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The parties in the Chestatee High School prayer lawsuit filed their initial disclosures last week in terms of potential witnesses and discoverable information.

The suit, originally filed Dec. 1, comes from the American Humanist Association with three anonymous Hall County residents. The complaint alleges violations of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and a promotion of Christianity by the Hall County School District.

The school district filed its answer on Jan. 16, denying all of the allegations of students facing a preference of one religion over another.

The initial disclosures list people who are likely to have information related to the case.

In the plaintiffs’ filings, the list includes those mentioned in the original complaint, including current and former coaches at Chestatee, North Hall High School and other schools in the district.

The filing by the American Humanist Association also includes students and parents involved with varying extracurricular groups associated with Chestatee and other schools.

The school district’s disclosure similarly lists coaches and other sponsors for student groups.

In the joint preliminary report and discovery plan filed Tuesday, the parties state there is a possibility of a settlement after discovery, but no more conferences will be held until the end of discovery.

Police give tips to prevent repair scams after storms

Gainesville police are hoping to prevent residents from being scammed while caught up in the winter storms this week.

Although no reports have been made to the department, authorities are aware of scams where people call offering to do home repairs.

“These individuals will follow the storms in the same manner as a storm chaser, except they have alternative motives,” Gainesville Police Department spokesman Cpl. Kevin Holbrook wrote in a news release.

Police advise to ask the contractor for references, get everything in writing and check with the Better Business Bureau. Those needing repairs also should not pay for all of the work in advance or let anyone in their homes.

“Please remember if the price or deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is,” Holbrook wrote.

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