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Gainesville City Council talks about priorities, finances at retreat

YOUNG HARRIS - In the first day of its planning retreat, the Gainesville City Council discussed the priorities and financial challenges the city faces in the next fiscal year.

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


After two-day weather delay, schools complete statewide tornado drill

With nary a cloud in the sky, Friday morning's tornado drill went off as planned.

February 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Is this America's favorite mom?

No one ever said being a mom was easy. Donna Aldridge knows that.

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Police talk man down from 260-foot crane at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Two police negotiators were able to talk a potentially suicidal man down from atop a 260-foot construction crane Thursday night at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall County school board to mull $600,000 in air-conditioning projects

At Monday's meeting, The Hall County school board is set to consider some $600,000 in air-conditioning upgrades this summer.

February 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Red Cross volunteers help storm victims in Tennessee

Gainesville Red Cross volunteer Gene Farley rolled into hard-hit Lafayette, Tenn., on Thursday to the sight of arbitrary devastation.

"Trees knocked over, trees destroyed, laid flat," Farley said, describing what he saw after a devastating tornado touched down there 48 hours earlier. "Barns, basically nothing but kindling. Some houses damaged big-time, and right next to them homes that are not damaged at all."

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Council asked to give Gainesville schools water bill break

YOUNG HARRIS - Sammy Smith, recently elected to the Gainesville City Board of Education, appealed to Gainesville City Council members Friday to help the city schools out with their weighty water bills.

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Water restrictions are costing Gainesville

YOUNG HARRIS - There is no doubt water restrictions have resulted in a loss of revenues for Gainesville's Public Utilities department, but utilities officials told the City Council on Friday that they have a plan to keep their heads above water.

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville City Council's to-do list

As Gainesville officials spent the past three days at a planning retreat, several issues came to the front of the agenda. Here is a look at some of the items city officials have put on the top of their to-do lists this year:

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Second teen pleads guilty in Laurelwood molestation case

The second of two teen defendants in a molestation that occurred at the Laurelwood mental health treatment facility pleaded guilty Friday.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Photo in newspaper helps police nab bank robbery suspect

After allegedly robbing three Forsyth County banks in two weeks without any effort to disguise his face, David Ryan Stone might not have been surprised to see a surveillance camera image of himself when he picked up a local newspaper Thursday.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Pie & politics: Wauka Mountain supper a community tradition

Before he entered politics, Nathan Deal held the post of ticket salesman at the Wauka Mountain Chicken Pie Supper. While Deal doesn't list the job on his extensive resume, he doesn't miss the annual event, which has been held for 83 years.

February 21, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Truck driver arrested in fatal wreck

A tractor-trailer driver from Butler has been charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal wreck Friday afternoon in Forsyth County.

February 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Local hiker had scary brush with Hilton

Nancy Linkesh will never know how close she came to being Gary Hilton's victim.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville, Buford school leaders earn top pay

GAINESVILLE -- School administrators in Georgia looking for top pay need only look to North Georgia.

February 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Scaled-back version of Central Hall trail to begin construction in 2015

Work is poised to begin early next year on a section of trail between Gainesville and Oakwood, but not quite to the extent Hall County officials had hoped.

December 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood Regions branch to close in March

The Oakwood branch of Regions Bank near the intersection of Mundy Mill and McEver roads will close next year.

December 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


North Ga. prosecutor to be nominated for federal post

President Barack Obama has announced plans to nominate a Georgia prosecutor as the next Deputy Attorney General.

December 22, 2014 | Times staff, wire reports | Local


Hall County inmate escapes from work detail

Inmate Derrick Crawford, 35, walked away from a Hall County Correctional Institute work detail making road repairs in North Hall County at around 12:15 p.m. today, according to Hall County officials.

December 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Gainesville author has second fantasy novel published

Gainesville native and Brenau University administrative assistant Alison Reeger Cook recently published her second fantasy novel.

December 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Holiday Hope: Challenged Child and Friends benefits all types of students

For sisters Brooke and Bailey Ellis, going to school together is special.

December 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Highlands United Methodist Church brings Christmas fun to community

Weeks of curiosity sparked by random cars around Gainesville sporting a scrawled message of "FX Christmas, An Extreme Family Event" ended Sunday when The Highlands United Methodist Church hosted its first free Christmas event at North Hall Community Center.

December 22, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Wage growth returning as job market expands

The road to economic recovery has not exactly been paved in gold - or even silver, for that matter.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Traffic light planned at new Wal-Mart on Thompson Bridge Road

The new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, along with Taco Bell, on busy Ga. 60/Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville will have something in common next year - a traffic light.

December 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Community garden project acquires new site

A new site has been identified for Jubilee Farm, a community garden project of the Hall Green Alliance that aims to provide food to the hungry and nutritional education to local residents.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clarks Bridge work set for today

The new Clarks Bridge over Lake Lanier continues to take shape as a concrete pour is planned today for two more of the seven spans.

December 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Effect of recession lingers for local charities

When the recession set in, social service charities were hit with a double dose of trouble: Demand for services increased dramatically while donations plummeted.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville man’s 2013 death yields few clues, no suspects

Texts went unanswered and hundreds of phone calls went to voicemail.

December 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State approval of Brenau nursing program is 'conditional'

Although Brenau University now boasts three doctoral programs, including a doctorate of nursing practice, the nursing program's state approval is "conditional."

December 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Mom overcomes a past of drugs, abuse with agency’s aid

December 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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