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Expert: Better security can limit ‘stop and robs’

Two armed robberies within minutes at a pair of Gainesville convenience stores Thursday have police looking for suspects who could strike again.

April 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Death of elderly woman probed

At age 79, Gladys Smallwood was physically abused by her only son, deprived of food, and in the weeks before she was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, isolated to her bedroom in deplorable living conditions, according to one relative.

April 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall commissioners to seek reimbursement from clerk

Hall County commissioners agreed Thursday to seek reimbursement of passport fees collected by the clerk of courts even though he is not legally required to pay them back.

April 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Visitors Bureau to get new name

A tourist is likely to have heard of places like the Outer Banks of North Carolina or the Grand Canyon, but naming a nearby county or city might stump them.

April 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Tight budget nixes city projects

Some projects proposed by Gainesville department heads have already been subject to the chopping block.

April 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Flowery Branch man charged with homicide in Buford wreck

A Flowery Branch man is charged with vehicular homicide after a Thursday afternoon accident, according to authorities.

Nicholas Schnepper, 21, of Flowery Branch also has been charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and possession of an open container.

April 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Three arrested after alleged gang fight

Three members of the SUR-13 gang were arrested Wednesday after a fight between rival gangs, according to police.

April 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


700 marijuana plants found in Forsyth house

CUMMING - Two arrests have been made in what Forsyth County authorities are calling the most sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation they have seen.

William D. Morrow III, 44, and Linda Bates Vaughan, 40, were arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office with manufacturing and trafficking marijuana, a violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.

April 21, 2008 | Julie Arrington | Local


Stray Pet Strut and 5K Run set for Saturday

The Humane Society of Hall County presents its 17th annual Stray Pet Strut and 5K Run on Saturday, with all of the proceeds going to benefit the organization. The event takes place at Lake Lanier Islands, which is a new location from previous years.

April 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Community leaders ‘locked up’ for cause

On April 29, the Gainesville Police Department, the Hall County Sheriff's Office and the Oakwood Police Department will take business leaders to the Muscular Dystrophy Association 'jail' at Gainesville's Georgia Mountains Center. They will spend one hour in jail and make calls to friends and business associates to help bail them out.

April 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Final ‘super sweep’ scheduled

The Lake Lanier Association's ongoing cleanup program, "Shore Super Sweep," comes to an end this weekend.

As a last hoorah, four organized cleanups are planned Saturday morning at various locations around the lake.

April 21, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Ex-parks boss says Hall commissioner wanted her out because she is a woman

Former Hall County Parks and Leisure Services Director Deborah Mockus said she felt "betrayed" when county officials suggested she leave her position due to the wishes of a county commissioner. But, county officials said they recommended she explore new positions due to her inadequate job performance.

April 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Burn victim released from hospital

A child who was airlifted to an Atlanta burn unit Monday with second-degree burns from spilled soup has been released from the hospital, an official said.

April 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


GSC hosts discussion on global warming

A Gainesville State College assistant professor will present "Understand Global Warming" at noon April 23 in the college's Continuing Education/Performing Arts Center auditorium. The public is welcome to attend.

April 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Ga. 400 gets cable barrier in median

The Georgia Department of Transportation last week installed a median on portions of Ga. 400.

April 20, 2008 | From staff reports | 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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