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2007 traffic deaths same as last year

The same number of people died on Hall County's public roads in 2007 as the previous year, though it remained a serious reduction from the record number of fatal accidents reached in 2005.

According to accident data maintained by the Hall County Sheriff's Office, 20 people died in traffic accidents in the county in the past year, including three fatal accidents in the city of Gainesville. That number does not reflect four fatal accidents that occurred on private property, including a Dec. 29 all-terrain vehicle crash that killed sheriff's Sgt. James Evans.

January 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shore cleanup gains popularity

Last month, the Lake Lanier Association initiated a "Shore Super Sweep" to deal with all the trash being uncovered by the lake's shrinking water level.

Dumpsters were set up at five sites around Lanier so people could pick up litter anytime and drop it off for collection. The association also encouraged volunteers to organize their own small cleanups.

January 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Radio veteran John Parks dies at age 61

John Parks, whose baritone voice had been a mainstay on Gainesville radio for two decades, died Wednesday. He was 61.

January 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville meets water use goal for December

GAINESVILLE -- There is less talk of the drought these days, but people in Gainesville and Hall County still are conserving water.

January 16, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Internet prostitution sting nabs 7

The world's oldest profession has joined the information age, and Hall County authorities are now catching would-be johns looking for prostitutes through the Internet instead of on street corners.

January 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


A daredevil in clown white

Vern Reynolds, like everyone involved with the bull riding sport, is addicted to danger.

But while a rider's goal is to stay atop a bucking bull for eight seconds, Reynolds, wearing clown white, baggy denim shorts, suspenders and knee-high red socks, earns his keep by getting 1,800-pound animals to charge him.

January 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Police believe missing hiker is dead; suspect arrested

The suspect in the disappearance of missing hiker Meredith Emerson has been charged with kidnapping her, and authorities say they have reason to believe she is dead.

January 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Longstreet ceremony set Sunday on anniversary of general's death

Some 104 years after his funeral, Civil War re-enactors and others will gather Sunday at the grave site of Gen. James Longstreet.

January 16, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


A look ahead: More class room is coming

The Gainesville and Hall County school systems will go full swing in 2008 building three schoolhouses estimated to cost a combined $74 million.

January 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall ranks among most prosperous counties in state

Hall County has joined a list of Georgia's 18 most prosperous counties, according to a report issued by the Department of Community Affairs.

In an upside-down ranking, where first is worst, Hall ranks 144th out of the state's 159 counties.

January 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Forsyth student dies in wreck

FORSYTH COUNTY - A late night single-vehicle crash Tuesday claimed the life of a South Forsyth High School senior who had just turned 17 on Sunday.

January 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Johnson students soon must wear photo IDs

GAINESVILLE - Soon after the spring semester starts Tuesday, Johnson High School students will be required to wear photo identification badges or they won't be able to attend classes.

The 1,150-student school at 3305 Poplar Springs Road in South Hall is testing out the new program for the Hall County school system, modeling much of what it will do after a photo ID program in its second year at Gainesville High School.

January 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


A look ahead: 2008 likely to be a year of renovations

GAINESVILLE - In the coming months, Gainesville will see a new parking deck rising, and the revitalization of some of its recreation areas.

Of the projects city officials expect to undertake this year, the construction of a new, multilevel parking deck with about 420 spaces for the Georgia Mountains Center ranks high on the list.

January 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Search goes on for hiker

A massive search continued Thursday for a Buford woman who has been missing since New Year's Day, when she went hiking near Blood Mountain in Union County.

Authorities said Meredith Emerson, 24, has not been seen since midday Tuesday, when she and her black Labrador, Ella, set off on a trail just south of Vogel State Park near Blairsville.

January 15, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Man with mask and gun stole car, victim says

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville police are looking for two men who forced two people out of their pickup truck late Wednesday, shooting at and injuring the passenger and then driving away in the vehicle.

Police also are looking for two other men who then trailed behind the stolen truck in another vehicle.

January 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County moving on health clinic without Gainesville

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to proceed with opening a pharmacy and health clinic to serve county employees.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man sentenced to 6 months in Social Security benefit thefts

Federal prosecutors said a South Georgia man has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing children's Social Security benefits.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Handgun training event looks to put a stop to human trafficking

A handgun training event, "Taking Aim at Human Trafficking," will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in Gainesville.

August 14, 2014 | Times staff | Local


The Medical Center Foundation seeks golf tourney beneficiary

Plans are in the works to select a beneficiary for the 2015 Medical Center Open Golf Tournament.

August 14, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Population may not grow as fast, new estimates show

Hall County's population might double by 2040, not triple, as is forecast in Hall's current long-term transportation plan.

August 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safety work set on Union Church Road

Plans are moving forward to improve safety on a short but treacherous stretch of Union Church Road in South Hall County.

August 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside confers first entrepreneurial leadership award

Riverside Military Academy took the first step Thursday in establishing a scholarship fund for families who cannot afford tuition without financial assistance.

August 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville: 4th side of downtown square for sale

Plans to develop the fourth side of the downtown Gainesville square have fallen through and the property owner is now looking to sell the site.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Schools struggle with religious expression on campus

For faculty at public schools, there is a fine line between the right to express personal religious belief and the need to respect the range of beliefs held by students.

August 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | 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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