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Many lament loss of diversion center

Georgia's prison chief said Thursday that a 100-bed diversion center scheduled for closure Oct. 1 will be converted into a center where felony probationers under heavy supervision will be required to report daily.

August 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Customers take advantage of tax free holiday

A sign welcoming shoppers to Lakeshore Mall on Thursday proclaimed "Save it for your tank!"

August 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville Diversion Center falls victim to budget cuts

The Georgia Department of Corrections has announced the Gainesville Diversion Center will close Oct. 1 due to agency budget constraints.

August 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


About 100 dogs seized in Lumpkin cruelty case

DAHLONEGA - Lumpkin County sheriff's officials raided an alleged puppy mill Wednesday, seizing close to 100 small dogs that were kept in what authorities said were crowded and substandard living conditions.

August 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce touts record year for business investment

The Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce reported Thursday that new investments set a county record in the fiscal year ending June 30.

August 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville council hears proposed 'happy hour' ordinance

Happy hours soon could become a part of the Gainesville day, but not all the city's council members are pleased.

August 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County Humane Society abandoning euthanasia

The Humane Society of Hall County announced Thursday will end its contract with Hall County Animal Control as of July 1, 2009.

Humane Society president Rick Aiken said the nonprofit organization's board of directors voted this week to operate a "selective admission" shelter, which will not euthanize animals simply because of lack of space.

August 04, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Starting today, $9 will freeze credit reports

A new law goes into effect today that will allow Georgia consumers to protect themselves from the ever-growing concern of identity theft.

August 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Children's flotation gear may be less than safe

Renee Reeves' two young grandsons swim almost every day in her backyard pool near Murrayville. She always made sure the 20-month-old, Phoenix, was dressed in a one-piece "flotation" swimsuit to keep him buoyant.

August 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall County school system welcomes 275 new teachers

Allison Carpenter is returning to the stomping grounds of her youth, this time as a teacher.

August 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Longwood parking lot to close for 4 days for repaving

The main parking lot to one of Gainesville's most popular parks will close for four days next month.

August 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall fire department investigating Lula Road house fire

Hall County Fire Services is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a home at 8071 Lula Road Tuesday morning.

August 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Waffle House wants to cook in Flowery Branch

Waffle House is looking to locate in Flowery Branch, but the restaurant chain wants to do so under the city's old sewer rates.

August 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


For decades, Gainesville Toastmasters Club has taught speaking, leadership

On quiet evenings at the Hall County Library, a handful of people get together for the "best kept secret" in town and encourage each other to do what the librarians don't - speak.

August 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Federal mortgage help too late for many

For 162 property owners, any mortgage relief is coming too late. Their homes or land in Hall County are in foreclosure and due to be sold at public auction in front of the courthouse Tuesday.

August 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | 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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