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Hall County schools wrap up first day back

On the first day of school in 1987, when Nancy Smith first started teaching, students were wearing leggings, mohawks and other haircuts inspired by their favorite musical act.

August 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Traffic tie-ups mar first day for Hall County schools

FLOWERY BRANCH - Tyler Tanksley shook his head as he gazed at the traffic building up on Spout Springs Road in South Hall.

August 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County Boys & Girls Clubs welcomes kids back to school

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County will hold a "Back to School Rally" for teens from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Positive Place Club gym.

August 10, 2009 | | Local


Mount Vernon roadwork slated to start Monday

Crews now will start work Monday on resurfacing Mount Vernon Road from Thompson Bridge Road to Dahlonega Highway in North Hall.

August 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Federal grants will help shore up Jefferson's hurting budget

JEFFERSON - The city of Jefferson has been awarded several federal grants, and the City Council received an update on the expected funds during Monday's meeting.

August 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Businessman to seek District 47 seat

HOSCHTON - Braselton Mayor Pat Graham will have some local competition for the District 47 state Senate seat now that local businessman Kelley Gary has thrown his hat into the political ring.

August 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall commission considers formal appointments for boards

Following a potential conflict with a federal housing grant, the Hall County Board of Commissioners discussed how to handle county employees serving on the boards of county-funded agencies.

August 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


CCA facility ready to open after years of discussion, months of renovation

On Monday, Gainesville and Hall County officials toured the newly renovated Corrections Corporation of America detention center that's ready to receive its first group of immigration detainees any day.

August 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville school board votes to support downtown TAD

The Gainesville Board of Education agreed Monday to re-enter into an agreement to support a tax allocation district in Gainesville.

August 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Mount Vernon road work slated for Aug. 17

Crews now will start work next Monday on resurfacing Mount Vernon Road from Thompson Bridge Road to Dahlonega Highway in North Hall.

August 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Price Road development goes before Hall commission again

A development with more than 1,200 homes proposed in the Price Road area is among items on the agenda for this morning's Hall County Board of Commissioners' work session.

August 09, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson firefighters to hold annual ball

JEFFERSON - Members of the Jefferson Fire Department are planning to burn up the dance floor this weekend.

August 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Apprenticeship scored this graduate a county job

Jesica Contreras got started on her career path early.

August 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


History Center visitors learn about ‘Good Old School Days’ first-hand

On Sunday, children marked the beginning of another school year by taking a trip back to the 1800s in a one-room schoolhouse with their lunch pails, quill pens and slates.

August 09, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Cardiac support group also reaches out to patients, families

Peter Rocco recalls the fear before he had triple bypass surgery 21 years ago.

August 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Lanier Charter Career Academy senior Olivia Henriques changed cultures, started over

Olivia Henriques came to Hall County as a senior in high school from Jamaica - only to be told she would have to repeat her high ...

May 15, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Flowery Branch seniors Kelsey and Hannah McQueen competed for top academic honors

Hannah and Kelsey McQueen have much in common in addition to being twins, but their paths will diverge for college.

May 15, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Lakeview Academy senior Luke Lovell got an early start in business

It's an understatement to say Luke Lovell is not the typical high school student. Businessman might be a more accurate description.

May 15, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Johnson senior Jessa Warren blossomed when she discovered passion in radiology

For most teens and their parents, seeing a radiologist is a nightmare. For Jessa Warren, it was a blessing.

May 15, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


West Hall senior Stephen Henderson struggled with Asperger's syndrome but found confidence in karate

At The Dojo American Karate Center in Flowery Branch, Stephen Henderson lines up students in his after-school class.

May 15, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville senior Claire Oliver left family abroad so she could graduate back home

Claire Oliver lived in Gainesville before her family packed up and moved to Saudi Arabia.

May 15, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Maranatha Christian Academy Danielle Johnson has learned to cope with dyslexia, excel in music

When Danielle Johnson reads, words can float to another line. The same thing happens with musical notes.

May 15, 2016 | Clark Leonard | Local


Wood’s Mill senior Carla Suarez Lopez faced hardships but hopes to go to veterinary school

Carla Suarez Lopez "technically got kicked out" of Chestatee High School.

May 15, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


North Hall senior Will Barrett speaks publicly to spread awareness of autism

At 18 years old, Will Barrett commands a stage.

May 15, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Chestatee senior Brooke Gilbert discovered art amid the pain of an eating disorder

Brooke Gilbert knows the value of art and wants to share it with others.

May 15, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Vietnam veterans were bonded by war 50 years ago

Having graduated from high school in the mid-1960s and just starting lives in small-town Gainesville, 22 young men, mostly in their late teens, didn't ...

May 15, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Atlanta garden gun case won’t affect Gainesville site

The case involving a visitor carrying weapons in the Atlanta Botanical Garden has been remanded back to Fulton County Superior Court.

May 15, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Olympic Park venue manager comes full circle with Pan Am Games

As 9-year-old Morgan House watched the Centennial Olympic Games from the shores of Lake Lanier, the world's best kayakers paddled through the lake's ...

May 15, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Local buy, global effect: Shop on Gainesville square offers international products

For more than a decade, Connie Rock wanted her purchases to have purpose.

May 15, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Data puts parts of Gainesville at top threat level for lead poisoning

The painters are brushing up as Melvean Strickland looks over the renovation of her family's home in the historic Newtown neighborhood of Gainesville.

May 15, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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