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United Way hopes kickoff campaign raises $510,000

United Way of Hall County kicked off its annual Cornerstone Campaign on Tuesday at the Guest House in Gainesville.

July 12, 2008 | | Local


3 stabbings, 4 injured, 1 arrested, 1 on the loose

Hall County sheriff's deputies and Gainesville police officers are investigating three separate stabbings during the July Fourth weekend that resulted in serious injuries to four people, one arrest and the search for one suspect.

Roommates Lalo Gomez, 35, and Henry Velasquez Pineda, 36, began arguing at 2:52 a.m. Sunday in their home in the 300 block of Lee Street in Gainesville, said Lt. Brian P. Kelly of the Gainesville Police Department on Monday.

July 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville schools budget deficit may be down to $5.6 million

Gainesville city school board expects to have a deficit of about $5.6 million rather than the $6.5 million deficit it previously anticipated, said board Chairman David Syfan.

July 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County schools superintendent turns down bonus

Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield turned down a 5 percent bonus Monday after the board chairman deemed Schofield's job performance "exemplary" during the past year.

July 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Deck collapses, injuring 2 people

A preliminary investigation by Hall County Fire Services shows that a deck that collapsed late Sunday at 6585 Tara Trail in Lula, injuring two people, wasn't secured properly to the home.

July 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Emerson fundraiser nets more than $8,500

A fundraising event in memory of slain hiker Meredith Emerson collected more than $8,500 on June 25.

July 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lula woman sentenced to federal prison

A Lula woman was sentenced Monday in Gainesville to four years and nine months in federal prison on tax-related fraud charges.

Molly A. Smith, 50, also was placed on three years of supervised release and ordered by U.S. District Judge William C. O'Kelley to pay restitution of $413,847 to the IRS and $777,901 to North Carolina.

July 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Brenau’s Firespark! camp pairs talented teens with professionals

For the next two weeks, young people from across the globe will learn about a variety of art forms while living at Brenau University's campus for Firespark! summer camp.

Monday was the first day at Firespark! for the campers, who range in age from 13-18 and can take classes on everything from hip-hop to journalism to medicine.

July 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fair helps families with transition

For most children, their 18th birthday is an exciting time as they look forward to college, careers and living on their own.

But if the child has a disability, turning 18 is a milestone fraught with uncertainty.

July 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall residents could split tax payments

An old law could be brought back to life if the Hall County Board of Commissioners decides to authorize collecting taxes twice a year.

If the commission approves it, Hall County residents will have the option to pay taxes in two increments or continue to pay once at the end of the year.

July 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Harrington, a champion for technical schools, dies at 82

James Harrington, a driving force in the modernization of Georgia's system of technical colleges, has died following an extended illness. He was 82.

Harrington, who also served as a Forsyth County commissioner, was among the first members named to the State Board of Technical and Adult Education by then-Gov. Joe Frank Harris.

July 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


684 homes planned near Lake Lanier Islands

A company owned by Gwinnett businessman Virgil Williams and his family has filed an application for approval of a mixed-use resort community off Friendship Road in South Hall County.

July 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City aims to bring in more carnivals

Gainesville officials are looking for ways to bring a little more fun into Gainesville.

July 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Georgia gets leeway for No Child rules

Local educators say the new flexibility Georgia was granted in implementing the No Child Left Behind Act is a step in the right direction, but won't do enough to distinguish between nearly adequate schools and grossly inadequate schools.

July 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Another teen drowns in Lake Lanier

A 14-year-old boy has become the second teen to drown on Lake Lanier this holiday weekend, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Both drownings happened after the teens fell into drop-offs in otherwise shallow water and a Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman stressed warnings made to the public before the beginning of the holiday weekend: Be extremely careful in the waters of Lake Lanier because the lowered lake level makes the terrain unpredictable.

July 10, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


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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


UNG-Gainesville project brings students, seniors together

It may seem an odd pairing: College students, from the nearby University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus, showing older adults at the Senior Life Center how to bowl digitally.

April 10, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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