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After hiker's death, residents say they are shocked, more cautious

A dark and heavy cloud hung over the city of Buford Tuesday as grim details kept emerging about the discovery of Meredith Hope Emerson's remains.

Residents of the Atlanta suburb went about business as usual, but some of them said they will never look at their town the same after hearing of the 24-year-old hiker's death.

January 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Suspect charged with murder in hiker case

On New Year's Day, 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson disappeared after setting out with her dog for a day of hiking near Union County's Vogel State Park.

January 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Thompson Mill Road plans: Residents want more shopping, no more houses

An outdoor shopping mall accompanied by offices and homes is planned at the Village at Deaton Creek active adult community off Thompson Mill Road.

January 20, 2008 | Nikki Young | Local


For runners, there is a free lunch, and a YMCA membership

To get people to participate in its March 20 "Get Fit Stay Fit" 5K run/walk, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is making an offer that's hard to refuse.

January 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Language academy could be permanent home for much traveled South Hall students

A group of South Hall families who have seen their children moved in and out of three elementary districts over this decade could find a home in Hall County's new World Languages Academy.

January 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


New lanes opening on Dawsonville Highway may cause delays

Two new lanes on Dawsonville Highway are set to open today, according to an official from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

January 19, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Boaters pay so ramp can open again

Lake Lanier's dwindling levels have left boaters with only a handful of operational ramps, but local fishermen and rowers alike have worked together to raise funds that will allow a ramp at Clarks Bridge Park to open on Sunday.

On Monday, Lake Lanier Rowing Club donated $1,000 to a ramp extension fundraising effort initiated by bait and tackle store owner Kerry Hicks.

January 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Official touts future of South Hall sewage plant

Hall County officials presented their newest asset, the Spout Springs Reuse Facility, at a press conference Monday in South Hall.

January 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Creative kids tour arts center as reward

GAINESVILLE - Some kids in Hall County took advantage of their last day of winter break by sleeping late and watching television. Others perused the art at the Quinlan Arts Center.

On the day before their art debuts at the Lakeshore Mall, about 20 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs toured the Quinlan Arts Center, and some got their first taste of a real art exhibit.

January 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Georgia may get first-ever water plan

Georgia would get its first statewide water management plan under a proposal approved Tuesday by the drought-stricken state's top environmental officials.

The Georgia Water Council, a group of lawmakers and officials, unanimously adopted the plan after almost three years of wrangling over its specifics. But it must still be approved by Georgia's lawmakers before it can take effect, a process that promises more debate during the legislative session.

January 19, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein The Associated Press | Local


Hikers unsettled by Emerson's death

The disappearance of Meredith Emerson, the hiker who disappeared near Blood Mountain on New Year's Day and whose body was found Monday night, has been a hot topic of conversation in Georgia and throughout the nation.

January 19, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Carville, Matalin to visit Brenau

Husband-and-wife political advisers James Carville and Mary Matalin, who worked for opposing presidential candidates in 1992, are scheduled to appear at Brenau University on April 18.

January 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Police believe Friday assault was gang-related

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville Police Department is investigating an assault that involved a car chase Friday night at the La Flor De Jalisco restaurant at 425 Atlanta Highway.

Odilon Valencia, 26, of Gainesville, reported to police that he and Elias Diaz, 30, of Gainesville, were leaving the restaurant at 10:07 p.m. when several Hispanic men attacked them, Gainesville police said. Valencia said Diaz was hit in the face and that he was struck and knocked to the ground.

January 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


New lanes now open on Dawsonville Highway

Teri Pope with the Georgia Department of Transportation said that as of 11:35 this morning, new lanes on Dawsonville Highway north of Gainesville have been opened.

January 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Traveling flag will welcome submarine home

All 159 of Georgia's counties are playing a part in rolling out the welcome mat for the return of the USS Georgia to state waters in March.

U.S. Navy representatives are collaborating with multiple Georgia Regional Development Centers to plan a statewide Georgia Flag Project that takes the state flag on a trip through each county where local government officials sign a document verifying its visit to the county.

January 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Gainesville City Schools lowers graduation requirement

Gainesville High School students now need only 23 credits to graduate, down from 24 last year and 28 just a few years ago.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Woman charged in hit-and-run at school bus stop

A Dahlonega woman has been charged in a hit-and-run at a school bus stop that resulted in minor injuries to two Hall County schoolchildren.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

The iconic fountain on Brenau University's front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau's longtime figures.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Campaigns may rake up even more money under new rules

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows individuals to donate to any number of federal candidates they want and promises to pour millions more dollars into an election system already swamped in money.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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