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School system knows growth all too well

Hall County's population growth numbers released Thursday were hardly surprising for those who bear the brunt of new arrivals.

April 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Former director of Keep Hall Beautiful dies at 57

GAINESVILLE - A champion for keeping Hall County a clean community died Thursday afternoon following a months-long illness.

Until recently, Marsha Fletcher, 57, served as the executive director for Keep Hall Beautiful, but her illness forced her to step down from the position she had held for more than a decade.

April 08, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall firefighters deal with five fires in nine hours

Fire truck and ambulance sirens were heard across Hall County throughout the day and into the night Thursday, as county firefighters responded to five fires and a chemical burn call in a span of nine hours. No one was injured in the fires.

April 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, filmmaker Rory Kennedy, visits Brenau to talk about work

GAINESVILLE - Rory Kennedy, youngest daughter of the late Attorney General and U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, spent Thursday in Gainesville at Brenau University, meeting with students and talking about her documentary work.

The Women's Center at Brenau University and Office of the Provost co-sponsored the event, with other financial support coming from Gainesville lawyer Wyc Orr and his wife, Lyn, who funded the Aileen Grace and Emogene Gaskins Women's Studies Endowment in honor of their mothers.

April 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County expects new state court judgeship to pay for itself

For the first 112 years of its existence, Hall County State Court needed one judge to oversee misdemeanor criminal, traffic and civil matters.

April 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Man charged with operating meth lab

A Gainesville man faces charges of operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab near his Barrett Road home, authorities said.

April 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville's plan to favor local contractors may not fly

Gainesville City Council members' plans to prefer local contractors on city construction jobs may take a back seat to state law, the city attorney told the council Thursday morning.

April 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Fox tests positive for rabies

The Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur confirmed Wednesday that a fox spotted in the Flat Creek Road area of South Hall County tested positive for rabies.

April 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Southside community wants sidewalks, park

They want answers.

Residents from the Southside neighborhood have called a special meeting to present their community's concerns to local officials.

April 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


U.S. 129 lanes will shift on Monday

Traffic will shift Monday on U.S. 129 from Ga. 330 to New Kings Bridge Road. From New Kings Bridge Road to Potter House Road, traffic will be routed to the northbound lanes while work is completed in the southbound lanes.

April 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville police chief honored by Elks

Gainesville Police Chief Frank Hooper received the Public Safety Officer of the Year Award for 2007-2008 on Saturday from Gainesville Lodge No. 1126 Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.

April 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville responds to lawsuit: City didn't discriminate against group homes

Attorneys for Gainesville are fighting allegations that the city has discriminated against the owners and residents of two substance abuse recovery programs in the city.

April 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


2 injured, 1 seriously, in Hall bus wreck

GAINESVILLE - A Hall County school system bus was involved in a wreck on Gillsville Highway at Holly Springs Road in East Hall at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

No students were on the bus at the time, and the driver of bus 2711 was not injured other than suffering some pain in her knee, said Gordon Higgins, school system spokesman.

April 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Record number of Hall students make Governor's Honors

GAINESVILLE - A record number of Hall County high school students have been selected to attend the Governor's Honors Program at Valdosta State University later this year.

April 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Contractor pays fine for erosion control violation on Ga. 53

A contractor for the Georgia Department of Transportation has reached a $22,500 settlement with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for erosion violations at a South Hall work site.

April 06, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Rabid raccoon found in North Hall

A rabies alert has been issued for the Persimmon Tree Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 11, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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


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