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Hall County to investigate lead appraiser's taxes

A local watchdog group focusing on the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors has gotten the county's attention.

December 14, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville city attorney says Shuler violated no city policies

Gainesville officials found no evidence that former City Manager Bryan Shuler violated city policy by the time Shuler resigned on Nov. 13, according to Sam Harben, the attorney for the city's personnel board.

December 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


2 Jackson County jailers fired after inmate hanging

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has closed its investigation into the death of a Jackson County Jail inmate, and the findings have led to two jail employees losing their jobs.

"As a result of the internal investigation, two jail employees have been terminated from employment for failing to follow proper procedures," said Major David Cochran of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

December 13, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Memorial Park’s new funeral home chapel is a showplace

It once housed a supermarket and later became a church, but there is no sign of either in the newly renovated building that is now Memorial Park Funeral Home's North Riverside Chapel.

From Italian marble flooring in the foyer to high-tech video screens in the staterooms, the funeral home is owner Jack Frost's showplace.

December 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County tax payments trickling in

By Friday afternoon, 71 percent of Hall County property taxes had been paid, and though there are still more to process, Tax Commissioner Keith Echols said he thinks there will be more late tax payments this year than in the past.

"It's a little bit worse than what I thought it was going to be," Echols said.

December 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall tax board under fire again

A watchdog citizens' group alleges the county's chief appraiser incorrectly received a homestead exemption and owes almost $900 in back property taxes.

The allegations come months after an investigation and subsequent resignation of the former chairman of the board of tax assessors.

December 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Falcons’ fans fired up for semifinal road trip

Another road trip for Flowery Branch High football fans?

Not a problem.

December 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Local


North Georgia gospel trio gets Grammy nod

A couple of hometown girls received a nod in Thursday night's Grammy nominations.

December 13, 2008 | Kristen Morales | Local


Brenau University bestows honors on 3

Two community leaders and a longtime educator were honored at a ceremonial dinner Thursday night by Brenau University.

December 13, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Florida man acquitted of child molestation

A 20-year-old Florida man who faced a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years and lifetime registry as a sex offender if convicted of child molestation was acquitted by a Hall County jury Friday.

Joshua Stewart, who was 17 when he was accused of molesting a 4-year-old girl he was baby-sitting in an Athens Highway mobile home, wept after the jury found him not guilty on two counts of aggravated child molestation, his lawyer said.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


No connection between chaplain and murder suspects, police say

CLEVELAND - A chaplain who was robbed, stabbed and run over in a Cleveland neighborhood Sunday apparently had no connection to his killers other than the gesture of kindness he extended to them, authorities confirmed Thursday.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Family of suspect charged in chaplain's murder offers condolences

Family members of a Cleveland man charged in the murder of a youth minister reached out Friday with condolences.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shelters share holiday wish lists

While most shoppers are busy compiling their lists of gifts that need to be purchased for loved ones this holiday season, many area shelters are hoping they will add a few items for those who are less fortunate.

"With the economy being so bad, we are seeing more and more women in need of our services than ever before," said Sylvia Stoltzfus, executive director of My Sisters' Place.

December 13, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lobbyist: $2.5 billion state shortfall makes money tight for cities

City officials in Northeast Georgia are going to have to be prepared for what may come out of a state legislative session in which lawmakers are walking in facing a $2.5 billion budget shortfall, a municipal lobbyist said Thursday.

December 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Got your flu shot? Less than half of health care workers do

You've probably seen the public service announcements on TV recently about "the faces of influenza." These commercials urge you to get a flu shot if you're at risk for flu, or if you're a caregiver for someone who is.

December 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Man convicted in fatal boat wreck released from jail after settling with Sheriff’s Office

The Forsyth County man involved in a 2012 boating accident that killed two Buford boys has been released after settling a lawsuit with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, the man's attorney confirmed Friday afternoon.

May 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Jackson inmate took truck keys from shop, warden says

Inmate Michael Lillibridge got the keys to a Jackson County government-owned truck and drove away from a work detail, according to Jackson County Correctional Institute Warden Johnny Weaver.

May 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County remembers Kelly Nash

Alan Nash caught a glimpse of the plaque for his late son's memorial, a sign to stand before Kelly Nash's bench at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Final members of SPLOST citizens committee nominated

Gainesville City Council is poised to approve three nominations to the first-ever citizens committee overseeing how special purpose local option sales tax revenue is spent.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Chamber celebrates businesses, volunteers, leaders at annual gala

What sets Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce apart from the rest?

May 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Police: Drugs man gave friend weren’t oxycodone but something much stronger

Pills sold between two friends, according to a Gainesville Police investigator, led to one 23-year-old's death.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New rate offered to Gainesville-based Red Oak Sanitation

It is unclear whether a private trash collection service operating in Flowery Branch and unincorporated Hall County will accept a newly proposed discounted rate to dispose at the Candler Road landfill.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Escaped Jackson County inmate back in custody

A statewide lookout ended around 8 p.m. Thursday for an inmate from Jackson County who escaped from a work crew.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Man accused of driving toward deputy arrested in Flowery Branch

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


King’s Hawaiian cancels celebration event

The scheduled celebration for a new plant at the current King's Hawaiian Bakery Southeast in Flowery Branch was canceled due to the timing of a bird flu outbreak that has now affected more than 33 million turkeys, chickens and ducks in at least a dozen states.

May 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


5K benefits 1-year-old being treated for eye cancer

Asher Rock is a lively 1-year-old boy who loves blowing kisses and playing with his "Percy the Small Engine" model train.

May 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


TAD funds approved for real estate, construction business

The Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee recommended Wednesday that Owens Management Group receive $17,500 in funds to renovate and convert a residential home into an office space for its real estate investment company and light-construction business.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Free meals will be available for children in summer

Many children are reasonably well-fed from August to May - eating hot, balanced breakfast and lunch at school Monday through Friday.

May 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Slippery slope concerns arise as Hall officials debate trash dumping rate

Concerns about setting a bad precedent have given pause to some Hall County officials over whether to approve a discounted rate for a private trash collection service to dispose at the Candler Road landfill.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tri-state group OKs water management plan for basin

A private tri-state water group has settled in six years what remains a thorny issue for Georgia, Florida and Alabama after 20 years - the sharing of waters in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin.

May 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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