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Challenged Child and Friends celebrates Christmas and kids

Volunteers for Challenged Child and Friends decorate Christmas trees as part of the annual Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for the organization. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday at the Buisson Barn, 6354 J.F. Jay Road, Gainesville, on the shore of Lake Lanier, and features uniquely decorated trees and wreaths, along with original jewelry and artwork. All proceeds benefit children at Challenged Child and Friends, which provides support and education to children. The gala starts at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $80. For tickets or more information, call 770-535-8372, ext. 120.

December 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson students carol for cash, class credit

JEFFERSON - To the untrained eye, Jefferson Elementary School may seem like any other school. But the school has something that most others do not.

December 11, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall County schools look for ways to save money

In an attempt to "get ahead of the curve," the Hall County school board is considering $11.5 million in potential cost-saving measures to balance next year's budget.

December 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


After snow flurries, better weather on the way, for a while

Some light flurries hit Gainesville on Monday, with snow showers and less than a half-inch accumulation predicted overnight in the North Georgia mountains.

December 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Love Light tree warms spirits

It was a Christmas tree "lighting" that took place about a mile away from the actual Christmas tree. But that didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits.

December 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Abit Massey gets key to Gainesville in honor of service

If anyone deserves the key to the poultry capital of the world, it would be the 48-year president of the Georgia Poultry Federation.

December 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


State DNR honors Elachee director Timpone

The Georgia Board of Natural Resources has chosen Andrea Timpone, executive director of Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville, for the 2008 Rock Howard Award.

December 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Former diversion center now probation check-in site

Using inmate labor, the Georgia Department of Corrections has converted the former residential diversion center on Aviation Boulevard into a day reporting center.

December 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Police can’t confirm bridge jumper

A man claiming to be a witness to a plunge off Thompson Bridge late Monday night swears he saw a man jump from the bridge.

December 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Tradition revived in Clermont

The Clermont City Council hopes to renew a tradition by having a 16-foot-tall Norwegian spruce planted Tuesday in Clermont Park.

December 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Woman says men with screwdriver robbed her

A 19-year-old Gainesville woman was robbed Monday morning on Aviation Boulevard by three men with a screwdriver, according to Gainesville police.

December 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Procrastination, days off lead to long lines at tax office

Those who paid their property taxes Monday most likely were greeted with a long line of like-minded procrastinators.

December 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville wants sales tax advance from Hall County

If Hall County voters approve a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in March, Gainesville might get an advance.

December 09, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Chaplain in Iraq: Thankfulness is a state of mind

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

December 09, 2008 | Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Oakwood city manager called for third tour

For the third time since 2005, Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown has been deployed for a tour of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force reservist.

December 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Miller to seek post as state Senate president pro tem

Just a few months after announcing his intention to become the Senate majority leader in the Georgia General Assembly next year, Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, is now switching his focus to a higher position in the halls of the state legislature.

November 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville planning board denies Thompson Bridge-Virginia Circle drive-thru

BY JOSHUA SILAVENT

November 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area schools celebrate veterans

Area students and teachers were decked out in red, white and blue Tuesday as schools commemorated the Veterans Day holiday.

November 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Passenger in Oct. plane crash dies after hospitalization

The passenger in an Oct. 16 plane crash just outside Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport died Monday night, according to multiple sources.

November 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Local ceremonies honor veterans’ sacrifices

Tuesday was a day for tributes, tears and - in the case of one Veterans Day ceremony - some serious toe-tapping.

November 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




Area honors military service on Veterans Day

Ron Kellner's appreciation for Veterans Day began long before he served in the U.S. military or helped lead - as he is today - a Veterans Day program for the American Legion.

November 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rehabilitated dogs traveling north to new homes

As Amber Highfield opened the crate, two tiny paws jumped up and pulled on her heartstrings.

November 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: City planning board takes up Thompson Bridge-Virginia Circle proposal

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will meet today to vote on a proposed drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County clinic, pharmacy closer to opening

With the help of inmate labor, Hall County is progressing with renovations that will turn the old East Hall library branch in Rabbittown into a clinic and pharmacy serving county employees.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cost, cause of tennis court damage remain undetermined

The latest estimate to repair a crack in a tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek stands at about $12,000, but it remains unclear if this amount will bring the fix needed to finally put the matter to rest.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police seize nearly $20K in drugs in separate arrests

Two recent investigations by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad have led to almost $20,000 of methamphetamine and other drugs being seized.

November 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood OKs 2015 budget with 50 percent tax increase

Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to OK a budget that keeps the city solvent but is supported by a tax rate increase of about 50 percent.

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


West Hall seeking IB career certificate program

West Hall High School hopes to offer the International Baccalaureate career certificate for students who aren't pursuing the full IB diploma.

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deputy, two others hurt in South Hall crash

Three people, including a Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy, suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle wreck in South Hall today.

November 10, 2014 | | Local


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