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Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board declines to initiate mass rezoning

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board decided against initiating a controversial rezoning this week, a move that would have set a precedent for the appointed board.

August 18, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Horse lovers can get their license plates from the state

Guess which farm product brings more revenue into Georgia than peaches, pecans or peanuts?

August 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New S. Hall Kroger welcomes customers

With a high school band setting the musical backdrop, Kroger opened its newest Hall County supermarket Thursday in Oakwood.

The 76,000-square-foot store is the second in South Hall and the third in the county for the Cincinnatti-based company.

August 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall commission to address equestrian business

Fifty people likely will show up to today's Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting dressed in red.

They will gather in red to show solidarity in opposition to the rezoning request of one of their longtime neighbors.

August 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cadets get sheared in FROG week tradition

Clayton Grant remembers getting his military haircut at Woody's Barber Shop in Dahlonega during FROG week of 1961.

"It was rough," said Grant, who recently retired from the college. "I think they were rougher on you then than they are now. Of course, every generation thinks that."

August 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


GBI clears Jefferson Police Department of wrongdoing

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Police Department's evidence room procedures and policies were under internal and state scrutiny in July, but the results of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation report show that "there was no evidence of any wrongdoing," according to an Aug. 12 news release.

August 17, 2008 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times Regional Staff | Local


Gainesville customers cut use of water by 20 percent

When it comes to water conservation, Gainesville is right where it should be.

August 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Four lanes, finally: Winder Highway opening in a month

A four-lane Winder Highway between Ga. 211 in South Hall to Atlanta Highway in Oakwood is set to open in about a month.

Motorists now are traveling along two southbound lanes and one northbound lane.

August 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


No water from Lanier? Judge to decide if Georgia has right to drink from lake

The judge overseeing the "water wars" court battle between Georgia, Florida and Alabama said Tuesday that he will decide whether Georgia has the legal right to withdraw water from Lake Lanier.

August 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


GBI: Hall sheriff's deputies returned Lula man's fire, killing him with shot to the head

A Lula man involved in a Monday standoff was shot dead by deputies, according to a Georgia Bureau Investigation probe of the incident.

August 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deputy shot in standoff can move his hand

A Hall County sheriff's deputy who was shot Monday is resting well after his second surgery in an Atlanta hospital, Maj. Jeff Strickland said.

Deputy Joe Groover, who was shot in the arm during a standoff Monday between police and a Lula man, had a second surgery Wednesday to repair the damage caused by a bullet from a .44 Magnum pistol.

August 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


United Way celebrates 60th anniversary by recognizing long-time donors

The United Way of Hall County celebrated its 60th anniversary Tuesday by naming a new program for one of its original founders.

August 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Georgia: Drinking water was Lanier's purpose

Georgia on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that said the state needs congressional approval to use more water from Lake Lanier.

In February, a federal appeals court in Washington threw out an agreement that Georgia reached with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for water rights to Lake Lanier.

August 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lula Elementary principal thanks parents, teachers, sheriff's office

Following a day of tragedy in which Lula Elementary School was locked down for three hours, the school principal sent a letter to Lula families praising the calm actions of students, teachers, parents and sheriff's deputies.

August 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Convocation opens new year for Lakeview

The clamor of an old-fashioned school bell marked Lakeview Academy students' first day of the school year Tuesday.

August 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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It’s wait-and-see for physicians over Hall County’s planned clinic

Representatives of local retail pharmacies have expressed concern about Hall County's plans to open a clinic and pharmacy for employees next year, arguing local government should not compete unfairly with the private sector.

September 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Missing videotape cuts murder trial short

Prosecutors and Hall County Sheriff's Office officials do not know what happened to a videotaped 2006 interview that was involved in a murder case years later.

September 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Drivers wanted to help seniors

Seniors in Hall County will have a new transportation method available in 2015.

September 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Area experts warn against rising Islamic State terror

Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard believes those wondering whether the Islamic State's reach could extend into middle America should remember or learn what happened in Beslan, Russia, in September 2004.

September 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


World Language Academy immerses students in languages, culture

September 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Harvest of Hope’s message: Living with cancer, not dying from it

Cancer patients came together with other survivors, doctors and vendors Saturday at the annual Harvest of Hope at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville.

September 20, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Artists share works at annual Art in the Square

A picture-perfect Saturday greeted visitors as area artists set up shop in the downtown Gainesville square for the 11th annual Art in the Square festival.

September 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Schools prepare for new direction

If the Hall County School District becomes a charter system, Superintendent Will Schofield said the change will cost more in time than in dollars, requiring a large amount of training and professional development.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County officials finalizing SPLOST project list

Hall County officials are finalizing a category list for projects to be funded by a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax. They hope to present that list to voters during public input meetings later this fall.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Meth charge dropped after only spaghetti sauce found on spoon

Drug charges have been dropped against a Commerce woman after crime lab analysis confirmed her claim that a spoon she had in a vehicle leading to her arrest did not contain methamphetamine residue but spaghetti sauce.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Police ID suspect in death of woman found in Hall park

An Oakwood woman is accused of murder in the death of a Flowery Branch woman whose remains were found last October in a Hall County park.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County seeks reimbursement for faulty firetruck

Hall County is threatening legal action against Sutphen, manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July 22 accident that seriously injured three firefighters, if the company does not reimburse the county for the full cost of the truck, according to documents obtained by The Times through an open records request.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fair Street students march for peace

Fair Street School neighbors watched waves of excited children march by Friday as the entire school paraded with signs, flags and giant, handmade doves chanting "We want peace! We want peace!"

September 19, 2014 | By Tyler Bennett intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Warning lifted after threat at UGA campus

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall County schools committee finds social studies curriculum lacking

Social studies coursework may give students more to remember than to learn, according to findings by a Hall County Schools committee on curriculum for the subject.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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