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Her loss of locks is another child’s gain

After three long years of waiting, the time for Danielle Richey's haircut finally arrived Thursday morning.

December 25, 2007 | Edie Rogers | Local


Drought taxes revenue: Public utilities earns less from water sales

Ongoing water conservation efforts, both local and state-mandated, may cause Gainesville's public utilities department to lose its streak of steadily increasing revenue, a financial auditor for the city said today.

December 25, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Ongoing cleanup effort a ‘super’ idea

As the rapidly shrinking Lake Lanier reveals unprecedented amounts of previously buried trash, the Lake Lanier Association has come up with a new way to tackle the problem.

Shore "Super" Sweep is a twist on Shore Sweep, the association's annual lake cleanup that's usually held in September. The "super" sweep is an ongoing effort rather than a single event.

December 24, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New southbound I-985 bridge to open, help ease traffic

A new bridge spanning Mundy Mill Road will open this afternoon to accommodate Interstate 985 southbound traffic.

December 24, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Can't slow her down: Paralyzed from an injury, student wants to change minds

It's safe to assume that anyone with the nickname "Hot Wheels" isn't afraid of attracting attention.

Kristina Shepard figured out a long time ago that she can't avoid drawing curious stares everywhere she goes, so she uses it as an opportunity to educate people.

December 24, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Catholic community observes rare rites

GAINESVILLE - For the first time in the history of Atlanta's Archdiocese, Catholic priests Wednesday crowned the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Father Fabio Sotelo performed the rite at St. Michael Catholic Church in Gainesville, along with priests in 17 other parishes throughout the Atlanta Roman Catholic district.

December 24, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Cookie package causes bomb scare at Buford Dam

These cookies really bombed.

December 24, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Just call him Santa Cronic

He wasn't wearing a white beard or red suit, but Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic got a chance to play Santa Wednesday, giving away bicycles for needy children in a program that will benefit nearly twice the number of families as last year.

December 24, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Breakfast gives Georgia representatives a peek at needs

State representatives will act as Santa's elves Friday and take note of local officials' wish lists for next year's legislative session.

The representatives for legislative districts within Hall County will meet with local council members, commissioners and school board members at Lanier Tech to see what they want to happen in the upcoming legislative session.

December 24, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Authorities: Pair stole debit card

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man and woman they say stole a debit card.

December 23, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Brazilian educators tour area schools

GAINESVILLE - Three secondary school principals from Brazil and the director of a national organization of top Brazilian state educators are touring Northeast Georgia this week, sampling the culture and visiting schools.

December 23, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Realtors want county to keep building

Area Realtors plan to attend the Hall County Board of Commissioners' meeting Thursday to discuss rumblings of a moratorium on residential building permits.

Last month, a suggestion from Hall County Commissioner Bobby Banks that the county place a 90-day moratorium on residential development concerned members of the area's real estate and construction industries.

December 23, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Account set up for victim’s family

An account has been set up to help the children of William Anthony "Andy" Standridge, who died in an automobile wreck recently.

December 23, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood looks to limit illegal immigration

Monday night's Oakwood City Council meeting began looking more like a presidential debate when a hot button issue was raised - illegal immigration.

Oakwood City Councilmember Gary Anderson started a discussion on what he called the depleting effect illegal immigrants have upon Oakwood and Hall County resources.

December 23, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Attorney to seek death for accused: Auburn man indicted for 4 murders, arson

Jackson County's district attorney will seek the death penalty against an Auburn man charged in a 2006 murder-arson that claimed the lives of four people, including the suspect's two young children.

Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Rick Bridgeman filed official notice of intent to seek the death penalty against 34-year-old Henry Lee Stringer on Tuesday in Jackson County Superior Court.

December 23, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Gainesville considers allowing digital billboards

The city of Gainesville is considering allowing digital billboards to be erected within the city limits, but concerns remain about how distracting such electronic signs might be to drivers.

April 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Group moves forward on water study, albeit in secret

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders soldiers on, but behind closed doors.

April 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2014 Masters in Teaching

On Tuesday, the sixth annual Masters in Teaching program at Featherbone Communiversity honored nine local

April 05, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Expo pushes youth health, safety tips

Saturday's second annual Children and Youth Health and Safety Expo at the Academies of Discovery Gym in Oakwood featured safety tips from organizations like American Red Cross, Expanded Food And Nutrition Education Program and Hall County Fire Services.

April 05, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Apartments proposed off Queen City Parkway

A 94,000-square-foot, 90-unit apartment complex is proposed for a 2.2-acre site off Queen City Parkway at Banks Street across from the Gainesville Public Safety Complex.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville man reappointed to state civil rights board

Gainesville resident Justin Pressley has been appointed to a second two-year term on the Georgia State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Diversity a key goal for law enforcement

Census figures confirm Hall County is still growing, and if predictions hold true, becoming more diverse.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Tornado of '36 memories still strong

Soon after Mary Louise Hulsey arrived in Gainesville in 1945, she got a quick history lesson whenever dark clouds started to fill the sky.

April 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Suicides often fit common profile

A violent death shakes any community, but most do not come at the hand of others: Suicide persistently outpaces homicide as a killer of Hall County residents.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Morning wreck on I-985 causes backed up traffic

No one was seriously hurt in a morning wreck on Interstate 985 that resulted in snarled traffic and charges for one driver.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Belk plans annual spring charity sale

Belk's Spring Charity Sale lets customers support local charities while taking advantage of special discounts.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Absentee ballots go in the mail for May 20 primary

Hall County has begun mailing the first batch of absentee ballots for the May 20 primary election.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


April showers don’t dampen expo flowers

The annual Spring Garden Expo drew a large crowd on its first day Friday despite wind and a threat of rain.

April 05, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Redevelopment proposed for Lanier Plaza Shopping Center

Gainesville is fast-tracking a rezoning application so Hutton, a developer based in Chattanooga, Tenn., can proceed with purchasing and redeveloping the Lanier Plaza Shopping Center on Thompson Bridge Road.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former ethics chief wins lawsuit

ATLANTA - Jurors awarded the former director of Georgia's ethics commission $700,000 on Friday, ruling in her favor in a lawsuit in which she said her salary was cut and deputy title removed for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 05, 2014 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press | Local


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