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Four people charged with trafficking meth

Two Gainesville men were arrested Thursday on charges of trafficking methamphetamine after authorities say they delivered 4 ounces of the drug.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Changes to pawnshop ordinance considered

Rather than face litigation, Gainesville City Council is expected to amend a pawnshop ordinance that has prohibited a new TitleMax from opening.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Smoking ban heading to campuses

University of North Georgia junior Ty Poole waved his electronic cigarette around while sitting in his car on the Gainesville campus.

March 28, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Residents run, walk for for a cause

Runners and walkers gathered Thursday evening at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville for the annual Chamber Chase 5-kilometer run and 2-mile Wellness Walk put on by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Man faces more charges of embezzlement at Road Atlanta

A Braselton man accused of embezzling more than $75,000 from Road Atlanta over the course of a year now faces charges of embezzling another $46,000 from the South Hall County race track.

March 28, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Local


Volunteers sworn in as child advocates in courts

An advocacy program for abused and neglected youngsters has 30 new volunteers whose job is to ensure those children don't get lost in the legal system.

March 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2015 Gainesville police budget likely on par with 2014

The Gainesville Police Department has a current budget of about $8.6 million, and Chief Brian Kelly said he expected funding to be similar in the 2015 fiscal year.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners vote down energy contracts

After months of inquiry and weeks of controversial debate, the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday voted down two proposed energy-efficiency contracts with Siemens and Pepco Energy Services.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Olympic venue names Gainesville native as manager

Morgan House has been named the new manager of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, with the purpose of restoring the facility and attracting visitors to the area.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Woman faces more counts of identity theft, credit card fraud

A Gainesville man said his daughter-in-law stole thousands of dollars from him and his wife after helping prepare their taxes.

March 27, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


UNG students test drones to be controlled by thoughts

Cayce Koehler gently placed the headset - which looks like a pair of headphones with tentacles - on his head.

March 27, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall’s population shows growth

Hall County's population grew about 4.5 percent from 2010 to July 2013, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Plan to cut energy use up for vote by Hall commissioners

The road to today's Hall County Board of Commissioners' vote on whether to contract with Siemens and Pepco for multimillion-dollar, energy-efficiency projects has been fraught with shifting financial estimates, unknowns about future utility costs and concerns the technology might soon be out of date.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville stepping into good health

The city of Gainesville is kicking off a health initiative called Gainesville Walks on Monday at Fair Street School.

March 26, 2014 | Andi Eckardt | Local


Badge and Bar: Cocaine trafficking charges dropped

Charges were dropped against a Norcross man accused of trafficking cocaine, while the Duluth man he was in the car with pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

March 26, 2014 | 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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