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Suspect acquitted in 2020 murder of Gainesville man

A Hull man charged of killing a Gainesville man in 2020 in Athens has been acquitted of murder by a Clarke County Superior Court jury. The jury of eight women and four men found Joseph D. Baughns, 31, not guilty of seven counts, including malice and felony murder and aggravated assault, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.. He was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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Discarded gun, drugs located after Thursday chase through Habersham County

Two men are in custody after a high-speed chase that ended in Clarkesville Thursday. Tallulah Falls Police Chief Tonya Elrod attempted to stop a black BMW 325i for traveling 75 in a 45-mph zone on Ga. 15/U.S. 441 in the Rabun County portion of that town. The car failed to...

Cornelia to host Neal McCoy country music concert May 21

Visitors to Saturday’s Mountain Laurel Festival in Clarkesville can keep the party going after the festival ends by heading south to Cornelia. On May 21, Cornelia’s Hospitality & Tourism Board will host a free, live country music concert featuring Neal McCoy. The concert is scheduled from 5-10 p.m. with opening acts, the Joe Higgins Band, Fred Anderson, and Mason Parker.

Clarkesville to celebrate 60th Annual Mountain Laurel Festival Saturday

Four-thousand people are expected to descend on Clarkesville this weekend for the city’s 60th annual Mountain Laurel Festival. On Saturday, May 21, the event runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in historic downtown Clarkesville. The day’s events include a parade, arts & crafts, music, cars, and food. Also, there will be a plant sale from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Mauldin House garden located at 458 Jefferson Street. And, at 3:45 p.m., Volunteers for Literacy of Habersham County will host its 11th annual VFL Duck Race on the Soque River at Pitts Park, just off the Clarkesville Square.

Herschel Walker left out millions in his financial report

Former Heisman Trophy winner and candidate for US Senate Herschel Walker (R-GA) speaks to supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump during a rally at the Banks County Dragway on March 26, 2022 in Commerce, Georgia. This event is a part of Trump's Save America Tour around the United States. (Megan Varner/Getty Images)
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This long-awaited bridge over Lake Lanier is now open to traffic

The new Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 westbound bridge over Lake Lanier opened Friday, May 20, with the demolition of the old bridge expected to start later this month. Even as traffic is shifted to the new structure, work will continue around the bridge. “Continued construction activities in completing the project include...

UNG headed back to Denver, D2 softball championship

DAHLONEGA —Despite losing the first game of the day, the No. 18 University of North Georgia softball team showed their resiliency, grinding out a 4-1 extra innings win over Lincoln Memorial to punch their ticket to Denver and the 2022 NCAA Division II Softball Championship to begin next week.

Gainesville garage damaged in morning fire

No one was injured, but a garage at a Gainesville home was damaged by fire Friday morning. According to a press release from the Gainesville Fire Department, crews responded at about 7:30 a.m. to the home in the 100 block of Thompson Place. Crews found light smoke showing from the...

After stellar performance at state, Gainesville's John Jessup gearing up to run the 800 at Wingfoot Night of Champions

John Jessup is always chasing that next milestone. He’ll certainly have that opportunity Saturday at Georgia Tech. After running a new personal-best time of 1 minute, 54.7 seconds in the 800-meter run and earning second at the recent Class 7A state championship meet, the rising Gainesville High senior will take part in the Wingfoot Night of Champions against all eight GHSA state champions in Atlanta.

Gainesville 'barely above' national average in annual index

GAINESVILLE –– AARP released its annual livability index this week; the information ranks every city in the country in seven categories. "Gainesville is in that top half of the country but just barely in the top half," Dr. Rodney Harrell, AARP Vice President for Family, Home, and Community, said. "Like most places, that means there are things that could be improved on."

Missing woman last seen off Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville

A missing woman last seen in Gainesville has authorities asking for the public’s help in finding her. Bryce Elaine Winters, 27 of Gainesville, was last seen Wednesday morning getting into a white Toyota Corolla at J&J Foods on Jesse Jewell Parkway. She is described as a white female, 5’3” tall and 130 lbs. The Gainesville Police Department says she was last wearing a gray shirt, black cargo shorts and blue shoes. “Investigators would like to ensure the proper welfare of Winters, as they are concerned with her mental state,” says the department.