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Wreck snarls traffic on Thompson Bridge Road

A two-vehicle wreck has stalled traffic in both directions in front of Reid's Cafe on Thompson Bridge Road in Murrayville.

Hall County sheriff's deputies are directing traffic to an open lane in front of the restaurant. Some motorists, meanwhile, are taking detours on side streets.

August 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Closing arguments set to begin in Vergara trial

Jurors will hear closing arguments this afternoon in the death penalty trial of Ignacio Vergara.

August 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Life on the Lake: Even though Fay never showed up, area won’t miss out on rain

Lake Lanier may have lost out on Fay, but there's hope yet that rainfall this week will bring much-needed relief.

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Peace Corps luring more volunteers from Georgia

The Peace Corps is enrolling more volunteers nationwide, and Georgia applications are up 49 percent from 2007, said David Leavitt, a Peace Corps public affairs specialist.

August 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Area meetings, Aug. 25-28

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


3,200 gallons of sewage spills into Hagen Creek

A sewer line blockage in the city of Lula Sunday afternoon caused more than 3,200 gallons of raw sewage to spill into a tributary of Hagen Creek, which feeds into the Chattahoochee River.

August 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Study to analyze sewer-water rate differential

An out-of-state consulting firm will spend the next two months comparing how much it costs Gainesville's Public Utilities Department to serve customers outside Gainesville's city limits to the cost of providing those same services to city residents.

August 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Brenau gets high value marks from U.S. News

For the fourth year in a row, Brenau University was ranked as the 10th best education value in the Southeast by U.S. News & World Report.

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Suspect's fate in death penalty case is in jury's hands

A jury will ponder today whether Ignacio Vergara is guilty of murder in a drug-related shooting that claimed two lives six years ago on a gravel road in South Hall.

August 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dahlonega Rangers sentenced to prison for attempted drug theft

Two Dahlonega-based Army Rangers were sentenced to a total of five years in federal prison Monday for their role in a scheme to rob drug traffickers of cocaine at gunpoint.

August 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Budget cuts might slice state parks in Northeast Georgia

Georgia's state parks system ranks among the best in the country. Its 48 parks and 15 historic sites attract 11 million visitors each year, with high levels of customer satisfaction.

August 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


UGA's president touts incoming class of freshmen

The president of the University of Georgia told a Gainesville civic club on Monday that the new freshman class entering this year has the best academic credentials of any to enter the college.

August 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch United Methodist Church celebrates 146 years

FLOWERY BRANCH - The building has changed several times, but the worship has remained constant for 146 years.

August 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia bridges check out OK 1 year after Minnesota bridge collapse

Driving across a long bridge, especially an older one, it may be hard for some motorists to erase from their memory the news footage of the Minnesota bridge that collapsed one year ago, killing 13 people and injuring scores of others.

August 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Truckin' at Touch-A-Truck

Kids of all ages, and their family members, turned out for Saturday's ninth annual Touch-A-Truck event sponsored by Gainesville Parks and Recreation. More than 25 vehicles including big rig wreckers, garbage trucks, fire trucks, police cars and more filled the parking lot of City Park. Children were able to climb around the vehicles and try blowing the horns. Also included were smaller vehicles like riding lawn mowers and a Gainesville Police Department motorcycle. Other activities included inflatable jumping toys and an opportunity to get a temporary tattoo.

August 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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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


Gainesville man acquitted of growing marijuana

The attorney for a Gainesville man acquitted on charges of growing marijuana said it was much ado over bean sprouts and residue.

April 04, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Serving up smiles

Twenty-two current and former sports figures and notable locals can add "celebrity server" to their resumes after working restaurant tables Thursday night for a local child abuse advocacy center.

April 04, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Cox, Moore fill Hall County School District roles

Jamey Moore was officially approved Thursday morning as North Hall High School's next principal, and Matt Cox will join the Hall County School District's facilities department.

April 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


WomenSource hosts psychology professor at Brown Bag lunch

Bumper-to-bumper traffic. Alarm clocks that didn't sound. Kids who forgot their homework. Emails filling the inbox.

April 03, 2014 | Michelle Boaen Jameson | Local


Lanier Olympic Venue aims to recapture legacy

The Lake Lanier Olympic Venue fell into some disrepair in recent years, but the nonprofit Gainesville-Hall '96 Foundation is working to revive the legacy of the venue that hosted kayaking and rowing events during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games.

April 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


“Rain tax:” Gainesville looking at creating stormwater utility

The city of Gainesville is considering how to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging stormwater infrastructure, which has resulted in flooding and sinkholes.

April 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Holocaust survivor shares experience with Lyman Hall students

History was brought to life as Holocaust survivor Hershel Greenblat shared his story.

April 03, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville readies for spring event season

The Main Street Gainesville Advisory Board met Tuesday to discuss goals and priorities as it prepares to launch a series of local events this spring.

April 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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