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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


Three hurt in ATV wreck

A toddler injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident near Flowery Branch was airlifted to an Atlanta children's hospital Wednesday, officials said.

May 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Dual groups, single leagues: Gainesville parks and rec, Boys & Girls Clubs join forces

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County and Gainesville's Parks and Recreation department have joined hands - a move both agencies say will enhance the services they provide to area youth.

May 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Burning teddy bear was legal, jury says

The destruction by fire of a teddy bear was upheld as lawful by a Hall County Superior Court jury Tuesday.

May 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


More than 10,000 gallons of sewage flows into Flat Creek

More than 10,000 gallons of sewage spilled out of a manhole and into Flat Creek Tuesday, and the city's environmental services administrator says construction debris could be to blame.

May 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Spelling for literacy: Groups compete in annual bee for charity

You don't have to be in grade school to become a spelling bee champion.

Tonight, all types of people - young, old, religious, industrious and scholastic alike - will mouth off, using their best orthographic skills at the 17th Annual Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy and The Times.

May 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Virtual meetings could cut costs for substitute teachers, gas reimbursement

Hall County school officials are discussing ways to cut costs in the wake of rising fuel and electricity costs.

May 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Better burn that yard waste by sundown Wednesday

If you've got a pile of yard debris you want to burn, you've got less than two days left to do it. After sundown Wednesday, open burning will be banned in Hall County until Oct. 1.

May 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Tax rebate checks begin appearing today

It's almost like Christmas in July.

May 10, 2008 | Kristen Morales Harris Blackwood | Local


Official says bus driver at fault in wreck

Two elementary school students were treated for minor injuries Monday evening after their school bus driver caused a wreck on Atlanta Highway, officials said.

Hall County School bus 9827 was carrying 28 students from Martin Elementary at about 3 p.m. Monday when it struck a vehicle that had stopped in front of the bus on Atlanta Highway, according to Gordon Higgins, director of community relations for Hall County Schools.

May 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Modular home lawsuit still unresolved

After three years, there has been no final decision on whether Gainesville officials violated Grant Smereczynsky's civil rights by not allowing him to complete construction on a modular home within the city limits.

In the three years since Smereczynsky was ordered to stop construction on a home in the Waters Edge subdivision, a lawsuit he filed against the city has made an interesting journey, appearing in Hall County Superior Court three times and United States District Court twice.

May 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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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


Hot weather health tips

Here are some tips to help you deal with the summer heat wave.

June 30, 2012 | From staff reports | Local


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