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Deal Oversight on New Disclosure

ATLANTA -- GOP Gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal has acknowledged the existence of business loans totaling $2.85 million.

Deal did not list the loans with the state Ethics Commission when he announced he was running for governor.

The Republican front runner called it an "oversight" and said he will amend his information with the state.

The debts were business loans for his Gainesville Auto Salvage business.

One is for $350,000 from Verity Bank in Winder. The other is a $2.5 million loan from Branch banking and Trust Co. in Gainesville, GA.

Deal was asked if his meeting with state Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham, the subject of a federal subpoena, was brought on by his financial hardship.

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Georgia's Top One-Win High School Football Teams

 

Not every elite team finishes the season undefeated. The vast majority of teams lose at least one game and with so many teams playing tough non-region games early in the season, many teams take their lumps early.

A perfect example is Camden County's 2009 team. The Wildcats lost to a nationally-ranked Grayson team in Week One, beat a Florida team in Week Two, and lost to perennial powerhouse Hoover (AL) in Week Three. After a 1-2 start, many people wrote off Kingsland team. Three months and twelve consecutive wins later and the Camden County Wildcats were the 5A champs.

Camden County's 2009 path was atypical, but could easily be repeated.

White Co.'s Lowery Jumps Over Opposing Player

CLEVELAND, GA -- Former Texas high school football prospect Sam McGuffie jumped over an opponent on his way to a touchdown, becoming a Youtube legend. Knowshon hurdled a Central Michigan player and cemented his spot in just about every UGA highlight video. Now, White County athlete Ashely Lowery is in the spotlight for a leap of his own.

Against West Hall on Friday, Lowery scooped up a fumbled shotgun snap and took the ball towards the right sideline. A West Hall player was there to make the tackle. The Spartan player broke down, squared up, and was in a great position to bring Lowery down.

He did not count on the White County senior doing this, though. Nobody really did.

Lowery effortlessly jumped into the air over the defender, landed - not missing a beat - and stiff armed another player coming at him. 

Former Bus Driver Sentanced for Possesion of Child Porn

A former Hall County bus driver, John Copper Spinks of Oakwood, Georgia, was sentenced today to six years in federal prison for his convictions of distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.

Spinks was sentenced to six years in federal prison to be followed by 20 years of supervised release. He was also fined $2,000 with no chance of parole. According to United States Attorney Yates and the information presented during his guilty plea hearing on June 18, 2010, Spinks distributed images of child pornography over the internet to an undercover law enforcement officer who he encountered in a chat room named “Baby and Toddler Love".

In January 2010, Spinks was again found in a chat room known for trading images of child pornography. United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “As a school bus driver, this defendant was in daily contact with the children of Hall County.

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Hall County Early Voting Begins Sept. 16th

Atlanta, GA-- Starting Thursday, Hall County voters may cast their ballots for the Nov. 2 general election. Sample ballots are now available online at http://elections.hallcounty.org.

The Hall County Board of Elections and Voter Registration office will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for early voting until Oct. 29. The deadline is Oct. 4 for new voters to register to participate in the Nov. 2 general election. The elections office is located at 2285 Browns Bridge Road, Suite 2, Gainesville. Voters must bring one of the permitted forms of photo ID.

Absentee ballots may be mailed until Oct. 29. Fill out the application and mail it or drop it off at the Hall County elections office.

10 NE Georgia Towns Losing Population, While Others Grow

Atlanta, GA--  According to the newly released Census Bureau 10 Georgia cities saw their population numbers drop. Most of the 10 were in the Northeast mountains and included Blairsville, Clayton, Elberton and Toccoa, Carnesville, Dillard, Mountain City, Royston, Sky Valley, and Tiger.

The fastest-growing cities in Georgia from 2008-2009, according to the US Census were Braselton increased from 5,276 to 5,924; Cumming 5,726 to 5,896; Flowery Branch 3,975 to 4.115; Gainesville 35,476 to 35,750; Lawrenceville 29,268 to 29,837; Oakwood 4,541 to 5,353; and Suwanee 16,257 to 16,712.


 

 

Body Discovered in Lake Lanier

LAKE LANIER, GA -- Hall County officials discovered a body in Lake Lanier at Bells Mill Bridge on 129 North late Tuesday morning.

When they arrived, deputies found the body of a white male floating in the lake.

The body has been tentatively identified as a 45-year-old man who had been reported missing since Saturday by a roommate. The man had left his Gainesville home and was reported to be suffering from depression.

The victim's name is not being released yet, pending notification of next of kin.

At this time, foul play is not suspected.

The incident remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff's Office.