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Hall County: $54 million jail completed

Chairman of the Hall County Board of Commissioners Tom Oliver presented Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic with a key to a new $54 million jail facility Monday, and joked that it might be the most expensive key ever made.

The new jail, with the ability to house more than 1,000 inmates, was completed one month ahead of schedule and under budget, Cronic said.

October 27, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Hall reports first human case of West Nile

Last week, Hall County recorded its first-ever human case of West Nile virus.

October 27, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local

Rain is not enough; forecast isn't helping

Despite widespread rain across the state Monday and as much as a 70 percent chance of rain today, forecasters expect the precipitation to have little effect on Lake Lanier's water level.

October 27, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Corp may reduce flows from Lanier

An official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the amount of water taken from Lake Lanier could be reduced pending the outcome of a study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service due next month.

October 27, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local

Lumpkin County residents call for delaying construction

On Monday morning, Lumpkin County residents filed a request with the state Environmental Protection Division to put a moratorium on all construction for at least a year.

The request was made in the midst of the worst drought the region has seen in 100 years.

October 27, 2007 | Ashley Cox | Local

Rehabilitation classes help disabled people find jobs

When Pat Bloomquist was laid off from her embroidery job at Warren Featherbone in 2004, she wanted to find a job in an office. With a physical disability and no computer skills, she turned to the Georgia Department of Labor for help.

And it's people like Bloomquist that the Department of Labor wants to spotlight at its Disability Awareness Breakfast to be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

October 27, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local

Injured teen ready to go back to school

A West Hall High School student injured this summer in a swimming pool diving accident is set to return to school Monday.

Ben Hildebrant, a member of the Spartan football team, is scheduled to be released Friday from the Atlanta-based Shepherd Center, where he has been receiving therapy.

October 27, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local

Hall County considers adding turn lane

Gaines Mill Road might be getting a new turn lane.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote Thursday on a state Department of Transportation agreement to build a new turn lane on the road at its intersection with Ga. 129.

October 27, 2007 | Ashley Cox | Local

Worst-case scenario: Gainesville may use pre-Lanier pipe to haul water from lake

For the past couple of weeks, local government officials and residents have been watching Lake Lanier's water level drop and asking themselves, "What if?"

October 27, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local

Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic patients can keep United Healthcare insurance

About 4,500 Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic patients could breathe a sigh of relief last week when they learned they would not have to switch doctors or change their insurance plans after all.

October 26, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local

Genesis: Tri-state water wars kicked off 17 years ago

The legal wrangling over the water in the Chattahoochee River is not new. The states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have been at odds over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin for 17 years.

October 26, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local

Food for Thought kitchen tour feeds teen pregnancy prevention program

Board members of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Inc. enticed some Gainesville residents to get off the couch and come into the kitchen Sunday afternoon as part of the agency's Food for Thought kitchen tour fundraiser.

In its third year, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Inc. kitchen tour led program patrons through the kitchens of five different homes - two in the Riverside area and three in the Chattahoochee Country Club area.

October 26, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local

Gold Rush success: Dahlonega festival draws in a quarter-million people

Craft collectors and food enthusiasts hit it big this weekend at the Gold Rush Days festival on the downtown square in Dahlonega.

October 26, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local

How are you conserving water?

North Georgia is suffering through one of the worst droughts in its history. Lake Lanier has less than three months of water remaining. Some officials are saying that, without significant rainfall soon, water rationing might be necessary in North Georgia.

October 26, 2007 | | Local

Gainesville has new way to report water violators

There are two new ways to report watering violations.

October 26, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local

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Firefighters recovering in ICU after truck ladder dropped

Three Hall County firefighters are still in ICU but doing well today after they were injured Tuesday afternoon when a fire truck ladder fell about 20 feet during a training session.

July 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local

GOP school chief race too close to call

ATLANTA - The Republican primary runoff for state school superintendent proved too close to call Tuesday night.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Local

Runoff draws small crowd

Turnout in Hall County for Tuesday's runoff election was better than officials had anticipated, but still decreased from the primary in May.

July 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Parents to get help with buying school supplies

July 23, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local

Good News at Noon: Mr. B celebrates 92 years

July 23, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local

Eyes on the Road: Clarks Bridge detour coming to end

Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road appears on target to reopen to through traffic Saturday.

July 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local

Commissioner appointed to state board

Scott Gibbs has been appointed to serve on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Board, which implements community and economic development, government assistance and affordable housing.

July 23, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local

Sloan wins tight runoff to keep Hall school board seat

Incumbent Brian Sloan has beaten challenger Mark Pettitt in the runoff for the Post 2 Hall County Board of Education seat.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Day care will not appeal revocation of license

A Clermont day care at the center of the burned 16-month-old toddler investigation on Tuesday informed the Department of Early Care and Learning it would not appeal its license revocation.

July 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local

3 firefighters injured after truck's ladder falls

Three Hall County firefighters suffered injuries Tuesday afternoon when a fire truck ladder malfunctioned during a training session.

July 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local

Vote count begins in state primary runoff

Georgia's longest runoff election, mandated by judges to ensure military and other overseas voters had time to return their ballots, finally ended today.

July 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local

Heart hospital raises $1M

Northeast Georgia Medical Center, the state's top heart hospital, has raised over $1 million to improve treatment with the addition of the Woody Stewart Heart Failure Treatment Unit.

July 22, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local

Oakwood mayor recovering in hospital after medical incident

Oakwood Mayor Lamar Scroggs is recovering at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after suffering a drop in blood pressure Sunday.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local

Atlanta Ballet pro brings artistry, experience to Gainesville summer intensive program

For many dancers at the Gainesville Ballet Company, dance is more than just an after-school activity.

July 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local

Gainesville schools to put goals in action

Gainesville schools have begun implementing their new strategic plan, and that plan is all about putting district goals in action.

July 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local

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