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Four people charged with trafficking meth

Two Gainesville men were arrested Thursday on charges of trafficking methamphetamine after authorities say they delivered 4 ounces of the drug.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Changes to pawnshop ordinance considered

Rather than face litigation, Gainesville City Council is expected to amend a pawnshop ordinance that has prohibited a new TitleMax from opening.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Smoking ban heading to campuses

University of North Georgia junior Ty Poole waved his electronic cigarette around while sitting in his car on the Gainesville campus.

March 28, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Residents run, walk for for a cause

Runners and walkers gathered Thursday evening at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville for the annual Chamber Chase 5-kilometer run and 2-mile Wellness Walk put on by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Man faces more charges of embezzlement at Road Atlanta

A Braselton man accused of embezzling more than $75,000 from Road Atlanta over the course of a year now faces charges of embezzling another $46,000 from the South Hall County race track.

March 28, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Local


Volunteers sworn in as child advocates in courts

An advocacy program for abused and neglected youngsters has 30 new volunteers whose job is to ensure those children don't get lost in the legal system.

March 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2015 Gainesville police budget likely on par with 2014

The Gainesville Police Department has a current budget of about $8.6 million, and Chief Brian Kelly said he expected funding to be similar in the 2015 fiscal year.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners vote down energy contracts

After months of inquiry and weeks of controversial debate, the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday voted down two proposed energy-efficiency contracts with Siemens and Pepco Energy Services.

March 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Olympic venue names Gainesville native as manager

Morgan House has been named the new manager of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, with the purpose of restoring the facility and attracting visitors to the area.

March 28, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Woman faces more counts of identity theft, credit card fraud

A Gainesville man said his daughter-in-law stole thousands of dollars from him and his wife after helping prepare their taxes.

March 27, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


UNG students test drones to be controlled by thoughts

Cayce Koehler gently placed the headset - which looks like a pair of headphones with tentacles - on his head.

March 27, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall’s population shows growth

Hall County's population grew about 4.5 percent from 2010 to July 2013, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Plan to cut energy use up for vote by Hall commissioners

The road to today's Hall County Board of Commissioners' vote on whether to contract with Siemens and Pepco for multimillion-dollar, energy-efficiency projects has been fraught with shifting financial estimates, unknowns about future utility costs and concerns the technology might soon be out of date.

March 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville stepping into good health

The city of Gainesville is kicking off a health initiative called Gainesville Walks on Monday at Fair Street School.

March 26, 2014 | Andi Eckardt | Local


Badge and Bar: Cocaine trafficking charges dropped

Charges were dropped against a Norcross man accused of trafficking cocaine, while the Duluth man he was in the car with pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

March 26, 2014 | 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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