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College students, judge debate impact of 'Jena Six' protests

Gainesville State College students discussed the parameters of a 2006 racially charged incident in Jena, La., inviting municipal court Judge Hammond Law to participate Wednesday.

February 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Cold weather, economic woes hit residents with double-barrel winter blast

When temperatures across Northeast Georgia dropped into the teens shortly after New Year's Day and again last weekend, residents had little choice but to run their furnaces almost nonstop.

February 04, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Poultry industry shows off research, technology to customers at expo

ATLANTA - For the poultry industry, this is the big one: acres of equipment that handle everything from eggs to processed chickens and everything in between.

The 60th annual International Poultry Expo may not be the biggest show held at the Georgia World Congress Center, but for the poultry industry, this is the granddaddy of them all.

February 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


School funding from state is ‘going backward’

ATLANTA - An education advocacy group released its top 10 issues for 2008 on Wednesday, giving no issue any particular priority.

But it was clear from the discussions that followed with education reporters statewide that how to pay for education will get a lot of legislative attention this year.

February 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Two Lanier Tech projects included in governor's proposed spending plan

ATLANTA - The agency that oversees Georgia's technical colleges presented its $387 million budget request Wednesday to a joint meeting of the House and Senate appropriations committees.

The 2009 budget package includes funds for an expansion of Lanier Technical College's campus in Cumming and a new building for the college in Dawsonville.

February 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Smoke inhalation killed woman in New Holland fire

Authorities have narrowed the cause of a fire that claimed the life of a Gainesville woman Tuesday night to two possibilities: smoking or candles.

Diane Vinson, 55, died in the fire on East Main Street in a neighborhood of mill houses in the New Holland area of Gainesville, according to Hall County Coroner Marion Merck. An autopsy conducted Wednesday concluded that Vinson died from smoke inhalation, Merck said.

February 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Doctor's old-fashioned medical care starts with a $1,600 price tag

Imagine having a doctor who's available by cell phone 24 hours a day, who handles your care personally if you're hospitalized, who doesn't rush through your appointment so he can see his next patient.

February 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board can't decide on permanent chairman

The Gainesville school board voted Tuesday night to keep a chairman-of-the-month rotation through June, but, on the advice of board attorney Phil Hartley, selected an acting chairman to sign legal documents.

February 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man accused of practicing law without license

Finees Casado looked the part of a lawyer and acted the part, but lacked the credentials, authorities say.

Casado, who operates Casado's Associates LLC, a storefront office on Jesse Jewell Parkway offering assistance in immigration and tax matters, faces possible grand jury indictment after being charged with felony theft by deception last month.

February 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Warmer weather coming this week

Despite the freezing rain that fell on Hall County for part of Tuesday, it seemed that few problems lingered into the evening.

That's likely a welcome relief to local folks and officials who spent the end of last week and the weekend dealing with almost back-to-back weather events that dumped snow and a bit of ice across the region.

February 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Power wheelchair soccer team carries the legacy of its founder in North Georgia

At about 5 p.m. every Wednesday, the North Georgia Screamin Eagles start gearing up to practice one of the rarest sports in the state of Georgia.

Unlike other sports teams, the Screamin Eagles have no need for special shoes that make them run faster or jump higher. They only need eight guys, a soccer ball, charged batteries and a guard.

February 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Go Fish could lure big bucks ($17 million a year) in economic impact for Hall

The Hall County Commission reviewed Gov. Sonny Perdue's Go Fish Georgia Initiative at a work session Tuesday, and will consider approving the engineering contract for related construction at Laurel Park at a Thursday meeting.

February 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Woman killed in fire

Authorities have not yet determined the cause of a fire that claimed the life of woman in the New Holland neighborhood Tuesday night.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle described the victim as a middle-aged woman who was the only resident of one unit of a mill house converted into a duplex on Main Street, located off Limestone Parkway.

February 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Developments would bring more shoppers to Ga. 365

BALDWIN - Retailers along Ga. 365 are extending a hearty welcome to talk of additional shopping venues along the corridor.

This follows a rezoning approval for a major residential development, which will have a shopping component, and an application for a major regional shopping center, both on Ga. 365 in Hall County.

February 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Oakwood planning board meets Tuesday night

Monday's Oakwood Planning Board meeting has been rescheduled for 7 tonight. The meeting will be held at Oakwood City Hall at 4035 Walnut Circle.

February 02, 2008 | | Local


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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


Gainesville home permits hit record high this year

Gainesville has set a new record this year for the number of home permits issued, according to Community Development Director Rusty Ligon.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Affordable housing plan awaits OK from church

While the plan has been downsized, city officials and many members of the local community believe a better project is now in the works to build five homes on land between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mill Street in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


West Hall students practice job interview ‘soft skills’

High school students don't usually wear dresses and heels or shirts and ties to school.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Suspect pleads not guilty to June shooting in Gainesville

One of the men charged in a Gainesville shooting June 5 pleaded not guilty in a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Missing Gainesville man’s family offers reward

The family of a missing Gainesville man is offering a reward for any information into his disappearance.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Homeless man pleads not guilty to August slaying

A Gainesville homeless man accused of killing another homeless man and assaulting others pleaded not guilty at a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gas prices drop and family travel rises during holidays

Georgia residents are in luck this holiday season, as gas prices hang well below $3 just in time for family travels.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


House Study Committee voices support of Common Core

Parents, teachers, superintendents and state legislators are warily supportive of Common Core standards.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Jingle Mingle brings chicken lighting, celebration to downtown Gainesville

A family-filled event included kiddie train rides and free horse-drawn carriage rides with the evening culminating in the lighting of the Main Street Market's Holiday Chicken, which sits atop the building. This year's lighting was accompanied by a sound and light show by Deb and Don Harkrider. Adults could also marvel at the beautifully lit trees adorning the square. Stores on the square decorated for the season and extended their hours, allowing shoppers extra time to find and purchase Christmas gifts.

November 21, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Hall County man reported missing

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man reported missing since Tuesday afternoon.

November 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Concerns emerge as Kubota deal moves forward

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has approved a rezoning needed for the estimated $100 million expansion of Kubota Manufacturing of America into the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man killed in West Avenue shooting in Gainesville

Gainesville police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting on West Avenue that led to a 21-year-old's death.

November 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Foundation honors two couples for philanthropy

Two area couples were honored Thursday for their generosity and service to the community at an annual philanthropy luncheon.

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man surrenders following standoff at Laurel Park

A man suspected of child enticement surrendered to authorities following an hour-and-a-half standoff Thursday at Laurel Park.

November 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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