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Closing arguments set to begin in Vergara trial

Jurors will hear closing arguments this afternoon in the death penalty trial of Ignacio Vergara.

August 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Life on the Lake: Even though Fay never showed up, area won’t miss out on rain

Lake Lanier may have lost out on Fay, but there's hope yet that rainfall this week will bring much-needed relief.

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Peace Corps luring more volunteers from Georgia

The Peace Corps is enrolling more volunteers nationwide, and Georgia applications are up 49 percent from 2007, said David Leavitt, a Peace Corps public affairs specialist.

August 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Area meetings, Aug. 25-28

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


3,200 gallons of sewage spills into Hagen Creek

A sewer line blockage in the city of Lula Sunday afternoon caused more than 3,200 gallons of raw sewage to spill into a tributary of Hagen Creek, which feeds into the Chattahoochee River.

August 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Study to analyze sewer-water rate differential

An out-of-state consulting firm will spend the next two months comparing how much it costs Gainesville's Public Utilities Department to serve customers outside Gainesville's city limits to the cost of providing those same services to city residents.

August 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Brenau gets high value marks from U.S. News

For the fourth year in a row, Brenau University was ranked as the 10th best education value in the Southeast by U.S. News & World Report.

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Suspect's fate in death penalty case is in jury's hands

A jury will ponder today whether Ignacio Vergara is guilty of murder in a drug-related shooting that claimed two lives six years ago on a gravel road in South Hall.

August 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dahlonega Rangers sentenced to prison for attempted drug theft

Two Dahlonega-based Army Rangers were sentenced to a total of five years in federal prison Monday for their role in a scheme to rob drug traffickers of cocaine at gunpoint.

August 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Budget cuts might slice state parks in Northeast Georgia

Georgia's state parks system ranks among the best in the country. Its 48 parks and 15 historic sites attract 11 million visitors each year, with high levels of customer satisfaction.

August 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


UGA's president touts incoming class of freshmen

The president of the University of Georgia told a Gainesville civic club on Monday that the new freshman class entering this year has the best academic credentials of any to enter the college.

August 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch United Methodist Church celebrates 146 years

FLOWERY BRANCH - The building has changed several times, but the worship has remained constant for 146 years.

August 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia bridges check out OK 1 year after Minnesota bridge collapse

Driving across a long bridge, especially an older one, it may be hard for some motorists to erase from their memory the news footage of the Minnesota bridge that collapsed one year ago, killing 13 people and injuring scores of others.

August 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Truckin' at Touch-A-Truck

Kids of all ages, and their family members, turned out for Saturday's ninth annual Touch-A-Truck event sponsored by Gainesville Parks and Recreation. More than 25 vehicles including big rig wreckers, garbage trucks, fire trucks, police cars and more filled the parking lot of City Park. Children were able to climb around the vehicles and try blowing the horns. Also included were smaller vehicles like riding lawn mowers and a Gainesville Police Department motorcycle. Other activities included inflatable jumping toys and an opportunity to get a temporary tattoo.

August 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


2 families get new houses from Habitat for Humanity

Blondine Jackson knows exactly how she plans to break in her new house on Black Drive in Gainesville.

August 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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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


Boating accident causes serious injury

An unnamed female victim suffered a severe laceration to the head this morning after the boat she was operating was struck by another vessel in the Ada Creek area on the north side of Lake Lanier.

September 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


5 things to know about Georgia elections

ATLANTA - Every statewide official will be up for re-election this year in Georgia, and sitting atop the ballot will be one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate races in the country.

September 01, 2014 | By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


US Senate candidates spar over business experience

ATLANTA - Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue share the title of CEO but are trying to make the case their experiences couldn't be more different as they campaign for Georgia's open Senate seat.

September 01, 2014 | By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


Businesses benefit from improved weather on Lanier

Today marks the unofficial end of a summer that has Lake Lanier visitors, businesses and tourism watchers wishing they could bottle for future years.

September 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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