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  • Retired, longtime educator, coach dies

    Retired, longtime educator, coach dies

    A retired Hall County educator and coach in the Hall County School District has died. John Corley served as principal at several county schools during his career – Brookton, Wauka Mountain, and Lula elementary and North Hall High School. He was also a math teacher at North Hall, where he was named Teacher of the…

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  • A ‘peach’ of a Peach State perch catch

    A ‘peach’ of a Peach State perch catch

    The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed that a yellow perch caught by a Cumming man recently ties the Georgia record for the largest one caught in Rabun County’s Lake Burton. Emerson Mulhall’s catch weighed nearly three pounds, matching the record which was set eleven years ago. This DNR news release has more…

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  • 17 charged in latest crackdown on sex-related crimes

    17 charged in latest crackdown on sex-related crimes

    Those prostitution, pandering, and sexual exploitation charges we reported over the weekend? Turns out they were part of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office’s (HCSO’s) ongoing Operation Good Shepherd, an undercover sting operation that netted four arrests in January. The sheriff’s office said Monday more than a dozen people were arrested on various charges, including electronic…

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  • UPDATE — HCSO: Brothers busted for racing

    UPDATE — HCSO: Brothers busted for racing

    HALL CO. SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONDAY FACEBOOK POST: “Deputies arrested two Gainesville men for racing on highway or streets following a traffic stop late Saturday night, Feb. 24, on U.S. 129/Athens Highway south of Gainesville. At about 10:50 p.m., deputies observed two cars traveling west on Athens Highway at a high rate of speed near Bob…

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  • Library bills spearheaded by Buford, Cumming lawmakers could come to a vote this week

    Library bills spearheaded by Buford, Cumming lawmakers could come to a vote this week

    State legislators from Buford and Cumming are leading the way as bills aimed at school libraries and librarians move through the General Assembly. KEYWORD NOTICE – Georgia GOP senators seek to ban sexually explicit books from school libraries, reduce sex education – SRN News

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  • MONDAY POLICE BEAT – Missing man; statutory rape

    MONDAY POLICE BEAT – Missing man; statutory rape

    *A Buford man, who has been missing since late last year, is the subject of a missing persons alert issued Monday morning. Gwinnett County Police say Robert Emory Haygood, 59, was last seen by family members in December.  “They have not been able to contact him since.  He does not have access to a vehicle. …

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  • UGA death: Give family time ‘to grieve’

    UGA death: Give family time ‘to grieve’

    One member of the Georgia legislature says 9th Dist. Congressman Andrew Clyde and other Republicans commenting on the murder of a UGA students should back off of their criticism of the Biden administration’s immigration policies – at least for now. The suspect in the case is in this country illegally. Democratic State Sen. Jason Esteves…

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  • Gas prices make a ‘pit stop’

    Gas prices make a ‘pit stop’

    Gas prices in Gainesville and around the state slowed their upward movement this week. AAA reports that the average price of regular unleaded in Gainesville decreased six cents over the past week to $3.10. The statewide average, meanwhile, is $3.13 this week, down three cents from a week ago. The national average is $3.26 after…

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  • Petition for added security at UGA; New life for Ga. religious rights bill

    Petition for added security at UGA; New life for Ga. religious rights bill

    *UGA students in Athens are signing a petition for the University to bring back the blue-light emergency call boxes it removed in 2004. It follows the murder of 22-year-old Laken Riley on campus last Thursday. The petition had over 10,000 signatures by Friday afternoon. The school says it removed the call boxes partly both for…

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  • Local lawyer named a ‘rising star’ in legal profession

    Local lawyer named a ‘rising star’ in legal profession

    Anna Adams Orkins, a partner at Stewart Melvin & Frost, has achieved recognition as one of the rising stars in the legal profession. Selected for Super Lawyers Magazine’s 2024 Rising Stars list, this marks the fourth consecutive year that Orkins has received this honor. Since joining Stewart Melvin & Frost’s Trusts and Estates section in…

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  • Mercer student from S. Hall adds another honor, as well as some $$$

    Mercer student from S. Hall adds another honor, as well as some $$$

    Mercer University Senior Ryan Brownlee of Flowery Branch was recently awarded a Pioneer Award worth $1,000 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi – the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Brownlee, who was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi in 2021, is one of 50 students nationwide to receive…

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  • Hall teams shine at FFA, 4H event

    Hall teams shine at FFA, 4H event

    Last week, students from the East Hall High FFA Chapter, North Hall High FFA Chapter, and North Hall Middle FFA Chapter travelled to the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show in Perry. They competed over the course of two days in the Commercial Dairy Heifer Show and the Beef Heifer Show. Who are they and what…

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  • Child porn, prostitution, racing, shoplifting arrests top Sun. police blotter

    Child porn, prostitution, racing, shoplifting arrests top Sun. police blotter

    The Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) reported another prostitution arrest Saturday. The 55-year-old woman was being held in the county jail on $1,300 bond Sunday morning. She along with two other women, whose arrests we reported Saturday, were taken into custody at the same location. EARLIER STORY: Prostitution, pandering, rape highlight local Sat. police blotter…

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  • HIGH FIRE DANGER

    HIGH FIRE DANGER

    A High Fire Danger alert has been issued for today for north and most of central Georgia, including Hall and surrounding counties. ADVISORY FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS): “Relative Humidities of 25 percent or less can be expected for 4 or more hours this afternoon into the evening . Winds will be light and…

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  • Gville snake breeder getting national exposure

    Gville snake breeder getting national exposure

    A Gainesville snake breeder is getting some national exposure thanks to New Yorker Magazine. You can read about him and his work here: The Snake with the Emoji-Patterned Skin | The New Yorker

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