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Tornado siren test scheduled for Nov. 17 . This is Just a Test of the System

Atlanta, GA--  At 10 a.m. Nov. 17, Hall County Central Communications/E9-1-1 will conduct an audible test of the severe weather warning system. This will only be a test. The sirens will sound for about three minutes.

Sound tests will not be conducted if there is a severe weather watch or warning in effect for Hall County. The tornado sirens are tested using the “wail” alert tone once every three months. Other than these previously announced tests, all sirens should be considered to be an actual tornado warning.

Hall County’s Warning System is tested silently every morning at 9 a.m.

Positive Rabies Alert in South Hall County

Atlanta, GA--  Hall County has announced that there is a positive case of rabies that is being reported from an incident that occured on November 3rd between a skunk and a dog.  The incident happened in the Summerset Drive area of South Hall, and the skunk was shipped to the Georgia Public health Lab in Decatur for further testing.  On November 5th, Hall County was notified that the skunk was positive for rabies.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid skunk was located. If you live in this area or you see an animal acting abnormally in the Summerset Drive area, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or during non-working hours call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812.

Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter for $10 Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.

Memorial Fund Established for Family Killed in N.C. Wreck

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA -- A Gwinnett County man still grieving from the loss of five family members is using his brother's legacy to help others.

At his Buford home, Quintin Alvarez sorts through a stack of sympathy cards mailed from all over the country. At the same time, he's sorting through grief stacked five deep. It's been almost a month since his brother Daniel, Daniel's wife, and their three young children died in a traffic accident.

Quintin Alvarez is not ready to let go.

"I know this has to be done for him, for his legacy," said Alvarez.

Hall County Reinstates Employee Retirement Contribution

Atlanta, GA-- NEWS RELEASE from Hall County Government

Recently, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted to reinstate county contributions to the employee retirement program through the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2011. The county’s contributions to the Deferred Compensation Plan were postponed in October 2009 due to revenue shortfalls during the recession.

“Our employees have been burdened by temporary cost-saving programs for quite some time now, and I feel like it’s important to give back if the County can afford to do so,” County Administrator Charley Nix said. “The retirement plan represents your future.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week Candidates: Week 7

GAINESVILLE, GA -- 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Under Armour Athlete of the Week will be a running back. The voting does not end until Sunday, but all three of this week's nominees play the same position. Which running back is the most deserving of this week's award? You decide.

The first nominee is North Hall running back Imani Cross. The Trojan back rushed for 189 yards and four touchdowns in his team's 55-38 win over Chestatee. The game was about more than yards for the junior back, though. The contest was Cross's first start since he tore his Achilles tendon a little over four months ago.

Cross, a transfer from Flowery Branch, has interest from several colleges, including South Carolina.

Dude Takes "Great Hangup" to Gainesville State College

How will young adults in one of the highest 'at risk' groups for phone related car accidents, respond to 11Alive's Great Hangup initiative? Commuter Dude finds out.

Who (Or What) Is Mutilating Cattle In Hall County?

   Everyday, Kathy Cooper and her husband John ride the rolling hills of their Hall County farm.

   It used to be they were looking for strays and new calves, but now they look for dead bodies... cattle, mutilated, literally where they stood.

   "We try to go to the hotspots where we know there's been some activity," said Kathy, as she deftly navigated her all-terrain vehicle through its paces on the farmland.