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Hall, city to grow more arborists

Gainesville can now add "certified arborist" to the list of experts in its employee arsenal - with no hiring required.

August 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Rain might not go away till Tuesday

Cooler weather moving in this weekend may keep the gray skies around, according to forecasters from the National Weather Service.

August 28, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall teachers, schools win Walmart supplies

Four Hall County schools were among 20 nationwide to win $8,000 in school supplies from Walmart.

August 28, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Heavy rain expected to continue all day

The heavy rains that started this morning will likely continue throughout the day.

National Weather Service Forecaster Laura Griffith said Gainesville is experiencing a system that has traveled up through Atlanta.

August 28, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Students, staff prep for high school football

Temperatures are cooling and kickoff time for high school football is finally here.

After weeks of practicing in the sweltering summer heat, football players will don their pads tonight as an army of band members, cheerleaders and parent volunteers add that touch of magic that makes football season so special.

August 28, 2009 | By Jessica Jordan and and Brandee A. Thomas | Local


I-985 exit work won’t be finished till October

Because of abundant rainfall over the past month, the Georgia Department of Transportation doesn't expect its $75 million makeover of Interstate 985 in South Hall to be completed by Labor Day as hoped.

August 28, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


School parapro 'Tori' Thompson mourned after accident

Many Hall County school employees were in mourning Thursday over a Wednesday wreck that claimed the life of a paraprofessional who is the daughter of two longtime school administrators.

August 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Community takes aim at area's gang problem

Maybe something positive will come from the tragic death of Juan "Baby P-Nut" Gomez.

August 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


School officials dedicate new Flowery Branch High building

Hall County school officials celebrated the dedication of the new $37 million Flowery Branch High School on Thursday night.

August 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall commissioners fight another annexation

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has made it clear that it will not stand for involuntary annexations.

August 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Deal weighs in on health, ethics at chamber meeting

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal shared his thoughts on top national issues Thursday at a meeting of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

August 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Ad error leads to delay of Gainesville annexation hearings

Two public hearings have been postponed that would have given 59 Gainesville "islanders" the chance to voice opinions of a proposed annexation of their properties.

August 27, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Man is acquitted in Oakwood rape trial

Joycelyn Ginyard cried out in court after hearing a Hall County juror announce the words "not guilty" Thursday in the rape trial of her brother.

August 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall paraprofessional mourned

Many Hall County school employees are in mourning today over a Wednesday wreck that claimed the life of a paraprofessional who is the daughter of two longtime school administrators.

August 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


South Hall may get traffic relief

A four-lane Spout Springs Road won't be realized for some time, but Hall County officials are hoping some less-extreme improvements will bring motorists some relief in the meantime.

August 26, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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School takeover amendment heads to voters in 2016

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" won Georgia House approval Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016 and accomplishing the Republican's top priority kicking off his second term.

March 25, 2015 | BY KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Medical marijuana bill heads to governor's desk

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 25, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


GBI assisting in Mount Airy death investigation

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Habersham County Sheriff's Office in a death investigation in Mount Airy, according to GBI Region 8 Special Agent in Charge Kim Williams.

March 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Center Point recognizes Hall County's top student leaders

March 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Eyes on the Road: Public curious about bill’s impact on local funding

The key question asked at Monday night's last public-input meeting on the Hall County area's draft 2040 transportation plan was the potential impact of a transportation funding bill if passed by the Georgia General Assembly.

March 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Police, businesses give tips to protect your home during vacation

On the beach, the sand is between your toes, and you try to keep your smartphone away from your fingers.

March 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


State House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

March 24, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


State Senate passes medical marijuana bill

March 24, 2015 | BY BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Local


Hall County government clinic expanding prescription drugs, other services

More changes and added services are coming to the HCG Family Health Center, a clinic and pharmacy operated by Hall County for its employees, retirees and their dependents covered by the government's health plan.

March 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Northeast Georgia Speech Center to unveil Sensory Garden at open house

Whether your child is on the autism spectrum or just has a slight speech impediment, he or she could be helped by a center right here in Gainesville.

March 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Road now open in Flowery Branch

A gas line break at Gaines Ferry and McEver roads in Flowery Branch forced authorities to shut down the intersection, including the entrance to Four Seasons subdivision.

March 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


3 area brothers recognized for WWII service

Three pairs of identical, crystal blue eyes gaze across Lake Lanier.

March 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Scholars’ Academy registration still open

The fourth annual Hall County Government Scholars' Academy is fast approaching, and registration is still open for interested participants.

March 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Changes coming to Gainesville Wood’s Mill

Changes are coming to the Gainesville school campus currently known as Wood's Mill.

March 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


EPA: Gainesville poultry plant violated Clean Water Act

Floating fats entering the city's wastewater system, maggots on a pipe wall and blood on a trailer are just a few of the things found by federal investigators in an Aug. 27 inspection at Pilgrim's Pride in Gainesville.

March 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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