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Amphitheater at Lake Lanier Islands to get makeover

BUFORD - Some 30 years of shows and social gatherings - as well as extreme weather conditions - have put a beating on the amphitheater at Lake Lanier Islands' Presentation Pointe.

June 28, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Advance directive form specifies end-of-life decisions

Like having a root canal, discussing death is one of those things many would rather put off until absolutely necessary.

June 28, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Officials urge revelers to leave fireworks to professionals

As fireworks stands pop up along the state's roadsides, area officials urge families to stay safe and be smart.

June 28, 2010 | Mimi Ensley | Local


Abandoned homes become an 'American dream wasted'

At the end of a cul-de-sac in a tidy North Hall subdivision sits one house that doesn't match the others.

A tangle of weeds and grass has grown waist high, obscuring all but the top of the home from view.

June 28, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Pilot fitness program comes to Hall schools

It's time for Hall County students to get healthy.

The state board of education passed a new physical education requirement earlier this month, and Hall County Schools is one of five systems chosen to pilot the program this fall.

June 28, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local


ICE announces strategic plans that could affect deportations

The federal agency that enforces immigration law has announced changes that may ultimately play a role in determining when people are deported for being in the country illegally.

This month officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a realignment of its removal and detention divisions and a new strategic priority plan for the next four years.

June 28, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Property valuation appeals increase

The number of Hall County residents requesting appraisals of their homes this year was not a record number. But of those who got new appraisals, an unusually large number of them didn't like them and have appealed.

The Hall County Tax Assessors Office is processing a lot of property tax appeals this year - and officials expect appeals will continue to increase in coming years.

June 28, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville man arrested on murder charge

A Saturday night house party in Gainesville spun out control when a fight broke out and moved into the street, where a man was shot to death.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office, still investigating the incident, has charged Valentin Garcia, 39, of Gainesville, with murder.

June 27, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Troops get job direction after homecoming celebration

After the patriotic music and fanfare around their return had faded, Charlie Company soldiers could get down to the business of finding jobs.

June 27, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ceremony welcomes Charlie Company returning from Afghanistan

Having already spent nearly three months back on U.S. soil didn't seem to spoil Saturday's homecoming celebration for Gainesville-based Charlie Company.

June 27, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Development council works to increase retail options in Hall County

According to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, Hall County's population grew from about 139,000 in 2000 to more than 187,000 in 2009.

June 26, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Payment schedule slow in Ga. special needs voucher plan

Georgia private schools are feeling a bit misunderstood.

June 26, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Ham radio operators talk to world, visitors, at field day event

"Amateur radio is almost like magic," said Larry Tyson, a club member of the Lanierland Amateur Radio Club. "You can talk into this electronic box with a microphone and a piece of wire strung up between trees and talk all across the world - that is amazing."

June 26, 2010 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Woman struck by car, killed after falling out of vehicle

A Gainesville woman was ejected from a Jeep, run over by another car and killed late Friday on Ga. 400 in Dawson County, officials said.

June 26, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Murder for hire an act of desperation

As murder for hire cases in Georgia go, Stacey Schoeck's arrest in the shooting death of her husband came quickly.

June 26, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Administrators propose South Hall reshuffling instead of new middle school

The Hall County School District's plan for accommodating new students appears to be a "back to the future" move that would scrap plans for ...

February 08, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Pulitzer winner, Hall resident Leslie Bassett dies at 93

Leslie Bassett, a Pulitzer Prize for music winner who lived in Flowery Branch and Oakwood in his final years, died Thursday at the age of ...

February 08, 2016 | Clark Leonard | Local


Officials mull traffic light on Spout Springs at Sterling on the Lake

A traffic light might be on the way sooner than later on one of Hall County's busiest roadways and at one of its largest ...

February 08, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Assault suspect still missing following afternoon chase

Authorities have called off a search for a man wanted in connection with a reported assault this morning southeast of Gainesville.

February 08, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Little Black Dress Initiative to raise awareness of poverty, low-income housing

It's considered a closet staple.

February 07, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From federal to local level, emphasis put on preventing overdoses

President Barack Obama has proposed $1.1 billion in new spending to fight an epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse that has taken its ...

February 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


'Somebody who cares': Mentors look forward to helping students

"The younger, the better," Jerry Lewis said about students to mentor at Gainesville Exploration Academy. He works with a fourth-grader.

February 07, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Medical Center marks 65th anniversary of Hall County’s original hospital

It was Sept. 1, 1951, when the 90-bed Hall County Hospital opened its doors at 743 Spring St. in Gainesville

February 07, 2016 | Frank Reddy | Local


Two years later, Oakwood woman’s family still seeks answers to slaying

The loved ones of Holly Fox Strickland will let Chinese floating lanterns fly this weekend to honor the memory of a mother killed two years ...

February 07, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Early voting in Georgia’s presidential primary starts Monday

Now it gets real.

February 07, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Stormwater silt still a problem at North Lake Square

Repairs and improvements to stormwater detention infrastructure at the new North Lake Square shopping center on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville have not stopped silt runoff ...

February 07, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local man sells model planes to afford future he never planned

Ray Lawson lived his life like there was no tomorrow.

February 07, 2016 | Frank Reddy | Local


Business leaders honor trio of area pioneers

A neurosurgeon, a conservationist and a CEO walked into a country club Saturday night in Gainesville and walked out as the newest inductees of the ...

February 06, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Local


Polar Bear Plunge draws dozens to leap into Lake Lanier, if a month late

On Saturday, 53 brave individuals chose to do something most would consider strange or abnormal: jump into the frigid February waters of Lake Lanier at ...

February 06, 2016 | Alex Popp | Local


Fire destroys mobile home in North Hall; 2 escape unhurt

Two residents escaped a mobile home fire early Saturday morning in North Hall County, but the home was a total loss.

February 06, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


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