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Authorities work to send weather warnings to schools faster

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell met with local educators Friday to discuss the possibility of expanding direct severe weather warning alert systems to include principals and administrators.

September 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Corps slows flows from Lake Lanier

This week's increase of more than 2 feet in the level of Lake Lanier is the greatest rise in the lake in two years, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the reservoir. And it keeps rising.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, the level of Lake Lanier was 1,055.69 feet above mean sea level, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's Web site. That compares with 1,053.30 three days earlier. One year ago, the level of Lanier was 1,059.05.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Jurors give convicted killer life without parole

A jury's sentence of life without parole for a convicted double murderer Thursday brought an end to one of Hall County's longest-pending criminal cases.

Ignacio "Nacho" Vergara, 26, showed no emotion as Senior Superior Court Judge John Girardeau, after a tense pause to look over the verdict form, read aloud the sentence of the nine-man, three-woman jury. The panel spent more than four hours over two days deliberating his fate.

September 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville's budget in the black, despite sales tax slump

Gainesville ended fiscal year 2008 with money to spare, but sales tax revenues were down over last year, the city's chief financial officer said Thursday.

September 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County Commission: Residents worry about changes

Proposed changes in their neighborhoods drew many people to Thursday's Hall County commission meeting.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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


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Forest Service celebrates 50-year anniversary of woodland law

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law 50 years ago today, with no North Georgia lands included in the bill.

September 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Area food drive asks for donations

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank is asking people to "Lend a Hand, Give a Can" and donate canned food at local grocery stores during the next two weeks.

September 03, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville water rates to remain unchanged

Gainesville City Council voted 4-1 today to leave water rates unchanged and raise the account service fee 85 cents.

September 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities searching water for drowning victim

Authorities are searching this morning for the victim of a possible drowning reported Monday night, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

September 02, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville botanical garden renamed

The previously dubbed Smithgall Woodland Garden is now called the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville.

September 02, 2014 | BY KRISTEN OLIVER koliver@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Good weather propels Ga. 347 work

Orange construction barrels are scattered across 7 miles of Ga. 347 as road crews are taking advantage of the summer's good weather to move along two separate widening efforts in what is Hall County's biggest road project.

September 02, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville councilman spearheads neighborhood watch

A Gainesville city councilman, working with the police department, is organizing a neighborhood watch program for the location of two recent West Avenue killings.

September 02, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Possible drowning reported near Big Creek Park

A possible drowning Monday night was the second incident of the day to mar the end of the holiday weekend on Lake Lanier.

September 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hours for greenspace parks adjusted

Less than a week after approving new hours for greenspace parks, Forsyth County commissioners adjusted them.

September 01, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Projects set for road bond referendum

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has finalized the list of projects that would be funded through a transportation bond, provided voters approve a referendum on the matter this fall.

September 01, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Firefighter battling blaze suffers heat exhaustion

One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion Monday while battling a small blaze at an industrial building at the corner of Dorsey and Davis streets.

September 01, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville council to vote again on increase in water rates and fees

After deadlocking on whether to raise water rates 1 percent earlier this month, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote today to try and break the impasse.

September 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Work to begin soon on Cherokee Bluffs Park

Eight years after Hall County originally purchased the property, work is set to officially begin on Cherokee Bluffs park.

September 01, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


UNG instructor to compete for Army’s Best Warrior title

Sgt. 1st Class David Smith is getting ready to put his skills as a soldier to the test.

September 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Possible drowning reported in Big Creek Park area on Lanier

Hall County Fire Services responded to a call of a possible drowning after 8 p.m. in the Big Creek Park area on the south end of Lake Lanier, near Holiday Marina,

September 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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