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White County man killed in wreck

A Cleveland man was killed Friday in a car crash on Ga. 11 just north of Cleveland, Georgia State Patrol officials said.

Michael Bailey, 26, was driving his Ford F-150 pickup truck northbound on the highway just north of High Meadow Trail when he attempted to pass a Jeep Wrangler driven by 31-year-old Jennifer Crews of Gainesville, officials said.

January 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Attention shoppers: You have three days left to fill your Christmas list

If you've finished buying your holiday gifts, you're in the minority.

January 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Holiday thefts targeted by task force

Several dozen people won't be home for the holidays, locked up as part of a Hall County Sheriff's Office plan intended to ferret out potential gift-stealing grinches in the community.

January 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Teacher thrills students with tale of zero-gravity flight

To say that Tracy Robar was light on her feet doesn't quite describe the experience.

The Gainesville High School math teacher was like a kid on a playground, tumbling, floating, falling and getting up to do it all over again.

January 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rep. Deal pleased with extension of PeachCare

Georgia's PeachCare program is safe for another year and a half, after Congress passed an extension plan that had been pushed by U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville.

"We had introduced a bill early on, when it appeared there would be a stalemate," Deal said. "We felt like the states needed some certainty that they could count on in terms of funding, and 18 months was the most realistic time frame."

January 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Police talk to woman from security video in homicide investigation

Hall County sheriff's investigators Friday interviewed a woman who was with a Gainesville man at a car rental center the day before his body was found dumped on the side of an interstate in Louisiana, dead of a gunshot wound.

Hall County Sheriff's Maj. Jeff Strickland said the woman called authorities Thursday after recognizing herself in a surveillance camera image that was distributed to area news media outlets. Authorities had asked the public's help in identifying the woman, who was with 30-year-old Miguel Angel Ayala on Dec. 11 at the Hertz Rent A Car on Browns Bridge ...

January 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Your help needed to identify robbery suspect

Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a clerk at gunpoint Thursday night at the Golden Pantry on Ga. 53.

Hall County Sheriff's Maj. Jeff Strickland said the man entered the store around 10 p.m. Thursday and pointed a gun at the clerk, demanding money. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in an older-model, red Ford Mustang, Strickland said. No one was hurt in the robbery.

January 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Dawsonville man guilty of tax fraud

A Dawsonville man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of tax fraud, according to a report from the U.S. Attorney's office.

January 01, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Volunteers needed to shuttle folks around the hospital

Northeast Georgia Medical Center needs more volunteers to shuttle passengers from the main campus parking lot to the hospital.

January 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Funding impedes Hall trial

The thorny issue of defense funding for accused Fulton County courthouse shooter Brian Nichols has trickled down to Hall County, where a long-pending death penalty trial could be delayed another six months or more, a lawyer said Thursday.

Attorneys for Cornelio Zamites, charged in the 2005 kidnapping, rape and strangulation death of 4-year-old Esmeralda Nava, want a separate jury trial to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial on the charges. But first they need the money to hire an expert to evaluate Zamites.

January 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Colleagues, other dignitaries, bid Murphy farewell

ATLANTA -- The body of Tom Murphy - once the nation's longest serving House speaker - made its final visit to the state Capitol Friday where current and former lawmakers and other dignitaries gathered to bid the political giant farewell.

As an honor guard of state troopers escorted his flag-draped casket into the House and then to the Capitol Rotunda, Georgia's political establishment paid one-of-a-kind tribute to Murphy, who dominated state politics from the 1960s into the next millennium. He died Monday night at age 83.

January 01, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


New Year’s resolution: Fix Dawsonville Highway

Thanks to a couple of rainy days, the Georgia Department of Transportation won't be able to open all four lanes on Dawsonville Highway until after the first of the year.

The DOT has been trying for the past two days to paint stripes and make adjustments to two traffic signals along the stretch of Ga. 53 north of Gainesville.

January 01, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Drought benefit: Dredging Longwood Cove costs less

The bids are in, and Gainesville officials will soon decide who will dredge the silt-filled Longwood Cove.

January 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


New school board members to be sworn in

A swearing-in ceremony for the Gainesville City School Board of Education's new members is set for Jan. 7.

January 01, 2008 | | Local


Brasstown Bald, Anna Ruby Falls want people to operate their shops

After an unsuccessful search last spring for a concessionaire to run a retail shop at Brasstown Bald, the U.S. Forest Service is trying again. Only this time, the agency is sweetening the deal.

January 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Tumbling Circle controversy brings 1968 tragedy to mind

Controversial railroad crossings are nothing new in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tumbling Circle accident history in dispute

Accident reports obtained by The Times contradict a 2013 Georgia Department of Transportation assertion that five fatalities have occurred between automobiles and trains at the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hospital must pay $8.4 million after boy’s injury at birth

A jury has ruled Northeast Georgia Medical Center must award $8.4 million to the family of a boy who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy following an injury at his 2008 birth.

October 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ report calls out governor’s Water Supply Program

An environmental watchdog group's annual "Dirty Dozen" report criticizes Gov. Nathan Deal's $300 million Water Supply Program, which includes an undetermined amount for the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Cleveland Bypass set for end of April completion

The Cleveland Bypass is now slated for an April 30 completion, with the Tucker-based contractor facing fines for missing the original July 31 deadline.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students learn from business pros

Business students at North Hall High School did some job shadowing Tuesday at what may sound like an unusual place - Memorial Park Funeral Home.

October 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Volunteers clear area for nature preserve

Ricoh Americas employees removed non-native invasive plants as part of the company's volunteer day in conjunction with the upcoming USA Weekend's Make A Difference Day, which is Saturday. Ricoh Americas employees volunteered to clear the future parking lot site of the Linwood Nature Preserve. Headquartered in Japan, the Ricoh company has a Gainesville branch about 1 mile from the 30-acre site off Thompson Bridge Road. The company used its volunteer day to help Hall County Master Gardeners and members of The Redbud Project prepare the preserve for future use. Another work day at the preserve will be held ...

October 22, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


‘The Rookie’ shares his tale at gala

Jim Morris was a slightly overweight, 35-year-old high school teacher with a bad arm when he reluctantly tried out for a professional baseball team.

October 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Spout Springs project bumped to No. 2 on priority list

Transportation planners have reshuffled priorities in a long-range plan for Gainesville-Hall County, now making Spout Springs Road widening its No. 2 project.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Politics of Ebola: Nunn, Perdue make virus part of campaign rhetoric

The few diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States are no longer simply a public health issue.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sheriff's office has 30 days to appeal civil service ruling

Sheriff Gerald Couch will have 30 days to appeal the Hall County Civil Service Board decision regarding two former deputies, County Attorney Bill Blalock said.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Driver charged with DUI in Athens Highway crash

One of the drivers in the Monday crash on Athens Highway has been charged with driving under the influence and failure to yield, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to craft brewery

Gainesville City Council gave the final go-ahead Tuesday night for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County fighting closing of Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

Hall County officials are fighting a Georgia Department of Transportation order to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing, though it appears state law may supersede the county's wishes.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT readies for winter with ‘salt barn’

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of some sunny, fall days to better respond as needed to frigid, snowy winter days.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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