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Ex-Flowery Branch official Swafford to seek Senate seat as Libertarian

Amanda Swafford, a former Flowery Branch councilwoman, has been nominated as the Libertarian Party of Georgia's candidate in the U.S. Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

March 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall elementary students learn life-saving water skills

Just a few weeks ago, Landon Webber was afraid of the swimming pool.

March 19, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Brenau gala to celebrate 135 years, Downtown Center

It's an event 10 years in the making.

March 19, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Court begins hearing motions in Peppers Market slaying

The first of several dozen defense motions were heard Tuesday in the case of a Gainesville man accused of murder.

March 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Man accused in Ingles robbery now also accused in CVS heist

A Braselton man being held on drug and robbery charges has been accused in the February 2013 robbery of an Oakwood CVS, authorities said Tuesday.

March 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Retired Clermont trucker wins $150K in lottery game

Tommy Lee of Clermont, a retired truck driver, won a $150,000 top prize in the Georgia Lottery instant game Giant Jumbo Bucks.

March 19, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Fire destroys home in North Hall

Five family members were left homeless Tuesday when a fire ripped through their house on Pete's Drive in North Hall.

March 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the Road: New Ga. 347 section partially open in South Hall

A section of Ga. 347 has partially opened to South Hall County motorists.

March 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Growlers on Main takes next step toward opening on Gainesville square

Gainesville City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve an amendment to the alcoholic beverage ordinance that will allow Growlers on Main, a Flowery Branch establishment that serves draft beer to go, to open a new location in the downtown square.

March 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police searching for antiques shop thief who 'walks like a penguin'

Oakwood police are searching for a short man "who walks like a penguin," who is suspected in an antiques shop burglary.

March 19, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Community comes together after fire damages Irish pub

Neither rain nor fire can keep Shenanigans Irish Restaurant & Pub from celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

March 18, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Boy Scouts award 3 area leaders

Boy Scouts make a pledge "to help other people at all times." It's a trait Scouts honor when others exemplify the value as well.

March 17, 2014 | Savannah King | Local


DNR rolls out new interactive map

With a little technological know-how, Georgia residents and visitors now can electronically find the state parks that match their recreation interests.

March 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville council to weigh allowing growlers

Gainesville City Council will hear a proposed amendment to the alcoholic beverage ordinance when it meets today for a regularly scheduled session.

March 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bill on island annexations dies in General Assembly

A bill that would have established a mediation process for dealing with Gainesville's next round of "island" annexations appears to be dead in the Georgia General Assembly.

March 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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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


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


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