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Longtime art collector, James Mathis, to sell art collection

For a few days, the clock has been set back 30 years as James Mathis Sr. reclaims his role as the great promoter.

In his heyday, Mathis would serve cherry pie at his bank to commemorate George Washington's birthday. He gave out piggy banks with the likeness of cowboy star Hopalong Cassidy to encourage young people to save. He seemed to never run out of new ideas to bring customers and their money into the bank.

August 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gunman: Vergara told me to shoot men

The admitted triggerman in a drug-related double homicide told a jury that the man on trial this week in Hall County Superior Court told him to pull the trigger.

August 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Assistant principal, critically injured in wreck, recovers slowly

An assistant principal at Johnson High School is stable but remains in critical condition at an Atlanta hospital two weeks after surviving a one-car wreck on his way to work.

Mike Adcock is still in the intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital, recovering from broken bones in both legs, a broken ankle, pelvis and rib, which contributed to a collapsed lung, said Hall County school system spokesman Gordon Higgins.

August 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Injured Hall deputy undergoes third surgery

A deputy who was injured in a standoff with a 65-year-old Lula man last week is recovering from his third surgery, a spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputy Joe Groover, 35, underwent a surgical procedure that repaired some of the skin on his right forearm Thursday, Hall County Maj. Jeff Strickland said.

August 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hospitality High gives students hands-on experience in resort industry

Seven Hall County high school students will be spending three days a week this semester at Lake Lanier Islands Resort fielding guests' requests at the front desk, creating gourmet cuisine, making beds and even scrubbing bathrooms.

Hall County school system is partnering with Lake Lanier Islands Resort this year to create Hospitality High, a hands-on program in which students from various Hall County high schools get firsthand experience in the hospitality industry.

August 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood plans to revive development authority

Oakwood is working to revive its development authority, which had become dormant with all members' terms expired in 2002.

"We're just trying to get it up and running again and get the proper appointments in place," City Manager Stan Brown said Thursday.

August 25, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Perdue targets commodities pricing

Gov. Sonny Perdue took direct aim Wednesday at institutional investors he believes are falsely driving up the cost of corn and other commodities.

August 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville might increase tuition for out-of-district students

Tuition for out-of-district Gainesville school system students could go up this school year.

August 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County earns grant to boost housing

Hall County has received a federal grant for close to $500,000 to continue revitalizing and building affordable housing.

August 25, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Register soon for Gainesville's Business Police Academy

The Gainesville Police Department is set to kick off its sixth annual Business Police Academy on Sept. 9.

August 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Man charged with armed robbery

Gainesville police have charged a man in connection with an early Wednesday morning robbery at a convenience store on West Ridge Road.

August 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Death penalty trial commences for Ignacio Vergara

Ignacio "Nacho" Vergara didn't fire the hail of gunshots that took the lives of two drug traffickers on a gravel road in South Hall, his lawyer told a jury Wednesday in his death penalty trial.

August 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


East Hall rabies case marks No. 32 for Hall

Hall County's 32nd rabies case of the year was confirmed Wednesday.

August 25, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Drug trial will resume Monday

The trial of a reputed gang leader has been continued until next week.

Charles Douglas Graham, 22, who authorities allege is the leader of Gainesville's BOE-23 street gang, was on trial this week in Hall County Superior Court on felony charges of sale of cocaine and sale of the designer drug Ecstasy.

August 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Former Forsyth County sheriff candidate, deputy indicted for child porn

A former Forsyth County sheriff's deputy and unsuccessful candidate for sheriff was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges.

August 25, 2008 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


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Earth Day too big for April 22

Area schools and environmental groups are teaming for a series of events to celebrate Earth Day and educate citizens of Hall County about climate change, conservation and eco-technology.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Day care parade a moment for celebrating, remembering

Heather Webb started crying in the atrium of her son's day care as she embraced Quinsha Cheeks.

April 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Flowery Branch weighs benefits of tax change

Flowery Branch City Council discussed three revised occupational tax rate structures designed to bring the city's business license fees more in line with the county and surrounding cities.

April 18, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


Chief planner urges cities to consider top road needs

The head of Hall County's main transportation planning group told area government leaders Wednesday they should consider "critical needs" in terms of projects as the county moves forward on updating its long-range transportation plan.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water district councils seek Hall residents

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water District is seeking Hall County residents to serve on the Lake Lanier and Oconee basin advisory councils.

April 17, 2014 | | Local


Lanier Village Estates holds fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends

The young and old, two humans dressed as a biddy and a bunny, some dogs for petting and a U.S. representative turned out Wednesday for the fifth annual Lanier Village Estates Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends.

April 17, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Panel publicly upholds firing of Hall fire official

The Hall County Civil Service Board publicly voted 4-2 Wednesday to affirm the termination of an ex-Hall County Fire Department battalion chief.

April 17, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Cattle farmer honored for conservation efforts

Some say the agricultural industry in Hall County, worth $298 million to the area economy, is the backbone of the community.

April 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge and Bar: Motions set for man accused of assaulting deputies

Motions are scheduled for May 2 in the case of a man indicted in December on obstruction and terroristic threat charges.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


United Way raised $1.5 million in 2013

Raising more than $1.5 million in this economy is reason enough to celebrate.

April 16, 2014 | Savannah King | Local


Schools, manufacturing industry want to entice more young workers

Local manufacturers, business leaders and school officials gathered Wednesday at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood for a forum to address how skilled, educated and motivated workers can be developed, recruited and funneled into burgeoning career paths.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth bank robbery suspect caught

April 16, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville man resentenced after pleading to molestation

After a tumultuous ending more than a year ago, a child molestation case closed on calmer terms Tuesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville eases pawnshop restrictions

Gainesville City Council has given its nod to easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located after a second reading and final vote Tuesday.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


365 corridor beginning to take shape

Government officials, business leaders and developers gathered Tuesday at the Brenau Downtown Center to discuss progress along the Ga. 365 corridor in northeast Hall County.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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