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Colleagues, other dignitaries, bid Murphy farewell

ATLANTA -- The body of Tom Murphy - once the nation's longest serving House speaker - made its final visit to the state Capitol Friday where current and former lawmakers and other dignitaries gathered to bid the political giant farewell.

As an honor guard of state troopers escorted his flag-draped casket into the House and then to the Capitol Rotunda, Georgia's political establishment paid one-of-a-kind tribute to Murphy, who dominated state politics from the 1960s into the next millennium. He died Monday night at age 83.

January 01, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


New Year’s resolution: Fix Dawsonville Highway

Thanks to a couple of rainy days, the Georgia Department of Transportation won't be able to open all four lanes on Dawsonville Highway until after the first of the year.

The DOT has been trying for the past two days to paint stripes and make adjustments to two traffic signals along the stretch of Ga. 53 north of Gainesville.

January 01, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Drought benefit: Dredging Longwood Cove costs less

The bids are in, and Gainesville officials will soon decide who will dredge the silt-filled Longwood Cove.

January 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


New school board members to be sworn in

A swearing-in ceremony for the Gainesville City School Board of Education's new members is set for Jan. 7.

January 01, 2008 | | Local


Brasstown Bald, Anna Ruby Falls want people to operate their shops

After an unsuccessful search last spring for a concessionaire to run a retail shop at Brasstown Bald, the U.S. Forest Service is trying again. Only this time, the agency is sweetening the deal.

January 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Bait shop raising money to extend boat ramp

There are only two public boat ramps left on Lake Lanier, but an effort led by a local bait and tackle store owner could change that.

Candy Hammond, owner of Hammond's Fishing & Boat Storage, has collected nearly $12,000 in pledges toward extending the non-functional Charleston Park boat ramp by 10 feet.

January 01, 2008 | BY JENNIFER SAMI | Local


Students start winter break

Winter holidays begin today for students and employees in Gainesville city schools and students in the Hall County school system.

January 01, 2008 | | Local


Water war heats up over spending bill surprise

A U.S. senator from Alabama has successfully inserted language into a massive year-end spending bill that blocks the federal government from updating the operating manuals for two river systems at the heart of the 18-year tri-state water war.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., wrote the prohibitive language into the bill during the summer; however, both of Georgia's U.S. senators expressed surprise that it survived in the final version that passed the Senate late Tuesday night.

December 31, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Transcript of floor statements of U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson

Mr. CHAMBLISS. Mr. President, I know many of my colleagues have become involved in issues in their States stemming from a shortage of water over the years. Sometimes these issues are intrastate, sometimes they are interstate. Regardless of the size or scope, they always get very complicated quickly.

The water wars between Georgia, Florida, and Alabama that have been going on for decades are no different in that regard. They too get very complicated very quickly. There are decades of negotiations, agreements, lawsuits and settlements, and the Governors of the three States are still attempting in good faith to come ...

December 31, 2007 | | Local


Trinity Day School helps food bank out a ton

What does a ton look like?

December 31, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Two Gainesville men found dead in Louisiana

Louisiana detectives were in town this week to investigate the deaths of two Gainesville men whose bodies were found dumped off an interstate north of New Orleans last week.

December 31, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


United Way receives $165,000, largest gift ever from one person

The United Way of Hall County has been presented with an endowment from the estate of J. Cleon Nalley, a Gainesville attorney who died earlier this year.

Jackie Wallace, president and chief professional officer of the organization, said the gift of $165,000 is the largest individual gift that the United Way of Hall County has received in its 60-year history.

December 31, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Hall teachers must get coffee makers, fridges, microwaves out of class

Hall County school system teachers will have to do more than unplug personal appliances, such as microwaves and mini-refrigerators, before they leave Friday for the two-week Christmas break.

December 31, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Rev. Robert Hopkins, 105, died Dec. 13; his memory lives

GAINESVILLE - The Rev. Robert Lee Hopkins lived through 18 U.S. presidents. He came before the world wars, and he stayed well past the turn of a century.

And after 105 years of life, Hopkins' family and friends said goodbye Wednesday, sending him to his grave in a horse-drawn carriage.

December 31, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Full-throttle class: Fifth-graders peek under hood of motor sports tech program

When veteran race car builder Bud Hughes fired up the engine of a high-horsepower stock car Wednesday morning, the subsequent window-rattling roar had most of the surrounding fifth-graders plugging their ears.

December 31, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Student fanfare surrounds injured firefighter as he surprises wife

Injured Hall County firefighter Stephen Jackson made his way down school hallways Wednesday morning, past hundreds of cheering students lined against the wall and into the arms of his wife, Misty.

August 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man pleads guilty in case tied to death of Gainesville woman

ANOKA, Minn. - Speaking in a soft voice with his hands cuffed in front of him, a man accused of killing a Gainesville woman told a court how he came to know and eventually murder a Minnesota woman.

August 20, 2014 | By Sarah Horner Pioneer Press | Local


Storms leave frightened residents thankful damage was not worse

When the sky went black and wind kicked up, all Barbara Dunson could do was grab her dog, Max, and pray.

August 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Sinkhole repairs may be complete Thursday

Repairs to a sinkhole that developed earlier this month in a Gainesville shopping center should be complete Thursday, depending on weather.

August 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


4 men charged after vehicles damaged by rocks

At least two cars were damaged Tuesday when police say rocks were thrown from an Interstate 985 overpass.

August 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Candidates for Ga. superintendent debate standards

August 20, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Young at heart: Group takes plunge down zip line

At the sprightly age of 83, Claude Schneider dismisses the suggestion that he's experiencing his midlife crisis.

August 20, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Universities not immune to religious controversy

The issue of religion in schools doesn't end with the 12th grade. Public universities also have to tread carefully when it comes to expressions of faith.

August 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Suspect faces additional charges in shooting of 2 women

The Gainesville man charged in the shooting of two women Friday at Atlanta Street Apartments in Gainesville is facing additional charges.

August 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State GOP responds to racial discrimination suit

The Georgia Republican Party and its chairman, John Padgett, filed their response Tuesday in the racial discrimination suit filed by a Gainesville woman.

August 19, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Vogel turns out Democrats in Gainesville

Area Democrats gathered at the Gainesville Convention Center on Tuesday night to welcome and support U.S. Ninth Congressional District candidate David Vogel.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the road: Gainesville hopes to restart its tree project

Gainesville hopes to restart efforts to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

August 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Storm doesn’t mar Brenau’s 1st day

Damage from a Monday afternoon storm won't affect the first day of school at Brenau University, but students can expect to see some other changes as they begin the school year today.

August 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville council at stalemate over raising water rates

Gainesville City Council is deadlocked on whether to raise water rates 1 percent after a 3-3 vote Tuesday night.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police identify Texas woman shot and killed in Helen

A Texas woman killed in downtown Helen late Saturday has been identified.

August 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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