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Statistics can often be dry, but Phillippa Lewis Moss, dropped one Tuesday that could be particularly useful — for some.

The director of the Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center was giving the results of a fall ridership survey on the public transit system Gainesville Connection when she paused on one particular: 51 percent of passengers are single.

Also, she noted to those gathered at the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting, 59 percent are women.

"So, if you’re looking for Mrs. Right Woman, you might want to hop on a bus," Moss said.


Gainesville Police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Holbrook returned to work last week after suffering a stroke in October.

Holbrook was at an event Oct. 8 as an emcee when he suddenly fell out.

The sergeant thanked his fellow members of the department who saw the signs of a stroke and rushed him to get treatment.

Holbrook had a 30-minute window to get a treatment that loosened the blood clot and dissolved it.

He said he is starting to feel well and is glad to be back working with the department.

"The hospital and ‘sitting at the house’ stuff, it’s not for me," Holbrook said.


The Rev. Bill Coates of the First Baptist Church on Green Street in Gainesville shared Tuesday at the annual Farm-City breakfast about connections — those between farmer and consumer, city and county, Baptist church and Methodist church.

One connection he hasn’t been mentioning lately is the one between him and his favorite SEC team, the University of South Carolina, according to Brian Carroll, chairman of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

Carroll in closing out the breakfast event said he hasn’t heard much from the pulpit this season about Coates’ beloved Gamecocks. Then again, Carroll said he didn’t really want to talk about his team, either, as Auburn also has faltered.

Auburn was picked to win the SEC this year, but instead has a 5-4 record. Meanwhile South Carolina is 3-6, and legendary coach Steve Spurrier retired in the middle of the season.


Interested in a 1994 Honda Accord with 260,000 miles? How about 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 with 179,000 miles?

Hall County will soon list these vehicles and others for sale on

So if you’re in the market for a 2000 Buick Park Avenue or 1997 Mercury Marquis, you’ll soon be in luck.

The cars were seized by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad during arrests and investigations. Proceeds from the sale of these vehicles boosts funding for the MANS unit.

Types of investigations where vehicles can be seized include robberies, burglaries, drug trafficking , forgeries, chop shops, racketeering cases, sexual exploitation and gambling, according to Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Nicole Bailes.

"The majority of our seizures come from drug investigations," she added.

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