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Class Notes: UNG town hall meeting tonight in Oakwood

The University of North Georgia is continuing a series of town hall meetings for alumni and community members to weigh in on its strategic plan.

March 30, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville unsure on water, sewer rate increase

The Gainesville Public Utilities Department is proposing a 2.25 percent increase in the water rate for the 2015 fiscal year, and a 1.25 percent increase in the sewer rate.

March 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Experts: Put those iPads (and phones, and televisions, and computers) away

Nairika Cornett has always kept her children's exposure to technology to a minimum, but it was a hassle.

March 30, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Funds lacking to improve Hall’s busiest roads

The wreck in her front yard, turning an elaborate birdhouse into a pile of lumber, helped confirm what Stephanie Scoggins already knew: Something needs to be done with Ga. 369/Browns Bridge Road.

March 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Concert for a cause

The Disabled American Veterans' hosted its "Fulfilling Our Promises" concert Saturday night at the Carlos and Sandra Cervantes Theater at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. The concert featured a variety of music, including classical, country and gospel performed by 15 musicians of various ages and backgrounds. The event was a fundraiser for DAV Chapter 17, which depends on donations and volunteers to assist area veterans and their families. In addition, the chapter provides scholarships for children of veterans and transportation to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Decatur.

March 29, 2014 | | Local


City council set to vote on historic marker for tornado site

Gainesville City Council appears poised to approve the placement of a long-awaited historical marker at the site of the former Cooper Pants Factory, which burned during the April 6, 1936, tornado that devastated much of the city.

March 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau lauds past and future at gala

Brenau University celebrated its past with a black-tie-optional event Saturday night while sharing with guests big plans for the future.

March 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


New drug raises concerns locally

A new drug that was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration has raised concerns both locally and nationally about its potential for abuse.

March 29, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Health care law deadline looms

James Smith's family is struggling to make ends meet, so paying for any kind of health coverage - at this point - is tough.

March 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students use their ears to play ball

Blindfolded students from West Hall, with their partners guiding them, searched for a rolling beep ball Friday morning during Disability Resource Center's annual Beep Ball event at Mulberry Creek Community Center.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Scant details offered on new Sheriff’s Office HQ alternatives

Before the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $257,000 contract Thursday for the architectural design of a new Sheriff's Office headquarters, questions emerged about whether due diligence had been given to looking at the possibility of renovating existing buildings instead, perhaps at a lower cost.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rain postpones today’s downtown pet event

The Mutts on Main event scheduled for today has been postponed two weeks due to the rainy forecast.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Promgoers reminded to avoid alcohol, drugs

Tonight marks the official beginning of prom season, with two high schools unleashing their celebratory juniors and seniors on the roads.

March 28, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Suspect convicted in 2012 home invasion shooting

A suspect in a Gainesville home invasion was convicted Wednesday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and other felonies.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ex-Hall deputy charged with stealing county property

A former Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy has been charged with stealing county property and violating his oath as an officer.

March 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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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


Ex-jailers, former inmates enter mediation

Two former Hall County Sheriff's Office employees have entered into mediation with three then-inmates alleging civil rights violations in a Dec. 22, 2010, incident at the jail.

April 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Badge and Bar: Trial date set on child sex trafficking charges

A tentative May trial date has been set for three Gainesville residents accused in a child sex trafficking case in Hall County Superior Court.

April 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


UNG-Gainesville project brings students, seniors together

It may seem an odd pairing: College students, from the nearby University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus, showing older adults at the Senior Life Center how to bowl digitally.

April 10, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local




Family increases reward to $10K in missing person case

Thomas Funk of Gainesville has been missing since Oct. 1, 2011, and his family and the Hall County Sheriff's Office want answers.

April 09, 2014 | | Local


Double-wide damaged in early morning fire

A mobile home was damaged by a fire early Wednesday but the residents escaped safely.

April 09, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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