FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch and state officials talked about rising property taxes and burdensome environmental regulations, among other issues, in a meeting Wednesday at the city's historic train depot.
The Gainesville school board adopted a 1.3 percent smaller property tax rate Wednesday, but most homeowners still will see an increase in their property tax bill this fall because the state did not fund the Homeowner's Tax Relief Grant this year.
The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Gainesville teen serving a life sentence for murder.
Chaz Stringer was convicted by a Hall County Superior Court jury in October 2007 for the June 2006 fatal shooting of restaurant worker Victor "Charlie" Manuel Gallegos-de la Rosa in an attempted armed robbery of Garcia's Restaurant. Stringer was 15 at the time of the shooting but was tried as an adult.
The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.
For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.