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Pendergrass officer investigated on false arrest charge

PENDERGRASS - A police officer in northeast Georgia is suspended without pay as authorities investigate a complaint that he falsely arrested a man during a traffic stop.

Pendergrass Police Chief Rob Russell says Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents are examining evidence against Officer Bill Garner. Russell says the officer is accused of arresting a passenger in a car for having an open container of alcohol when no open container was present.

March 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Grady Young Foundation to focus on student success this weekend

The Grady Young Foundation plans to hold its Fifth Annual Memorial Weekend from Friday to Sunday with the theme "Recognizing Rising STARS (Students Triumphantly Achieving Respect and Success) In Our Communities."

March 16, 2008 | | Local


UGA cheerleaders root for reading during visit to Interactive Neighborhood for Kids

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Inc. kicked off Literacy Month on Wednesday with a visit from three University of Georgia cheerleaders.

March 16, 2008 | By Karina Garcia and Megan Gill | Local


Storm came and went fast, bringing rain and damage

Shortly after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning Tuesday afternoon for Hall County, the storm was gone.

March 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Father of injured woman blames police for fatal crash

BRASELTON - The father of a young woman injured Sunday in a high-speed, head-on collision on Ga. 211 blames Braselton police for the crash that killed three people.

Gregory King, 22, of Statham was driving more than 100 mph in a Chevrolet Camaro and was attempting to pass a car on a two-lane road when he ran head-on into 21-year-old Patricia Griffin's Dodge Neon, police said. Both drivers were killed, according to Lou Solis, assistant chief of the Braselton Police Department.

March 15, 2008 | Nikki Young The Paper | Local


Top Lanier Tech student Nowakowski gets to compete for new car

Karen Nowakowski had been questioning why she had to take math and psychology classes on her way to completing her fire science degree at Lanier Technical College's Winder campus.

March 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Developer proposes homes, offices, shops

Hall County Planning Commission reviewed a rezoning request for a 28-acre site on the north side of Thompson Mill Road Monday that could result in a 67-acre mixed-use development that would straddle the Gwinnett County line.

Rochester and Associates Inc. asked the planning commission to approve rezoning of the 28-acre site across from The Village at Deaton Creek from planned residential development and agriculture residential to planned commercial development.

March 15, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Chances recede for water deal between Georgia, Florida and Alabama

The weekend announcement that the talks between Georgia, Florida and Alabama over an 18-year impasse on water issues have broken down gives little indication as to what is next in the battle between the states.

March 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


School board aims to ease Enota traffic ills

Gainesville school officials hope that parking and other changes at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy will help ease traffic woes, particularly in the morning when parents park to walk their children into school.

March 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ninth-graders may have option to transfer for international program

GAINESVILLE - The Hall County school system is looking at allowing rising ninth-graders interested in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to start their high school career at Johnson High School, one of the Hall County high schools offering the program.

Students wouldn't be able to start the two-year program until 11th grade, but they'd already be accustomed to the high school before starting the program.

March 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Community volunteers encourage kids to open up books

After his morning workout, the Atlanta Falcons David Patterson stopped by Chicopee Woods Elementary for some light reading.

The 285-pound defensive lineman's choice of material: "The Lady With the Alligator Purse."

March 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Diesel fuel leaks in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - An overturned rig leaked between 400 and 500 gallons of diesel fuel on a vacant lot Monday in northern Flowery Branch.

Authorities received the call about the leaking diesel fuel at 8:30 a.m. Monday, but are not sure how long the fuel had been leaking from the overturned rig, said Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell.

March 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


21-gun salute, honor guard memorializes former Gainesville police chief

It was an unusual friendship - a Baptist police chief and a Catholic priest.

March 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Don’t be a victim

Terry Floyd brought her 20-year-old daughter to an Oakwood sporting goods store Saturday morning for a two-hour presentation on personal safety, from locks and alarms to cars, phones and computers.

March 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall superintendent says school voucher bill would face court challenge

A bill now before the state Senate proposes to open the door wider for vouchers in Georgia.

March 13, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Class Notes: Gainesville High School seeks graduation input

Gainesville High School wants parents and families of upcoming graduates to help plan the 2015 graduation.

November 24, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Intersections targeted for upgrades in spring

Nine Hall County intersections are set for upgrades in the spring, including work that addresses federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

November 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville planning board to hear more development requests

While new home permits have hit a record high this year in Gainesville, the city's planning board will soon hear a few requests to develop more residential housing.

November 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall clinic to be finished by early December

A few weeks before Christmas, Brett Jockell and his team hope to be out of the old East Hall library branch turned Hall County clinic.

November 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Two Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets prepare to open

Two big-name markets providing the community with new pharmacies, fresh groceries and household merchandise will open at the start of the new year.

November 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


9 Hall intersections targeted for improvements in spring

Nine Hall County intersections are set for upgrades in the spring, including work that addresses federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Wind damages Flowery Branch gas station

No one was hurt Sunday when high winds and heavy rains brought down the awning at a Flowery Branch gas station.

November 23, 2014 | | Local


State park lodge renovations mostly complete

A multimillion-dollar project to renovate two longtime Northeast Georgia state park lodges is largely finished, with guests already taking advantage of the new rooms.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Divisive immigration debate takes a new turn

President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday night that he would act unilaterally to allow about 5 million undocumented immigrants to work legally in the United States without fear of deportation was met with both personal and political responses in Hall County and across the state and nation.

November 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Recovering couple’s marriage, success made possible through Drug Court

November 23, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Changes coming to Common Core Standards

The state seems to want to please the public when it comes to the controversial Common Core education standards.

November 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Christmas in the Cabbage Patch

Christmas officially came to North Georgia on Saturday when BabyLand General Hospital kicked off its 36th annual Appalachian Christmas Celebration.

November 22, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


From Web to table: Grant helps farmers market reach customers

An Internet-based farmers market was awarded a grant Wednesday to help get the word out and expand in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Vets chip in to help homeless comrades with food, clothing, advice

Just over a week ago, churches, businesses and schools gathered to thank local veterans for their service in celebration of Veterans Day.

November 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Rain moves in tonight with storms in some areas of state

A few days after shivering through January-like cold, Northeast Georgians now are looking at a Sunday of springlike rain.

November 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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