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Fireworks caution: They may be merely sparklers, but beware

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle got an unpleasant surprise two years ago when he first saw the newly legalized sparklers for sale at an area big-box retailer.

January 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Top Story of 2007: The Drought

Georgia was already in a drought when 2007 began. But last winter and spring passed without the usual rains, and by mid-summer, the situation reached a tipping point, rapidly going from bad to worse to unimaginable. Also, this year, the 17-year tri-state water wars remained behind the scenes until the worst drought in the region's history exacerbated both the problems and the tempers of those involved.

January 10, 2008 | By Debbie Gilbert and Harris Blackwood news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Forsyth County woman dies in wreck

Gwinnett County authorities are investigating a two-vehicle wreck that killed a Cumming woman Thursday night.

January 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Top Story No. 7: Lake Lanier turns 50

The lingering drought and dropping lake levels seemed like just a blip on the radar this summer as everyone celebrated Lake Lanier's 50th year.

January 10, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Local


Top Story No. 10: A new hospital in Braselton

Northeast Georgia Health System took a major step toward expansion on May 1, when the Georgia Department of Community Health granted approval for a new hospital in South Hall.

January 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Drug, gun charges dropped against Dawson County High School student

A Dawson County High School student arrested earlier this month for drug and weapon possession has been cleared of all charges, authorities said Friday.

January 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Boat ramp salvation: Bait shop owner wants watercraft back on Lake Lanier

Though Gov. Sonny Perdue has proposed creating a bass tournament venue with a "megaramp" on Lake Lanier at Laurel Park, some fishing enthusiasts aren't waiting for the state to take action. They want to get their boats back into the water now.

January 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Top Story No. 5: Easter weekend freeze

With record-breaking high temperatures in August, it was easy to forget that there had been record-breaking lows on April 7 and 8. Temps dropped into the 20s in the Northeast Georgia mountains over Easter weekend, killing blooms and foliage that had emerged early during spring-like weather.

January 10, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Local


Arrest costs Forsyth County deputy his job

A Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy arrested for domestic violence on Thanksgiving Day has lost his job with the department.

January 10, 2008 | BY LARA MOORE | Local


Top Story No. 6: Brenau begins study for medical school

Brenau University is trying to determine whether it - as well as the Gainesville-Hall County area - can support a medical school.

January 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Solemn farewell for a respected lawman

Hall Sheriff's officials said goodbye to one of the old guard Friday with full honors, as Sgt. Stan Bullock, a longtime veteran of the department, was laid to rest.

January 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


New bank, old name

OAKWOOD - An application has been filed for the first new thrift institution in Hall County in half a century.

The new entity would be known as Home Federal Bank, which is the same name of a previous savings and loan association dating back to 1957. The new Home Federal's applications are currently pending with the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

January 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Showers raise lake, but year still may be driest

Though it rained more than an inch in Gainesville for the first time in months, it won't be enough to keep Gainesville from recording its driest year in almost 50 years.

January 09, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Rabbit fleet gets a makeover; city’s buses now really are red

Since 2001, Hall Area Transit Red Rabbit buses have traversed Gainesville roadways sporting two shades of blue. But as of this month, four new predominantly red-painted Red Rabbit buses will operate three bus routes in the city.

"We've frequently been asked 'Why are your buses blue if you're called the Red Rabbit?'" said Janice Crow, general manager for Hall Area Transit.

January 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Professor gets national award

DAHLONEGA - Two national education groups have named North Georgia College & State University's Linda Williams their 2007 Georgia Professor of the Year.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education selected her from more than 300 professors in the United States.

January 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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GOP files response to claim of discrimination by former employee

A Gainesville woman's lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the Georgia Republican Party is moving forward, with the party responding to the accusations, according to court records.

September 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Records tell tale of firefighters' rescue on July 22

September 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Candidate profiles: U.S. House

Doug Collins

September 28, 2014 | | Local


At long last, 2 Vietnam vets to get names on Gainesville memorial

September 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


War, economy top U.S. House 9th District issues

Incumbent Republican Doug Collins of Gainesville will square off against Democrat David Vogel of Hull in the 9th District U.S. House race this November.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cancer survivor pays it forward with benefit

A year ago, Kelsey Bishop had cancer and needed a bone marrow transplant.

September 27, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Shore Sweep cleans up Lake Lanier, for people and wildlife

The Gainesville Marina was one of six locations in Hall County participating in the annual Shore Sweep event hosted by the Lake Lanier Association, as volunteers came together to help remove the trash and debris from the lake and the shorelines.

September 27, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Election 2014: State races come to Gainesville

Gov. Nathan Deal and Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue teamed up for a get-out-the-vote rally Saturday morning at the Gainesville Civic Center, with each touting their conservative credentials and urging voters to support GOP candidates nationally and statewide this election cycle.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


No one hurt in early morning Gainesville apartment fire

No one was injured but two families displaced by an early morning apartment fire in Gainesville.

September 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


INK plans emergency preparedness fair

The public is invited to the second annual Emergency Preparedness Fair hosted by Interactive Neighborhood for Kids.

September 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Donor visits Da Vinci Academy museum where fossils are displayed

Darla Roberts has loved dinosaurs since she was 6 years old.

September 27, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


His robots save lives, not take them

September 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Commerce woman, police dispute spoon in meth case

Gainesville police and a Commerce woman disagree on the contents and color of a spoon that led to a drug charge against her that was later dropped.

September 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local




Hearts and Hands Emporium offers deals to help heal

Bargains weren't the only driving force behind shoppers attending Friday's annual Hearts and Hands Emporium in the banquet hall at First Baptist Church, 751 Green St., Gainesville.

September 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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