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PineIsle Resort to be leveled to make room for $100 million hotel

BUFORD - When it opened 34 years ago, the PineIsle Resort was the crown jewel of Lake Lanier. The hotel was the first major venue at Lake Lanier Islands and continued to be a popular destination for both tourists and conventions.

The 254-room hotel went through a succession of owners. The final one, Marriott Corp., closed the hotel on Nov. 4, 2005. The terms of the lease of the remaining portion of the islands gave control of the closed PineIsle to Gwinnett businessman Virgil Williams, who holds the 50-year lease of the islands.

April 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Facing foreclosure? Nonprofit group gets federal grant to offer support

In eight years with Home Development Resources, Mary Ledbetter, the organization's executive director, said she has never experienced a foreclosure rate as high as the one that plagues Hall County.

April 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Homer Easter hunt boasts 100,000 eggs

HOMER - What does it take to assemble Georgia's Largest Easter Egg Hunt?

How about 100,000 individually wrapped candy eggs, 100 plastic prize eggs, volunteers and 10 acres of prime egg-hunting real estate.

April 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Navigators help guide cancer patients at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Being diagnosed with cancer is like being thrown into a maze and not knowing how to find your way out.

April 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Pews will fill with holiday faithful

Drive by any church in the Gainesville area today and you're likely to see a lot more cars than usual.

April 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Kids can count birds, win prizes in state contest

What kid doesn't love a treasure hunt?

April 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flat Creek is running cleaner

GAINESVILLE -- Environmentalists and Gainesville officials agree that Flat Creek is a lot better than it was about 10 years ago.

April 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Irvin: Steer clear of live Easter pets

If you want to give your child a gift this Easter, the Georgia Department of Agriculture recommends that you stick with marshmallow Peeps and chocolate bunnies rather than their living counterparts.

April 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Low lake draws fish tournament for cable show

The receded waters of Lake Lanier, low pool and all, will be on display for a national audience of fishing enthusiasts this summer when the Outdoor Channel airs an edition of "Ultimate Match Fishing" that wrapped up Saturday at the Lake Lanier Islands resort.

For bass fishermen, the low lake has been a boon, and attracted the cable network to Lanier for the first time for its invitational tournament.

April 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


East Hall Middle's Casas places 6th in statewide spelling bee

ATLANTA - A word of Dutch origin ended an East Hall Middle School eighth-grader's third and deepest run as a spelling bee champion.

April 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Another marijuana 'grow house' raided in Hall County

When federal authorities last August announced the indictments of 25 defendants of mostly Cuban descent in connection with a large-scale marijuana "grow house" operation, it was thought that the organization had been dismantled.

April 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hundreds line up to get rabies shots for pets

Dr. Doug Tanner has a simple technique for vaccinating a long, tail-wagging line of furry, four-legged animals for rabies: "Hurry."

April 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Find out how to prevent foreclosure

Homeowners can get information to help them keep their homes at an event being held next week in Gainesville by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

April 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Road work to close lanes

The Georgia Department of Transportation warns drivers that continuing work on four road projects will cause lane closures next week in Hall County.

April 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


No word yet on hospital lawsuit

There was no word Friday afternoon on whether a lawsuit has been filed by Barrow Regional Medical Center in Winder to stop Northeast Georgia Health System's planned Braselton hospital.

April 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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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


WomenSource hosts psychology professor at Brown Bag lunch

Bumper-to-bumper traffic. Alarm clocks that didn't sound. Kids who forgot their homework. Emails filling the inbox.

April 03, 2014 | Michelle Boaen Jameson | Local


Lanier Olympic Venue aims to recapture legacy

The Lake Lanier Olympic Venue fell into some disrepair in recent years, but the nonprofit Gainesville-Hall '96 Foundation is working to revive the legacy of the venue that hosted kayaking and rowing events during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games.

April 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


“Rain tax:” Gainesville looking at creating stormwater utility

The city of Gainesville is considering how to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging stormwater infrastructure, which has resulted in flooding and sinkholes.

April 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Holocaust survivor shares experience with Lyman Hall students

History was brought to life as Holocaust survivor Hershel Greenblat shared his story.

April 03, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville readies for spring event season

The Main Street Gainesville Advisory Board met Tuesday to discuss goals and priorities as it prepares to launch a series of local events this spring.

April 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Job fair reveals ups, downs of local economy

As the nation's job market sputtered in recent years, leaving millions of Americans without work, the stereotype of the low-wage, low-skilled deadbeat cashing unemployment checks became a bogeyman for America's economic woes.

April 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Students honored at state literary meet

Seven students have earned top honors at the Georgia Literary Meet.

April 03, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Northeast Georgia Medical Center again ranked one of best in nation, state

Northeast Georgia Medical Center is tops - again.

April 03, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Badge and Bar: Gainesville man to stand trial on robbery, assault charges

A Gainesville man is set to stand trial before a Hall County jury April 21 after being indicted on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and felony obstruction in February 2013.

April 03, 2014 | Emma Witman | 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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