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Warm weather to usher in springtime events

After unexpected snowfalls and flooding rains, Thursday's sunshine was a welcome change - one that hopefully is here to stay.

April 23, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Oakwood man hoping for less taxing rezoning category

OAKWOOD - Dean Reed can't blame a business for not wanting to build during the bad recession, but he isn't up for paying more in taxes either.

April 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Traffic stalled after truck flips on I-85 near Chateau Elan

BRASELTON - An accident involving a car transport trailer Thursday morning had traffic backed up for hours on Interstate 85 near Chateau Elan.

April 23, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Agencies make sales pitch for Gainesville tax dollars

Six agencies that are funded partly with city tax dollars presented their funding requests Thursday for next fiscal year to the Gainesville City Council.

April 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


U.S. Supreme Court reins in police searches of automobiles

A U.S. Supreme Court decision this week will affect law enforcement procedures across the nation after the court strongly limited what had been a commonplace practice of police officers searching cars after arrests in traffic stops.

April 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


County OKs alcohol for catered events at Clarks Bridge Park

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to allow alcoholic beverage catering at the Clarks Bridge rowing venue.

April 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Corps to release more water from Lake Lanier

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will release additional water down the Chattahoochee River, as a rainy winter has raised Lake Lanier to its highest level since August 2007.

April 23, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Storm alert continues for Northeast Georgia counties

The National Weather Service has issued a significant weather alert for thunderstorms in Hall, White, Banks, Lumpkin and Union counties through 7:15 p.m.

At 6:22 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a strong thunderstorm over Clevelandl, moving southeast at 20 mph. The storm has the potential to produce pea-sized hail, 40 mph winds and frequent cloud to ground lightning, along with heavy downpours.

April 23, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gas leak snarls traffic on Browns Bridge Road in Forsyth County

An apparent gas leak is slowing rush-hour traffic along Browns Bridge Road in Forsyth County, authorities say.

April 23, 2009 | By Staff Reports | Local


Mobile home fire out in Murrayville

Hall County firefighters have put out a fire at a doublewide mobile home off Thompson Bridge Road in Murrayville.

April 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Corps of Engineers will continue ban on dock permits, for now

The ban on permits for new boat docks will continue at Lake Lanier for the time being, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today.

April 23, 2009 | From staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Author and environmentalist Janisse Ray says imagination needed to save planet

The root cause for environmental destruction is global and industrial capitalism, author and environmentalist Janisse Ray told a crowd on Earth Day.

April 22, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Times Q&A: Georgia writer feels driven to protect the Earth

Georgia-born author and environmentalist Janisse Ray spent Earth Day in Gainesville on Wednesday. Before holding a discussion at Featherbone Communiversity, Ray lunched at Brenau University and spent the afternoon touring Elachee Nature Science Center.

April 22, 2009 | | Local


Brenau students protest domestic violence

Wearing only black and staying silent for an hour, 17 Brenau University students hoped to make a bold statement about violence against women.

April 22, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville City Council debates raising trash collection fees

Gainesville officials are faced with the decision of raising city residents' garbage collection fees or allowing property owners to shoulder some of the financial burden of the Public Works Department's solid waste division.

April 22, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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