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Live debate blog tonight

Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama face off tonight in the last presidential debate, set to air at 9 p.m.

October 19, 2008 | | Local


Opera tenor talks business

On the afternoon following his rousing recital at Brenau University, critically acclaimed opera tenor Robert Breault discussed the business of professional music with students aspiring to be opera stars and world class pianists.

October 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jackson County gives Martin first ‘Woman of the Year’ honor

Children are too young to vote, so often their wants and needs are overlooked by the majority of society, but not by Martha Martin. As she puts it, "helping children is my passion."

Martin is more than a woman of her word, she is also a woman of action and uses her passion for children to fuel her endeavors on multiple Jackson County boards and organizations that are dedicated to helping children.

October 19, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Parents, faculty vote tonight on Sardis charter model

The Sardis Elementary School community will have the opportunity tonight to give its thumbs up or down to a proposed charter school model that could be enacted at the Hall County elementary school in the 2009-2010 school year.

October 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Deposit insurance extended; Georgia bankers like move

An official of a Gainesville bank and a spokesman for a state banking association said it remains to be seen if the federal government's direct infusion of cash will have any benefit for Georgia-based banks.

October 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Police investigating armed robbery, car theft

Gainesville police are investigating a late Monday armed robbery and car theft at a liquor store.

October 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Authorities say alcohol overdose killed Gainesville teen

Three people face charges after a 16-year-old Gainesville girl died from alcohol use during a weekend camping trip in White County, authorities said Tuesday.

October 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Traffic changes in Oakwood

Motorists beware: Traffic patterns are changing around Interstate 985 in Oakwood.

October 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hospital ranks No. 1 in Ga., in top 5 percent in nation for heart care

For the fourth year in a row, Northeast Georgia Medical Center has been ranked No. 1 in Georgia and among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for cardiac care.

October 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


DOT project to replace signal poles will start Monday in Cleveland

The state Department of Transportation plans to begin working Monday on a project to replace existing wooden signal poles in the downtown Cleveland square.

October 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch High School to appear on game show

Flowery Branch High School students will compete against another Georgia high school on WSB-TV's "High-Q" game show. Chosen by a random drawing from all Hall County high schools, Flowery Branch High will try to answer academic questions regarding history, literature, geography or chemistry. The team that will represent the high school has yet to be determined, but will appear on the show in January.

October 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Fixed incomes get tighter in lean economic times

Ethel Roberto remembers when gasoline was 39 cents a gallon.

October 18, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Budget cuts leave Hall firefighter shifts short of personnel

For most county employees, the new economically mandated monthly furlough means closing up an office for a day.

October 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville police want right-of-way on 3 miles of I-985

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals board voted in favor of two requests from the city police department to annex the right-of-way of two major corridors of the city Tuesday.

October 18, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


FDA says no more cold meds for children under 2

Cough and cold season is fast approaching, but parents no longer have the arsenal of store-bought remedies they once used to treat their ailing kids.

October 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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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


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


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