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Hall County deputies hurt in pursuit

Two Hall County deputies sustained some bad bumps and bruises, but no broken bones, after they tumbled down a 35-foot ravine while chasing a fleeing suspect late Tuesday.

Hall County emergency medical service workers spent about an hour hoisting wounded Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Corey Gilleland out of the ravine in a wooded area near Oliver Road in South Hall after the 11 p.m. incident, using a stretcher and basket attached to a rope.

February 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gang members get sentenced to total of 76 years for involvement in drive-by shootings

Ernesto Reyes said he got the wrong house when he fired three shotgun blasts at a home in the Silverwood subdivision off Candler Road last August.

Reyes, an acknowledged member of the BOE street gang, will have up to 24 years behind bars to contemplate the mistake.

February 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gov. Perdue eases water restrictions to give homeowners — and the landscaping industry — a reprieve

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue threw a much-needed lifeline to Georgia's nursery and landscaping industries on Wednesday by easing watering restrictions on new landscape plants.

Also on Wednesday, Perdue announced that the current moratorium on the filling of swimming pools, banned under the outdoor watering restrictions, will be eased. The state will allow limited filling of pools.

February 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Man arrested in ‘grow house’ case

One man has been charged and his son is being sought in connection with the Tuesday discovery of more than 800 marijuana plants growing in the basement of a North Hall home.

February 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


State tornado drills put off until Friday

GAINESVILLE - A prediction for bad weather Wednesday morning put off a drill designed to help protect Georgia students from bad weather.

Tornado watches and the threat of severe storms canceled the early morning event, which is part of the National Weather Service's annual Georgia Severe Weather Awareness Week.

February 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Authorities seek bank robbery suspect

Forsyth County law enforcement officials are searching for a suspect in three Forsyth County bank robberies.

February 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Doctor recounts work on death row

The life of a psychiatrist can be unpredictable simply because he works with patients who may be mentally unstable.

February 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch offices shuffle around downtown

Flowery Branch City Council approved the purchase of two buildings for city use Wednesday.

February 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hospital restricts visits from children to stop illness

Until further notice, Northeast Georgia Medical Center has banned children ages 15 years and younger from visiting inpatient units on both the main and Lanier Park campuses.

February 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Officials to discuss city’s goals at retreat

Gainesville officials are going down to the valley today.

February 18, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


GMS eighth-grader wins city system spelling bee

BY JEFF GILL

February 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau receives $330,000 for indoor tennis courts

Construction is expected to begin in May on a 14,400-square-foot enclosure for two tennis courts at Brenau University's Smithgall Tennis Complex, thanks to a $333,000 contribution from an anonymous donor.

February 17, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


City’s landscape to change

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville City Council voted unanimously to approve a zoning request for a $35 million development that promises to kick off the redevelopment of Gainesville's Midtown district.

February 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall schools mull transfer students

GAINESVILLE - Students interested in the International Baccalaureate program but attending a Hall County school that's not offering it next year may not be out of luck.

February 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dahlonega-based soldiers denied bond

A U.S. magistrate judge denied bond late Monday for four Dahlonega-based soldiers charged in a conspiracy to rob cocaine dealers at gunpoint.

Carlos Lopez, 30; David Ray White, 28; Randy Spivey, 32; and Stefan Andre Champagne, 28, were denied bond after Judge Alan Baverman heard two days of testimony and arguments in the case, said Patrick Crosby, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office. They remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service.

February 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Lobbying group lays out legislative priorities for counties

In late October, the Georgia Municipal Association, a lobbying group for the interests of Georgia cities, laid out several priorities for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly during a meeting with local government officials.

November 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


N. Ga. men convicted in terror plot sentenced to 10 years

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Church serves a feast of thanks to area first responders

Multiple agencies responded to a call Thursday afternoon at West Hall Baptist Church to a Thanksgiving feast that needed to be put away for good.

November 14, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


2 arrested in South Hall burglaries

A Gainesville couple are in custody after Hall County authorities linked them to a string of residential burglaries in South Hall.

November 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


West Hall focuses on community ahead of big football game

For West Hall High Principal Scott Justus, tonight's football game is less about the result and more about the community the team's winning season has inspired.

November 14, 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


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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