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Flowery Branch City Council gives first OK to tax rate

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council was divided in its first approval Wednesday morning of a tax rate to go with its 2008-09 budget.

September 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hearing over new South Hall hospital beds postponed

A court hearing scheduled for today over a proposal to build a 100-bed hospital in Braselton has been postponed.

September 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Experts: Area’s trees suffering in drought

Stressed by two severe droughts in less than a decade, a disturbing number of large trees in Northeast Georgia are dead or dying.

September 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


'Jilted bride' case: Ex-fiance wants a new trial

A jilted bride should not have been awarded $150,000 by a Hall County jury because she defrauded a bankruptcy court by concealing the value of an engagement ring she now is trying to sell for $15,000, according to lawyers for the man who broke off the engagement.

RoseMary Shell's lawyer, meanwhile, said the ring, which she described as "flawed," isn't worth much and that it was uncertain who owned it when her client filed for bankruptcy.

September 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


PSC to hold public hearing today on Atmos Energy

The Georgia Public Service Commission will hold the final round of public hearings on the Atmos Energy Corp.'s request for an increase in base rates beginning at 10 a.m. today.

September 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Mobile home burns in White County

Volunteer members from stations 1 and 6 of the White County Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire on Sugar Ridge Road on Monday morning.

September 07, 2008 | | Local


Fellow officer extends help to family of Louisiana sheriff's investigator

Prior to last December, Joe Amerling and Lance Vitter were absolute strangers. The two law enforcement officers were brought together by a double homicide of two men from Gainesville in St. Tammany Parish, La.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


These fast-food dinosaurs aren’t toys

A fast-food restaurant is probably the last place you'd expect to see a dinosaur, at least one that's not a prize in a kid's meal.

A glimpse inside the McDonald's on Frontage Road in Oakwood reveals glass cabinets full of museum-quality dinosaur fossil replicas, including a Tyrannosaurus rex claw, a T. rex tooth and a dinosaur egg. Also on display along the walls are replicas of a 70 million-year-old mosasaurus fossil, which looks like an alligator with fins.

September 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville school board will vote one more time on increasing taxes

Gainesville residents are one step closer to paying 12 percent more in property taxes this fall.

September 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Wal-Mart celebrates revamp at Shallowford Road location

When it opened 15 years ago, the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Shallowford Road was one of the first of the company's mega-stores, offering everything from groceries to tires under one roof.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Labor Day holiday kept authorities busy

Area authorities stayed busy over the Labor Day weekend responding to fires, widespread acts of vandalism in Gainesville and what appears to be an accidental drowning.

September 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Habitat High students delighted to build home for single mom, kids

Nine Hall County high school students have taken matters into their own hands to help a single mom realize her dream of owning a home.

September 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Local Red Cross chapter chooses executive director

Just as the peak hurricane season arrives, the Northeast Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross has hired a new executive director.

The Gainesville-based chapter announced Tuesday that Hall County native Philip Reed had taken the position. On Wednesday, Reed was already down in Atlanta meeting with other disaster preparedness officials, as storms Hanna, Ike and Josephine approached the southeastern United States.

September 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New Ga. 53 lanes to open Thursday

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to open one and possibly two new westbound lanes at 9 a.m. Thursday on Ga. 53/Winder Highway between Ga. 211 and Atlanta Highway.

September 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dahlonega water plant is at half capacity

The city of Dahlonega is under an outdoor watering ban after one of its two water filters failed, cutting the city's water capacity in half.

City Manager Bill Lewis said the structure under the 32-year-old filter collapsed on Friday. The city has found replacement parts in Idaho and North Carolina, but it could take two weeks to a month to get the repairs made and the pump back in service.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | 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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