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Welcome back, football Fridays

The leaves haven't changed yet, and the late afternoon sun still burns like it did at midsummer.

September 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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


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


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


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


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Georgia leaders seek changes to AP US History to celebrate ‘positive aspects’

Teachers shouldn't emphasize the negative aspects of U.S. history.

January 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Read the resolution on AP History

Senate Resolution 80

January 31, 2015 | | Local


Brenau vice president appointed to Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

A Brenau University vice president was sworn in Thursday to serve on the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

January 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County food, shelter agencies can apply for additional funding

Food and shelter programs in Hall County can apply for additional funding after the county was chosen to receive national Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program funds.

January 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Redevelopment plan is road map for Flowery Branch's future

With more retail shops open for business downtown, new homes being built and upcoming plans for more accommodating roads, it's safe to say Flowery Branch is a bustling town.

January 31, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


New Year's Eve road rage incident led to gunfire, authorities say

Being cut off in traffic led to road rage between two men in Hall County and ended with a gunshot, said Hall County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mike Lusk said Friday at a committal hearing.

January 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Drug case against 2 headed to Superior Court; 100K in narcotics, cash were seized

A methamphetamine trafficking case involving a Gainesville man whom authorities said is a documented SUR13 gang member and an alleged associate was moved on to Superior Court on Friday.

January 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County deputy indicted on bribery, drug charges

A former Hall County deputy was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges of accepting bribes and conspiring to possess and distribute marijuana.

January 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Changes likely coming to Gainesville's alcohol ordinance

Gainesville City Council will vote when it meets Tuesday on several proposed changes to Gainesville's alcohol ordinance, which are meant to promote new businesses and mirror state regulations.

January 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Senate passes bill requiring coverage for autism therapy

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | Local


Drug agents try to dismantle probably meth lab in Dawson County

Drug agents were on the scene Wednesday of what they are calling a methamphetamine lab at a home on Hanging Dog Road in southeastern Dawson County.

January 30, 2015 | Times regional staff | Local


Katrina Holbrook joins elections board

Chief Registrar and Chairwoman Glenda Ferguson is no longer the only woman in Dawson County on the Board of Elections and Voter Registration board.

January 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Sheriff’s Office asks public for help in returning military items, jewelry

Investigators with the Hall County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's help to hopefully get some pieces of jewelry back to the rightful owners.

January 30, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Riverbrook Village finally breaking ground

After years of court battles, a stagnant economy and other delays, more than $1 million in site improvements - including runoff protection fencing and road preparation - are beginning for the Riverbrook Village mixed-use development on Thompson Bridge Road at Ga. 136/Price Road.

January 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville officials remain skeptical of drive-thru proposal

Gainesville City Council expressed concern Thursday that a proposal to build a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle remains incompatible with the adjacent residential neighborhood.

January 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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