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Woman, son escape fire, thanks to smoke alarm

A smoke alarm may have saved the lives of two people who escaped a burning home in North Hall early this morning, a fire official said.

May 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Deal's chief of staff reimburses campaign $93,000

The chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal has reimbursed the Gainesville Republican's campaign more than $93,000 after he was found to have exceeded outside income under the House of Representative's rules.

Chris Riley, 39, informed the leaders of the House Committee on Standards of the oversight in a letter dated Wednesday.

May 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Florida to feds: Don’t limit flows from Lanier

Florida environmental officials have weighed in on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers interim operating plan that would limit flows into the Apalachicola River.

They don't like it.

May 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Special Olympics: For love of the games

Some had been training year-round for the big event, others just for a few weeks.

May 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Sixth-grader full of mayoral hope

Running for mayor could be a possibility for 12-year-old Hania Rios, but she has plans to become an interior designer.

May 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


If I were mayor ...

If I were mayor, I would do many things to make Gainesville a better place.

May 11, 2008 | HANIA RIOS Special to The Times | Local


Local attorney posthumously inducted into ag hall of fame

A Gainesville attorney who also engaged in various farming pursuits was inducted posthumously into the Hall County Agriculture Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Tom Jarrard, who died in 2007, was among three inductees at a breakfast ceremony.

May 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Training for the worst: Hall deputies practice taking down shooters at East Hall High

Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Glenn Watson and his partner trained their air pistols on Cpl. Chris Farmer and blasted him with a barrage of tiny, round, green rubber pellets in Pam Moore's biology classroom Wednesday at East Hall High School.

May 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch, developers work on $15 million deal for shops, condos, townhomes

Flowery Branch officials met Wednesday with members of the Flowery Branch Historic Preservation Commission to get the ball rolling on a $15 million mixed-use development planned for downtown.

May 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Traffic shifts on Ga. 13

Weather permitting, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will shift traffic on Atlanta Highway to the newly paved lanes between Poplar Springs Road to Old Southern Heritage Drive.

May 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County's recycled oil campaign brings in cash and lures thieves

Black gold, Texas tea, bubbling crude - whatever you call it, used motor oil is generating revenue for Hall County recycling centers. But with the price of oil reaching all-time market highs, officials said they are having to keep an eye on the increasingly precious resource to fend off unpermitted haulers trying to steal it.

May 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lawyers want Hall sheriff to use discretion with illegal immigration program

Bortolo Ruiz was fishing with four other Mexican day laborers at Wahoo Creek April 5 when a state Department of Natural Resources Ranger asked the men for their fishing licenses.

May 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


These adults spell to help the rest of the county read

Thirty adults put their thinking caps on Tuesday evening and competed in the 17th Annual Spelling Bee to benefit local literacy efforts.

May 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall confirms 18th rabies case: Raccoon bite forces woman to take shots

The number of confirmed rabies cases in Hall County has jumped to 18.

May 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Crime and punishment: Volunteers work hard to set others free from muscular dystrophy

Accompanied by law enforcement officers, a steady stream of "perpetrators" marched through the Georgia Mountains Center on Tuesday.

May 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Class Notes: Community service work set at Centennial

Fifth-graders at Centennial Arts Academy will be helping soldiers, the homeless and the elderly for their service learning projects this year.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


3rd annual Soggy Doggy Pool Party closes out summer

Area dogs and their owners gathered at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center Sunday for some fun in the water at the third annual Soggy Doggy Pool Party. Dogs of all sizes splashed around in the pool throughout the afternoon and competed in contests like best game of fetch and best tricks. The canine pool party, sponsored by Gainesville's parks and recreation department, is held each year after the pool closes for the season.

September 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Fire survivor to speak at United Way event

John O'Leary survived burns to his entire body, and will tell his story of survival and redemption Thursday to the United Way of Hall County.

September 07, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


New Habitat home will go to a hero

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Wintergreen Court was experiencing something unusual for a small, unassuming neighborhood in Flowery Branch: gridlock.

September 07, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Horseless rodeo: No saddle sores from this roundup

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Post 8452 inaugural Horseless Rodeo on Saturday on the Riverside campus in Gainesville. The event gathered 60 contestants and about 150 spectators, and raised more than $3,000 to help veterans and their families.

September 07, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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