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Rumors of local crime go online

E-mails circulating in recent days that purport to warn of criminal threats in Hall County and surrounding areas are not entirely accurate, authorities said Thursday.

In some cases, they are totally inaccurate.

November 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Soldier's wife charged in deaths of children

The wife of a soldier from Gainesville faced a federal judge Tuesday after tearfully proclaiming her innocence to intentionally killing two of her children in an arson fire.

November 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two Hall County schools earn state honors

Two Hall County schools are among more than 275 Georgia public schools recognized Wednesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue and state Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox for improvement and achievement during the 2007-2008 school year.

November 23, 2008 | From staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Lean Cuisine frozen chicken meals recalled

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is alerting consumers to the recall of some Lean Cuisine frozen chicken meals manufactured by Nestlé Prepared Foods Co. of Springville, Utah.

November 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Transfer will cover Flowery Branch's budget shortfall

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday to transfer $71,697 from this year's budget to cover a shortfall in the 2007-08 budget.

November 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hagen Creek community may get new neighbors

North Hall could see another mega development built alongside the future Hagen Creek, the planned community approved by Hall County in January.

The development, called Cane Creek, would be a commercial and residential development sitting next to Hagen Creek near Lula.

November 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Organization plans fundraising gala to offset state budget cuts

Rebecca Davis hopes a certain puppy will bring in some much needed funding and attention for abused children at the Hope & Healing Harvest Fest Saturday.

The gala, which will feature a silent auction, food and live music, aims to raise money for the Children's Center for Hope and Healing. The center, formerly called the Family Relations Program, provides counseling to children who are the victims of sexual abuse.

November 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mayor mistaken on claims about emergency response during August tornadoes

During at least two meetings in the last week, Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras incorrectly told audiences that county "islands" within the city limits caused a problem with emergency responses to the Office Depot shopping center when a tornado hit it in late August.

Figueras twice told audiences that the city's emergency responders were the first to arrive on the scene when a tornado hit the Office Depot shopping center - a county island - on Aug. 26, and then had to wait for permission from the county to begin relief efforts.

November 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Retired teachers praise decision

ATLANTA - More than 300,000 active and retired educators across the state heaved a collective sigh of relief Wednesday after the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia board of trustees voted to keep retired educators' guaranteed semi-annual cost-of-living adjustments intact.

November 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Group announces dates for heating program

The Georgia Department of Human Resources will help pay heating costs for natural gas, electricity, heating oil or liquid propane. One-time payments will be made by checks issued to the home energy suppliers on behalf of eligible households.

November 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Traffic signal project may ease driving woes

Navigating Jesse Jewell Parkway or Browns Bridge Road can test the patience of any motorist, especially during rush hour and other busy times of the day.

November 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Judge nixes new trial for ex-fiance

A judge refused to grant a new trial Wednesday in the much-publicized case of the jilted bride.

November 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Marijuana grower faces life sentence

A Blairsville man faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole for growing marijuana on National Forest land.

Andrew N. Cox, 45, was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court in Gainesville this week on charges of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and attempting to manufacture marijuana, officials said.

November 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deal: GOP in opposition mode

The 110th Congress appears headed toward a partisan close, with Senate Democrats backing legislation that would direct some of the money in the $700 billion Wall Street bailout to the auto industry, and the White House and Republicans saying help for automakers should not come from the rescue plan.

November 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cleveland volunteers renovate building for free clinic

For months, a storefront on Cleveland's downtown square has had its doors painted with the message, "Coming soon: White County free clinic."

November 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Hall County ladder truck suffers mechanical failure at training center

Three Hall County firefighters are being transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center after a ladder truck suffered mechanical failure at a training center Tuesday afternoon.

July 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Heart hospital raises $1M

Northeast Georgia Medical Center, the state's top heart hospital, has raised over $1 million to improve treatment with the addition of the Woody Stewart Heart Failure Treatment Unit.

July 22, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Oakwood mayor recovering in hospital after medical incident

Oakwood Mayor Lamar Scroggs is recovering at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after suffering a drop in blood pressure Sunday.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Atlanta Ballet pro brings artistry, experience to Gainesville summer intensive program

For many dancers at the Gainesville Ballet Company, dance is more than just an after-school activity.

July 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Gainesville schools to put goals in action

Gainesville schools have begun implementing their new strategic plan, and that plan is all about putting district goals in action.

July 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall considers cost of inmates’ medical care

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider approving contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution when it meets this Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula OKs rezoning for trucking operations

It took a tie-breaking vote by the mayor, but Lula City Council approved 3-2 Tony McGuire's request to change zoning from highway business to light industrial on 17 acres in the Mountain View Industrial Park.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Polls are open in state primary runoff

Georgia's longest runoff election, mandated by judges to ensure military and other overseas voters had time to return their ballots, finally ends today.

July 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall retirement plans may merge to cut costs

Hoping to cut costs and streamline services, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to select a new company to manage employee retirement plans when it meets Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pilots petition Army Corp of Engineers for right to land on Lake Lanier

Troy Wheeler dipped the wings of his bright yellow Piper Cub seaplane toward Lake Lanier as he circled back toward Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mobile Vet Center to be at Habersham County Labor Department

Counseling for veterans will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31 as the Mobile Vet Center visits the Georgia Department of Labor's Habersham Career Center at 205 Hodges St., Cornelia.

July 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall Democratic Party to hold delegate election

A caucus will be held at 10 a.m. at the Hall County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1011-1021 Athens St., Gainesville, to elect delegates to the Georgia Democratic Convention.

July 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Training to start for CASA volunteers

Training is Aug. 12 for those interested in becoming court-appointed special advocates in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit covering Hall and Dawson counties.

July 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools begin implementing strategic plan

Gainesville schools have begun implementing their new strategic plan, and that plan is all about putting district goals in action.

July 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Pregnant woman hit by car ID'd as nearby resident

A pregnant Hall County woman was heading home from a Ga. 365 convenience store when she was struck and killed by a motorist Sunday night, a Georgia State Patrol trooper said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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