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Climate bill passes despite opposition by Deal, GOP

Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, said he voted against the "cap and trade" bill that narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday night, despite a conservative talk show host's claim that the Republican congressman would vote with House Democrats.

June 27, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson’s self-proclaimed historian, ‘Buz’ Ward, dies

It is quite possible that history never had a more devoted fan than Winfield "Buz" Ward III.

June 27, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ribbons pay tribute to patriotic sacrifice

Placing handmade red, white, blue and yellow ribbons on the large holly tree on the corner of Green and West Academy streets is an annual tradition of the Gainesville chapter of the Phoenix Society.

June 27, 2009 | Ashley Bates | Local


Lula sewer plans get state’s approval

Lula is one step closer to a new sewer system.

June 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


New principal seeks to lead school's revival

The tide is turning for Maranatha Christian Academy as a new but familiar face will lead the Oakwood school into another year.

June 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Emergency drill aimed to defend hospital

Four security officers creep down the hospital's hallway, guns poised, as they check each door.

June 27, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Judge: City must hand over Shuler letter

Gainesville officials violated the state's Open Records Act when they refused to provide The Times with information tied to an investigation of former City Manager Bryan Shuler, a Hall County judge has decided.

June 27, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Fans remember pop icon Jackson; music stores abuzz with sales

As soon as the news broke on Thursday about Michael Jackson's death, the singer's fans started pouring into local shops to buy his music.

June 27, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Food Ministry to celebrate thrift shop opening

Fellowship with Food Ministry is holding a grand opening today for its Bottomless Closet Boutique.

June 27, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Two escapees caught after a day on the lam in Hall

Two brothers who escaped from a Gainesville Police patrol car outside the county jail were arrested Friday after breaking into a home and stealing a truck, authorities said. No one was hurt.

June 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Murder suspect heads to court

JEFFERSON - A man charged in a 2006 Hoschton quadruple murder had his first substantive court hearing in more than a year Thursday, though it appears unlikely his case will go before a jury before 2010.

June 26, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall school board OKs $211M budget for 2010

The Hall County school board approved a $211.3 million budget Thursday that includes a 2.4 percent pay cut for nearly all school system employees in the upcoming school year.

June 26, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville working out bridge issues with DOT

Building a pedestrian bridge, especially one that extends over a four-lane road, takes time and teamwork.

June 26, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Did a lion kill a horse? Experts say it’s unlikely

A woman who found her horse dead in the pasture of her Harmony Church Road home believes the culprit may have been the mountain lion Hall County residents reportedly have seen over the last month.

June 26, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall agency encourages residents to take up walking challenge

Take 10,000 steps today and boost your health.

Hall County Parks and Leisure Services wants community members to "get in shape and build a support system" during its 10,000 Steps a Day Challenge this month, said coordinator Katie Nuckolls.

June 25, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


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Subdivision about to embark on tunnel project

The fast-growing Cresswind at Lake Lanier subdivision in Gainesville isn't just adding houses, as passing motorists will notice firsthand.

May 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Similar number of incidents seen by local agencies over holiday weekend

The final tally for Georgia State Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources looked similar to last year for the busy Memorial Day weekend.

May 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


County moves to scrap Civil Service Board without state’s help

Hall County officials are now moving unilaterally on a proposal to scrap the Civil Service Board after the proposal stalled in the state legislature. The board hears and decides disciplinary appeals brought by terminated or demoted employees.

May 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man accused by Oakwood Police of swerving at officer’s car

A Gainesville man faces numerous charges after three Oakwood Police officers said they chased after him and collided near Frontage and Mundy Mill roads.

May 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Man charged with DUI in Sunday morning wreck

A Flowery Branch man has been charged with DUI in a Sunday morning wreck in West Hall County that injured himself and four others.

May 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: DOT says traffic has gotten better since Exit 4 work

The Georgia Department of Transportation says northbound exit ramps changes at the Ga. 20/Buford Drive interchange off Interstate 985 are working well.

May 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Partnership to improve views, streams at Amicalola Falls

The Southeast's tallest cascading waterfall is situated in Dawsonville, but a majority of it cannot be seen through the surrounding trees.

May 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Buford man competes in ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Buford native Trent Jarrett has been watching "American Ninja Warrior" since he was 8 years old.

May 25, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


The Local Agenda: More than $22,000 in water refunds unclaimed

The Gainesville Public Utilities Department is looking for customers owed refunds on their closed water accounts.

May 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed Glades Reservoir getting more expensive

The cost of the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall has already exceeded $15 million, and taxpayers will likely soon pump more money into the project on consulting fees and additional environmental studies.

May 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Memorial Day Parade honors fallen veterans

Young and old lined both sides of Green Street on Monday, waving flags and cheering.

May 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lula sets aside money for caboose restoration

Lula is moving forward on improvements to its iconic red caboose, even though details are still being worked out.

May 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Gainesville High confers three honorary diplomas

Three longtime Gainesville High School supporters received honorary diplomas from the school last week as a thank-you for their support.

May 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Wounded veteran receives 'gift of a lifetime'

On a recent afternoon, the springtime sun warming their shoulders, two men talk at the edge of a pond. Behind them, hulking silhouettes of the Blue Ridge Mountains cut their way into the horizon.

May 24, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Boating licenses up in first year since law change

Patrolling the lake, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Ranger First Class Eric Isom carries with him the remembrances of recent boating tragedies.

May 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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