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Richardson wants to fill DOT board slot soon, aims for consensus pick, not another fight

FLOWERY BRANCH - House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, said Tuesday that he is hopeful that a date will soon be set for a caucus to elect a new member to the State Transportation Board.

May 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County tax assessors controversy: Before accusations came praise

One of two accusers of Hall County Board of Tax Assessors Chairman Emory Martin wrote a glowing recommendation for Martin's reappointment in 2003, one of the years in which Martin is accused of financial improprieties.

May 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lanier Tech expands in Forsyth, names building after patron James Harrington

CUMMING - Lanier Technical College held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a major expansion that will double the space at its campus in Forsyth County Tuesday.

May 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County schools give first OK to next year's budget

A projected $18 million increase in the Hall County school system's upcoming budget is partly a reflection of rising diesel costs.

May 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Pearl Harbor survivor gets chance to visit World War II memorial

A group of 70 local World War II veterans will leave Fayetteville this week for a free trip to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Roy Mooney of Cleveland is one of the former soldiers who will board a plane Wednesday morning in Atlanta. Honor Flight Fayette, a local nonprofit branch of the national Honor Flight Network, will foot the bill for Mooney and the other veterans to visit to the memorial.

May 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall gets rain, but no tornadoes Sunday

Thunderstorms passed through Hall County early Sunday morning, bringing more than an inch of rain to the area.

Although the storm system plagued the central and southern parts of the state with at least six tornadoes before 8 a.m. Sunday, Hall County received only rain.

May 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


May marks annual stamp price increase, to 42 cents

If you've got letters or packages to mail today, make sure you check the postage before you drop them at the post office or carry them out to your mailbox. Effective today, the cost of a first-class stamp goes up a penny to 42 cents.

The U.S. Postal Service not only has increased the cost of stamps, but other shipping rates as well. Increases range from a penny on a first-class stamp to 85 cents on a priority mail flat-rate box, which now costs $9.80.

May 23, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Hayes Lemmerz wheel plant to close; 290 will lose jobs in Gainesville

A manufacturer of aluminum wheels announced Monday that it would close its Gainesville plant, leaving 290 workers out of a job.

May 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Chestatee Middle students' hair gets shorn to help patients tomorrow

On Monday morning, nine students at Chestatee Middle School came to school with hair cascading over their shoulders. When they went home Monday afternoon, it was considerably shorter.

May 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Windows into World War II

The American archaeology professor readjusted the orange scarf hanging loosely around his neck, making sure it was still visible.

May 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Free enterprise rocks for Gainesville State students on way to Chicago competition

Gainesville State College has no intercollegiate athletic teams to cheer for, but it has a business division club that has become quite a powerhouse.

May 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


A life of laughter: Youth baseball coach Abbott Hayes loses battle with cancer

Abbott Swift Hayes, who devoted countless hours as a coach of youth baseball, died at home Sunday after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 67.

May 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Local historian's book tells how man survived Japan's WWII prisoner of war camps

The past will come alive again Tuesday when Gordon Sawyer presents his book, "Richard Kidder: WWII Survivor," at the Northeast Georgia History Center.

May 22, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Slaying suspect’s life a spiral downward

Donnie Poland had some things to get off his chest when he wrote a letter to a Dawsonville newspaper in 2003.

May 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Challenged mom gets a helping hand

As a mom to two special-needs children, Donna Aldridge is the first to admit that she needs help.

May 22, 2008 | Edie Rogers | 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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