Hall County

Gainesville man charged in early Saturday slaying of 21-year-old

Gainesville man charged in early Saturday slaying of 21-year-old

Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigators are charging a Gainesville man with murder following the early Saturday morning shooting of another man off of East Ridge Road. Detectives have identified the victim as 21-year-old Qualyn Tanner, of Gainesville. Tanner’s next of kin has been notified. The body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for autopsy. Just before 2 a.m., deputies responded to a call to check the area after a member of the community heard gunshots along Wade Drive. Deputies found Tanner's body, behind a residence on the street. Sheriff's officials say Tanner had been shot multiple…
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Georgia firefighter dies in boating accident

Georgia firefighter dies in boating accident

The Gainesville Fire Department confirmed yesterday that firefighter Chandler Patterson died over the weekend in a boating accident. Chandler died after a boating accident on Lake Tugaloo Saturday evening, while spending time off with his family and friends. Chandler had been with the Gainesville Fire Department since June 2019. He was 27-years old. "Chandler was a super friendly person with an incredible personality! He brought smiles to everyone around him with his laid back and caring demeanor. He will be missed dearly," the department posted on its Facebook page. Flags at all fire stations in Gainesville will be lowered in…
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Rabies Alert: A rabid fox had an encounter with a dog and a person in Buford

Rabies Alert: A rabid fox had an encounter with a dog and a person in Buford

Hall County officials report that there was recent contact between a rabid fox, a dog and a person in the 2100 block of Morgan Drive in Buford. The fox was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Waycross where it tested positive for rabies. This is the third confirmed case of rabies in Hall County in 2021. Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid fox was located. If you live in this area or you see an animal acting abnormally in the area, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or during non-working hours, call Hall…
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Murrayville Park in Hall County reopens June 5

Murrayville Park in Hall County reopens June 5

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will host a grand reopening of Murrayville Park on Saturday, June 5.  “We are thrilled to reopen this park, especially as the summer season kicks into high gear,” Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Higgins said. “The park has been renovated and updated to better serve the needs of citizens, contributing to the overall quality of life for everyone in Hall County.” Park updates include the addition of four new tennis courts, a new playground, a newly renovated pavilion, new signage, new restrooms, refurbished ballfields, and the repaving of roads throughout the interior of…
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Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield’s message to the Class of 2021

Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield’s message to the Class of 2021

Below is Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield's message to the graduating class of 2021. The message is provided both in video and text formats. https://youtu.be/woAqnv1ejIA On behalf of your Board of Education, on behalf of the 3,400 team members of the Hall County School District, on behalf of the 200,000 plus community members in Hall County, congratulations and we are so proud of you. Over the last year or so one of the things that I’ve talked about a lot and it’s I guess it’s one of the things you learn when you start getting as much gray hair as…
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Sheriff’s Office says Hall County man may have died from blunt force trauma

Sheriff’s Office says Hall County man may have died from blunt force trauma

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation involving a possible homicide off of Candler Road.   Deputies responded to the call about a man who was found dead at a home in the 4000 block of Talmo Road at about 10 a.m.  According to the sheriff's department there appears to have been a struggle at the residence and the deceased man shows signs of blunt force trauma. Sheriff's department investigators have developed several viable leads in the The case and are following up on them.   There are no indications of any danger to the community at this time, according…
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Police investigate fatal pedestrian crash in Gainesville

Police investigate fatal pedestrian crash in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE -- Police in Gainesville are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian that occurred Monday morning. According to police, the crash is at Browns Bridge Road and McEver Road. The police are advising motorists to use alternate routes. There are no further details at this time. The Georgia Sun will have more information on this story as it becomes available.
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Hall County government ends appointment-only operations as COVID-19 cases decrease

Hall County government ends appointment-only operations as COVID-19 cases decrease

The vast majority of Hall County Government facilities, including the Hall County Government Center, will end appointment-only operations beginning March 1. “We are continuing to see COVID-19 statistical data improve for the Hall County community,” Hall County Administrator Jock Connell said. “As has been the case throughout the pandemic, we have carefully monitored that data and believe this is the right next step as we provide crucial services to our citizens.” The government center transitioned into an appointment-only based operation earlier this year as the number of COVID-19 cases trended upward. The facility’s available hours for appointment were then expanded…
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Prom is on for Hall County high schools

Prom is on for Hall County high schools

High school students in Hall County will have prom and graduation this year -- traditions that will be returning with social distancing measures due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. High schools in the Hall County School District have begun planning for upcoming proms and graduations. District leadership discussed both topics with high school principals last week and the details of those initial discussions were shared with the board of education at its scheduled meeting this evening. PromProm celebrations for 2021 will look different from those in the past. Some limitations will be in place, but the tradition will return. School…
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News Blog: Another rabies alert in Hall County

News Blog: Another rabies alert in Hall County

Hall County officials are reporting that there was contact recently between a rabid raccoon and a dog in the 4300 block of Chatuge Drive in Buford. The raccoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab- Virology Section in Decatur. On Feb. 11, Hall County Animal Control was advised that the raccoon tested positive for rabies. This is the second confirmed case of rabies in Hall County in 2021. Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid raccoon was located. If you live in this area or you see an animal acting abnormally in the area,…
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Rabies Alert in Hall County

Rabies Alert in Hall County

A rabid raccoon had an encounter with a dog in East Hall County near the 4100 block of Old Cornelia Highway, Hall County officials say. The raccoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab- Virology Section in Decatur. On Feb. 4, Hall County Animal Control was advised that the raccoon tested positive for rabies. Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid raccoon was located. If you live in this area or you see an animal acting abnormally in the area, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or during non-working hours call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812. Animal…
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Liquid Nitrogen leak kills six at Gainesville food processing plant

Liquid Nitrogen leak kills six at Gainesville food processing plant

GAINESVILLE -- At least six people are dead after a liquid nitrogen line ruptured at a food processing plant in Gainesville Thursday. Hall County Fire Services responded along with the Gainesville Fire Department to a report of burns at Prime Pak Foods at 10:12 a.m. Thursday, Upon arrival, firefighters found a large group of employees that had evacuated, along with multiple victims who were experiencing medical emergencies around the facility. Additional resources were requested, and the assignment was updated to a Hazardous Materials response at 10:18 a.m. Hall County Fire Services transported nine patients to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Three…
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Hall County gets brand new fire trucks

Hall County gets brand new fire trucks

Eight new fire trucks and a new ladder truck will arrive in Hall County this week. Hall County Fire and Emergency Services personnel will begin training on the new equipment Tuesday at Fire Station 7. “We are excited about the arrival of this new apparatus and for the opportunity it affords us to be able to continue providing quality services to the citizens of Hall County during emergency situations,” said Hall County Commission Chairman Richard Higgins.  The new fire vehicles, which were funded by Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, will be replacing older trucks at several fire stations throughout…
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Roswell man charged in shooting death of his girlfriend

Roswell man charged in shooting death of his girlfriend

ROSWELL -- Police in Roswell have arrested a 36-year-old man and charged him with murder in the early morning shooting of his girlfriend. Roswell Police Detectives have arrested Jason Hall for the murder of Kelly Vucelich, of Roswell, during an incident that officers responded to in the early morning hours Saturday. Roswell Police Officers responded to the Crest of Riverside apartment community just before 1 a.m. to check on the Vucelich resident after police say Hall notified a family member that his girlfriend may have been shot in her apartment. That family member called Roswell 911 and officers arrived to…
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Rabies Alert: Rabid raccoon found in Flowery Branch

Rabies Alert: Rabid raccoon found in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Hall County Officials are reporting an encounter between a rabid raccoon and a dog on Martin Road in Flowery Branch. The raccoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur. On Dec. 23, Hall County Animal Control was informed the raccoon tested positive for rabies.  Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid raccoon was located. If you live in this area or you see an animal acting abnormally in the area, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or during non-working hours call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812. County officials are…
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