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College students, judge debate impact of 'Jena Six' protests

Gainesville State College students discussed the parameters of a 2006 racially charged incident in Jena, La., inviting municipal court Judge Hammond Law to participate Wednesday.

February 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Cold weather, economic woes hit residents with double-barrel winter blast

When temperatures across Northeast Georgia dropped into the teens shortly after New Year's Day and again last weekend, residents had little choice but to run their furnaces almost nonstop.

February 04, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Poultry industry shows off research, technology to customers at expo

ATLANTA - For the poultry industry, this is the big one: acres of equipment that handle everything from eggs to processed chickens and everything in between.

The 60th annual International Poultry Expo may not be the biggest show held at the Georgia World Congress Center, but for the poultry industry, this is the granddaddy of them all.

February 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


School funding from state is ‘going backward’

ATLANTA - An education advocacy group released its top 10 issues for 2008 on Wednesday, giving no issue any particular priority.

But it was clear from the discussions that followed with education reporters statewide that how to pay for education will get a lot of legislative attention this year.

February 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Two Lanier Tech projects included in governor's proposed spending plan

ATLANTA - The agency that oversees Georgia's technical colleges presented its $387 million budget request Wednesday to a joint meeting of the House and Senate appropriations committees.

The 2009 budget package includes funds for an expansion of Lanier Technical College's campus in Cumming and a new building for the college in Dawsonville.

February 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Smoke inhalation killed woman in New Holland fire

Authorities have narrowed the cause of a fire that claimed the life of a Gainesville woman Tuesday night to two possibilities: smoking or candles.

Diane Vinson, 55, died in the fire on East Main Street in a neighborhood of mill houses in the New Holland area of Gainesville, according to Hall County Coroner Marion Merck. An autopsy conducted Wednesday concluded that Vinson died from smoke inhalation, Merck said.

February 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Doctor's old-fashioned medical care starts with a $1,600 price tag

Imagine having a doctor who's available by cell phone 24 hours a day, who handles your care personally if you're hospitalized, who doesn't rush through your appointment so he can see his next patient.

February 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board can't decide on permanent chairman

The Gainesville school board voted Tuesday night to keep a chairman-of-the-month rotation through June, but, on the advice of board attorney Phil Hartley, selected an acting chairman to sign legal documents.

February 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man accused of practicing law without license

Finees Casado looked the part of a lawyer and acted the part, but lacked the credentials, authorities say.

Casado, who operates Casado's Associates LLC, a storefront office on Jesse Jewell Parkway offering assistance in immigration and tax matters, faces possible grand jury indictment after being charged with felony theft by deception last month.

February 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Warmer weather coming this week

Despite the freezing rain that fell on Hall County for part of Tuesday, it seemed that few problems lingered into the evening.

That's likely a welcome relief to local folks and officials who spent the end of last week and the weekend dealing with almost back-to-back weather events that dumped snow and a bit of ice across the region.

February 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Power wheelchair soccer team carries the legacy of its founder in North Georgia

At about 5 p.m. every Wednesday, the North Georgia Screamin Eagles start gearing up to practice one of the rarest sports in the state of Georgia.

Unlike other sports teams, the Screamin Eagles have no need for special shoes that make them run faster or jump higher. They only need eight guys, a soccer ball, charged batteries and a guard.

February 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Go Fish could lure big bucks ($17 million a year) in economic impact for Hall

The Hall County Commission reviewed Gov. Sonny Perdue's Go Fish Georgia Initiative at a work session Tuesday, and will consider approving the engineering contract for related construction at Laurel Park at a Thursday meeting.

February 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Woman killed in fire

Authorities have not yet determined the cause of a fire that claimed the life of woman in the New Holland neighborhood Tuesday night.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle described the victim as a middle-aged woman who was the only resident of one unit of a mill house converted into a duplex on Main Street, located off Limestone Parkway.

February 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Developments would bring more shoppers to Ga. 365

BALDWIN - Retailers along Ga. 365 are extending a hearty welcome to talk of additional shopping venues along the corridor.

This follows a rezoning approval for a major residential development, which will have a shopping component, and an application for a major regional shopping center, both on Ga. 365 in Hall County.

February 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Oakwood planning board meets Tuesday night

Monday's Oakwood Planning Board meeting has been rescheduled for 7 tonight. The meeting will be held at Oakwood City Hall at 4035 Walnut Circle.

February 02, 2008 | | Local


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Gainesville approves new guidelines for tax district funding

Gainesville City Council has approved new policies and procedures for the ways redevelopment projects seeking Tax Allocation District financing are evaluated and approved.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula hopes to restore its caboose, a downtown fixture

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annual deer hunt closes southern corps’ parks

November 20, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Councilman named to fill Dawsonville vacancy after resignation

November 19, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


2nd teen arrested in Dawson County church burglaries

November 19, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Blackwood named to new term on highway safety board

Harris Blackwood of Gainesville has been named to a fourth term on the board of directors of the Governor's Highway Safety Association.

November 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Christmas Day murder suspect claims self-defense

The Flowery Branch man indicted in the death of his brother on Christmas Day last year has filed his intent to claim self-defense.

November 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville woman pleads guilty to falsely reporting rape

A woman accused of falsely reporting she was raped in 2013 has pleaded guilty to three counts of false reporting of a crime.

November 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Man arrested after grocery store theft sting

A Decatur man and a woman are suspected of shoplifting over-the-counter drugs from Hall County grocery stores.

November 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall School Superintendent Will Schofield attends summit in D.C. with Obama

The White House invited select U.S. educators to a summit today, and Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield is one of them.

November 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Atlanta Falcons exercise with Lula Elementary kids

The National Football League came to Lula Elementary School on Tuesday with the Atlanta Falcons Gatorade Junior Training Camp. Kicker Matt Bryant, fullback Patrick DiMarco and other Falcons players participated in the event. The students participated in several football-related drills to get acquainted with football fundamentals, as well as getting exercise.

November 18, 2014 | | Local


Eyes on the Road: DOT meetings to focus on Lumpkin County projects

The Georgia Department of Transportation has set public meetings on planned roundabouts at two intersections in Lumpkin County.

November 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Twins suspected in 3 Gainesville burglaries

A set of Gainesville twins is charged with three counts of burglary each, stemming from a Gainesville police investigation.

November 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to Ahaluna development

After a Hail Mary pass connected late Monday, ending Hall County's objection, Gainesville City Council on Tuesday night gave the final OK needed for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville.

November 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cornelia residents under boil-water advisory after main bursts

Residents of Cornelia are under a boil-water advisory after a 10-inch main ruptured Tuesday on Chase Road, according to a news release from the city.

November 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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