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Citigroup to acquire Wachovia

It was business as usual at Wachovia's five branches in Hall County following an early morning announcement Monday that Citigroup Inc. will acquire the banking operations of Wachovia Corp., in a deal facilitated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

October 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Commitment, cooperation earn Hall County anti-drug grant

A Hall County agency recently received a five-year federal grant to prevent substance abuse among teens.

October 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Habitat for Humanity's ReStore offers good deals

By visiting Habitat for Humanity of Hall County's ReStore, you can kill two birds with one stone: You can buy cheap home improvement materials and contribute to the organization.

October 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Auto dealer executive Lindsay Boomershine Robertson passes away

Lindsay Boomershine Robertson, 55, an executive in a family-owned auto dealership, died Sunday at her home in Braselton. The cause of death was not immediately known, according to Jerry Ward of Mason & Ward Funeral Home, which is handling funeral arrangements.

October 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


A chaplain in Iraq: Some things remind Collins of home

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 earlier this month. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

October 03, 2008 | Rep. Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Fire displaces North Hall man

Fire swept through a North Hall home Sunday morning, causing an estimated $35,000 in damage and displacing the man who lived there.

October 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Authorities say tempers flaring over gas shortage

As the gas shortage brought on by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav stretches on in Gainesville and metro Atlanta, it seems some people may be getting a little testy.

October 02, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Healthy Monday: Inducing hypothermia aids victims of heart attacks

In recent years, there has been a push to have automated external defibrillators made available in public places. These devices can shock a heart back to life when someone goes into cardiac arrest.

October 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


National Alpaca Farm Day is woolly good fun for kids, adults

HOSCHTON - Anne Chapman had driven by the alpaca farm plenty of times on her way to her father-in-law's house.

October 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Meet Your Government: Former state educator seeks an in-depth look

Parents of Hall County students probably don't know Eloise Barron, but she's the one who directed the implementation of the state curriculum all Georgia kids study every day.

October 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Soldier dies in wreck

A Mount Airy soldier who had recently returned from a deployment to Iraq was killed Saturday in a wreck in White County.

October 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


The outdoor burn ban for Hall, other counties ends Wednesday

Just a couple more days and it's burn, baby, burn.

October 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Area thrift store is looking new and improved

Bargains still fill the former Potter's House at 328 Oak St. in Gainesville.

October 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lake Lanier yields trash and dangers

When the annual Lake Lanier Association Shore Sweep started in 1988, perhaps 100 people, mostly owners of property on the lake, spent the morning filling garbage bags with debris strewn along the banks of the water.

October 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Motivational speaker comes to Gainesville

Nick Vujicic, 25, from Australia, was born without arms and legs, but has not let that stop him from living his life.

October 02, 2008 | By Megan Gill | 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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