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Hall's new fire station will increase protection

Firefighters are still settling in after their first week at Fire Station 2's new home in Clermont while neighbors are enjoying lower insurance premiums.

June 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Dog days of summer come early with high temperatures

The heat of summer has arrived in full, blazing glory. And about a month or two ahead of schedule, according to meteorologist Mike Griesinger.

June 18, 2008 | | Local


Petition calls for removal of Gainesville superintendent

A petition is circulating among Gainesville residents for the removal of Steven Ballowe as superintendent of the Gainesville school system.

June 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Retired Army corpsman plunges into task of updating aging manuals

When he retired in 2006, Jerry Barnes thought of taking it easy and doing the things he enjoyed, like doting on his new grandson and being a passionate fan of Virginia Tech football.

June 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City schools' lunch money unaccounted for

What happened to the lunch money?

June 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ex-firefighter confesses to touching teen

A judge rejected a former longtime Hall County firefighter and paramedic's request for special first-offender treatment in a sexual battery case Thursday, instead requiring that the defendant register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Hall County Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin sentenced 41-year-old John A. Bond to five years probation after he pleaded guilty to improperly touching a 15-year-old girl not related to him who was staying in his home in 2006. The sentence was negotiated between Bond's lawyer, Dan Sammons, and prosecutors with the Hall County District Attorney's office.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Homeless man severely burned in fire

An elderly homeless man was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital with severe burns after a vacant mobile home caught fire Thursday afternoon at an Athens Highway mobile home park.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said the man, whose name and age were not confirmed Thursday, suffered third-degree burns to about 40 percent of his body.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Suspect in road rage slaying enters not guilty plea

Hugo Tepanca never met Jose Vargas before a chance encounter in traffic six weeks ago, authorities say.

But investigators believe a confrontation between the two men as they drove on a Gainesville street ended in bloodshed, with Tepanca behind bars on charges of committing a murder prompted by road rage.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lyman Hall, Myers elementary schools shed 'needs-improvement' label

Preliminary data shows that Lyman Hall and Myers elementary schools will shed their needs-improvement labels this year, said Will Schofield, superintendent of the Hall County school system, on Thursday.

June 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deputies provide teen driver education

Like most new drivers, getting behind the wheel with mom or dad in the car isn't exactly the most relaxing of experiences for 15-year-old Lauren Gregory.

"It's kind of stressful driving with them," Gregory said.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


A graceful balloon race to the Atlantic

French author Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg lifted from London during the 19th century in a hot air balloon intending to travel around the world in 80 days.

June 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County confirms 23rd rabies case

The number of confirmed rabies cases in Hall County this year has climbed to 23.

June 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jordan: Reporter wants to keep her feet on terra firma

As a kid, I didn't flinch when dared to climb the tallest magnolia tree in the neighborhood.

June 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Official: Lake manual's update to be a challenge

ATLANTA - The man who has the task of updating the 50-year-old operating manuals for two river systems in Georgia said Thursday that the region has abundant water resources, they just need to be where people need them and can use them.

June 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fishermen find drowning victim

Fishermen on Thursday discovered the body of a man who has been missing in Lake Lanier since drowning in early May.

Hall County Sheriff's Maj. Jeff Strickland said an autopsy confirmed the identity of the man as 46-year-old Broderick Bradford and that Bradford died from drowning. No foul play was suspected, Strickland said.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Badge & Bar: Woman charged in child trafficking judged competent

A woman indicted on child trafficking charges is deemed fit to stand trial, as ordered by a Hall County Superior Court judge.

April 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


South Hall tag office may reopen

A motor vehicle tag office in South Hall, shuttered as a result of budget cuts in 2011, could soon be resurrected if Hall County Tax Commissioner Darla Eden gets her way.

April 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Mountain Fresh Creamery sees extensive growth in four years

Residents of Northeast Georgia want fresh, local dairy products.

April 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


‘Dateline NBC’ to air special tonight on Hall Valentine’s Day murder-for-hire

"Dateline NBC" will delve into the Hall County Valentine's Day 2010 murder-for-hire that led to three murder convictions.

April 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


One dead in Dawson wreck involving motorcycle, dump truck

April 08, 2015 | Dawson Community News | Local


Woman killed in wreck with dump truck on Poplar Springs Road

A woman was killed following a collision with a dump truck Wednesday afternoon in South Hall, according to Georgia State Patrol.

April 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Beloved pediatrician Larry Morris left mark on community

Beloved, retired pediatrician Dr. Larry Morris died Tuesday, leaving behind a long legacy of healing in Gainesville.

April 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


University of North Georgia students, parents host overdose forum

There's no need for young people today to die from drug overdoses.

April 08, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall Sheriff’s office seeks help finding missing teen, man

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating two people who have been missing for quite some time.

April 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: Road group looking to OK streets policy

Area planners are looking to approve a policy that requires considering all modes of travel in road construction.

April 07, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hamrick will seek another re-election to Gainesville City Council

Gainesville Councilman Bob Hamrick, the longest-serving member, has announced that he will seek re-election this November.

April 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Fire Services to increase personnel

With new growth and increasing demand, Hall County Fire Services Chief Jeff Hood said it's a good thing voters approved a 1 percent sales tax last month to fund infrastructure projects countywide.

April 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clermont deannexation request withdrawn

A businessman pulled his request to deannex from Clermont after noting that a town councilwoman who sided with him at a previous meeting was absent for the final vote Tuesday night.

April 07, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Victims identified in van wreck involving heavy metal bands

COMMERCE - Three victims in a van wreck Monday morning in Jackson County have been identified.

April 07, 2015 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Gainesville council OKs brewery location

The Gainesville City Council gave the OK Tuesday for Left Nut Brewing Co. to open the city's first brewery in the Chicopee Mill industrial area off Atlanta Highway.

April 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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