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Hall County responds to storm damage

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- For Drew Elrod, it was Sunday morning spent with chain saws and heavy lifting.

"It's been a blessing to get all this rain, but it's been pretty rough with all this wind on top of it," he said.

He and friends chopped up toppled trees, now wood that can be used for other purposes.

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Red Cross gears up for tree damage as flooding, rain continue to batter Southeast

ATLANTA -- Red Cross officials and volunteers are ready to help, Sunday, as historic rainfall and flooding continue to unfold in the Southeast.

“Today, we’re still actively coordinating with state and local emergency partners, keeping a close eye on river levels, and making sure our volunteers and supplies are ready to go, ” Eric Corliss of Red Cross Disaster Officer for Georgia said.  “Once things stabilize in Georgia, we’ll release people and vehicles to help our hard-hit neighbors in the Carolinas and other states.”

Body found near Sunrise Cove Marina in Lake Lanier

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The body of a "badly decomposed" white male was discovered in Lake Lanier Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Hall County Sheriff's Office, the body was discovered near the Sunrise Cove Marina off of Flat Creek Road by a passerby. Deputies and investigators had begun their initial investigation at the time of the discovery.

The body has been transported a local hospital.

Gainesville Police investigate racial slurs, profanity painted on church

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Gainesville police are searching for the suspect who vandalized a church over the weekend.

They went to First Baptist Church on MLK Blvd. where they found racial slurs and other obscenities painted on the and around the building.

But the community came together shortly thereafter to help the church recover from the incident.

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Arguing parents leave baby on side of the road

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Two Hall County parents were jailed after leaving their 9-month-old child on the side of the road.

The baby was left in a car seat Thursday afternoon near Petrofast Food Store at the corner of Old Cornelia Highway and Oconee Circle, in the Rabbittown area of Gainesville. A store clerk called the Hall County Sheriff's Office after spotting the child.

While employees waited for deputies to arrive, 33-year-old Heather Demonia arrived at the store and said she was the child's mother.

According to Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Nichole Bailes, Demonia and the baby's father, 30-year-old Thomas Broome, got into an argument. At some point during the fight, they abandoned their child on the side of the road.

Broome and Demonia were arrested and charged with reckless conduct. Bailes said more charges are pending.

McDonald's holding job fair in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- McDonald's will hold a job fair to fill 200 part-time positions at its restaurants in Buford, Gainesville and Oakwood.

The event will be Thursday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Georgia Department of Labor's Gainesville Career Center.

McDonald's needs employees to work in the restaurants' grills, lobbies and service areas. It is also hiring part-time managers to work at hourly rates.

Applicants must dress professionally for the career fair. A work history is not required, and salaries depend on experience. Employees can be as young as 16 if they have work permits.

Visit gdol.ga.gov for more information.

The Gainesville Career Center is located at 2756 Atlanta Highway.

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