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Gas leak backs up traffic, temporarily closes Sardis Road

A portion of Sardis Road was closed for nearly two hours on Monday after construction workers broke a gas main.

January 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall school board approves new elementary attendance zones

Friendship, Spout Springs and Chestnut Mountain elementary schools have new attendance boundaries beginning in the fall.

January 26, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Explosion at Pilgrim's Pride injures one

GAINESVILLE - An apparent boiler explosion sent one Pilgrim's Pride employee to Northeast Georgia Medical Center Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

Industrial Boulevard was closed as Gainesville firefighters worked to find the cause of an explosion that dented a rollup door on the outside of the plant.

January 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Turn lanes on Exit 22 will double its capacity

GAINESVILLE - Lane closures started Monday on Interstate 985 and U.S. 129 for a road widening project that should last well into the summer.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is adding left turn lanes at Exit 22 of I-985 to make room for more vehicles on the road, said DOT spokeswoman Teri Pope.

January 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Oakwood City Council votes to increase pay, effective in 2010

Oakwood City Council voted Monday evening to raise council members' salaries, and the $250 per month increase will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010.

Before the council's approval to increase council members' pay, Oakwood City Council members received $350 each month for their service, which totals $4,200 annually.

January 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hospital names doctor to executive post that bridges gap between physicians and administrators

In some hospitals, there's an "us versus them" relationship between administrators and doctors.

Officials at Northeast Georgia Medical Center didn't want that to happen here, so they've created a new position: chief medical officer.

January 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Blairsville named part of state’s Main Street program

Blairsville on Wednesday was selected as Georgia's newest Main Street City program participant.

January 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lane closures on Exit 22 start today

Interstate 985's Exit 22 in Gainesville is set for a makeover, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

January 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


2 killed in separate wrecks

Two young men were killed early Sunday morning in two separate wrecks in which authorities believe alcohol may have been a factor.

Raymond Blake Long of Whiting Road in Gainesville died in a car accident Sunday on Mountain View Road in Oakwood. The Georgia State Patrol responded to the call at 1:05 a.m.

January 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Weekend of events precede annual MLK Day march

Forty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was preparing to lead a sanitation workers' strike and was assassinated on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tenn.

January 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch’s first hotel going up

Construction on the first hotel in Flowery Branch is well under way.

A Hampton Inn & Suites hotel is being built on Holland Dam Road behind the BP gas station in Flowery Branch and will house 84 bedrooms on a two-acre site with 96 parking spaces.

January 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Ruby Brawner celebrates a rosy 75th

The basement of the First Baptist Church on Green Street was decorated with rose-colored napkins and white tablecloths to mark the birthday of one of Gainesville's most treasured citizens.

January 24, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Extended boat ramp opens today at Clarks Bridge Park

Build it, and they will boat.

Kerry Hicks and a team of volunteers saw their grass-roots project to extend the public boat ramp at Clarks Bridge Park realized Saturday, when they successfully pulled a 24-foot pontoon boat from Lake Lanier on a new, 40-foot steel extension.

January 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall schools have $10 million technology wish list

GAINESVILLE - The Hall County school system has a $10.6 million technology wish list.

Aaron Turpin, who is about to take over as the district's technology chief, talked Saturday with the Board of Education about a variety of projects, some high-dollar and some becoming more urgent than others, throughout the system.

January 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville to submit charter system application to state

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville school system is vying to become one of the state's first charter school systems.

At its annual retreat Saturday, the City Board of Education voted to submit its application to the Georgia Department of Education.

January 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Brenau, top Chinese university agree to joint program

Brenau University has struck an agreement with a top Chinese university to bring a steady flow of Chinese students to Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officers train on simulator for dangers on the road

A call for a carjacking comes over the radio, and Sgt. Steve Carey with the Hall County Sheriff's Office turns on the siren. Negotiating quick turns in following the suspect, Carey tails the perpetrator without ever leaving the Allen Creek Training Center.

October 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Strong home sales, new construction trending in local real estate market

October 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Election polls open today in Hall County

Early Saturday voting will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hall County Elections Office, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


‘Aloha spirit’ meets Southern hospitality

When deciding where to build an expansion of the King's Hawaiian facilities, the initial thought was to place the second building outside of Georgia.

October 25, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Accused gunman indicted in Gainesville apartment shooting

The accused gunman in the Aug. 15 shooting of two women at Atlanta Street Apartments was indicted Wednesday on nine counts.

October 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Man accused of killing cellmate will undergo mental evaluation

A Dawsonville man accused of murdering his cellmate in the Hall County Jail will be evaluated for mental competency.

October 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Republican party remains optimistic

October 24, 2014 | Bill Barrow Associated Press | Local


Rehabilitation organization celebrates 45 years

It's not easy to get a job these days, but the task is considerably more difficult for people with disabilities.

October 24, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


How Gainesville schools are changing grading practices

Gainesville schools have changed the way they grade middle school students, but the change is not a drastic one, according to Sarah Bell, the district's chief academic officer.

October 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville Civic Center hosts mother-son Halloween dance

From pirates to rock stars and everything in between, area mothers and sons donned their best Halloween costumes Thursday for a night of dancing at the Gainesville Civic Center. The mother-son dance served as a way for family members to bond with one another, while also continuing a tradition that has gone on for the past 11 years. Every costume from the funny to the scary was seen, as attendees showed off their dance moves for all to see.

October 24, 2014 | Alison Marchman | Local


Hall officials want more info on rail crossing before making next move

The controversy over whether to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing continues unabated after the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday night delayed a decision on abandoning the road.

October 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


First ladies reminisce about time in Governor's Mansion

Some people might expect life in the Governor's Mansion to be stuffy or formal, but Georgia's first ladies say it was filled with laughter and family.

October 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville workshop to focus on starting a business

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in Gainesville will offer the following workshop for individuals who are interested in either starting or growing a new venture.

October 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Morning wreck injures 4 in North Forsyth

Two adults and two children were hospitalized Thursday morning after a near head-on collision at the entrance to Silver City Elementary School by the Forsyth-Dawson County line.

October 23, 2014 | | Local


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