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State DOT may give local officials more input on projects

The state Department of Transportation board is starting to consider giving local governments more say-so in the road projects they deem worthy as part of a state effort to reprioritize construction efforts.

"This has not been written in stone yet," said 9th District member Steve Farrow, "but there was enough hesitation on enough of the members ... that my sense of it is that there may be a reluctance to completely use prioritization as the sole means of funding projects."

November 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annexation benefits called into question by Jackson County residents

As city of Jefferson officials consider moving forward with annexing more than 30 county properties into the city, some affected residents are questioning how they will benefit from the transition.

November 16, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Collins: Something to be said for having a little solitude

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there earlier this month. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil.

November 15, 2008 | State Rep. Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil. | Local


West Hall Middle Patriots live up to mascot on Veterans Day

West Hall Middle School Principal Sarah Justus recalled memories of her former student, Pfc. Johnathon Millican, who was killed in action last year in Iraq at age 20, during a Veterans Day ceremony.

November 15, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Residents wanting piece of tax pie meet to discuss SPLOST

The Concerned Citizens of Gainesville and Hall County spoke up about the issues in their community with members of Hall County government at the group's monthly meeting Tuesday.

November 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Officials: Car fire may be arson

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said his office will be investigating a fire in South Hall County they believe may have been started intentionally.

November 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Old gas station tanks halt DOT work in Cleveland

The Georgia Department of Transportation got an unexpected delay and - for a time - a mystery on its hands when working to place ornamental traffic poles in the Cleveland downtown square.

November 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Operation Patriot’s Call seeking donations

The Northeast Georgia chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America is initiating a support group called Operation Patriot's Call for the families of the U.S. Army troops in Charlie Company who will be deployed to Afghanistan in the spring.

November 15, 2008 | | Local


More area families try home schooling

Although the Stewart family tried to send their oldest son to public school, they decided to pull the plug on the venture when Cason reached third grade.

November 15, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


New president for North Georgia Tech

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson has appointed Steve Dougherty as the new president of North Georgia Technical College.

November 15, 2008 | | Local


36 arrests a prelude to convict's 18-year sentence

A Hall County man who has been arrested 36 times in the past two decades got a lengthy prison term Tuesday for an armed home invasion.

November 15, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Loans available to make your business ‘green’

Most major corporations have started "green" initiatives to make their companies more environmentally friendly. But small businesses have lagged behind.

November 15, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Some veterans had oxygen tanks, canes, but all stood on their day

As the Chestatee High School band played the songs of the branches of the armed services, the veterans stood.

November 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Mississippi murder suspect taken into custody

A murder suspect from Mississippi was arrested Monday morning in Hall County after he was apprehended at the Kangaroo gas station on Sardis Road in northwest Hall.

November 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


White County fire department gets federal grant

White County Fire Department will receive $36,000 in federal funds to purchase new fire hose, Fire Chief Dickie Howard announced Monday. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the Assistance to Firefighters Grants.

November 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Rabid raccoon found in North Hall

A rabies alert has been issued for the Persimmon Tree Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 11, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia leads country in growth of women-owned businesses

There's no one road for a woman to take when it comes to owning and operating her own business.

April 11, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County commercial, industrial tax notices mailed today

Annual tax assessment notices for about 4,200 commercial and industrial properties in Hall County were dropped in the mail today, but it's not time to pay up quite yet.

April 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal backs medical marijuana trials

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday announced two separate efforts to pursue clinical trials on a cannabis-based drug that has shown promise in helping children who suffer from seizure disorders.

April 11, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


DA seeks tougher penalty in stabbing

The Gwinnett County District Attorney's office has given notice of intent to increase the punishment in the slaying of a Gainesville woman.

April 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Forsyth assistant principal on leave following arrest

April 10, 2014 | From regional reports | Local


Dawson County commissioners seek back taxes from hotel

April 10, 2014 | From regional reports | Local


Construction continues on new Clarks Bridge

Work continues on a new Clarks Bridge across Lake Lanier in Gainesville. The project, which also calls for a new pedestrian tunnel under Ga. 284, is set for completion by Dec. 31, 2015. When completed, the new bridge will have 12-foot lanes and an 8-foot shoulder in each direction.

April 10, 2014 | | Local


Fire damages home on Tulip Drive

A fire caused by unattended cooking damaged a home in the 1800 block of Tulip Drive in Gainesville, but the occupants got out without injury, authorities said.

April 10, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville parks department proposes increased budget

As it looks to expand recreational opportunities, renovate park facilities and increase staff, the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department has proposed a $5.261 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Emerging partnership benefits local housing programs

A partnership between the Gainesville Nonprofit Development Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Hall County to build and rehabilitate homes and neighborhoods across Gainesville is beginning to pay big dividends.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Camp Merrill debate alive in US House

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville argued Wednesday before the House Armed Service Committee for control of Camp Frank D. Merrill near Dahlonega to be transferred from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Department of Defense.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Plaza business owners oppose redevelopment

Aurelio Guzman has fond childhood memories of the El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ex-jailers, former inmates enter mediation

Two former Hall County Sheriff's Office employees have entered into mediation with three then-inmates alleging civil rights violations in a Dec. 22, 2010, incident at the jail.

April 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Badge and Bar: Trial date set on child sex trafficking charges

A tentative May trial date has been set for three Gainesville residents accused in a child sex trafficking case in Hall County Superior Court.

April 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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