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Act 3: Lanier Centre has become a Holiday Inn

For the third time in its history, a downtown Gainesville hotel has assumed a new franchise.

April 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fuel, health insurance costs plague Hall County budget

Hall County budget reviews consistently revealed one problem Tuesday - rising fuel and health insurance costs are forcing county departments to cut costs elsewhere, which may result in smaller raises for employees in the upcoming year.

April 27, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Recycling firm nabs industrial land deal

After more than a month of discussion, the Gainesville City Council chose to sell its final 28 acres of Industrial Park West property to the owner of Cowart Mulch Products, but the decision may cause one existing industry to leave Gainesville.

April 27, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Habersham schools OK Robert Costley as new chief

The Habersham County Board of Education voted Monday night to officially approve Robert Costley as its new superintendent starting July 1. He has an initial three-year contract that includes an annual salary of $120,000.

April 27, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Warmer temperatures keep crops safe overnight

Warmer than expected temperatures had growers with tender fruit crops breathing a sigh of relief on Wednesday.

A freeze warning had been issued for most of the Northern half of the state for 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday. However, the low temperature at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville was 39 degrees at 6 a.m. By 9 a.m., the temperature had risen to 51 degrees, the same temperature recorded at midnight.

April 27, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Oakwood receives transportation funds

The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded the city of Oakwood $100,000 for phase two of its downtown sidewalk improvement program.

April 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia poultry plants not among those raided

Nearly 300 people were arrested Wednesday in immigration and identity theft raids at Pilgrim's Pride poultry plants in five states.

April 27, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Apartment fire victims still critical

A young girl and her 61-year-old grandfather remained in critical condition Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital, more than a day after being severely burned in a fire at Spring Street Apartments, a fire official said.

April 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Sheriff says competition, inmate transfers will curb revenues from Hall County Jail

Bed space, bodies and some unwanted competition may lead Hall County Sheriff's officials to revise their initial revenue estimates for the new $54 million jail.

April 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Homeowners unhurt in Flowery Branch blaze

A log cabin near Flowery Branch was destroyed after a fire broke out at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. No one was hurt.

April 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


One year after Va. Tech massacre, local campuses have improved security

With the shock not completely worn off, colleges nationwide are operating or putting in place security measures to help prevent a repeat of the Virginia Tech massacre, which happened a year ago today.

April 27, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man gets 7 years for exploitation

A 49-year-old man who sexually exploited his teenage wife must serve seven years in prison and can't contact her when he gets out, a Hall County judge ruled Tuesday.

April 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Advocates encourage reporting of elder abuse

In observance of National Victims' Rights Week, the Georgia Department of Human Resources is urging people to report suspected cases of elder abuse.

April 27, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


North Hall soccer teams escape injury in I-85 bus wreck; games canceled

No one was injured aboard a Hall County school bus that was involved in a wreck on Interstate 85 while carrying members of the North Hall High School boys and girls soccer teams, officials said.

April 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Heart surgery on Iraqi boy called a success

The open-heart surgery on a 5-year-old Iraqi boy ended Tuesday and officials at the Medical University of South Carolina are calling the four-hour operation a success.

Ammar Muhammad was breathing on his own in a surgical recovery room at the Charleston hospital. He was born with a condition called tetralogy of Fallot, which is normally treated when the child is an infant. However, the surgical procedure to correct the condition was not available in Iraq.

April 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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South Hall experiencing abnormally dry climate

Drought is creeping back into the region.

July 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Crescent Drive set to reopen Aug. 5

Crescent Drive between White Sulphur Road and just north of Hall County Emergency Services is set to reopen Aug. 5.

July 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Third lesson: Swimming second, safety first

The strong smell of chlorine in the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center is a welcoming one by my third lesson.

July 10, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


North Hall power line replacement wraps up

Tucker-based Georgia Transmission has completed a $5.5 million project putting up 6.2 miles of new, updated power lines across North Hall County, including a small part of Lake Lanier.

July 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Some embrace new carry law while others maintain gun-free zones

Georgia's new gun law, which expands the number of places where license holders can carry concealed weapons, has left local law enforcement, government officials, business owners and residents with more questions than answers.

July 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Employment outlook improves from previous year

Job hunting in Gainesville might be easier for some this summer, with May records showing a decrease in the unemployment from the previous year.

July 10, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Thieves continue to target Dawson County churches

The number of burglarized churches in Dawson County continues to mount.

July 10, 2014 | | Local


School board, Lanier Tech renew agreement

In a continued effort to give Dawson County students the best education possible, the Board of Education has renewed its contract with an area college.

July 10, 2014 | | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall County judge to rule in August on deputies’ case

A Hall County judge has set an Aug. 12 court date to rule on a civil case in Superior Court involving two former deputies.

July 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Weight-loss center workers face drug fraud charges

Two employees of a Cumming weight-loss center and a medical doctor affiliated with the office face charges in connection with a prescription drug fraud investigation.

July 10, 2014 | CRYSTAL LEDFORD Times regional staff | Local


Chance of showers may break summer pattern

A chance of thunderstorms today in Northeast Georgia may break this summer's typical weather pattern.

July 10, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | 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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