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Mills ‘disappointed’ by Perdue veto

Gov. Sonny Perdue has vetoed a bill by Rep. James Mills, R-Chestnut Mountain, which was intended to require authorities to seize vehicles of people who are in the country illegally and are involved in a traffic accident.

A watered-down version of the bill was offered in the Senate and subsequently passed by the House. It allowed law enforcement officers to impound a vehicle of a person who does not have a valid driver's license.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Packed shelters reflect slow economy

It's getting to be a common sight in some Georgia communities: A home gets foreclosed on and the family moves out in a hurry, leaving a stack of their belongings at the curb.

And occasionally they leave their pets behind, too. Authorities in some metro Atlanta counties have reported finding dogs or cats trapped inside abandoned homes, deprived of food and water.

May 25, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Health system gets Tricare contract

Northeast Georgia Health System has signed an agreement with Tricare, the federal government's health insurance program for military personnel.

May 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Auto dealer, community leader Harold DeLong dies

Harold DeLong, a former Gainesville city commissioner and auto dealer, has died after an extended illness. He was 86.

DeLong was the youngest son of a pioneering auto dealer, Frank W. DeLong Sr., who opened a Hudson-Essex-Terraplane dealership on Main Street in 1921.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Perdue permits guns in restaurants, MARTA

ATLANTA - Governor Sonny Perdue on Wednesday signed legislation allowing guns in restaurants, on public transportation and in parks.

May 25, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Number 21: Another case of rabies reported in Hall

Hall County's tally of rabies cases this year has increased to 21. The most recent incident occurred Sunday on Green Drive, off Clarks Bridge Road in North Hall. Mike Ledford, director of Hall County Animal Control, said a skunk came into contact with a domestic dog.

"The dog actually grabbed the skunk and tossed it around a bit," he said.

May 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Agency to offer foreclosure seminar

The pummelled economy has been a dark cloud for many involved in the buying and selling of real estate. However, Gainesville real estate executive Frank Norton Jr. said Tuesday that the glut of foreclosures hitting the market may actually be more of a silver lining than one would think.

May 25, 2008 | Adam Clark | Local


Oakwood discusses road expansion, sewer rates

Engineering and design plans for the Thurmond Tanner Parkway extension are in the final stages of approval.

May 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Helen tourism goes sky high

A new business in Helen is offering a bird's-eye view of the Northeast Georgia mountains.

May 25, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


White County dodges a wet disaster

The fear that an earthen dam at a 20-acre private lake in White County would fail and flood nearby homes passed early Wednesday when a flood warning was lifted.

May 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Some Gainesville wrecker companies can charge more when called by police

Getting in a wreck in Gainesville just isn't what it used to be.

A recently revised ordinance allows wrecker companies to charge more than they have in the past when the police department calls them to the scene of an accident, to pick up an abandoned car or the vehicle of someone who has been arrested.

May 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Man cutting tree branch falls to his death

A Gainesville man fell to his death Sunday after attempting to remove a branch from a dead tree, Hall County sheriff's officials said.

Hall County fire department responded to Vaughandale Circle at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon following reports that Demecio Riverra, 36, had fallen from a rotten tree, Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said.

May 24, 2008 | | Local


Farmhouse fire appears to be accidental

An unoccupied farmhouse in North Hall was destroyed in a fire Tuesday morning, officials said. No one was hurt.

May 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Top students get their night courtesy of The Times' 2008 Academic All-Stars

Stellar students and their favorite teachers got their time to shine Monday at The Times' Academic All-Stars Reception.

May 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood breaks ground on City Hall addition

Oakwood residents were invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for a City Hall addition Monday that will nearly double the size of the building.

The 3,200-square-foot addition is the second phase of the City Hall construction plan and will house the city's planning and public works departments. The first portion of the administrative office was completed on Walnut Circle in May 2003.

May 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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GOP candidates in U.S. Senate runoff spend $11M total

ATLANTA - The two Republicans vying for Georgia's open Senate seat have spent a combined $11 million so far on the race, with just over a week to go before the July 22 runoff.

July 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Fourth lesson: Comfort in water can be natural and learned

Thursday marks the last day of my first week of the Red Cross' Adults Learning the Basics swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. With a patient instructor, Max Sumner, and a supportive classmate, Cornelia Martin, I'm so comfortable in the pool that I feel silly having avoided it for the past 23 years.

July 11, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Life in prison, no parole, for killer in Peppers shooting

The last time Antonio Thompson talked to his brother, Adrian asked him if he was still getting married. He wanted him to maintain a path toward stability.

July 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville woman alleges racial slurs in GOP suit

A Gainesville woman's federal lawsuit filed Tuesday describes in detail a series of racially charged incidents and overheard slurs at the Georgia Republican Party that she alleges went unaddressed.

July 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | 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


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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