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Former Bus Driver Sentanced for Possesion of Child Porn

A former Hall County bus driver, John Copper Spinks of Oakwood, Georgia, was sentenced today to six years in federal prison for his convictions of distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.

Spinks was sentenced to six years in federal prison to be followed by 20 years of supervised release. He was also fined $2,000 with no chance of parole. According to United States Attorney Yates and the information presented during his guilty plea hearing on June 18, 2010, Spinks distributed images of child pornography over the internet to an undercover law enforcement officer who he encountered in a chat room named “Baby and Toddler Love".

In January 2010, Spinks was again found in a chat room known for trading images of child pornography. United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “As a school bus driver, this defendant was in daily contact with the children of Hall County.

Early Voting in Hall County

Beginning Thursday, Hall County voters may cast their ballots for the Nov. 2 general election.

The Hall County Board of Elections and Voter Registration office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for early voting until Oct. 29. The deadline for new voters to register to participate in the Nov. 2 general election is Oct. 4. Voters must bring one of the permitted forms of photo ID.

Absentee ballots may be mailed until Oct. 29. Mail-in ballots must be received no later than close of the polls on Election Day. 

Sample ballots are now available online at http://elections.hallcounty.org. The elections office is located at 2285 Browns Bridge Road, Suite 2, Gainesville.

Georgia Mountians Center hosts ReadyFest

On Monday, September 20th, the Georgia Mountains Center (301 Main Street SW, Gainesville) will host ReadyFest, a community preparedness event designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. This event is sponsored by The National Weather Service in Peachtree City and the Georgia and Hall County Emergency Management offices.

Plant Opening Spells New Jobs for Hall County

ATLANTA—Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that Torrance, California-based King’s Hawaiian will locate a bakery and distribution operation in Oakwood in Hall County.  The company produces its brand of Hawaiian sweet bread dinner rolls, sandwich and snack rolls and round bread.  This project will create 126 new jobs over two years.  King’s Hawaiian expects to add an additional 100 jobs around 2015.

 “Georgia’s economy receives a considerable boost from the success of food processors in our state, which employ more Georgians than any other sector of manufacturing,” said Governor Perdue.  “By selecting Georgia and Hall County, King’s Hawaiian serves as another example of how our state’s pro-business climate continues to create opportunities for new and existing companies, and for communities throughout the state.” 

King’s Hawaiian is a leading producer of dinner rolls, and accounts for more than half of U.S.

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  in the Flowery Branch City Hall to fill the remaining term of Council Member Post 1, caused by the resignation of Council Member Craig Lutz, term ending December 31, 2011.

Falcons Gear Up for Winning Season

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons don’t have to answer that same ol’ question: Hey, guys, when are y’all actually going to have two winning seasons in a row?

Yet it’s the way they view getting a 44-year-long monkey off their backs that provides the best insight into why this long-suffering franchise may have finally turned the corner.

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Woman Tasered after Wreck with Patrol Car

A Flowery Branch woman is in police custody after leading Coweta County law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen car down Interstate 85 Monday.

She was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, according to authorities.

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