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Alyson Shields

Alyson Shields





Recent Articles by Alyson Shields

  • City of Flowery Branch announces two city council resignations
    The city of Flowery Branch announced Wednesday afternoon that two City Council members have resigned.
  • Brenau Pres: University remains stable as another women's college closes
    Women's colleges in the United States have dwindled since the 1960's, but those declining numbers aren't holding back Brenau University in Gainesville.
  • Potential Forsyth Co. city moving forward; deemed financially viable
    A city hoping to incorporate in the southern end of Forsyth County completed a study that proved the proposed city of Sharon Springs would be financially viable, and the proposed city is moving forward towards incorporation.
  • March declared Read Across Georgia month by Gov. Deal
    Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal have declared March as Read Across Georgia Month.
  • Kitchen fire displaces eight, injures one
    Hall County fire crews battled a fire at a duplex Friday afternoon that left two adults and six children displaced.
  • Feds: 3 accused in Islamic State plot vocal about beliefs
    Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one of them speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to "strike fear in the hearts of infidels," federal authorities said.
  • Activists: Number of Christians abducted by IS rises to 220
    The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220, as militants have rounded up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river in the past three days, activists said Thursday.
  • Deadline near, deal sets up Homeland Security vote in Senate
    Three days before a partial Homeland Security shutdown, lawmakers cleared the way Wednesday for Senate passage of legislation to fund the agency without immigration-related provisions opposed by President Barack Obama.
  • Three nabbed in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State group
    Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting President Barack Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island.
  • Gainesville Police 'arrest' Elsa for winter weather
    City police issued an "arrest" warrant for Queen Elsa of Arrendale (from the popular Disney movie Frozen) for extending winter weather into this week.
  • Education groups oppose Ga school takeover as debate begins
    Education groups largely opposed Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal allowing the state to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" are speaking out.
  • Medical marijuana bill clears hurdle in Ga. Legislature
    A Republican state legislator's bill to approve the use of cannabis oil in Georgia to treat seizure disorders, Lou Gehrig's Disease and six other debilitating health problems has passed the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.
  • Rural health panel backs changes at struggling hospitals
    A panel studying Georgia's rural health issues on Monday recommended a pilot program pairing four hospitals with other providers in their area, creating a "hub and spoke" model aimed at cutting down on expensive emergency room visits to struggling hospitals.
  • States seek alternatives for highway, bridge funding
    Frustrated over stagnant or declining federal highway funding, state officials are accelerating their drive for new taxes, tolls and fees to repair an aging road system whose historical reliance on fuel taxes no longer is providing enough money to cover its costs.
  • Pentagon chief: US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan
    The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.
  • Red Cross Shelters in North Ga. go into standby status
    As the weather improves from the icy conditions earlier this week, and as the majority of homes in the region have had power restored, shelters set up by the Red Cross will transition into stand-by status as on 1 p.m. Saturday from operating as shelters to providing emergency assistance on a case-by-case basis.
  • Jury convicts man in City Park shooting
    A Hall County Superior Court Jury has convicted an 18-year-old in a robbery and shooting that occurred last May.
  • Hall Co. authorities capture escaped inmate
    Police have captured a work release inmate that reportedly walked away from a work detail at Marler Street and Georgia Avenue.
  • State fire commissioner urges caution amid ice storm cleanup
    Georgia's insurance and fire commissioner is urging residents to be cautious during cleanup efforts after the ice storm that struck parts of the state.
  • Marietta worker dies after becoming trapped beneath gravel in silo
    Authorities say they've recovered the body of a worker who died after becoming trapped in a concrete silo in Cobb County, northwest of Atlanta.
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