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Brenau gets high value marks from U.S. News

For the fourth year in a row, Brenau University was ranked as the 10th best education value in the Southeast by U.S. News & World Report.

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Suspect's fate in death penalty case is in jury's hands

A jury will ponder today whether Ignacio Vergara is guilty of murder in a drug-related shooting that claimed two lives six years ago on a gravel road in South Hall.

August 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dahlonega Rangers sentenced to prison for attempted drug theft

Two Dahlonega-based Army Rangers were sentenced to a total of five years in federal prison Monday for their role in a scheme to rob drug traffickers of cocaine at gunpoint.

August 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Budget cuts might slice state parks in Northeast Georgia

Georgia's state parks system ranks among the best in the country. Its 48 parks and 15 historic sites attract 11 million visitors each year, with high levels of customer satisfaction.

August 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


UGA's president touts incoming class of freshmen

The president of the University of Georgia told a Gainesville civic club on Monday that the new freshman class entering this year has the best academic credentials of any to enter the college.

August 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch United Methodist Church celebrates 146 years

FLOWERY BRANCH - The building has changed several times, but the worship has remained constant for 146 years.

August 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia bridges check out OK 1 year after Minnesota bridge collapse

Driving across a long bridge, especially an older one, it may be hard for some motorists to erase from their memory the news footage of the Minnesota bridge that collapsed one year ago, killing 13 people and injuring scores of others.

August 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Truckin' at Touch-A-Truck

Kids of all ages, and their family members, turned out for Saturday's ninth annual Touch-A-Truck event sponsored by Gainesville Parks and Recreation. More than 25 vehicles including big rig wreckers, garbage trucks, fire trucks, police cars and more filled the parking lot of City Park. Children were able to climb around the vehicles and try blowing the horns. Also included were smaller vehicles like riding lawn mowers and a Gainesville Police Department motorcycle. Other activities included inflatable jumping toys and an opportunity to get a temporary tattoo.

August 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


2 families get new houses from Habitat for Humanity

Blondine Jackson knows exactly how she plans to break in her new house on Black Drive in Gainesville.

August 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Price of feed is ruffling a few feathers

In remarks to poultry industry representatives this week, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin said things were tough in the poultry industry.

August 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Healthy Monday: Greenery good for patients, health facilities

Sometimes, nature is the best medicine.

August 28, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Deputy hurt in Lula standoff leaves hospital

A Hall County deputy who sustained a serious gunshot wound to the arm in the line of duty was released from an Atlanta hospital after spending 11 days there.

August 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville targeting unincorporated ‘islands’ of land

Gainesville may be cleaning up its borders in the next couple of months and getting rid of a substantial number of unincorporated "islands" within the city.

August 27, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Vergara jurors hear details of fatal drug deal

Hall County jurors got a glimpse into the shady underworld of cocaine trafficking Friday in the death penalty trial of Ignacio Vergara.

August 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall Honor Band raising funds for Hawaii trip

More than 100 students and parents from Hall County are fundraising like never before, hoping to collect enough money to get the Honor Band of Southern Hall County to Hawaii to play at Pearl Harbor for the state's 50th anniversary.

August 27, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Miller to seek post as state Senate president pro tem

Just a few months after announcing his intention to become the Senate majority leader in the Georgia General Assembly next year, Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, is now switching his focus to a higher position in the halls of the state legislature.

November 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville planning board denies Thompson Bridge-Virginia Circle drive-thru

BY JOSHUA SILAVENT

November 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area schools celebrate veterans

Area students and teachers were decked out in red, white and blue Tuesday as schools commemorated the Veterans Day holiday.

November 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Passenger in Oct. plane crash dies after hospitalization

The passenger in an Oct. 16 plane crash just outside Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport died Monday night, according to multiple sources.

November 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Local ceremonies honor veterans’ sacrifices

Tuesday was a day for tributes, tears and - in the case of one Veterans Day ceremony - some serious toe-tapping.

November 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




Area honors military service on Veterans Day

Ron Kellner's appreciation for Veterans Day began long before he served in the U.S. military or helped lead - as he is today - a Veterans Day program for the American Legion.

November 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rehabilitated dogs traveling north to new homes

As Amber Highfield opened the crate, two tiny paws jumped up and pulled on her heartstrings.

November 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: City planning board takes up Thompson Bridge-Virginia Circle proposal

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will meet today to vote on a proposed drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County clinic, pharmacy closer to opening

With the help of inmate labor, Hall County is progressing with renovations that will turn the old East Hall library branch in Rabbittown into a clinic and pharmacy serving county employees.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cost, cause of tennis court damage remain undetermined

The latest estimate to repair a crack in a tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek stands at about $12,000, but it remains unclear if this amount will bring the fix needed to finally put the matter to rest.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police seize nearly $20K in drugs in separate arrests

Two recent investigations by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad have led to almost $20,000 of methamphetamine and other drugs being seized.

November 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood OKs 2015 budget with 50 percent tax increase

Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to OK a budget that keeps the city solvent but is supported by a tax rate increase of about 50 percent.

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


West Hall seeking IB career certificate program

West Hall High School hopes to offer the International Baccalaureate career certificate for students who aren't pursuing the full IB diploma.

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deputy, two others hurt in South Hall crash

Three people, including a Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy, suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle wreck in South Hall today.

November 10, 2014 | | Local


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