of the the firetruck involved in a July 22 Hall County training incident have begun discussions with County Attorney Bill Blalock.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Badge and Bar: Man indicted in officer obstruction

A Gainesville man previously indicted on a kidnapping charge has been indicted on charges of kicking two correctional officers in a later incident.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Parents remember lost children in candlelight service

There are no words to describe the loss of a child.

October 15, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Early projects list shows Ga. 211 widening as top priority

A Norcross consultant helping to develop a long-range transportation plan for Gainesville-Hall County has ranked the widening of Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway in South Hall as the area's No. 1 priority.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


High school students learn about careers

Local high school students took a break from the books Wednesday during a career success day to learn how to be successful in the world of work.

October 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class aims to boost efficiency in spotting storms

Many people may underestimate their ability to save their neighbors with a single call.

October 15, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


State poultry industry gets good news in trade ruling

The World Trade Organization has ruled against India in its yearslong ban on U.S. poultry imports, including meat and eggs, a first step toward reopening access to the subcontinent's lucrative market.

October 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former Lanier Islands CID director dies in car wreck

A Roswell man who had worked to create a self-taxing district along Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway in South Hall County has died.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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