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Injured Hall deputy undergoes third surgery

A deputy who was injured in a standoff with a 65-year-old Lula man last week is recovering from his third surgery, a spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputy Joe Groover, 35, underwent a surgical procedure that repaired some of the skin on his right forearm Thursday, Hall County Maj. Jeff Strickland said.

August 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hospitality High gives students hands-on experience in resort industry

Seven Hall County high school students will be spending three days a week this semester at Lake Lanier Islands Resort fielding guests' requests at the front desk, creating gourmet cuisine, making beds and even scrubbing bathrooms.

Hall County school system is partnering with Lake Lanier Islands Resort this year to create Hospitality High, a hands-on program in which students from various Hall County high schools get firsthand experience in the hospitality industry.

August 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood plans to revive development authority

Oakwood is working to revive its development authority, which had become dormant with all members' terms expired in 2002.

"We're just trying to get it up and running again and get the proper appointments in place," City Manager Stan Brown said Thursday.

August 25, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Perdue targets commodities pricing

Gov. Sonny Perdue took direct aim Wednesday at institutional investors he believes are falsely driving up the cost of corn and other commodities.

August 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville might increase tuition for out-of-district students

Tuition for out-of-district Gainesville school system students could go up this school year.

August 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County earns grant to boost housing

Hall County has received a federal grant for close to $500,000 to continue revitalizing and building affordable housing.

August 25, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Register soon for Gainesville's Business Police Academy

The Gainesville Police Department is set to kick off its sixth annual Business Police Academy on Sept. 9.

August 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Man charged with armed robbery

Gainesville police have charged a man in connection with an early Wednesday morning robbery at a convenience store on West Ridge Road.

August 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Death penalty trial commences for Ignacio Vergara

Ignacio "Nacho" Vergara didn't fire the hail of gunshots that took the lives of two drug traffickers on a gravel road in South Hall, his lawyer told a jury Wednesday in his death penalty trial.

August 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


East Hall rabies case marks No. 32 for Hall

Hall County's 32nd rabies case of the year was confirmed Wednesday.

August 25, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Drug trial will resume Monday

The trial of a reputed gang leader has been continued until next week.

Charles Douglas Graham, 22, who authorities allege is the leader of Gainesville's BOE-23 street gang, was on trial this week in Hall County Superior Court on felony charges of sale of cocaine and sale of the designer drug Ecstasy.

August 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Former Forsyth County sheriff candidate, deputy indicted for child porn

A former Forsyth County sheriff's deputy and unsuccessful candidate for sheriff was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges.

August 25, 2008 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Authorities identify drowning victim

Authorities have identified a man who drowned Wednesday morning in Lake Lanier.

Capt. Frank Huggins, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, said 30-year-old Jose Jimenez was wading in the water at about 11:45 a.m. with a friend when he disappeared. Huggins was not sure where Jimenez lived.

August 25, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Perdue: Don’t blame me for tax problems

Gov. Sonny Perdue said if local governments want to blame him for their tax woes, he'll come to their town and "show them the facts."

August 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch: Hotel-motel tax gets first OK

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew already sees how new dollars from a proposed hotel-motel tax would benefit the city.

The town has just one hotel, Hampton Inn and Suites, which is under construction on Holland Dam Road at Spout Springs Road. It is expected to open this fall.

August 25, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Company's new Buford home has charm, grace and history

A pair of brass lions lounge at the main entrance of the Bona Allen Mansion.

July 05, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Times staffers put themselves to test

In the kiln of the Georgia summer heat, Sgt. Greg Cochran tried to take my doughy physique and make it into something.

July 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Deputies soon must run, punch, pull to prove they can perform the job well

"Get this guy off of you," Sgt. Greg Cochran repeated while positioned behind a punching bag. "He's trying to hurt you."

July 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Agent Orange victims: ‘50 years later, we’re still battling’

The hum of aircraft overhead signaled to American fighters on the ground that another herbicide spraying was on its way.

July 04, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Property tax: Will you pay more or less?

Few things are as continually contentious in Hall County as reassessments on property values. The issue flared up again last month as the Board of Commissioners debated a budget for the 2016 fiscal year and a possible tax increase.

July 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County welcomes Fourth with parades, pyrotechnics

How to celebrate American Independence?

July 04, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Now legal, fireworks sales go off big in Gainesville

Jason Sillay couldn't keep fireworks on the shelves Saturday.

July 04, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Kindergartener Addi Bales is home and cancer-free

After 32 chemo infusions, 18 blood transfusions, seven tube placements and four surgeries, during a total four months of in-hospital stay, 6-year-old Addi Bales is home and cancer-free.

July 04, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gift puts Brenau ‘over the top’ in equipping labs

With four generations of Clevelands seated in the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville, Brenau President Ed Schrader thanked the family for its continued support Friday in funding the physical therapy school.

July 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Ask The Times: Texts to 911 not available in Hall County

Can you send a text or picture to the Hall County 911 Emergency Communication Center? How about other 911 Emergency Communication Centers across the country, maybe in bigger cities?

July 03, 2015 | | Local


Patriotism braves the storm at annual concert

A day of rain wasn't enough to stop visitors from enjoying the sounds of freedom Friday night as the Northwinds Symphonic Band's annual Patriotic Pops concert.

July 03, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Area Iraq veteran struggles to get VA appointment

Chris Dorsey likes woodworking. He loses himself in the familiar motions of shaving, carving and sanding along the grain. The fresh-cut wood is intoxicating. The scent steadies his mind.

July 03, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Pizza shop workers get help with car damage

Mellow Mushroom on Green Street in Gainesville held a fundraiser Friday for its employees whose vehicles were damaged last weekend by an oak tree that fell in the parking lot.

July 03, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Storms could fizzle the sizzle this holiday

For those looking to celebrate the Fourth of July outdoors: bring an umbrella.

July 03, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Increased holiday travel means greater law profile

Most July Fourth travelers are getting to their destinations by car, and the Georgia State Patrol is ready for them.

July 03, 2015 | From Times staff and wire reports | Local


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