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Nobody protests planned big development in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - A proposed $15 million mixed-use development planned for downtown sailed through a public hearing Thursday night with input coming only from the project's developer.

September 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Police arrest two for robbery

Two men attempted to rob an elderly man at his home on Jesse Jewell Parkway around 9 p.m. Thursday.

Howard Mahaffey, 78, heard a knock on his door and when he opened it, two unarmed black males asked him for cigarettes.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Labor Day holiday: Some will venture out on lake, roads

Labor Day traditionally is considered the last hurrah of summer, one final chance for a cookout or a swim before the season gives way to autumn.

But it's not clear how many people will be in the mood to celebrate this year.

September 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Japanese woman finally gets to be U.S. citizen

Izumi Igarashi cannot speak. But her joy in becoming a U.S. citizen was clear in the smile on her face and the tears in her eyes as she was sworn in Thursday at New Horizons North in Gainesville.

Igarashi was naturalized in front of her friends, family and teachers after waiting 10 years to become a citizen.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Beware of scams when picking repair contractors

As sure as there are tornadoes and other storms, there likely will be scam artists attempting to take advantage of the situation.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Dog bites hospitalize Jackson EMC meter reader

A Jackson EMC contract employee was hospitalized after he was bitten by four dogs while working Tuesday, suffering severe injuries.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jury keeps pondering Vergara’s sentence

Jurors will resume deliberating today whether to sentence a convicted killer to death for the drug-related shooting deaths of two men on a isolated South Hall road.

The jury of nine men and three women deliberated for more than three hours Wednesday in the sentencing phase of Ignacio Vergara's death penalty trial before asking to be released from duty for the day at about 7:30 p.m. It was the eighth day of sequestration for the jury, which is staying in an area hotel.

September 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ballowe, Gainesville school board settle for $190,000

The Gainesville City Board of Education voted 3-2 to enter into a mutual termination agreement with former Gainesville school system Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

Phil Hartley, attorney for the Gainesville school board, said the board agreed to settle with Ballowe for $190,000, the equivalent of his salary last year without benefits. Hartley said the board will pay Ballowe in two $95,000 payments, one during this fiscal year and one during the next.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rainfall gives lake ‘a pretty nice jump’

Even as Hall County residents were dodging tornadoes Tuesday, you still could hear people remarking that "all this rain is going to be good for the lake."

There's no question that Tropical Storm Fay did benefit Lake Lanier. By Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey was reporting the lake's elevation at 1,055.44 feet, about 2 feet higher than it had been on Monday.

September 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall recovers from the fury of tornadoes

Until two days ago, Jesus Ramirez and Jane Gable only had seen a tornado in the movies, but three very real ones touched down in Hall County Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed.

Tuesday's tornado did not sound like the freight train tornado Ramirez had seen in the movies. Ramirez' experience had been a little more rural.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Weather service says 3 twisters struck Hall, causing $3.36 million in damage

It has been three days since a fallen pine tree forced Ellen Cowart out of her home less than a mile from downtown Gainesville.

Cowart's property is one of nearly 107 properties that were either affected or damaged by tornadoes Tuesday in Hall County. Most of the damage was in an area between Lyman Hall Elementary and Cowart's home, according to an estimate from Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Roots building: Cochran returns to affordable housing

TALMO - In what he calls "an earlier life," builder and developer Broughton Cochran was a social worker for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services in Forsyth County.

September 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Schools assess damage

Oakwood and Lyman Hall elementary schools resumed classes as usual Wednesday following a day in which two tornadoes swept through the school yards.

One tornado damaged four first-grade classrooms at Oakwood Elementary, and the other pulled the majority of the roof off the gym at Lyman Hall Elementary.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch schedules 3 hearings for tax increase

Flowery Branch residents who saw a rise in property values this year because of reassessments also could see a slight jump in taxes.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Remnants of Fay hit Hall; homes damaged; schools evacuated

When there were multiple reports of funnel clouds near Lyman Hall Elementary Tuesday afternoon, secretary Elaine Ingram was glad that the school's staff had practiced what to do.

"Those drills do work," Ingram said.

August 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Ask The Times: Old drag strip now a housing development

There used to be a drag strip in Cumming back in the 1960s and 1970s. What happened to it and where was it?

May 01, 2015 | Times Staff Reports | Local


Court testimony reveals how drug suspect escaped custody

Child locks in cars are for the big kids, too.

May 01, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Man accused of armed robbery at McDonald's, stealing tip jar at coffee shop

A Gainesville man was charged Thursday with armed robbery following an April 10 incident at McDonald's on Limestone Parkway and an April 27 incident at Inman Perk coffee shop on the square.

May 01, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Man dies in fiery crash involving Gainesville pickup truck

A driver was killed in a fiery crash in Atlanta early Friday morning after authorities say he led Georgia Capitol Police on a chase.

May 01, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Annual safety fair arms kids with knowledge before summer break

It was a harrowing 15 seconds for four Flowery Branch Elementary students, as they struggled to get life jackets on while saving a drowning peer in a rickety boat.

May 01, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Education museum opens doors in Flowery Branch

"I guess the main thing I need to say is, 'Welcome home.'"

May 01, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville pushing ahead with “rain tax”

Gainesville officials are pushing forward with a plan to create a stormwater utility and implement a "rain tax" to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging drainage infrastructure.

May 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Judge hears testimony in aggressive driving case

Charges are headed to Superior Court in the case of a Gwinnett County man accused of weaving toward and forcing a Hall County deputy's patrol car off the road after a wild chain of events.

May 01, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Former General Electric CEO visits Brenau University

When co-authors Suzy and Jack Welch took the stage Thursday night during an event to promote their newly published career and business growth book, each dispensed advice on a range of topics: business growth, good management strategies and the quirks of penning a book with your spouse.

April 30, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Concert to benefit 13-year-old with rare cancer

Eli Ligon lights up as he talks about some of his favorite things, including golf, his friends and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

April 30, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Proposed Gainesville budget includes no tax increase

The Gainesville City Council is prepared to adopt its fiscal year 2016 budget of $30.7 million and will hold a public hearing on the spending plan when it meets Tuesday night.

April 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Child sex trafficking suspects get life sentences

After 45 minutes of jury deliberation, two Gainesville residents received life sentences Thursday while two children continue rebuilding their childhood.

April 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


6 enter race for 2 open Flowery Branch council seats

Qualifying closed Wednesday for two open seats on the Flowery Branch City Council.

April 30, 2015 | Times Regional Staff | Local


Save Our Daughters Night aims to help fatherless girls

You can't exactly replace the role a father plays in a young woman's life.

April 30, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Jury to hear closing arguments today in child sex trafficking case

A child psychologist testified Wednesday that she diagnosed two children with sexual abuse as the prosecution wrapped up its side in a child sex trafficking case.

April 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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