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A look ahead: New fire stations bring long-term building project to end

An ambitious building project that began in 1999 may be coming to a close this year for Hall County Fire Services, an agency that has seen tremendous growth in the new century and that may have its last planned fire station operational by the end of 2008.

And what began as a sales tax-funded plan to provide a station within five miles of all residential structures could also see the county's insurance rating improved as a result.

January 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


New mayor to be sworn in

GAINESVILLE - It's a new year and a new term for most of the members of the Gainesville City Council.

More than half of the Gainesville City Council will kick off another term of city service at the council's first meeting of 2008.

January 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Kid-friendly festivities ring in 2008

Youngsters partied all day Monday aboard a plane at the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids and sipped sparkling grape juice at the Gainesville Bowling Center to ring in the new year.

January 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Turn on the heat; frigid temperatures expected tonight

On Wednesday, you won't need to look at a calendar to know that January has arrived. All you'll have to do is step outside.

A monstrous cold front will move through the region today, bringing the most frigid temperatures Georgia has seen since last January. Nighttime lows will drop to 20 degrees or lower tonight and Wednesday night in Gainesville, while the mountain counties could see temperatures as low as 15.

January 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Road checks slow down night drivers

A little side street off U.S. 129 was hopping with law enforcement activity Monday night, part of the annual ritual of the New Year's Eve road check.

This year, about 20 Hall County sheriff's deputies descended on Chestnut Street, a narrow blacktop between the Pilgrims Pride poultry plant and the Featherbone Center, checking each motorist who passed through for valid licenses, insurance and any infractions that might warrant an order for them to pull into an adjacent parking lot.

January 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


A look ahead: Hall makes plans to support growth

A look ahead

January 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Murder defendant's mental state to be raised at trial

Lawyers for a Maryland man facing the death penalty in the rape and stabbing death of a homeless woman are preparing to make his mental state an issue at trial.

January 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Native son heads UGA alumni group

Trey Paris is about as deep in Bulldog legacy as one can get.

January 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Sweet split: Sugar Bowl divides twins between Hawaii, Georgia

You've seen those car tags that say "house divided."

January 11, 2008 | BY BEN HOLCOMBE | Local


EPA probes Talmo plant that suffered from fire, odor complaints

The federal government is investigating a shuttered waste recycling plant where a treatment pond caught fire three months ago.

January 11, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Health care industry’s future looks bright in Northeast Georgia

When Northeast Georgia Medical Center's North Patient Tower opens in early 2009, it will mark one of the most dramatic changes in the hospital's six-decade history.

January 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


2007 not driest after all

ATLANTA - It turns out 2007 will not go down as the driest year on record for the drought-stricken Atlanta area, thanks to Sunday showers that capped four consecutive days of rain.

January 11, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Year’s end brings deals on vehicles

Today, on the last day of the year, there is a Northeast Georgia car dealer ready to make you a great deal on a new car.

Print and broadcast media has been filled in December with auto companies and local dealers offering end-of-the-year deals, including major price reductions and lower interest rates

January 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Sheriff’s sergeant killed in accident

A senior Hall County sheriff's investigator died Saturday night after colliding with a car while riding an all-terrain vehicle earlier in the afternoon.

Hall County sheriff's Sgt. James Evans, 46, was traveling north on Hillcrest Lane near his home riding a late model Yamaha ATV Saturday when he collided head-on with a 2001 Honda Accord, said Georgia State Patrol Trooper Robert Land.

January 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Top Story No. 8: New Hall County jail is completed and occupied

It took seven years to plan and $54 million to build and equip, but Hall County finally got its new jail in October of this year.

January 10, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Local


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Brenau University takes on ice bucket challenge

The ALS ice bucket challenge has arrived in Gainesville. The nationally ranked Brenau University competitive cheerleading squad was challenged on Facebook by Chestatee High junior varsity cheerleader Kaylee Grace Lucas to take the ALS ice bucket challenge. The challenge is raising funds for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

August 18, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville to cast 1st vote on water rates increase

Gainesville City Council will meet today to cast a first vote on whether to raise water rates 1 percent next year.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cleveland Bypass work won’t finish Dec. 31 as expected

Area residents waited for years for construction to start on the Cleveland Bypass. Now that the project is underway, they'll have to wait longer for it to finish.

August 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fire chief relieved of command following truck accident

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell has been relieved of command over fire services but will retain his post as Emergency Management Agency director following a mishap with a fire truck last month that injured three firefighters.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


2 women injured in shooting ID'd

The two women shot near the Atlanta Street Apartments on Friday are out of the hospital and recuperating, one of them said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Investigation finds brakes worked in runaway car that injured four children

All of the brakes in the 1988 Acura Legend that injured four children on Price Way last month were functioning, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brodie Forrester said.

August 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Storm topples trees, power poles in Gainesville

A thunderstorm that moved through Hall County on Monday evening caused some minor damage.

August 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville school board approves lower millage rate

Gainesville City Schools will lower its millage rate this year, the first time the district has done so since 2010.

August 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local




Residents monitor creek as developers set up shop

Behind Vanessa Hyatt-Fugate's home, down a weed-strewn slope in the Hollywood Hills subdivision off Thompson Bridge Road, runs Slaughterhouse Creek, a narrow, babbling stream that empties into a Lake Lanier cove.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | 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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