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Top Story of 2007: The Drought

Georgia was already in a drought when 2007 began. But last winter and spring passed without the usual rains, and by mid-summer, the situation reached a tipping point, rapidly going from bad to worse to unimaginable. Also, this year, the 17-year tri-state water wars remained behind the scenes until the worst drought in the region's history exacerbated both the problems and the tempers of those involved.

January 10, 2008 | By Debbie Gilbert and Harris Blackwood news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Forsyth County woman dies in wreck

Gwinnett County authorities are investigating a two-vehicle wreck that killed a Cumming woman Thursday night.

January 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Top Story No. 7: Lake Lanier turns 50

The lingering drought and dropping lake levels seemed like just a blip on the radar this summer as everyone celebrated Lake Lanier's 50th year.

January 10, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Local


Top Story No. 10: A new hospital in Braselton

Northeast Georgia Health System took a major step toward expansion on May 1, when the Georgia Department of Community Health granted approval for a new hospital in South Hall.

January 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Drug, gun charges dropped against Dawson County High School student

A Dawson County High School student arrested earlier this month for drug and weapon possession has been cleared of all charges, authorities said Friday.

January 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Boat ramp salvation: Bait shop owner wants watercraft back on Lake Lanier

Though Gov. Sonny Perdue has proposed creating a bass tournament venue with a "megaramp" on Lake Lanier at Laurel Park, some fishing enthusiasts aren't waiting for the state to take action. They want to get their boats back into the water now.

January 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Top Story No. 5: Easter weekend freeze

With record-breaking high temperatures in August, it was easy to forget that there had been record-breaking lows on April 7 and 8. Temps dropped into the 20s in the Northeast Georgia mountains over Easter weekend, killing blooms and foliage that had emerged early during spring-like weather.

January 10, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Local


Arrest costs Forsyth County deputy his job

A Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy arrested for domestic violence on Thanksgiving Day has lost his job with the department.

January 10, 2008 | BY LARA MOORE | Local


Top Story No. 6: Brenau begins study for medical school

Brenau University is trying to determine whether it - as well as the Gainesville-Hall County area - can support a medical school.

January 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Solemn farewell for a respected lawman

Hall Sheriff's officials said goodbye to one of the old guard Friday with full honors, as Sgt. Stan Bullock, a longtime veteran of the department, was laid to rest.

January 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


New bank, old name

OAKWOOD - An application has been filed for the first new thrift institution in Hall County in half a century.

The new entity would be known as Home Federal Bank, which is the same name of a previous savings and loan association dating back to 1957. The new Home Federal's applications are currently pending with the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

January 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Showers raise lake, but year still may be driest

Though it rained more than an inch in Gainesville for the first time in months, it won't be enough to keep Gainesville from recording its driest year in almost 50 years.

January 09, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Rabbit fleet gets a makeover; city’s buses now really are red

Since 2001, Hall Area Transit Red Rabbit buses have traversed Gainesville roadways sporting two shades of blue. But as of this month, four new predominantly red-painted Red Rabbit buses will operate three bus routes in the city.

"We've frequently been asked 'Why are your buses blue if you're called the Red Rabbit?'" said Janice Crow, general manager for Hall Area Transit.

January 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Professor gets national award

DAHLONEGA - Two national education groups have named North Georgia College & State University's Linda Williams their 2007 Georgia Professor of the Year.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education selected her from more than 300 professors in the United States.

January 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


New 'mega-ramp' could lure fishing events to Lanier

Laurel Park on Lake Lanier was named Friday as a site for one of 10 "mega-ramps" to accommodate large fishing tournaments.

January 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Badge & Bar: $13K machine donated to Gainesville Fire Department

Today, the Gainesville Fire Department is set to receive something that will get hearts pumping.

October 01, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Blue Sky Concerts return

October brought the return of the Blue Sky Concert Series on Wednesday to downtown Gainesville. The Steve Bryson Band kick-started the weekly noon concert series, with the pop/dance tunes of Stokeswood to follow on Oct. 8.

October 01, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Construction underway at Brenau

The foundation is poured and early framework is up for new sorority houses on Brenau University's Gainesville campus.

October 01, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Prominent Gainesville Realtor killed in car wreck; husband in ‘fair condition’

A prominent Gainesville Realtor died Tuesday after a car crash on Ga. 365 in front of Jaemor Farms.

October 01, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Law officials express cautious support for medical marijuana

While expressing support for limited use of medical marijuana, law enforcement officials from across the state Wednesday warned of a slippery slope leading to legalized recreational use.

October 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall schools move 54 refugee students to separate program

54 Central American refugee students, some of whom cannot read or write, have been moved from their schools into a separate program at Lanier Charter Career Academy.

October 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville to close downtown streets for homecoming parade

Motorists in downtown Gainesville around suppertime today can expect delays because of street closings for the Gainesville High School homecoming parade.

October 01, 2014 | | Local


Community leader Ellard remembered for sincerity, dedication

P. Martin Ellard's passions went far beyond his affinity for numbers.

October 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


School receives $5.2 million donation for Corps of Cadets

The University of North Georgia has received the second-largest gift in its history: property worth an estimated $5.2 million

October 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Annual burn ban to end today

Gainesville and Hall County residents will again be allowed to burn, beginning today, with the proper permits, according to county and city fire officials.

October 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: DOT holds 2nd public meeting on HOT lanes on Thursday

The second of two public meetings on a project that would bring high occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County is set for 5–7 p.m. Thursday in Braselton.

October 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Statewide ban on tobacco at public universities starts today

Cory Jackson, a freshman at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus, was taken aback by news that all tobacco use will be banned on all parts of the campus, including inside cars, starting today.

October 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


South Hall crossing gets second look for traffic light

Because of a South Hall County neighborhood's concerns about safety, the Georgia Department of Transportation is conducting a second traffic light study at an intersection on a newly opened stretch of Ga. 347.

October 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Railroad moving ahead on Flowery Branch culvert repair

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. is moving forward on one of two culverts it has planned to repair, while the second one will likely be on hold until the first of the year.

October 01, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Nigerian business delegates visit Brenau

Twenty-six delegates of the Nigerian Quintessential Business Women Association visited Brenau University on Tuesday in Gainesville and met for a question-and-answer session with students.

October 01, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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