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Georgia Forestry Day at the State Capitol

Georgia Forestry Day at the State Capitol

ATLANTA, GA -- Mark your calendars now for Georgia Forestry Day, a gathering of state business, civic, and environmental leaders, at 10:30 a.m. on  Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in the north lobby of the State Capitol when an unprecedented coalition of business, government and advocacy organizations will unveil Georgia’s first study of forest-related ecosystem services, conducted under the direction of Dr.

Sheriff's Office Investigating South Hall Home Invasion

Sheriff's Office Investigating South Hall Home Invasion

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA -- (hallcounty.org) The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating a home invasion that occurred in Chateau Glen Subdivision in South Hall.

On Friday, January 28, 2011, just before 9:00 AM, Deputies responded to Chateau Glen Drive off of Thompsons Mill Road (GA SR347) to a report of a home invasion and armed robbery. Upon arrival Deputies discovered that a Hispanic male knocked on the front door of a residence and told the female occupant that he had some “papers” for her husband. After the resident opened the door, the subject forced his way inside the home, brandished a handgun, and demanded cash.

After obtaining an undetermined amount of cash and a handgun from the victim, the suspect fled the scene in a burgundy colored, late 1990’s model compact SUV, possibly a GMC Jimmy.

No one was injured in the incident.

Thunder Taskforce Comes To Gainesville

Thunder Taskforce Comes To Gainesville

On January 27th , the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has planned to roll out their new task force, THUNDER TASKFORCE. A ninety-day roll-out of the high-visibility THUNDER TASKFORCE is planned to help cops crack down on aggressive drivers around the City of Gainesville and surrounding communities. The GOHS THUNDER TASKFORCE is a specialized traffic enforcement unit designed to help Georgia cities combat their abnormally high occurrences of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities on local high-traffic corridors.

GOHS crash data shows that by August of 2010, Hall County experienced 20 traffic deaths, already exceeding the previous mid-year fatality count by five. At that rate, Hall County is projected to experience another 5 road fatalities by the time 2010’s final crash stats are tabulated.

FOOD REVIEW: The Diner At Sugar Hill, Sugar Hill GA

FOOD REVIEW: The Diner At Sugar Hill, Sugar Hill GA

If I was to think of where a trendy, upscale diner would be my mind would probably gravitate more toward West Midtown or Virginia-Highlands rather than Sugar Hill (near Buford). What we did find was décor equally worthy of the tag “trendy” and friendliness that the South is known for.

We were greeted immediately and seated within 10 minutes (NOTE: we arrived on the tail end of the lunch rush for Sunday brunch. I expect longer waits normally). This brief moment of waiting gave us the opportunity to lust over the dessert display. We found out later that the cakes are made by the owners chef brother.

Cody Barger Selected As 2010-11 Gatorade Georgia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year

Cody Barger Selected As 2010-11 Gatorade Georgia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year

North Hall senior, Cody Barger was recently selected to be The Gatorade Company, in conjunction with ESPN RISE’s 2010-11 Gatorade Georgia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.  Barger is the first Gatorade Georgia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from North Hall High School. 

The 5-foot-10 senior raced to the Class AAA individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:35.91, leading the Trojans to second place as a team. Barger placed 16th at the Foot Locker South Regional championships in 15:20.00. He captured first place at the NEGA Championships, the Berry Invitational Class 1A-3A race, the War Eagle Invitational, the West Hall Invitational, the Warpath Invitational, the Hall County Championships, the Alexander/ASICS Invitational, the Runners Fit Mountain Invitational, the Carrollton Last Chance meet and the Region 8-AAA meet this past fall.

Positive Rabies Alert in North Hall, First of 2011

Positive Rabies Alert in North Hall, First of 2011

According to the Hall County Government, on January 11th in the Dawn Ridge area of North Hall, there was contact between a raccoon and a dog. The raccoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab – Virology Section in Decatur on Jan. 13. On Jan. 14, Hall County Animal Services was advised that the raccoon was positive for rabies. This is the first confirmed case of 2011.

The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.

ALL INTERSTATES & MAIN ROUTES are open.

The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.

ARTERIAL/MAIN STREETS --

All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.