More than 100 people packed into a government meeting room Monday in Gainesville for a field hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the effects of the health care law on rural communities. Leading the hearing was Republican Rep. Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville, who said the goal was to hear of the “real-world implications'' of the law and solutions for reforming the health care system.
Three north Georgia lawmakers have already heard from cyclists across the state after filing legislation that would dramatically change the rules of the road for bicycles. State Representatives Carl Rogers, Lee Hawkins and Emory Dunahoo, all Republicans from Gainesville, planned to hear even more at a public hearing on the bill Monday evening.
Nearly 2,200 young children will be out of school starting next week because of the federal government shutdown. The non-profit group Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. is based in Gainesville and runs Head Start programs in 20 counties in north Georgia. Head Start is a federally-funded preschool program for low-income children across the country.
Under a plan being discussed by a northeast Georgia school district, Colt 6920 M4 carbine rifles would be stored in safes inside schools to defend students in a school shooting. Details of the plan by Gainesville City Schools were discussed Monday, as parents and teachers met with city police.
A Georgia school system is considering the idea of storing rifles in school offices in case they're needed to defend students in a school shooting. Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Merrianne Dyer says the rifles would be placed at Gainesville High School, Gainesville Middle School and Wood's Mill Academy.
Hall County officials say they recently confirmed the county's eighth case of rabies in 2013. Officials from Hall County Animal Services said Wednesday that a dog recently came into contact with a rabid raccoon.
A rabies alert has been issued in part of Hall County after a rabid bat was found inside of a house in Gainesville. The bat was found in a house Friday and has been shipped to the virology section of the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur.
An attorney for the city of Gainesville says the city isn't worried about its at-large voting system, even after a federal judge struck down a similar model in Fayette County. But the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials isn't so sure.
The Gainesville City Council is moving ahead with a study to determine the feasibility of a new convention center and hotel in the northeast Georgia city. The council on Tuesday approved a bid for consulting firms to work on the study. It is designed to address market demand, economic impact, construction costs and facility operation.