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Oakwood gives final approval to annexation

Oakwood City Council gave its final OK Monday to annexation of a site for a proposed child care center on Winder Highway (Ga. 53).

August 01, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gwinnett County man saved from drowning by neighbors

A man nearly drowned Sunday evening in the swimming pool at Morgan's Crossing subdivision, which is split between Gwinnett and Hall counties.

July 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Roadwork on Ga. 13 nears end

The Georgia Department of Transportation is working on a $1.2 million resurfacing of Ga. 13 between Buford and Flowery Branch.

The project, which began in June, involves a 5.43-mile stretch between City Hall Street in Gwinnett County to north of Cantrell Road in Flowery Branch, including a section of Atlanta Highway that skirts downtown Flowery Branch.

July 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gallons down, dollars up for police

Gainesville Police Chief Frank Hooper applauded his officers last week for their fuel conservation efforts, and he had every right to.

Last month, the 103-vehicle department had used only 91 percent of the gasoline it had used at the same point last year due to a new approach to policing that requires officers to get out of their cars more and rely on fuel less.

July 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hopewell Baptist marks milestone

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, close to 1,000 people gathered at Laurel Park to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Hopewell Baptist Church.

The celebration began earlier in the day with a church service, where about 1,300 people came dressed in old-fashioned clothing.

July 31, 2008 | Allison Shuler | Local


Dispatcher for White County found dead

The White County Sheriff's Office is expected to provide more information this morning about a Saturday afternoon shooting that killed a White County 911 dispatcher.

July 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Women’s charity aims to link people to services

Two years ago, the idea of a charity for women was planted in Jackie Wallace's head while at a conference in Denver.

July 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Area food bank closer to reality

Those who serve Hall County's hungry know that rising food and energy costs mean more people are having to make choices between their bills and their bellies.

July 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


AquaPalooza lures about 230 boats to water party on Lake Lanier

Low lake levels and high gas prices didn't deter boaters from bringing their vessels - in all shapes and sizes - to Lake Lanier Islands' Beach & Water Park this weekend.

July 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce pushing employee wellness programs

There's no question about it: Employee wellness programs can benefit a company's bottom line.

July 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


A hero's funeral: 'He will live in our hearts forever'

COAL MOUNTAIN -- They came from all over to pay their respects.

July 31, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Bikers ride to honor slain troops

COAL MOUNTAIN - Gene Altman of Jessup saddled up early Saturday for a one-way, 280-mile trip astride his Harley-Davidson. The grizzled veteran had another funeral to go to - another fallen soldier to honor.

July 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Retailers expect boost from sales tax holiday

The state of Georgia is giving shoppers a tax break on back-to-school items for four days beginning Thursday. The annual sales tax holiday has become a tradition in Georgia, according to state Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville.

"People just expect the holiday now," Rogers said. "It's important now, especially with the softness in the economy."

July 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch erects new sign off I-985

FLOWERY BRANCH - Motorists leaving Interstate 985 at Spout Springs Road now will be greeted by flashing messages from a sturdy new brick-and-stone Flowery Branch sign.

July 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hunting and fishing retailers still at odds with DNR

Some local hunting and fishing retailers are still at odds with the Department of Natural Resources despite the DNR's relaxing of a new licensing procedure set to take effect in January 2009.

July 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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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


Gainesville man acquitted of growing marijuana

The attorney for a Gainesville man acquitted on charges of growing marijuana said it was much ado over bean sprouts and residue.

April 04, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Serving up smiles

Twenty-two current and former sports figures and notable locals can add "celebrity server" to their resumes after working restaurant tables Thursday night for a local child abuse advocacy center.

April 04, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Cox, Moore fill Hall County School District roles

Jamey Moore was officially approved Thursday morning as North Hall High School's next principal, and Matt Cox will join the Hall County School District's facilities department.

April 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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