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Fellow officer extends help to family of Louisiana sheriff's investigator

Prior to last December, Joe Amerling and Lance Vitter were absolute strangers. The two law enforcement officers were brought together by a double homicide of two men from Gainesville in St. Tammany Parish, La.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


These fast-food dinosaurs aren’t toys

A fast-food restaurant is probably the last place you'd expect to see a dinosaur, at least one that's not a prize in a kid's meal.

A glimpse inside the McDonald's on Frontage Road in Oakwood reveals glass cabinets full of museum-quality dinosaur fossil replicas, including a Tyrannosaurus rex claw, a T. rex tooth and a dinosaur egg. Also on display along the walls are replicas of a 70 million-year-old mosasaurus fossil, which looks like an alligator with fins.

September 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville school board will vote one more time on increasing taxes

Gainesville residents are one step closer to paying 12 percent more in property taxes this fall.

September 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Wal-Mart celebrates revamp at Shallowford Road location

When it opened 15 years ago, the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Shallowford Road was one of the first of the company's mega-stores, offering everything from groceries to tires under one roof.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Labor Day holiday kept authorities busy

Area authorities stayed busy over the Labor Day weekend responding to fires, widespread acts of vandalism in Gainesville and what appears to be an accidental drowning.

September 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Habitat High students delighted to build home for single mom, kids

Nine Hall County high school students have taken matters into their own hands to help a single mom realize her dream of owning a home.

September 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Local Red Cross chapter chooses executive director

Just as the peak hurricane season arrives, the Northeast Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross has hired a new executive director.

The Gainesville-based chapter announced Tuesday that Hall County native Philip Reed had taken the position. On Wednesday, Reed was already down in Atlanta meeting with other disaster preparedness officials, as storms Hanna, Ike and Josephine approached the southeastern United States.

September 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New Ga. 53 lanes to open Thursday

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to open one and possibly two new westbound lanes at 9 a.m. Thursday on Ga. 53/Winder Highway between Ga. 211 and Atlanta Highway.

September 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dahlonega water plant is at half capacity

The city of Dahlonega is under an outdoor watering ban after one of its two water filters failed, cutting the city's water capacity in half.

City Manager Bill Lewis said the structure under the 32-year-old filter collapsed on Friday. The city has found replacement parts in Idaho and North Carolina, but it could take two weeks to a month to get the repairs made and the pump back in service.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Pair charged with selling moonshine; 1 also accused of illegally selling guns

Two men were charged Tuesday for selling moonshine, and one was charged with selling guns to a convicted felon.

September 07, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hearing set for gas rate hike for Atmos Energy

The Georgia Public Service Commission will hold the final round of public hearings on the Atmos Energy Corp. request for an increase in base rates beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

September 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lanier was quiet, but 19 died statewide over the weekend

The death toll hit 19 in Labor Day weekend activities across the state, according to state officials.

September 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


For some, Labor Day means work

For some, Labor Day is just that - a day to work.

September 05, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Putting Labor Day in perspective

Teenagers are a big part of the local work force. Whether it's seasonal employment or after-school work, young people are a necessary part of a local economy.

September 05, 2008 | By Megan Gill | Local


Soldiers teach Georgian allies

Editor's note: This interview was conducted at the end of July at Vaziani military base, a Georgian base located at the edge of Tbilisi, Georgia. Most American service members involved in exercise "Immediate Response 08" left the country a few days prior to the outbreak of war between Georgia and Russia that began Aug. 7.

September 05, 2008 | By Michael Tolzmann For The Times | Local


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Performance scores to be released for area schools

Individual school scores could possibly go down this year, but that's ultimately a good thing according to state officials.

April 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Class Notes: UNG considered top underrated Georgia college

The University of North Georgia Nighthawks were proclaimed the most underrated college in the state by a business news website.

April 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Voter registration deadline is today

Today is the voter registration deadline for the May 20 primary election.

April 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area breast cancer education events offer weekend of awareness

Two area events this weekend are striving to provide free education and awareness on breast cancer.

April 21, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Panter ready for ‘nervous’ run a year after Marathon bombing

For his part, Dr. Allan Panter couldn't say whether his wife, Theresa, should run in this year's Boston Marathon - as he's not the one logging the miles by foot.

April 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Many like changes to state’s health insurance plan

State employees, including teachers, are a little bit happier with their health benefit plans following some changes.

April 20, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


People’s pontif earns praise from religious leaders

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, became the first non-European pope in 1,200 years in March 2013, he also carried a burden of expectation.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Weather Service aims for more accurate tornado warnings

False alarms during severe weather can draw the ire of residents, or worse a complacency that causes people to ignore real dangers.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Celebrating Mother Earth

Earth Day isn't until Tuesday, but a few residents grabbed shovels, axes and rakes and got their hands dirty to show appreciation to Mother Nature.

April 19, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Rain not a damper for March of Babies

Doctors, former patients and hundreds of other walkers didn't let rain dampen their enthusiasm for helping ensure healthy babies Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Development Authority considers financing Brenau projects

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority is considering issuing $8 million in bonds to pay for a new dormitory, anatomy lab and field house at Brenau University.

April 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Photo essay: Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Members of St. Michael Catholic Church spend Good Friday at Laurel Park for the living Stations of the Cross.

April 19, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall officials seek extension of Glades Reservoir agreement

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority on Monday will consider renewing an agreement for the Glades Reservoir project with Hall County and Glade Farm LLC.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Plaza redevelopment poses traffic problems

If the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is redeveloped as proposed into a 42,000-square-foot grocery store and accompanying 12-pump fueling station, it will generate 6,627 daily two-way trips down the Gainesville thoroughfare, according to a traffic study performed in late March.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tuition rates to increase at public institutions

Tuition rates are rising once again at public colleges and universities in Georgia, including the University of North Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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