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Deportations up 63 percent in Georgia, the Carolinas

There was a 63 percent increase in illegal immigrants deported from Georgia and the Carolinas in the 12 months ending in October, and thousands of criminals were tagged for removal from the country upon their release from prison, federal officials said Thursday.

November 10, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Study emphasizes expanding existing reservoirs

A study ordered in the wake of the epic drought gripping Georgia concluded that authorities should first devote resources toward expanding existing reservoirs before building new ones.

November 10, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Flowery Branch gives first OK to Sterling on the Lake expansion

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council gave its first OK Wednesday to a nearly 200-home expansion of the already massive Sterling on the Lake development off Spout Springs Road.

November 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lula moves forward with Veterans Park

The Lula City Council met Wednesday to discuss funding for a proposed Veterans Park on which they are set to break ground next week.

November 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hospital's 2008 Marketplace draws buyers, vendors

Faithful attendees of the annual Marketplace come from far and wide to peruse the items that vendors offer.

November 10, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


First babe welcomed at Women's Pavilion

The stork has landed.

November 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Chinooks land at airport for a night

Four CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the Georgia National Guard were at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport overnight following Tuesday's election.

November 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Reservist talks to academy about observing Veterans Day

Sporting a dark United States Air Force pilot suit, Maj. Jason Rue told Lanier Career Academy students of his days in combat in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan at an assembly emphasizing the importance of Veterans Day.

November 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lunch gives women tips on finances

Fledgling organization WomenSource drew a crowd of more than 100 to its monthly brown bag luncheon with advice on how to manage money in a bad economy.

November 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Trench collapse injures worker at site of hospital's imaging center

A construction worker was injured seriously Wednesday after a trench collapsed on him at the construction site of the hospital's new imaging center on Sims Street.

November 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall representative serving in Iraq can't vote in caucus

A state representative from Hall County who is on active duty in Iraq sent an e-mail to his Republican colleagues Wednesday saying he is being kept from making an absentee vote for speaker and other leaders of the Georgia House.

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, has been on active duty in Iraq since September. His assignment is expected to end in January, in time for the legislative session in Atlanta.

November 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville man is involved in Statesboro wreck

A woman driving on the wrong side of the road early Saturday morning in Statesboro remains in stable, but serious condition after a collision with an oncoming car, police said.

November 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Free lunch and financial seminar set for Thursday

WomenSource will hold its first monthly "brown bag lunch" at noon Thursday at the Francis Meadows Aquatic and Community Center.

November 09, 2008 | | Local


Want a Habitat house? Go to a meeting

There are only two application meetings remaining for families seeking to apply for Habitat for Humanity housing next year.

November 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Best Buy grocery begins rebuilding

Work to restore a Flowery Branch landmark has gotten under way.

November 08, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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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


Boat fire on Lake Lanier remains a mystery

Authorities are investigating an early Thursday boat fire on Lake Lanier, including trying to find the vessel's owners.

April 04, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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