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Mayors' Christmas Motorcade collects gifts for mental health hospital patients

Imagine being in a hospital for a month with no visitors, no reminders of home and no other connection to the world outside of the four walls in your room.

December 11, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville council silent on Shuler’s severance

Gainesville City Council members refused Wednesday to discuss whether they properly awarded former City Manager Bryan Shuler a $76,000 severance package when he resigned suddenly last month amid allegations of sexual harassment.

December 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Budget cuts force senior aid agency to drop services

About 750 people are on a waiting list to receive services from Legacy Link, the Area Agency on Aging in Gainesville. But they might remain on that list indefinitely, as state budget cuts have curtailed the agency's ability to provide services.

"The first round of cuts came in August," Legacy Link director Pat Freeman said. "About $193,000 in state funding was removed from our budget. We lost money for our wellness program, and we lost a staff person who had been helping with planning for long-term needs."

December 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Former Gainesville city manager was accused of sexual harassment

Former Gainesville City Manager Bryan Shuler was placed on administrative leave three days before he resigned while officials investigated anonymous allegations of sexual harassment, city records show.

December 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Study says cheating is on the rise at US schools

Dishonest habits are on the rise in schools according to a new national study, and local educators say the temptation to cheat may be particularly strong for Georgia students concerned about obtaining state college scholarships.

December 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Friends start fund to aid family of slain minister

Students and educators in the Hall County school system are coming together to support the family of the late Frank Harris Jr., who was found dead in front of a Cleveland home early Monday.

December 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Group urges people to rescue a pet for the holidays

With many people seeking to bring home a fuzzy friend for the holidays, some local groups hope they will consider rescue dogs.

December 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Challenged Child and Friends celebrates Christmas and kids

Volunteers for Challenged Child and Friends decorate Christmas trees as part of the annual Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for the organization. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday at the Buisson Barn, 6354 J.F. Jay Road, Gainesville, on the shore of Lake Lanier, and features uniquely decorated trees and wreaths, along with original jewelry and artwork. All proceeds benefit children at Challenged Child and Friends, which provides support and education to children. The gala starts at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $80. For tickets or more information, call 770-535-8372, ext. 120.

December 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson students carol for cash, class credit

JEFFERSON - To the untrained eye, Jefferson Elementary School may seem like any other school. But the school has something that most others do not.

December 11, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall County schools look for ways to save money

In an attempt to "get ahead of the curve," the Hall County school board is considering $11.5 million in potential cost-saving measures to balance next year's budget.

December 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


After snow flurries, better weather on the way, for a while

Some light flurries hit Gainesville on Monday, with snow showers and less than a half-inch accumulation predicted overnight in the North Georgia mountains.

December 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Love Light tree warms spirits

It was a Christmas tree "lighting" that took place about a mile away from the actual Christmas tree. But that didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits.

December 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Abit Massey gets key to Gainesville in honor of service

If anyone deserves the key to the poultry capital of the world, it would be the 48-year president of the Georgia Poultry Federation.

December 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


State DNR honors Elachee director Timpone

The Georgia Board of Natural Resources has chosen Andrea Timpone, executive director of Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville, for the 2008 Rock Howard Award.

December 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Former diversion center now probation check-in site

Using inmate labor, the Georgia Department of Corrections has converted the former residential diversion center on Aviation Boulevard into a day reporting center.

December 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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On-the-job training coming to Cornelia

The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission-Workforce Development is bringing on-the-job training to Cornelia next week.

April 09, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Power restored after wreck causes outage Tuesday

Power was restored to thousands of customers who were left without electricity when a car hit a power pole just before 3 p.m. according to Jackson EMC.

April 09, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Griffin police: No leads in 2013 slaying of area man

A year later, authorities said there have been no developments in the homicide investigation of a Flowery Branch man who was killed in Griffin.

April 09, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Victims remembered at event

Two brothers, Jake Prince, 9, and Griffin Prince, 13, who were killed in a 2012 boat wreck were remembered Tuesday at a Victims' Rights Week event in Kenyon Plaza outside the Hall County Courthouse in Gainesville.

April 09, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: Spring’s arrival heralds progress on road work

With spring's arrival comes road work.

April 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Developer moving ahead on proposed apartments

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board voted 3-2 Tuesday to recommend approving development of a 94,000-square-foot, 90-unit apartment complex on a 2.2-acre site off Queen City Parkway at Banks Street, across from the city's Public Safety Complex.

April 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County stays beautiful with Great American Cleanup

Volunteers will hit several areas of Hall County on Saturday as part of the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program.

April 09, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Crash cuts power for thousands in S. Hall

Power was restored by 8 p.m. Tuesday to thousands of customers who were left without power when a car collided with a power pole, according to Jackson EMC.

April 08, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Department of Labor to help Magnolia fill jobs in Baldwin

The Georgia Department of Labor will help Magnolia Windows and Doors fill a number of manufacturing jobs from 2-5 p.m. April 17 at 1000 Pyratich Drive in Baldwin.

April 08, 2014 | | Local


Sunny skies to return to area

Almost 3.5 inches of rain was recorded Monday at the National Weather Service's station at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

April 08, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council to hear last of budget presentations

Gainesville City Council will meet Thursday morning to hear the last of the departmental budget presentations for the coming 2015 fiscal year.

April 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Student, golfer Smith dies at 17

Averi Smith's motto was "No tears, all smiles."

April 08, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


University’s 3-D printer helps children with disabilities

Nicolas Holbert rode Chaco around the stable enclosure, circle after circle, as physical therapy students held onto him on each side to keep his head stable.

April 08, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


King’s Hawaiian to add 450 jobs

The smell of dinner rolls wafting over Oakwood is about to grow stronger as King's Hawaiian plans to expand its production facilities and hire 450 new employees over the next two years.

April 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Governor reports $3.9M in cash for re-election bid

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal reported $3.9 million in cash for his re-election bid on Monday, after raising about $84,000 in 11 days after the legislative session ended.

April 07, 2014 | BY CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


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