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Heart surgery on Iraqi boy called a success

The open-heart surgery on a 5-year-old Iraqi boy ended Tuesday and officials at the Medical University of South Carolina are calling the four-hour operation a success.

Ammar Muhammad was breathing on his own in a surgical recovery room at the Charleston hospital. He was born with a condition called tetralogy of Fallot, which is normally treated when the child is an infant. However, the surgical procedure to correct the condition was not available in Iraq.

April 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Corps issues new water plan

WASHINGTON - The Corps of Engineers on Tuesday proposed a new southeastern water-sharing plan that would allow lower river flows into Florida's Apalachicola Bay during extreme drought - a move that the Corps acknowledged is likely to harm threatened species there.

April 26, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Tax day brings protesters and procrastinators, but post office lines are shorter

It's the day that many dread. The scramble for lost forms, the need to write a check to the government and just plain old procrastination are the reasons many taxpayers give for waiting until the final hours of the final day to file their annual state and federal returns.

April 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Ex-Delta pilots say Northwest merger is necessary, but won't be easy

Two Gainesville residents who spent decades working as pilots for Delta Air Lines say the merger with Northwest Airlines is necessary for the survival of the airline industry, but they say the creation of the "mega-airline" will definitely take a good bit of tweaking.

April 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


16 laptops taken in Davis Middle burglary

Sixteen laptop computers were stolen during a weekend burglary at Davis Middle School in South Hall.

April 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Religion begat recycling: Elachee Nature Science Center, churches push the cause

Liberals have long touted the benefits of recycling, but some traditionally conservative Baptist churches are considering adopting the practice some pastors now call practical - and biblical.

April 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Apartment fire sends man, toddler to Grady burn center

A man and a toddler were flown to the burn center Monday at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for treatment of burns sustained in an apartment fire at Spring Street Apartments, across from Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

April 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


5-year-old Iraqi boy's surgery delayed

The open-heart surgery for a 5-year-old Iraqi boy has been delayed until today, according to a spokeswoman for a Charleston, S.C., hospital.

The life-threatening plight of Ammar Muhammad was discovered by Marine Maj. Kevin Jarrard of Gainesville, who with the help of his fellow Marines arranged free care at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

April 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Chilly worries: Growers fear Monday frost could destroy apple blossoms, grape buds, baby peaches

It is the kind of weather where a degree or two can mean the difference between a successful year and total ruin.

April 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County may drug test students who drive to school

The Hall County Board of Education is looking at expanding mandatory, random drug testing to include students who drive to school as early as the fall.

April 25, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dogs with curly tails, cute smiles get awards at annual Stray Dog Strut

More than 150 pooches strutted their stuff Sunday afternoon for The Humane Society of Hall County's 17th annual Stray Dog Strut.

Held at Lake Lanier Islands, the event benefited abandoned or needy animals and included a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run for dogs and owners.

April 25, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


April showers of snow? Rain, ice mix on today’s forecast

Near freezing temperatures could mean snow flurries for Northeast Georgia early today.

National Weather Service meteorologists are calling for a 38-degree low for today and a high of only 53 degrees. Frigid temperatures come on the heels of a warm weekend with highs in the upper 60s.

April 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County officials review budget requests

BY JESSICA JORDAN

April 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Health Care Decisions Day: A time to write down your final wishes

In the old days, you didn't have to explain to anyone how you wanted to die. When your time came, you stopped breathing and that was it.

But with modern medical technology, a person can be kept alive almost indefinitely with no hope of recovery. And doctors will continue to maintain that life unless they're instructed otherwise.

April 25, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville post office won't stay open today for late income tax filers

It once was the time for pots of black coffee, lots of sharpened pencils and a trusty adding machine.

April 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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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


Nominations open for 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of Year

The Gainesville Jaycees are accepting nominations for the 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of the Year Award.

December 18, 2014 | | Local


Poultry firm donates 23 tons of meat to food bank

Georgia Mountain Food Bank in Gainesville got an early Christmas gift Wednesday when Perdue Farms delivered 46,000 pounds of frozen chicken and meat products.

December 18, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall 911 staff raises $1K for kids’ wish lists

Four local families are getting help from the Hall County 911 Communications in a different way this Christmas.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cuba policy shift sparks differing local responses

After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

December 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Juvenile in custody after man stabbed Tuesday night

A 16-year-old fled on foot after allegedly stabbing his stepfather Tuesday on East Ridge Road, authorities said Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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