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Officer who died was ‘an inspiration,’ sheriff says

GAINESVILLE - There was room left only to stand in Air Line Baptist Church as law enforcement officers, family and friends crowded in to say goodbye to a 24-year veteran of the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. James Evans, 46, served in the criminal investigations division of the Hall County sheriff's department until his all-terrain vehicle collided head-on with a car on Hillcrest Drive Saturday.

January 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


As Iowa votes, Georgia waits

When Georgia voters go to the polls on Feb. 5, the field of candidates could be smaller, following tonight's Iowa caucus and the first in the nation primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

"I expect some candidates aren't going to make it much past Iowa," said Charles Bullock, a political science professor at the University of Georgia. "Those people who don't make it probably didn't have much support in Georgia."

January 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Median barriers to line I-985

After four children died along a stretch of Interstate 85 in Jackson County last July in a head-on collision, state transportation officials pushed a safety initiative delayed by budgetary restraints back to the forefront.

January 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Kids at Elachee winter camp go wild over snakes, fuzzy things, bugs

Elachee Nature Science Center opened its doors Wednesday for its winter holiday camp.

January 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Two new faces join Flowery Branch City Council

The new year ushered in two new Flowery Branch city councilmen.

January 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


A look ahead: Critics doubt water plan

A look ahead

In a series that runs through Saturday, The Times will explore issues and trends that could shape our lives and key areas of the community during 2008.

January 14, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Holiday wrecks claim 14 lives

This year's 102-hour New Year's holiday travel period, which ended at midnight, kept the Georgia State Patrol busy.

January 13, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Come on in, the water's very cold

Forty-three people took the plunge Tuesday into a chilly Lake Lanier for the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club's 11th annual Polar Bear Swim.

January 13, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


A look ahead: Police hope to see plans for upgraded facility

In 2007, Hall County Sheriff's officials finally got their big building built and opened.

In 2008, Gainesville Police hope to get a much-needed new facility off the drawing board.

January 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Happy birthday, Bonnie!

GAINESVILLE - Northeast Georgia Medical Center is showering a Toccoa couple with gifts for having delivered the hospital's first baby of 2008.

January 13, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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


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


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


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


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Candidate profiles: Georgia governor

Jason Carter

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


On the ballot Nov. 4

Statewide

October 02, 2014 | | Local


Candidate profiles: U.S. House

Doug Collins

September 28, 2014 | | Local


War, economy top U.S. House 9th District issues

Incumbent Republican Doug Collins of Gainesville will square off against Democrat David Vogel of Hull in the 9th District U.S. House race this November.

September 27, 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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