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5 students arrested on drug charges

Five North Hall High School students were charged with possession of marijuana and have been suspended from school, according to Hall County Sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


DOT starts bidding on traffic signal projects

Friday morning, the Georgia Department of Transportation opened the three bids submitted for a project to replace traffic signals at 11 intersections in downtown Gainesville.

The apparent low bidder of the project is World Fiber Technologies out of Alpharetta, which submitted a bid of $1,849,573.44, according to Teri Pope, DOT spokeswoman.

November 25, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


New school logo creates buzz

Riverbend Elementary School students celebrated the adoption of their new hornet logo Friday.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Survey results help library spend money

With a new library on the horizon, Hall County Library Director Adrian Mixson said the library system has been listening to what people like and what they would like to see added to the county's libraries.

If approved, the upcoming SPLOST VI has $3 million set aside to build a new library in North Hall.

November 25, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Bond denied in fatal fire case

A federal magistrate judge denied bond today for a woman accused of setting a fire on a military base. The fire killed her two young children.

November 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fire damages auto repair shop

A South Hall automotive repair shop fire Friday morning caused nearly $1 million in property damage, fire officials said. No one was hurt.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hard work gets Jackson County school recognized

The hard work of the faculty and students at East Jackson Elementary School is being recognized by Georgia Secretary of State Kathy Cox.

Cox announced Friday that East Jackson Elementary School has been selected as one of the 2008 Georgia Schools of Excellence.

November 25, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lawyer argues for judge’s removal in death penalty case

A lawyer for a murder defendant facing the possibility of the death penalty said the presiding judge violated his own order by obtaining information about the case outside of court.

Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal obtained jail disciplinary reports on Alan Robert Dickie in June, apparently without the knowledge of the defense or prosecution, which attorney Doug Ramseur argued in a hearing Friday was a violation of court rules.

November 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville halts annexation plan

Shane Reidling says he will have to call off a protest he had planned for Dec. 2.

Protesting will not be necessary for Reidling now that Gainesville city leaders have dropped a controversial plan to annex islands of unincorporated Hall County into the city limits.

November 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


New boat ramp on the way to Laurel Park

Hall County Public Works worked Thursday to install a coffer dam to prepare for construction of the new Laurel Park boat ramp.

November 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville, Hall County school superintendents meet with Lt. Gov. Cagle

The superintendents of Gainesville and Hall County school systems were among a group of 14 superintendents across the state who met Thursday with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to discuss issues facing educators before the state General Assembly gears up in January.

November 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville unlikely to avoid increasing water rates

Gainesville water customers likely will see an increase of 5.5 percent on their water bills come January.

November 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Mobile home downs utility lines, snagging traffic on Green Street

At the height of Thursday's lunch-hour traffic, Green Street was shut down in both directions due to downed utility lines.

November 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lanier lawsuit suffers setback

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a brief that recommends the Supreme Court not step into the tri-state water wars, but Gov. Sonny Perdue said he still is encouraged that the department agreed that the appeals court erred in its decision.

Though the Justice Department agrees that an appeals court erred in overturning a lower court's ruling regarding water storage in Lake Lanier, the department has recommended that the Supreme Court not hear the case.

November 24, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Superintendent of Riverside Military Academy retiring next year

Riverside Military Academy Superintendent Col. Guy Gardner will be retiring from the school in June 2009 to be closer to his family in the Northeast.

November 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | 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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