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Politicians spar over gains in education

The dean of the Hall County legislative delegation and his Democratic opponent appeared together Thursday night at a forum sponsored by the Hall County Association of Educators.

May 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City taking a microscope to utility costs, fees

Residents who purchase Gainesville water in the future may be paying more fees for it.

May 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Ex-coach gets 8 years for molestation

A former youth soccer coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to molesting two teenage girls and received an eight-year prison sentence, Banks County prosecutors said.

Matthew Allen Wyrick, 23, was a coach with the North Georgia Soccer Association when he molested one of the victims he was coaching at the time, said Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Rick Bridgeman.

May 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Challenged Child plans learning program for summer

A group of Challenged Child supporters gathered Wednesday to discuss Summer Sensations, a summer program put on by Challenged Child.

The women's advocacy group for Challenged Child has grown from 15 to 100 members during its first four months of existence and is ready to make an impact on the community.

May 25, 2008 | | Local


Toccoa flood sparked safety measures for dams

The Safe Dams Program, which regulates dams like the one at Lake Wendy in White County, came about as a result of one of the worst dam breaks in Georgia history.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Birds beware: Scarecrows are invading

HOSCHTON - Come September, there won't be a crow for miles around Hoschton.

May 25, 2008 | | Local


DOT board meeting is first since chairman’s departure

The State Transportation Board meets today for the first time since resolving the controversy over Department of Transportation Commissioner Gena Abraham and her relationship with former 9th District board member Mike Evans.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Planning and Appeals hears feud over fence

A granted request to build a decorative iron fence one inch from a woman's Park Hill Drive neighbor has created a barrier in the two neighbors' friendship.

May 25, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hole in dam worries White County residents

Residents of the Jenny's Creek and Town Creek area of White County endured a tense night late Tuesday and early today as the possibility of flooding from both creeks remained unknown.

This morning, however, with a flash flood warning canceled, the immediate threat seems to have passed. Officials in White County said there was no flooding overnight and no one was evacuated from their homes.

May 25, 2008 | Adam Clark | Local


Mills ‘disappointed’ by Perdue veto

Gov. Sonny Perdue has vetoed a bill by Rep. James Mills, R-Chestnut Mountain, which was intended to require authorities to seize vehicles of people who are in the country illegally and are involved in a traffic accident.

A watered-down version of the bill was offered in the Senate and subsequently passed by the House. It allowed law enforcement officers to impound a vehicle of a person who does not have a valid driver's license.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Packed shelters reflect slow economy

It's getting to be a common sight in some Georgia communities: A home gets foreclosed on and the family moves out in a hurry, leaving a stack of their belongings at the curb.

And occasionally they leave their pets behind, too. Authorities in some metro Atlanta counties have reported finding dogs or cats trapped inside abandoned homes, deprived of food and water.

May 25, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Health system gets Tricare contract

Northeast Georgia Health System has signed an agreement with Tricare, the federal government's health insurance program for military personnel.

May 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Auto dealer, community leader Harold DeLong dies

Harold DeLong, a former Gainesville city commissioner and auto dealer, has died after an extended illness. He was 86.

DeLong was the youngest son of a pioneering auto dealer, Frank W. DeLong Sr., who opened a Hudson-Essex-Terraplane dealership on Main Street in 1921.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Perdue permits guns in restaurants, MARTA

ATLANTA - Governor Sonny Perdue on Wednesday signed legislation allowing guns in restaurants, on public transportation and in parks.

May 25, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Number 21: Another case of rabies reported in Hall

Hall County's tally of rabies cases this year has increased to 21. The most recent incident occurred Sunday on Green Drive, off Clarks Bridge Road in North Hall. Mike Ledford, director of Hall County Animal Control, said a skunk came into contact with a domestic dog.

"The dog actually grabbed the skunk and tossed it around a bit," he said.

May 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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There’s still time: Christmas shipping hasn’t sailed yet

With Christmas just a few days away, the scramble for last-minute gifts is matched only by the rush to ship them.

December 19, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Hall County teacher builds student a prosthetic hand

A boy bends his wrist and watches his blue metal fingers curl.

December 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville man hit, killed by train in Oakwood

A Gainesville man was killed Friday after being struck by a train in the downtown Oakwood area.

December 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local




Narcotics squad searches turn up $145K in meth

Some $144,800 in methamphetamine was found between two Hall County locations following searches by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

December 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Middle schoolers make ornaments for kids

Thursday morning members of Gainesville Middle School's Tome Society student literary group visited Challenged Child & Friends in Gainesville. Challenged Child and Friends offers a tailored and integrated experience where children with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities learn and grow in a full inclusion program with children who have typical development. The middle-school students also brought books for the students, along with snowman ornaments.

December 19, 2014 | | Local


New poultry lab’s operations smooth so far

The Georgia Poultry Laboratory is up and running in North Hall County, with ties mostly cut to its 50-year-old building in Oakwood.

December 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Radford Murphy works 60 years in poultry industry

December 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Adult club's alcohol license hearing focuses on food sales

Food sales and registration were at the center of a hearing Thursday involving Gainesville adult club Top of Gainesville and its alcohol license.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch sets list for tax projects

A new City Hall and road improvements are among potential projects that could be completed in Flowery Branch pending approval of a countywide sales tax.

December 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville, Hall governments look at cost of paid leave

When government employees are suspected of workplace misconduct, they are routinely placed on paid administrative leave while internal investigations are conducted, and the result can be costly to taxpayers.

December 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Local business leaders see upside in new U.S.-Cuba relations

The controversial move Wednesday by the Obama administration to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was met with approval from business leaders in Hall County who said they believe the economic benefit could be substantial for local industries.

December 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


H&R Block pros to offer tax tips

Two H&R Block tax professionals will present a free Tax Talk from 6-8 p.m. today at Blackshear Place Library in Gainesville.

December 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville police make transition to digital records

At the Gainesville Police Department, some of the new school is showing a thing or two to the old school.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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