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Man charged with burglary after chase

A burglar was caught by sheriff's deputies after a brief chase Wednesday when he tried to burglarize a South Hall house while the resident was at home, authorities said.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Librarian turns page on nearly 30-year career

Twelve years after Hall County parked the last one, Ella Jean Smith is still referred to as "Bookmobile Lady."

"That's my name. I think that's all (people) ever knew me by, they never really called my name - it was just 'Bookmobile Lady,'" Smith recalls.

November 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Agency ready to mediate water wars

Could stakeholders along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin come together and solve the 18-year-old impasse over water between Georgia, Florida and Alabama?

November 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lanier Tech told to slice budget another 2 percent

The Technical College System of Georgia asked technical schools such as Lanier Technical College to make another 2 percent in budget cuts Monday, said Lanier Tech President Mike Moye. The reduction comes in addition to the 6 percent systemwide cut already imposed. Moye said Lanier Tech has already implemented a 10 percent budget cut in anticipation that the Technical College System of Georgia will cut yet another 2 percent from this fiscal year's budgets.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Chick-fil-A gives it away

FLOWERY BRANCH - Teresa Henderson brought her Chick-fil-A gear featuring the restaurant's cow mascot. Another group of people brought a TV and a propane heater.

November 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Frightful fun: Jefferson High performs ‘Dracula’

JEFFERSON - Dracula may have been killed hundreds of years ago in Transylvania, but that won't stop the Drama Dragons of Jefferson High School from bringing the vampire to life on stage tonight.

At 7:30 p.m., Jefferson High School students will bring Bram Stoker's classic tale to the stage in the school's performance arts center just in time for Halloween.

November 02, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Blue bins remind of recycling in Gainesville

Gainesville wants you to think about recycling.

The city's Public Works Department lined Jesse Jewell Parkway with 250 blue recycling bins from its intersection with E.E. Butler Parkway to the Hall County Farmers Market Wednesday to call attention to the need to reduce waste and recycle.

November 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Police ACE unit to focus on problem areas

Gainesville police looking for worsening crime trends in a ragged economy have an ACE in the hole.

Starting next month, a pair of hand-picked officers will be assigned to the Gainesville Police Department's new Aggressive Criminal Enforcement unit. Officers Justin Martin and Josh Shifflett will spend their time on the job focusing on problematic areas where property crime, like burglaries or auto break-ins, has increased. They'll also spend some time on a portion of Interstate 985 looking for drug traffickers.

November 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dogs, bird saved from Hall fire

Hall County firefighters rescued 14 dogs and a bird from a burning home early Tuesday morning, rendering life-saving aid to some with a breathing apparatus designed for pets.

November 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch considers more homes at Sterling on the Lake

The developer of Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch is seeking to add about 100 more acres and 200 more homes to the neighborhood, bringing the total of potential homes that could be built to 2,000.

November 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville starts Flat Creek restoration

Gainesville officials are moving forward on plans to restore an eroded, underground portion of Flat Creek.

November 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Adcock misses his students

Katie Collier, a senior at Johnson High School, recalls the visit Mike Adcock, assistant principal at Johnson High School, made to her class on the first day of school this year.

November 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Money talks: Seized cash beefs up Jefferson police force

JEFFERSON - Crime may not pay, but it has definitely benefited the Jefferson Police Department.

November 01, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


New advocacy group bands together for Lake Lanier

An advocacy group with plans to become a major voice for Lake Lanier was officially announced Tuesday.

November 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Jefferson approves annexing property

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson City Council voted Monday to annex a nearly 33-acre parcel of property along Interstate 85. But the group's approval did not come without several stipulations.

November 01, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | 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


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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