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Wreck injures 1, stalls traffic on Thompson Bridge Road

A wreck involving a motorcycle and a sport utility vehicle backed up lunchtime traffic on Thompson Bridge Road on Thursday and sent one motorcyclist to the hospital.

The driver of the SUV, Donna Johnson, a 60-year-old Gainesville resident, was charged with failure to yield while turning left after she collided with a blue motorcycle that was headed south on Ga. 60 as she was attempting to turn left onto Linwood Drive, said Georgia State Patrol Operator Brandon Marcus.

June 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


State throws out social studies portion of CRCT

The Georgia Department of Education is throwing out results of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests' social studies portion taken by sixth- and seventh-graders in April.

June 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hospital tightens emergency room payment policy

Northeast Georgia Medical Center has adopted a new payment policy that requires nonemergency patients to pay a greater portion of their bill in advance.

As of June 1, all patients who visit the emergency room will be evaluated to determine whether they have a truly emergency condition. If the patient has a minor condition that doesn't require emergency treatment, they can either go to a primary care facility or stay in the ER and get treated, but pay up front.

June 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Residency rules for sex offenders will be back in July

Local authorities expect few changes when a revised law restricting where registered sex offenders may live goes into effect July 1, while one legal advocacy group says the revisions to the law didn't go far enough.

June 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Stolen school supplies, including computers, recovered

The Flowery Branch Police Department has recovered nearly $100,000 worth of school supplies stolen from C.W. Davis Middle School and other area schools.

Robert Franz Joseph II of Dacula has been arrested in Manchester, N.H., and charged with 17 counts of burglary, police Chief Gerald Lannick said.

June 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Once bitten, know why

Does your dog bite?

June 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


State CRCT results gloomy

A preliminary snapshot of this year's Georgia's state exam results are depicting a disappointing picture for local schools, and have left teachers, parents and students on pins and needles waiting for official results and the finger pointing that is sure to follow.

June 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lake Lanier drowning victim identified

A Gwinnett County man drowned Tuesday afternoon in Lake Lanier, just days before the Memorial Day holiday weekend begins.

June 01, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Displaced workers apply for jobs at fair

When Donna Fricks went to work at what is now Mohawk Carpets, the first George Bush was president and a gallon of gas was about a dollar.

Fricks is among 366 people who will be out of a job when the Dahlonega plant closes in June. With gas prices nearing $4 a gallon, she ponders the cost of commuting to a new job.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Council defeats gas station at Seasons on Lanier

When a RaceTrac gas station on the Seasons on Lanier property seemed like nearly a done deal, Gainesville City Councilman George Wangemann came up with a strategy to defeat the controversial rezoning on its second reading.

Following a tie vote at Tuesday's City Council meeting, the plans for the gas station are dead - for at least six months.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Development authority gives Gainesville, Hall permission to collaborate on industrial park

A plot of land that was once doomed to be a spray field will blossom into an industrial park within a few years if construction goes as smoothly as it has for others in the area.

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority approved the intergovernmental development agreement that will allow Gainesville and Hall County to collaborate on the new industrial park at a meeting Tuesday.

May 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall under severe thunderstorm watch

Hall and other counties in Northeast Georgia are among counties which are included in a severe thunderstorm watch issued by the National Weather Service.

May 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Opposition to drug-testing absent at hearing

No one came to the Central Office to oppose the Hall County School System's proposal to expand its drug testing program to include student drivers, but one parent said he wants to see the school system tackle steroids in athletics.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Officials: Forsyth man shoots self, aims at teen

A 21-year-old man is in critical condition after authorities say he shot himself in the head following a confrontation Tuesday morning with his ex-girlfriend near a bus stop in southern Forsyth County.

May 31, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Children's author shares his love of language with kids

An impish creature with a pickle nose, elf ears and a bicycle horn perched on top of its head stared back at its delighted young audience members Tuesday morning. Sweeping his colorful markers in simple strokes across an easel, children's author Mike Thaler brought to life the imaginations of a group of Fair Street Elementary School students.

"Your ideas come from your imagination. Each one of you has an imagination as good as mine, but you've gotta use it," Thaler told the youngsters.

May 31, 2008 | | Local


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Accident history of railroad crossing in dispute

Accident reports obtained by The Times contradict a 2013 Georgia Department of Transportation assertion that five fatalities have occurred as a result of collisions between automobiles and trains at the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hospital must pay $8.4 million after boy’s injury at birth

A jury has ruled Northeast Georgia Medical Center must award $8.4 million to the family of a boy who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy following an injury at his 2008 birth.

October 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ report calls out governor’s Water Supply Program

An environmental watchdog group's annual "Dirty Dozen" report criticizes Gov. Nathan Deal's $300 million Water Supply Program, which includes an undetermined amount for the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Cleveland Bypass set for end of April completion

The Cleveland Bypass is now slated for an April 30 completion, with the Tucker-based contractor facing fines for missing the original July 31 deadline.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students learn from business pros

Business students at North Hall High School did some job shadowing Tuesday at what may sound like an unusual place - Memorial Park Funeral Home.

October 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Volunteers clear area for nature preserve

Ricoh Americas employees removed non-native invasive plants as part of the company's volunteer day in conjunction with the upcoming USA Weekend's Make A Difference Day, which is Saturday. Ricoh Americas employees volunteered to clear the future parking lot site of the Linwood Nature Preserve. Headquartered in Japan, the Ricoh company has a Gainesville branch about 1 mile from the 30-acre site off Thompson Bridge Road. The company used its volunteer day to help Hall County Master Gardeners and members of The Redbud Project prepare the preserve for future use. Another work day at the preserve will be held ...

October 22, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


‘The Rookie’ shares his tale at gala

Jim Morris was a slightly overweight, 35-year-old high school teacher with a bad arm when he reluctantly tried out for a professional baseball team.

October 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Spout Springs project bumped to No. 2 on priority list

Transportation planners have reshuffled priorities in a long-range plan for Gainesville-Hall County, now making Spout Springs Road widening its No. 2 project.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Politics of Ebola: Nunn, Perdue make virus part of campaign rhetoric

The few diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States are no longer simply a public health issue.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sheriff's office has 30 days to appeal civil service ruling

Sheriff Gerald Couch will have 30 days to appeal the Hall County Civil Service Board decision regarding two former deputies, County Attorney Bill Blalock said.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Driver charged with DUI in Athens Highway crash

One of the drivers in the Monday crash on Athens Highway has been charged with driving under the influence and failure to yield, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to craft brewery

Gainesville City Council gave the final go-ahead Tuesday night for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County fighting closing of Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

Hall County officials are fighting a Georgia Department of Transportation order to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing, though it appears state law may supersede the county's wishes.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT readies for winter with ‘salt barn’

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of some sunny, fall days to better respond as needed to frigid, snowy winter days.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville man ID’d as pilot in Thursday plane crash

A Gainesville man was identified Monday as the person killed in a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport last week.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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