Because of intense public interest in the Brenau University appearance of best-selling novelist Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," the university will open two additional venues for public access to Hosseini's presentation on Oct. 23.
While there have been a steady number of foreclosures on residential mortgages, in the last few months, an increasing number of banks have been foreclosing on properties owned by builders and developers.
Hall County announced Friday the dates it will close its offices, giving employees a mandatory unpaid day off, as a part of cost-cutting measures.
Interim County Administrator Charley Nix said after discussions this week with department heads, everyone agreed that shutting down all county offices for one day every month is the simplest way to handle the newly approved one-day- per-month furlough for all county employees. All county employees will take the days off without pay, with the exception of public safety, landfill and some public works personnel.
A recently announced grant award will help Lanier Technical College students catch more sun in a couple of years.
The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded a $55,000 grant to Lanier Technical College to develop a two-year associate degree in solar technology installation and repair. The college will match the grant with $110,000 over the next two years as the school draws on its existing programs to develop the new solar technology curriculum.