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Annexation could add hundreds of students to city schools

Gainesville's pending annexation of unincorporated islands in Hall County could cause up to 500 county students to transfer into the Gainesville school system next year, according to the Gainesville schools superintendent.

Merrianne Dyer, superintendent of Gainesville schools, said Gainesville is planning to annex 563 individual properties in December. Dyer said the 526-acre annexation would incorporate 445 residential properties into the Gainesville city limits, bringing an estimated 300 to 500 Hall County students into Gainesville schools.

November 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Pets get pics with Santa to help other pooches

Santa Claus and puppies: What more could you ask for?

November 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville customers still conserving water

Numbers show that Gainesville residents and businesses are continuing to do their part to conserve water during the ongoing drought.

November 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


State Supreme Court redefines kidnapping

When Christopher Joseph Emerson was accused last March of grabbing a woman's elbow in a Flowery Branch supermarket parking lot and moving her toward his car, he was charged with kidnapping, though she never was forced into the car or carried away.

That's because in Georgia's courts, the term "kidnapping" has evolved to mean any movement, however slight, of a person against his or her will.

November 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Man found guilty of child molestation

More than seven years after molesting a 5-year-old boy in a trailer off Athens Highway, a Gainesville man was found guilty of aggravated child molestation Friday in Hall County Superior Court.

November 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Potential city residents can talk about annexation

Property owners affected by a possible mass annexation into the Gainesville city limits will have a chance to ask questions about becoming city residents Monday.

November 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Brian Nichols found guilty in Atlanta courthouse shootings

A jury has found courthouse gunman Brian Nichols guilty of murder in a 2005 shooting spree that left a judge and three others dead and turned Atlanta's seat of justice into a crime scene.

November 11, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Richardson to allow Collins to vote for state House speaker

Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson acted quickly Thursday to clear the way for state Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, to vote by proxy in next week's vote for speaker and other party officers of the GOP.

November 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Apply to Habitat in a hurry if you need a house

Habitat for Humanity of Hall County is holding its final 2008 application for housing meetings today and Saturday.

November 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson's Holiday Market is today, Saturday

JEFFERSON - Sarah Trippe and Karyn Wilburn have been baking delicious cakes, painting delicate ornaments and sewing decorative pillows and purses around the clock.

November 10, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Deportations up 63 percent in Georgia, the Carolinas

There was a 63 percent increase in illegal immigrants deported from Georgia and the Carolinas in the 12 months ending in October, and thousands of criminals were tagged for removal from the country upon their release from prison, federal officials said Thursday.

November 10, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Study emphasizes expanding existing reservoirs

A study ordered in the wake of the epic drought gripping Georgia concluded that authorities should first devote resources toward expanding existing reservoirs before building new ones.

November 10, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Flowery Branch gives first OK to Sterling on the Lake expansion

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council gave its first OK Wednesday to a nearly 200-home expansion of the already massive Sterling on the Lake development off Spout Springs Road.

November 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lula moves forward with Veterans Park

The Lula City Council met Wednesday to discuss funding for a proposed Veterans Park on which they are set to break ground next week.

November 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hospital's 2008 Marketplace draws buyers, vendors

Faithful attendees of the annual Marketplace come from far and wide to peruse the items that vendors offer.

November 10, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Hall OKs funds to replace faulty firetruck

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved funding this morning for the purchase of a new firetruck with an aerial platform to replace the one involved in a July accident that seriously injured three firefighters.

September 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Students rally for teacher who talks about faith

CANTON - Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he's standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Badge and Bar: Two indicted in kidnapping, assault case

Two Gainesville residents have been indicted on charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault, accused of dragging the victim into the bathroom of a Gainesville apartment.

September 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Clinics event to honor volunteers, raise funds

Good News Clinics runs on the work of volunteers, and there are a lot of them - about 40 doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, 40 dentists and even more nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists and community members.

September 11, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Flowery Branch man indicted in his brother’s Christmas Day death

A Flowery Branch man has been indicted on murder charges for the Christmas Day death of his brother.

September 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


South Hall park may open by spring

The sun broke through the clouds just in time to witness the official groundbreaking at Cherokee Bluffs Park.

September 10, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Man cycles across US for pets and vets

Charleston, S.C.-based Neil Grehlinger is cycling approximately 4,000 miles across the U.S. to help match rescue dogs and soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

September 10, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


WomenSource hosts 7th annual Power of the Purse fundraiser

For the seventh year, WomenSource played host to its annual Power of the Purse fundraiser, which celebrated women's philanthropy Tuesday evening at the Chattahoochee Country Club.

September 10, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


$1.99 billion requested to fund state universities

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents is requesting $1.99 billion for its 2016 budget and a separate $254.8 million for facilities.

September 10, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: Oakwood to hold hearing on Stringer Road project

Oakwood is holding its third of four required public hearings Thursday as part of an $800,000 road project related to M. Stringer Road at the King's Hawaiian plant.

September 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville crowd debates Common Core's merits

An English professor told a Gainesville audience Tuesday night that educators, including herself, were heavily involved in the development of Common Core standards but they also were "passionate" about their work.

September 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Planned microbrewery a step closer to opening taps

Pap Datta is one step closer to his dream of opening a microbrewery in Gainesville.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DA: Grand jury to probe raid that injured Cornelia toddler

A prosecutor says a grand jury will investigate a police raid that severely injured a toddler when a flash grenade detonated in the child's playpen last spring in Cornelia.

September 09, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Lanier academy student charged with making threats

A Lanier Career Academy student has been arrested and charged with making terroristic threats.

September 09, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Valentine’s Day murder conviction appealed to Georgia Supreme Court

The attorney for the go-between in a Valentine's Day murder-for-hire scheme argued for an appeal Monday on the grounds of unlawfully obtained and unsuppressed phone records.

September 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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