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Area officials shocked, saddened by Evans' resignation

Hours after Mike Evans announced his resignation, many area officials who lobbied hard to keep him on the state Department of Transportation Board for five more years say they are shocked at his decision to leave - especially after such a hard-fought battle only three months ago.

April 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville parks restoration right on schedule

Gainesville's director of Parks and Recreation reports that two park restoration projects are on schedule and should be ready for enjoyment by September.

April 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Evans: Relationship with Abraham began after vote

ATLANTA - Nearly three months after he survived one of the toughest political battles in state history, State Transportation Board Chairman Mike Evans resigned Thursday over another battle, this one of the heart.

April 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Act 3: Lanier Centre has become a Holiday Inn

For the third time in its history, a downtown Gainesville hotel has assumed a new franchise.

April 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fuel, health insurance costs plague Hall County budget

Hall County budget reviews consistently revealed one problem Tuesday - rising fuel and health insurance costs are forcing county departments to cut costs elsewhere, which may result in smaller raises for employees in the upcoming year.

April 27, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Recycling firm nabs industrial land deal

After more than a month of discussion, the Gainesville City Council chose to sell its final 28 acres of Industrial Park West property to the owner of Cowart Mulch Products, but the decision may cause one existing industry to leave Gainesville.

April 27, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Habersham schools OK Robert Costley as new chief

The Habersham County Board of Education voted Monday night to officially approve Robert Costley as its new superintendent starting July 1. He has an initial three-year contract that includes an annual salary of $120,000.

April 27, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Warmer temperatures keep crops safe overnight

Warmer than expected temperatures had growers with tender fruit crops breathing a sigh of relief on Wednesday.

A freeze warning had been issued for most of the Northern half of the state for 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday. However, the low temperature at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville was 39 degrees at 6 a.m. By 9 a.m., the temperature had risen to 51 degrees, the same temperature recorded at midnight.

April 27, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Oakwood receives transportation funds

The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded the city of Oakwood $100,000 for phase two of its downtown sidewalk improvement program.

April 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia poultry plants not among those raided

Nearly 300 people were arrested Wednesday in immigration and identity theft raids at Pilgrim's Pride poultry plants in five states.

April 27, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Apartment fire victims still critical

A young girl and her 61-year-old grandfather remained in critical condition Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital, more than a day after being severely burned in a fire at Spring Street Apartments, a fire official said.

April 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Sheriff says competition, inmate transfers will curb revenues from Hall County Jail

Bed space, bodies and some unwanted competition may lead Hall County Sheriff's officials to revise their initial revenue estimates for the new $54 million jail.

April 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Homeowners unhurt in Flowery Branch blaze

A log cabin near Flowery Branch was destroyed after a fire broke out at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. No one was hurt.

April 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


One year after Va. Tech massacre, local campuses have improved security

With the shock not completely worn off, colleges nationwide are operating or putting in place security measures to help prevent a repeat of the Virginia Tech massacre, which happened a year ago today.

April 27, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man gets 7 years for exploitation

A 49-year-old man who sexually exploited his teenage wife must serve seven years in prison and can't contact her when he gets out, a Hall County judge ruled Tuesday.

April 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Hall County extends Glades agreement

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday night to extend a lease management agreement for the proposed Glades Reservoir into July 2015, buying time for the county to acquire the federal permit needed to proceed with the project.

April 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


2 hurt in McEver Road collision; one charged with DUI

Two women were injured Tuesday in a wreck on McEver Road near Gaines Ferry Road.

April 24, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Local races on ballots in Northeast Georgia

Banks County

April 24, 2014 | | Local


Where to advance vote

Happening 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through May 16 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Hours vary at some locations.

April 24, 2014 | | Local


Water war lawsuit decision due by fall

Georgia might hear by fall whether the U.S. Supreme Court should take on a Florida legal action alleging Georgia has harmed Apalachicola Bay by using too much water, the head of Georgia's Environmental Protection Division said today.

April 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




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


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