Christmas trees adorned with ornaments aimed at raising funds for cancer research have graced the hallways of North Hall Middle School for the past seven years. But this year is the first a tree was decorated in honor of a faculty member battling cancer.
Hall County's rabies epidemic apparently isn't taking a break for the holidays. The number of confirmed cases this year has now climbed to 43.
According to Hall County Animal Control, on Dec. 10 a skunk came into contact with a dog in the Claude Parks Road area of North Hall. The skunk's remains were sent Monday to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, which confirmed Tuesday that the skunk was infected with rabies.
Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Next week, Collins' column will run on Christmas Day instead of the usual Tuesday.
December 23, 2008|
Rep. Doug Collins
For The Times
The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating the stabbing of a 16-year-old gang member. They believe the incident, which occurred Monday afternoon on Bob Bryant Road, is the result of an altercation between members of two known street gangs: Mexican Vatos Society and La Onda.
Deteriorating conditions and dwindling revenues have prompted officials at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course to lay off the director of golf, take ownership of the pro shop and consider a shakeup of members on an oversight committee in an effort to get the ball back on the green.
With Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller calling it the "second most important date" the city has had after becoming home base for the Atlanta Falcons, council members approved the very first steps of developing a new city hall location.