Developing a strategic plan to both spur and manage growth in downtown Gainesville has been on the wishlist of city officials since 2012, when a comprehensive plan for the entire city's growth was approved, revealing that downtown needed its own identity and goals.
In April 13, 1945, Lt. John W. Herb would step for the final time into his fighter-bomber - the same P-51D Mustang where he once stood on the wing, smiling broadly with goggles in hand as he posed for a picture.
World War II was nearly done, with Nazi Germany just a few weeks from surrender and Europe in tatters. But that didn't stop Allied attack missions, including the one Herb, a 1940 graduate of Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, took part in as part of 368th Fighter Squadron, based out of East Wretham, England.
Plans to redevelop several public and affordable apartment complexes in Gainesville underscore the city's improving commercial and residential market, but the trend also causes a sense of unease for low-income individuals who call these places home.
To be compliant with new federal rules, the Georgia Department of Driver Services is making procedural changes next month for commercial drivers, limiting cell phone use while driving and enacting new road testing requirements.
For a community long accustomed to unusual restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol, it's been a remarkable change of pace for Gainesville to amend its ordinances over the last year or so to accommodate businesses serving up beer, liquor and wine.
At Sugar Hill Elementary School, summer school is more than remedial classes. It also includes hands-on workshops with Home Depot, lessons from historical re-enactors and visits from the Hall County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.
Gainesville parents, school officials, principals and administrators old and new met in the choir room at the Gainesville High School Performing Arts Center, pulling their chairs into a circle to discuss what's going on in city schools.