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New Holland: A new village rising

With a company store, churches, school and recreation center at their fingertips, residents hardly needed to own a car, let alone drive outside their quaint community east of Gainesville.

March 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Revamped Hall election board would mirror other counties

Concerns about the potential for violations and lack of oversight regarding the Hall County elections office have prompted local officials to push for a bill in the Georgia General Assembly to create a new board to supervise elections and voter registration.

March 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Merger saved UNG 1.1 percent of budget

"Efficiency" is what the University of North Georgia, along with the other merged institutions in the University System of Georgia, hoped to achieve when consolidating more than a year ago.

March 15, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


2 arrested on meth charges in drug sting

Two Hall County residents have been arrested on drug charges by the Multi Agency Narcotics Squad.

March 15, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Public Works eyes road work, beautification projects for Gainesville

The Gainesville Public Works Department presented its goals and priorities to the city council for the coming fiscal year on Thursday, but its funding requests remain to be determined, Director David Dockery said.

March 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville may reduce graduation credit requirement

Gainesville school leaders continue to consider a policy change that would decrease the amount of credits high school students need to graduate.

March 15, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Emergency dispatch meets needs of growing county

When Jeff Copeland first began working for Hall County as an emergency communications operator, he said fewer than 100,000 calls in a year was the norm.

March 15, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Friendship Road’s name could resurface

Friendship Road's name might not totally go away after all.

March 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cleveland woman wins $520,000 in lottery

Cassandra Rider of Cleveland scratched her $500 A Week For Life ticket in her car recently outside the Clermont Food Mart on Cleveland Highway. It was a winner.

March 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local




Cancer treatment bill faces setback

A bill placing a cap on the maximum out-of-pocket costs for orally administered chemotherapy treatments passed the state Senate on Thursday. It had been approved in the House in February.

March 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Economic development report gives hope to local economy

On the heels of releasing its 2014 economic development report, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce on Thursday requested $136,000 in funding from the city of Gainesville for the 2015 fiscal year.

March 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Despite fire, Dahlonega pub plans for St. Patrick’s Day

Owners of an Irish restaurant and pub in Dahlonega are trying to make plans for a St. Patrick's Day weekend without a building.

March 14, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Local


Hall's jobless rate ticks up a bit in January

James Coats has been out of work for nearly three months.

March 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT: Road funds may hit dead-end

District Engineer Bayne Smith reeled off a list of area transportation projects - particularly bridge work - planned or underway in Hall County to an audience Thursday at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville.

March 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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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


Hall County Board of Commissioners hires new clerk

Lisa Ritchie has been hired as the new clerk for the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Volunteers to bear the load at corps campground

It's taken a volunteer effort to restore operating days at Bolding Mill campground in northwest Hall County.

April 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ga. on track for new school tests next year

Nine months after dropping out of a national testing consortium, Georgia is still considering testing options for the next school year.

April 05, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Students ready for spring break travel

Time to pack the cars and hit the roads - when school ends today, students in both the Gainesville and Hall County systems are on spring break.

April 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Residents briefed on lakefront tax adjustments

Chris Slate didn't exactly leave the meeting a happy camper.

April 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch approves quarry expansion

Flowery Branch City Council approved a request by Vulcan Materials to expand its quarry operation by an additional 41 acres.

April 04, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


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