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Man cutting tree branch falls to his death

A Gainesville man fell to his death Sunday after attempting to remove a branch from a dead tree, Hall County sheriff's officials said.

Hall County fire department responded to Vaughandale Circle at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon following reports that Demecio Riverra, 36, had fallen from a rotten tree, Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said.

May 24, 2008 | | Local


Farmhouse fire appears to be accidental

An unoccupied farmhouse in North Hall was destroyed in a fire Tuesday morning, officials said. No one was hurt.

May 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Top students get their night courtesy of The Times' 2008 Academic All-Stars

Stellar students and their favorite teachers got their time to shine Monday at The Times' Academic All-Stars Reception.

May 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood breaks ground on City Hall addition

Oakwood residents were invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for a City Hall addition Monday that will nearly double the size of the building.

The 3,200-square-foot addition is the second phase of the City Hall construction plan and will house the city's planning and public works departments. The first portion of the administrative office was completed on Walnut Circle in May 2003.

May 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


DOT is installing cable barriers on I-985

No, those aren't sidewalks being built alongside Interstate 985.

"We get a lot of calls about that," said Crystal Paulk-Buchanan, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

May 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch man jailed on drug charges

A Flowery Branch man, pulled over for driving on a suspended license and without insurance, had more than enough Ecstasy in his car to catch a trafficking charge, sheriff's officials say.

His wife also went to jail after attempting to keep officers from arresting her husband, authorities said.

May 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Police seek suspects in Days Inn armed robbery

Gainesville police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday night in a room at a local motel.

May 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Perdue comes to shores of Lake Lanier to sign bill to spur reservoir development

FLOWERY BRANCH - Gov. Sonny Perdue used the sagging shoreline of Lake Lanier as the backdrop to sign a bill that state officials believe will help expedite the building of new reservoirs.

May 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Association says Army Corps of Engineers plan needs to give extra care to Lake Lanier

Should Lake Lanier be managed differently from other lakes in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint basin?

May 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Richardson wants to fill DOT board slot soon, aims for consensus pick, not another fight

FLOWERY BRANCH - House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, said Tuesday that he is hopeful that a date will soon be set for a caucus to elect a new member to the State Transportation Board.

May 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County tax assessors controversy: Before accusations came praise

One of two accusers of Hall County Board of Tax Assessors Chairman Emory Martin wrote a glowing recommendation for Martin's reappointment in 2003, one of the years in which Martin is accused of financial improprieties.

May 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lanier Tech expands in Forsyth, names building after patron James Harrington

CUMMING - Lanier Technical College held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a major expansion that will double the space at its campus in Forsyth County Tuesday.

May 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County schools give first OK to next year's budget

A projected $18 million increase in the Hall County school system's upcoming budget is partly a reflection of rising diesel costs.

May 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Pearl Harbor survivor gets chance to visit World War II memorial

A group of 70 local World War II veterans will leave Fayetteville this week for a free trip to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Roy Mooney of Cleveland is one of the former soldiers who will board a plane Wednesday morning in Atlanta. Honor Flight Fayette, a local nonprofit branch of the national Honor Flight Network, will foot the bill for Mooney and the other veterans to visit to the memorial.

May 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall gets rain, but no tornadoes Sunday

Thunderstorms passed through Hall County early Sunday morning, bringing more than an inch of rain to the area.

Although the storm system plagued the central and southern parts of the state with at least six tornadoes before 8 a.m. Sunday, Hall County received only rain.

May 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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State leaders open career opportunities for students

There's a gap between the number of skilled trade professionals leaving career fields and the number of promising youth ready to take the reins.

April 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Health care debate gets middle school take

It's been an issue thoroughly hashed out by grown-ups.

April 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Badge and Bar: May 19 court date set for former Hall jailer accused of battery

An ex-jailer from the Hall County Sheriff's Office charged with violation of oath by a public officer is set to appear before a judge May 19 in Superior Court.

April 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Movie filming scenes at Amicalola Park

Amicalola Falls State Park is the backdrop for a new movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.

April 23, 2014 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Ellis treads tough road in District 3 race

Lifelong Hall County resident Steven Ellis has an uphill battle trying to unseat Scott Gibbs in the District 3 Board of Commissioners race this year.

April 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Dawson jailer fired after arrest

April 23, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Children dig in at community garden

The Gainesville Housing Authority kicked off a community garden project Wednesday with a lot of little help at Melrose Apartments.

April 23, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Ambulance hits house after state patrol says brakes failed

An ambulance struck a house on Old Flowery Branch Road in South Hall County on Wednesday afternoon after the brakes failed on the vehicle, according to Georgia State Patrol.

April 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deal signs bill allowing guns in more places

ELLIJAY - Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed gun carriers can take their weapons, as the governor signed a bill allowing them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

April 23, 2014 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Johnson High’s special education students raise morning flags

Some very special students are now responsible for the daily raising of the flag at Johnson High School.

April 23, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Lula City Council expenses, compensation ordinance passes

Lula City Council has approved an ordinance that lays out how council members will be paid for extra meetings and how much they can expect to be reimbursed.

April 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students win awards for drug-free videos

Students from Flowery Branch High School and Gainesville Middle School walked the red carpet Tuesday to collect awards for videos promoting drug-free lifestyles.

April 23, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: Ramsey traffic light moving closer to reality

Hall County is moving forward on a traffic signal at Ramsey Road and Ga. 365 in northeast Hall.

April 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man pleads guilty to assault after start of trial

A Gainesville man decided to plead guilty to assault charges after his trial was underway.

April 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Drowning investigation continuing

Gainesville police said Tuesday there was no new information as to how or what caused the apparent drowning of a man Thursday in Lake Lanier.

April 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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