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Gainesville gets $2 million stimulus

Stimulus funding is coming to Gainesville.

July 30, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Georgia’s schools assess latest round of budget cuts

As schools, colleges and universities prepare to open their doors for another year, they are being asked again to review their own books and cut costs further, plan furloughs or submit various spending plans to their directing agencies.

July 29, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gwinnett could move ahead with 5 TADs, an idea not as popular in Hall

Tax allocation districts have been met with lukewarm reception in Hall County, but neighboring Gwinnett County is looking to approve five.

July 29, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville’s stalled Midtown project could move forward

Gainesville's board of education likely will reconsider its participation in the city's tax allocation district early next week, meaning stalled plans to redevelop blighted areas of Gainesville soon could get back on track.

July 29, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Narcotics taken in pharmacy break in

Someone broke into a Gainesville pharmacy and stole an undetermined amount of narcotics early Wednesday, authorities said.

July 29, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Caring Hands Ministries offers free clothes for kids Friday

As the beginning of the school year approaches, Caring Hands Ministries is offering children's clothing free to those in financial need.

July 29, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Family will erect monument for camp meeting co-founder

It all started with Ezekiel Lafayette Buffington.

July 29, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Helen police can add to force

Police officers in the Alpine Village are finally getting some backup.

July 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Accident knocks out power to 500 in downtown Gainesville

An accident caused by a private tree service on Brenau Avenue has knocked out power for about 500 customers in the Green Street corridor and central downtown area of Gainesville, officials said.

Gainesville fire department firefighters responded to the call of a tree on a power line shortly after 10 a.m, Chief Jon Canada said.

July 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Prison ‘lifer’ population growing

The number of people serving sentences of life in prison has grown dramatically in Georgia and across the nation in recent years, creating a huge fiscal impact on states, according to a new report from a prisoner advocacy group.

July 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Group does more than just write grants

Home Development Resources Inc., may be one of Hall County's best kept secrets.

July 28, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Stores expect influx of shoppers for sales-tax holiday

As stores prepare for the sales-tax holiday this weekend, many retail shops hope it will bring them out of a slump.

July 28, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Hall’s home prices stabilizing

While a national report shows that home prices across the country rose in May, Hall County may be lagging behind, according to Frank Norton Jr., president of The Norton Agency.

July 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Minimum wage hike, tax revenue decline put a strain on Jefferson's budget

JEFFERSON - When his pay rate increased by nearly a dollar per hour, Phil Mitchell noticed. But he wasn't the only one - so did his supervisors at the Jefferson Parks and Recreation Department.

July 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gwinnett Braves fish with the kids at Eagle Ranch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Joseph had his grip on a pole, but he also had a glove and baseball ready in case he could catch more than fish.

July 28, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Planning board keeps buffer requirement for office proposal

An office development proposed for Thompson Bridge Road is on its way to City Council review after the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board made its recommendation Tuesday to require a 25-foot buffer.

April 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

Students at Georgia's public colleges and universities will see tuition increases this fall, after university system officials Tuesday backed increases including a 9 percent per semester boost at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | Local


Area teachers humble in accepting recognition as masters at their craft

Teachers are more than educators, they are facilitators of life experiences.

April 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: City manager’s budget to be unveiled Thursday

Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett will unveil his proposed 2016 fiscal year budget Thursday morning during a work session.

April 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall family unharmed by Monday night garage fire

A family escaped without injury Monday night when a fire started in the garage of their Gainesville home.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County courts shuffle in annex plan

With the preliminary plan for reopening of the courthouse annex, the functions of the Hall County Courthouse will shift around like checkers on a checkerboard, said court administrator Reggie Forrester.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood OKs parking ordinance

Oakwood City Council unanimously, but unsmoothly, gave its first OK Monday night to an ordinance restricting parking in residential areas.

April 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Board discusses new school for South Hall

The southern portion of Hall County is booming, and the school board is planning for growth.

April 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall man arrested after trying to improve roadway at daughter’s wreck site

Shannon Hamilton's trip to the White County bridge in mid-March was a father's worst nightmare - identifying his 16-year-old daughter, Cecily, as one of two fatal wreck victims.

April 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ex-CIA agent weighs in on Cuban relations to group at UNG

As a former CIA agent, military veteran and native Cuban, Col. Felix Rodriguez has an impassioned opinion of U.S. relations with Cuba.

April 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Chad Black appointed as Hall deputy fire chief

Hall County Fire Services announced Monday that Chad Black had been appointed to the position of deputy fire chief.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gas leak causes closure at Gaines Ferry and McEver roads

A gas leak caused a shutdown of Gaines Ferry Road at McEver Road toward Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch on Monday, fire officials said.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Filing tax returns messier, more complex than ever

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other recent changes to the tax code, filing an annual return appears more complicated than ever.

April 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Northeast Georgia History Center brings past to area families

The Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University invited the community to attend Sunday's family day event, which focused on the 1940s. The event was held from 1-4 p.m. and provided visitors with hands-on activities, historical performers and several demonstrations that called for volunteers.

April 13, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Georgia families risk fines in resupplying medical marijuana

ATLANTA - Patients who have to go out of state to get cannabis oil say they will face risks and hurdles even after medical marijuana becomes legal in Georgia on Thursday.

April 13, 2015 | Bill Hendrick Associated Press | Local


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