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Sergeant wants to help other Hispanic people to achieve

Sgt. Jose Rogerio Tapia quietly made history last month.

Tapia, an 18-year veteran of the Hall County Sheriff's Office, became the first person of Hispanic ethnicity to reach the rank of sergeant in local law enforcement history. Neither the sheriff's office nor Gainesville Police Department has had a Latino reach that supervisory rank before.

May 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Developer, residents gearing up for final fight over gas station

In what may be the final round between an Atlanta developer and the residents from a community for those 55 and older, the Gainesville City Council is set to decide if it is appropriate to allow a RaceTrac gas station on the edge of a neighborhood that originally barred all auto-related businesses.

May 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Georgia aims to defend drought plan against Florida's attacks

The director of the state Environmental Protection Division said Tuesday that the state is readying a response to Florida's allegations that Georgia is using more than its fair share of water from the Chattahoochee River.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Some speak out against development at Hall planning meeting

A developer's proposal to construct nine office warehouses on Old Winder Highway drew about 20 protesters to the Hall County Planning Commission meeting Monday.

The voices of opposition succeeded in convincing the planning commission to recommend Hall County Commissioners deny the developers' rezoning request when it comes before the commission on May 22 for final action.

May 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville votes for RaceTrac gas station; resident says they were betrayed by City Council, mayor

Seasons on Lanier residents won the first battle against the Atlanta developer trying to change their neighborhood, but it was Easlan Capital of Atlanta Inc. who won the war.

May 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


GHS 9th-graders get new principal

Gainesville High School's Freshman Academy has a new principal.

May 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Colleges, hospital team up to train lab techs

Most people have heard that Georgia needs more doctors and nurses. But they may not be aware that there's also a serious shortage of allied health workers.

May 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall sets public hearing on school drug tests

A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. May 19 on a proposal plans to expand the Hall County school system's random drug-testing program.

May 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials name slaying suspect

Authorities arrested Donnie G. Poland just after 10 p.m. Saturday and charged him with one count of felony murder in the home invasion shooting death of a West Hall retiree.

On Thursday afternoon, Hall County Sheriff's deputies arrived at a home on Monroe Circle and discovered that 69-year-old Max Eugene "Gene" Baggett was killed by a gunshot to the head. Baggett's wife had discovered his body at about 5 p.m. that day.

May 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Show at Holiday Marina draws hundreds of boats, many hopeful owners

If it floats, it was there.

May 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Canadian Olympic Trials wrap up

Dreams of competing in the upcoming Olympics in Beijing spurred more than 70 Canadian paddlers and 35 officials to race the waters at the Lake Lanier Olympic venue over the weekend.

Athletes from Canoe Kayak Canada paddled 500-meter and 1,000-meter sprints in kayaks and skinny canoes Saturday and Sunday at Clarks Bridge Park.

May 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Search to resume Tuesday for Ellenwood man who fell from personal watercraft

Members of the Hall County Sheriff's Office Dive Team still have not found a 46-year-old Ellenwood man who is presumed drowned after he fell from a personal watercraft near Aqualand Marina.

May 16, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Superheroes abound at INK: Kids learn while taking part in costume contest

Nearly 100 people attended Sunday's Community Superhero Extravaganza to celebrate local citizens as heroes and see children compete in a superhero costume contest.

May 16, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Marine's two worlds forever linked

Maj. Kevin Jarrard is finally home.

May 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville man charged in home invasion slaying of retiree

The prime suspect in the slaying of a West Hall retiree was arrested after a high-speed chase Saturday night in Gwinnett County, authorities said.

May 15, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Oakwood ready to abandon part of road

A road that used to connect downtown Oakwood to Atlanta Highway in South Hall County is fading more and more into history.

April 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials seek Clermont armed bank robbery suspect

Hall County and federal authorities are investigating an armed robbery Tuesday morning at a North Hall bank.

April 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Judge won’t restrict hearings access in murder case

A Hall County judge denied a defense motion to restrict public access to the pretrial hearings for an upcoming murder trial.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gibbs signs on as new Dawson schools chief

After a 14-day waiting period, the Dawson County school system officially has a new superintendent.

April 16, 2014 | By David Renner Times regional staff | Local


Tuition to rise for all students at state colleges

DAHLONEGA - Tuition is going up for Georgia students at all 31 state colleges and universities under a budget plan approved Tuesday by the state Board of Regents, including the largest increase of $372 more per semester for Georgia Tech undergraduates.

April 16, 2014 | By Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Local


Justus approved as West Hall High principal

Eight years ago, while coaching a summer baseball game, Scott Justus got the call to see if he was interested in pursuing an assistant principal's job at West Hall High School.

April 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Renovated downtown building open for business

An old red brick building in downtown Lula is once again open for business after decades of neglect.

April 14, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council may ease pawnshop rules

A second reading and final vote on easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located will be heard when Gainesville City Council meets tonight.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Basin group moves forward on water plan

A private group with a vested interest in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin has asked its consultants to begin drafting a water management plan for the basin.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gateway to Hope plans night of fun for good cause

The annual Gateway to Hope fundraiser set for Friday aims tobenefit victims of domestic violence.

April 14, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Plane ran out of gas before landing on U.S. 441

A single-engine Cessna plane that had to make an emergency landing on U.S. 441 in Commerce on Sunday morning appears to have run out of gas.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall school board moves forward on bonus pay plan

A draft plan featuring educator bonuses as part of the federal Race to the Top program was approved Monday night by the Hall County Board of Education.

April 14, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville City Schools lowers graduation requirement

Gainesville High School students now need only 23 credits to graduate, down from 24 last year and 28 just a few years ago.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Woman charged in hit-and-run at school bus stop

A Dahlonega woman has been charged in a hit-and-run at a school bus stop that resulted in minor injuries to two Hall County schoolchildren.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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