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Uga VII to be introduced prior to Saturday's game

Uga VII, the latest in the storied line of University of Georgia mascots will be introduced Saturday in pre-game ceremonies before Georgia's season opener against Georgia Southern.

The new mascot succeeds Uga VI, who died in June of heart problems. He will be escorted onto the field by members of the Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler family of Savannah who have owned the continuous line of mascots since Uga I took up the mantle in 1956.

September 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Local Republicans happy with McCain's choice as running mate

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., said he had heard his Alaska colleague talk about the state's maverick governor but knew little more about Sarah Palin, who was named Friday by Sen. John McCain's as his vice presidential running mate.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Nobody protests planned big development in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - A proposed $15 million mixed-use development planned for downtown sailed through a public hearing Thursday night with input coming only from the project's developer.

September 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Police arrest two for robbery

Two men attempted to rob an elderly man at his home on Jesse Jewell Parkway around 9 p.m. Thursday.

Howard Mahaffey, 78, heard a knock on his door and when he opened it, two unarmed black males asked him for cigarettes.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Labor Day holiday: Some will venture out on lake, roads

Labor Day traditionally is considered the last hurrah of summer, one final chance for a cookout or a swim before the season gives way to autumn.

But it's not clear how many people will be in the mood to celebrate this year.

September 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Dog bites hospitalize Jackson EMC meter reader

A Jackson EMC contract employee was hospitalized after he was bitten by four dogs while working Tuesday, suffering severe injuries.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Japanese woman finally gets to be U.S. citizen

Izumi Igarashi cannot speak. But her joy in becoming a U.S. citizen was clear in the smile on her face and the tears in her eyes as she was sworn in Thursday at New Horizons North in Gainesville.

Igarashi was naturalized in front of her friends, family and teachers after waiting 10 years to become a citizen.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Beware of scams when picking repair contractors

As sure as there are tornadoes and other storms, there likely will be scam artists attempting to take advantage of the situation.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Jury keeps pondering Vergara’s sentence

Jurors will resume deliberating today whether to sentence a convicted killer to death for the drug-related shooting deaths of two men on a isolated South Hall road.

The jury of nine men and three women deliberated for more than three hours Wednesday in the sentencing phase of Ignacio Vergara's death penalty trial before asking to be released from duty for the day at about 7:30 p.m. It was the eighth day of sequestration for the jury, which is staying in an area hotel.

September 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ballowe, Gainesville school board settle for $190,000

The Gainesville City Board of Education voted 3-2 to enter into a mutual termination agreement with former Gainesville school system Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

Phil Hartley, attorney for the Gainesville school board, said the board agreed to settle with Ballowe for $190,000, the equivalent of his salary last year without benefits. Hartley said the board will pay Ballowe in two $95,000 payments, one during this fiscal year and one during the next.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rainfall gives lake ‘a pretty nice jump’

Even as Hall County residents were dodging tornadoes Tuesday, you still could hear people remarking that "all this rain is going to be good for the lake."

There's no question that Tropical Storm Fay did benefit Lake Lanier. By Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey was reporting the lake's elevation at 1,055.44 feet, about 2 feet higher than it had been on Monday.

September 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall recovers from the fury of tornadoes

Until two days ago, Jesus Ramirez and Jane Gable only had seen a tornado in the movies, but three very real ones touched down in Hall County Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed.

Tuesday's tornado did not sound like the freight train tornado Ramirez had seen in the movies. Ramirez' experience had been a little more rural.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Weather service says 3 twisters struck Hall, causing $3.36 million in damage

It has been three days since a fallen pine tree forced Ellen Cowart out of her home less than a mile from downtown Gainesville.

Cowart's property is one of nearly 107 properties that were either affected or damaged by tornadoes Tuesday in Hall County. Most of the damage was in an area between Lyman Hall Elementary and Cowart's home, according to an estimate from Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Roots building: Cochran returns to affordable housing

TALMO - In what he calls "an earlier life," builder and developer Broughton Cochran was a social worker for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services in Forsyth County.

September 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Schools assess damage

Oakwood and Lyman Hall elementary schools resumed classes as usual Wednesday following a day in which two tornadoes swept through the school yards.

One tornado damaged four first-grade classrooms at Oakwood Elementary, and the other pulled the majority of the roof off the gym at Lyman Hall Elementary.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Police find 32 grams of meth after traffic stop

A broken tail light and run red light led to a Hall County man's arrest on eight other drug, weapons and theft charges.

July 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


"Goosebumps" filming will cause traffic delays

Expect traffic delays Wednesday on Dawsonville Highway as filming for a movie, "Goosebumps," starring Jack Black, takes place in Hall, Forsyth and Jackson counties.

July 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Car owner out on bond following incident that hurt children

The owner of the rolling vehicle that injured four children Sunday is out on bond, while three of the children are believed to be released from the hospital.

July 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Clermont's Main Street closed until this afternoon

Main Street/Ga. 284 in Clermont will be partially closed as the Georgia Department of Transportation replaces a damaged drainage pipe.

July 29, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Corps plans return to first-come, first-served system for dock permits

A five-year lottery system didn't complete the task, so the Army Corps of Engineers plans to revert to first-come, first-served in issuing the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

July 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Owner charged after runaway car strikes children

The owner of the rolling car that injured four children Sunday has been charged, and three of the children have been released from the hospital.

July 29, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend

Georgia's tax-free weekend is Friday and Saturday, and retailers and families alike are gearing up for the rush to get back-to-school supplies.

July 29, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Fire Services giving away life jackets Friday at area park

Hall County Fire Services is handing out free life jackets from 1-3 p.m. Friday at Bolding Mill Park.

July 29, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man faces charges of trafficking meth and possession of weapon

Gainesville police arrested a 55-year-old male Sunday in connection with trafficking methamphetamines and gun charges.

July 29, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville to consider funding for airport study

Gainesville City Council will discuss providing $12,500 in special purpose local option sales tax money to pay for an airport study when it meets in a work session Thursday morning.

July 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Public to join in clubs’ projects

From cooking to kung fu, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County is bringing its activities outdoors Thursday to show the community what it's doing to serve area youth.

July 29, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County school board approves funding requests

The Hall County Board of Education approved several special purpose local option sales tax requests and heard the district's last financial report of fiscal year 2014 at its Monday evening meeting.

July 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Log cabin to be reassembled at park

The log cabin home of Revolutionary War veteran Col. James Roberts might soon be resurrected to its former glory.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Class Notes: Students explore China

Students from Hall County are experiencing the culture of China as part of the Arizona State University Confucius Institute Chinese Bridge Summer Camp.

July 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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