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Citizens Bank alumni gather to reminisce

Fifteen years after Gainesville's Citizens Bank ceased to be, nearly 100 former employees gathered Saturday to catch up and reminisce, flipping through bank books instead of yearbooks at a reunion that paid tribute to a bygone institution.

January 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Oakwood wants control over banners

Banners make up a big chunk of Jay Kelly's sign-making business, but he'd like to see that form of sign put under control.

January 31, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Winning bid lands $20,000 for family in need

Gregg and Brittiny Peters had no idea that what started out as a crazy way to pay their children's medical bills 10 days ago would soon make them international celebrities.

January 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Man gets 3 years for arson

A Clermont arsonist who set fire to a grocery store garbage bin while out on bond on two other arson charges was sentenced to three years in prison this week.

January 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Attorney is removed from Midtown project

The Gainesville Redevelopment Authority agreed Friday to remove attorney Tread Syfan for any issues surrounding the a proposed hotel and office complex in Midtown.

January 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County tax assessor Vaughan steps down

Bill Vaughan has resigned from the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors after 13 years.

January 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson looks to refinance bond to save about $1 million

Homeowners aren't the only ones looking for lower loan interest rates; so is the city of Jefferson.

January 31, 2009 | | Local


DOT engineer set to retire after 34 years of service

The Georgia Department of Transportation's assistant area engineer for maintenance in Lumpkin, Towns, Union and White counties is set to retire March 1.

January 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


West Hall Middle earns School of Character status

The State Schools of Character program has named West Hall Middle School as the 2009 Georgia School of Character.

January 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Ninth District board to distribute federal funds for food, shelter

Ninth District Opportunity in Hall County has received $102.351 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

January 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Like it or not, juveniles help pay the price for their crimes

When Troy Millikan's mailbox got busted up with a two-by-four last year, the Gainesville lawyer figured they'd never catch the kids who did it.

January 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Oakwood home fire leaves 7 people homeless

Hall County firefighters were able to contain a blaze at an Oakwood home this afternoon.

January 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


The Super combo: Wings, big TVs ... and a vasectomy?

With the Super Bowl just a day away, local businesses are gearing up to offer everything for the perfect party, from ordinary to unusual.

January 30, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Court will hear South Hall hospital appeal

The Georgia Court of Appeals has agreed to hear an appeal from Northeast Georgia Health System, which is seeking to reverse a denial of its request to build a 100-bed hospital in South Hall.

January 30, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall schools likely to cut staff

Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield said the system is preparing to open school in the fall with $10 million less in its budget and 75 to 100 fewer employees.

January 30, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Apartments proposed off Queen City Parkway

A 94,000-square-foot, 90-unit apartment complex is proposed for a 2.2-acre site off Queen City Parkway at Banks Street across from the Gainesville Public Safety Complex.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville man reappointed to state civil rights board

Gainesville resident Justin Pressley has been appointed to a second two-year term on the Georgia State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Diversity a key goal for law enforcement

Census figures confirm Hall County is still growing, and if predictions hold true, becoming more diverse.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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


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