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Water war heats up over spending bill surprise

A U.S. senator from Alabama has successfully inserted language into a massive year-end spending bill that blocks the federal government from updating the operating manuals for two river systems at the heart of the 18-year tri-state water war.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., wrote the prohibitive language into the bill during the summer; however, both of Georgia's U.S. senators expressed surprise that it survived in the final version that passed the Senate late Tuesday night.

December 31, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Transcript of floor statements of U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson

Mr. CHAMBLISS. Mr. President, I know many of my colleagues have become involved in issues in their States stemming from a shortage of water over the years. Sometimes these issues are intrastate, sometimes they are interstate. Regardless of the size or scope, they always get very complicated quickly.

The water wars between Georgia, Florida, and Alabama that have been going on for decades are no different in that regard. They too get very complicated very quickly. There are decades of negotiations, agreements, lawsuits and settlements, and the Governors of the three States are still attempting in good faith to come ...

December 31, 2007 | | Local


Trinity Day School helps food bank out a ton

What does a ton look like?

December 31, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Two Gainesville men found dead in Louisiana

Louisiana detectives were in town this week to investigate the deaths of two Gainesville men whose bodies were found dumped off an interstate north of New Orleans last week.

December 31, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


United Way receives $165,000, largest gift ever from one person

The United Way of Hall County has been presented with an endowment from the estate of J. Cleon Nalley, a Gainesville attorney who died earlier this year.

Jackie Wallace, president and chief professional officer of the organization, said the gift of $165,000 is the largest individual gift that the United Way of Hall County has received in its 60-year history.

December 31, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Hall teachers must get coffee makers, fridges, microwaves out of class

Hall County school system teachers will have to do more than unplug personal appliances, such as microwaves and mini-refrigerators, before they leave Friday for the two-week Christmas break.

December 31, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Rev. Robert Hopkins, 105, died Dec. 13; his memory lives

GAINESVILLE - The Rev. Robert Lee Hopkins lived through 18 U.S. presidents. He came before the world wars, and he stayed well past the turn of a century.

And after 105 years of life, Hopkins' family and friends said goodbye Wednesday, sending him to his grave in a horse-drawn carriage.

December 31, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Full-throttle class: Fifth-graders peek under hood of motor sports tech program

When veteran race car builder Bud Hughes fired up the engine of a high-horsepower stock car Wednesday morning, the subsequent window-rattling roar had most of the surrounding fifth-graders plugging their ears.

December 31, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cornelia to use grant money for improving water treatment plant

The city of Cornelia has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for its wastewater treatment plant.

The federal grant, along with a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the One Georgia fund, will pay for much of the $2.5 million cost.

December 31, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Tips can prevent death from carbon monoxide

BUFORD - Six people narrowly escaped a "silent killer" Monday morning, when the occupants of a Buford mobile home were sickened by carbon monoxide poisoning.

December 30, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Falcons’ Finneran well received

Nearly 300 C.W. Davis Middle School students got a big reward for their community service project. All 6 foot 5 inches of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Brian Finneran visited the school Tuesday morning to congratulate the classes who collected the most cell phones for victims of domestic violence.

Grouped by subject from each grade level, the sixth-and seventh-grade language arts classes as well as the eighth-grade social studies class gathered 120 cell phones for Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program, which refurbishes unused wireless phones to create support lines for domestic violence victims. Collectively, the school donated more than 400 cell ...

December 30, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fatal fire sweeps 4 homes

A man is dead and three houses were destroyed after a fire spread through a Flowery Branch subdivision early Tuesday morning.

Larry Cleveland, 61, of Flowery Branch died as a result of a fire that started in his home and spread to three other houses in the Madison Creek subdivision off Jim Crow Road.

December 30, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Perdue: State beat goal in saving water

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that the state reduced its water usage by 348 million gallons per day in November, exceeding the state's goal of 230 million.

Perdue, at a news conference at the Capitol, said the reduction was enough water to supply 1.7 million households per day.

December 30, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Woman dies after being hit by car in parking lot

An elderly Gainesville woman died as the result of injuries she sustained when she was struck by a car in a bank parking lot, police said Wednesday.

December 30, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Citizen steamed over higher water prices

GAINESVILLE - One woman told Gainesville City Council members that after a rise in property taxes and gas prices, the new water rates are an unfair attempt at raising revenue.

At Tuesday's Gainesville City Council meeting, Eileen Feeley, 5622 Nags Head Circle, said the tiered water rates, dubbed "conservation pricing," do not take into consideration households with larger families.

December 30, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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2 challenge Deal in governor’s race

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal faces a stiff challenge in his re-election bid this year as state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, rallies Democrats to his candidacy and Libertarian Andrew Hunt works to make inroads for an increasingly popular third party.

October 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Panel studying violence against emergency room workers

The patient had already given police trouble, and what happened next would leave an indelible mark on the young nurse attending to her.

October 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Schools handle pros, cons of social media

Lt. Earl Roach doesn't use Facebook himself, but he spends plenty of time dealing with it at work.

October 05, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Candidate profiles: Georgia governor

Jason Carter

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | 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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