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Colleagues, other dignitaries, bid Murphy farewell

ATLANTA -- The body of Tom Murphy - once the nation's longest serving House speaker - made its final visit to the state Capitol Friday where current and former lawmakers and other dignitaries gathered to bid the political giant farewell.

As an honor guard of state troopers escorted his flag-draped casket into the House and then to the Capitol Rotunda, Georgia's political establishment paid one-of-a-kind tribute to Murphy, who dominated state politics from the 1960s into the next millennium. He died Monday night at age 83.

January 01, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


New Year’s resolution: Fix Dawsonville Highway

Thanks to a couple of rainy days, the Georgia Department of Transportation won't be able to open all four lanes on Dawsonville Highway until after the first of the year.

The DOT has been trying for the past two days to paint stripes and make adjustments to two traffic signals along the stretch of Ga. 53 north of Gainesville.

January 01, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Drought benefit: Dredging Longwood Cove costs less

The bids are in, and Gainesville officials will soon decide who will dredge the silt-filled Longwood Cove.

January 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


New school board members to be sworn in

A swearing-in ceremony for the Gainesville City School Board of Education's new members is set for Jan. 7.

January 01, 2008 | | Local


Brasstown Bald, Anna Ruby Falls want people to operate their shops

After an unsuccessful search last spring for a concessionaire to run a retail shop at Brasstown Bald, the U.S. Forest Service is trying again. Only this time, the agency is sweetening the deal.

January 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Bait shop raising money to extend boat ramp

There are only two public boat ramps left on Lake Lanier, but an effort led by a local bait and tackle store owner could change that.

Candy Hammond, owner of Hammond's Fishing & Boat Storage, has collected nearly $12,000 in pledges toward extending the non-functional Charleston Park boat ramp by 10 feet.

January 01, 2008 | BY JENNIFER SAMI | Local


Students start winter break

Winter holidays begin today for students and employees in Gainesville city schools and students in the Hall County school system.

January 01, 2008 | | Local


Water war heats up over spending bill surprise

A U.S. senator from Alabama has successfully inserted language into a massive year-end spending bill that blocks the federal government from updating the operating manuals for two river systems at the heart of the 18-year tri-state water war.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., wrote the prohibitive language into the bill during the summer; however, both of Georgia's U.S. senators expressed surprise that it survived in the final version that passed the Senate late Tuesday night.

December 31, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Transcript of floor statements of U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson

Mr. CHAMBLISS. Mr. President, I know many of my colleagues have become involved in issues in their States stemming from a shortage of water over the years. Sometimes these issues are intrastate, sometimes they are interstate. Regardless of the size or scope, they always get very complicated quickly.

The water wars between Georgia, Florida, and Alabama that have been going on for decades are no different in that regard. They too get very complicated very quickly. There are decades of negotiations, agreements, lawsuits and settlements, and the Governors of the three States are still attempting in good faith to come ...

December 31, 2007 | | Local


Trinity Day School helps food bank out a ton

What does a ton look like?

December 31, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Two Gainesville men found dead in Louisiana

Louisiana detectives were in town this week to investigate the deaths of two Gainesville men whose bodies were found dumped off an interstate north of New Orleans last week.

December 31, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


United Way receives $165,000, largest gift ever from one person

The United Way of Hall County has been presented with an endowment from the estate of J. Cleon Nalley, a Gainesville attorney who died earlier this year.

Jackie Wallace, president and chief professional officer of the organization, said the gift of $165,000 is the largest individual gift that the United Way of Hall County has received in its 60-year history.

December 31, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Hall teachers must get coffee makers, fridges, microwaves out of class

Hall County school system teachers will have to do more than unplug personal appliances, such as microwaves and mini-refrigerators, before they leave Friday for the two-week Christmas break.

December 31, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Rev. Robert Hopkins, 105, died Dec. 13; his memory lives

GAINESVILLE - The Rev. Robert Lee Hopkins lived through 18 U.S. presidents. He came before the world wars, and he stayed well past the turn of a century.

And after 105 years of life, Hopkins' family and friends said goodbye Wednesday, sending him to his grave in a horse-drawn carriage.

December 31, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Full-throttle class: Fifth-graders peek under hood of motor sports tech program

When veteran race car builder Bud Hughes fired up the engine of a high-horsepower stock car Wednesday morning, the subsequent window-rattling roar had most of the surrounding fifth-graders plugging their ears.

December 31, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Concerns mount over proposed Virginia Circle development

Gainesville planning staff has expressed concerns about a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet proposed for the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle ahead of a public hearing next month.

October 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man burned in flash fire at industrial park

A man was burned Wednesday morning while working at the Gateway Industrial Centre on Ga. 365 and has been flown to the Burn Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

October 29, 2014 | | Local


Kids pursue passions during ‘genius hour’ at Centennial Arts Academy

For an hour a day at Centennial Arts Academy, a group of fifth-graders get to take a break from the usual structure to learn about anything they want to.

October 29, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County Fire Station No. 5 collecting coats

Hall County Fire Station No. 5 is holding a coat drive for students in need.

October 29, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Carter stumps on Deal’s home turf

Local business owners, students, lawyers and other supporters greeted Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter on Tuesday, one week ahead of Election Day, in the downtown Gainesville square.

October 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch launches newly redesigned website

As Flowery Branch continues physical growth and change, its virtual world is trying to keep up.

October 29, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


State receives mixed review on election improvements

A new report out this week gives Georgia a mixed grade on its implementation of recommendations made by the Presidential Commission on Election Administration earlier this year to improve the voting experience of Americans.

October 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the Road: Traffic light study ongoing at South Hall intersection

The Georgia Department of Transportation is still collecting data regarding a possible traffic light at an intersection on a newly opened stretch of Ga. 347.

October 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Passenger in plane crash in stable condition

The passenger in the Oct. 16 plane crash outside Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville is in stable condition, according to Lanier Flight Center President Troy Wheeler.

October 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Library director asks board to review operating hours

The Hall County Library System may begin a review of operating hours based on worries about future finances going sour.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




Gym of ‘36 makeover staying true to roots

Don't be alarmed, area history buffs and longtime Gainesville residents. The boarded-up windows don't mean the hallowed Gym of '36 is going into decline.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Golf tourney raises money for injured firefighters

A group of golfers came out Monday to support three Hall County firefighters, hoping to chip in to their relief fund.

October 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Deputy struck by vehicle while directing traffic at school

October 28, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS krobins@forsythnews.com | Local


Oakwood budget hearing draws no residents

No one showed for Oakwood's public hearing Monday on the South Hall city's fiscal 2015 budget.

October 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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