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South Hall wildfires may be arson, officials say

The acrid smoke keeps drifting down from the woods bordering Donna and Greg Cash's red brick ranch house on Frazer Road. And the fire engines and Georgia Forestry tractors keep coming out to douse the flames and dig fire trenches.

December 25, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


College taking steps to reduce water usage

DAHLONEGA - North Georgia College & State University is taking several measures to reduce water consumption.

December 25, 2007 | By Staff Reports | Local


Find out about local history with new book

After months of gathering photos and information from Hall County residents, "The Pictorial History of Gainesville and Hall County" is finally here.

December 25, 2007 | | Local


Union County jails man on robbery charges

A North Carolina man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the robbery of Appalachian Community Bank in Blairsville.

December 25, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Hall rejects 608 homes on 418 acres

The Hall County Commission denied a rezoning request for a 608-unit residential development in northwest Hall opposed by many in the area.

December 25, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Her loss of locks is another child’s gain

After three long years of waiting, the time for Danielle Richey's haircut finally arrived Thursday morning.

December 25, 2007 | Edie Rogers | Local


Drought taxes revenue: Public utilities earns less from water sales

Ongoing water conservation efforts, both local and state-mandated, may cause Gainesville's public utilities department to lose its streak of steadily increasing revenue, a financial auditor for the city said today.

December 25, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Ongoing cleanup effort a ‘super’ idea

As the rapidly shrinking Lake Lanier reveals unprecedented amounts of previously buried trash, the Lake Lanier Association has come up with a new way to tackle the problem.

Shore "Super" Sweep is a twist on Shore Sweep, the association's annual lake cleanup that's usually held in September. The "super" sweep is an ongoing effort rather than a single event.

December 24, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New southbound I-985 bridge to open, help ease traffic

A new bridge spanning Mundy Mill Road will open this afternoon to accommodate Interstate 985 southbound traffic.

December 24, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Can't slow her down: Paralyzed from an injury, student wants to change minds

It's safe to assume that anyone with the nickname "Hot Wheels" isn't afraid of attracting attention.

Kristina Shepard figured out a long time ago that she can't avoid drawing curious stares everywhere she goes, so she uses it as an opportunity to educate people.

December 24, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Catholic community observes rare rites

GAINESVILLE - For the first time in the history of Atlanta's Archdiocese, Catholic priests Wednesday crowned the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Father Fabio Sotelo performed the rite at St. Michael Catholic Church in Gainesville, along with priests in 17 other parishes throughout the Atlanta Roman Catholic district.

December 24, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Cookie package causes bomb scare at Buford Dam

These cookies really bombed.

December 24, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Just call him Santa Cronic

He wasn't wearing a white beard or red suit, but Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic got a chance to play Santa Wednesday, giving away bicycles for needy children in a program that will benefit nearly twice the number of families as last year.

December 24, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Breakfast gives Georgia representatives a peek at needs

State representatives will act as Santa's elves Friday and take note of local officials' wish lists for next year's legislative session.

The representatives for legislative districts within Hall County will meet with local council members, commissioners and school board members at Lanier Tech to see what they want to happen in the upcoming legislative session.

December 24, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Authorities: Pair stole debit card

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man and woman they say stole a debit card.

December 23, 2007 | From staff reports | 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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