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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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Hall County schools committee finds social studies curriculum lacking

Social studies coursework may give students more to remember than to learn, according to findings by a Hall County Schools committee on curriculum for the subject.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Georgia congressman sponsors bill to demilitarize police

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from DeKalb County, has introduced legislation that would dial back a federal program that transfers military equipment and resources to local law enforcement agencies.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Truck in Lake Lanier reported missing Sept. 11

A truck submerged in Lake Lanier at Little River Park on Wednesday was reported missing on Sept. 11 from Loganville, according to a Gwinnett County police report.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


High occupancy toll lanes may creep toward Hall

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to hold open house meetings on a project that would bring high occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County.

September 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fishing tournament to raise funds for 3 injured firefighters

A fishing tournament will be held Saturday at Laurel Park in Gainesville to raise funds to benefit three injured Hall County firefighters.

September 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hundreds flock to food bank benefit

More than 48,000 meals will be provided to food-insecure Georgians, thanks to the hundreds Thursday who attended the Empty Bowl Lunch benefiting the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

September 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County mails first batch of revised tax notices

Hall County has mailed revised tax assessments to about 3,800 property owners, the first sign the appeals process is ending for some residents.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch rebids flood project

Flowery Branch officials continue searching for a permanent solution to damage on Spring Street from 2013 flooding.

September 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Teen sustains minor injuries after being hit by vehicle

A 16-year-old female was hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross Atlanta Highway, Oakwood police officials said.

September 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Water fees likely to increase again for Gainesville users

When the Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday to raise the account service fee on water bills in lieu of increasing water rates, customers outside the city limits must have a felt a reversal of fortunes.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Shore Sweep to tackle Lake Lanier cleanup

Millions enjoy Lake Lanier each year, and lake groups now want those visitors to return the favor with some litter cleanup.

September 17, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


Dahlonega aims to improve foot, bike traffic downtown

Dahlonega has been awarded a $5.1 million federal grant for a project that officials hope will improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in an area around downtown and the University of North Georgia.

September 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


5 schools use different tools to help pupils

Five area schools have landed on a list for highest progress in the state, and each of them has used a different strategy to get there.

September 17, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Badge and Bar: Flowery Branch man pleads not guilty in Christmas shooting

A Flowery Branch man accused of shooting his brother on Christmas Day has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and felony obstruction of an officer, according to court records.

September 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Local unity event recognizes recovery

The public is invited to celebrate the benefits of treating mental illness and substance abuse in a free event called Unify North Georgia.

September 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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