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Georgia bridges check out OK 1 year after Minnesota bridge collapse

Driving across a long bridge, especially an older one, it may be hard for some motorists to erase from their memory the news footage of the Minnesota bridge that collapsed one year ago, killing 13 people and injuring scores of others.

August 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Truckin' at Touch-A-Truck

Kids of all ages, and their family members, turned out for Saturday's ninth annual Touch-A-Truck event sponsored by Gainesville Parks and Recreation. More than 25 vehicles including big rig wreckers, garbage trucks, fire trucks, police cars and more filled the parking lot of City Park. Children were able to climb around the vehicles and try blowing the horns. Also included were smaller vehicles like riding lawn mowers and a Gainesville Police Department motorcycle. Other activities included inflatable jumping toys and an opportunity to get a temporary tattoo.

August 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


2 families get new houses from Habitat for Humanity

Blondine Jackson knows exactly how she plans to break in her new house on Black Drive in Gainesville.

August 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Price of feed is ruffling a few feathers

In remarks to poultry industry representatives this week, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin said things were tough in the poultry industry.

August 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Healthy Monday: Greenery good for patients, health facilities

Sometimes, nature is the best medicine.

August 28, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Deputy hurt in Lula standoff leaves hospital

A Hall County deputy who sustained a serious gunshot wound to the arm in the line of duty was released from an Atlanta hospital after spending 11 days there.

August 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville targeting unincorporated ‘islands’ of land

Gainesville may be cleaning up its borders in the next couple of months and getting rid of a substantial number of unincorporated "islands" within the city.

August 27, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Vergara jurors hear details of fatal drug deal

Hall County jurors got a glimpse into the shady underworld of cocaine trafficking Friday in the death penalty trial of Ignacio Vergara.

August 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall Honor Band raising funds for Hawaii trip

More than 100 students and parents from Hall County are fundraising like never before, hoping to collect enough money to get the Honor Band of Southern Hall County to Hawaii to play at Pearl Harbor for the state's 50th anniversary.

August 27, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


My Sister's Place helps homeless women, kids get on their feet

Last October, Chermayne Crosdale found herself in a desperate situation. Her brother, her closest relative, had died in September, and she discovered her ex-boyfriend had been abusing her then 5-year-old daughter.

August 27, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fundraiser brings bayou to Gainesville

A taste of New Orleans was brought to Gainesville Saturday night at the second annual "Boogie in the Bayou."

August 27, 2008 | By Megan Gill news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Cell phone records led to arrest

Cell phone records of a Gwinnett county man gunned down for 2 kilograms of cocaine helped investigators unravel the mystery of who killed him, according to testimony Saturday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


3 arrested in connection with prostitution

Three people were arrested in a raid on a suspected house of prostitution this week, authorities said.

August 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Buford woman wins millions

A Buford resident has received an early birthday gift worth millions. Lorie Scarbrough, who will celebrate her 54th birthday Aug. 30, won a $5 million top prize playing the Georgia Lottery's 15th Anniversary Millionaire Extravaganza.

August 26, 2008 | | Local


Local projects could get left in a lurch if funds are cut

In the state budget, they are called Local Assistance Grants, however, those who oppose them call them "pork."

August 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Lula OKs rezoning for trucking operations

It took a tie-breaking vote by the mayor, but Lula City Council approved 3-2 Tony McGuire's request to change zoning from highway business to light industrial on 17 acres in the Mountain View Industrial Park.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall retirement plans may merge to cut costs

Hoping to cut costs and streamline services, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to select a new company to manage employee retirement plans when it meets Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pilots petition Army Corp of Engineers for right to land on Lake Lanier

Troy Wheeler dipped the wings of his bright yellow Piper Cub seaplane toward Lake Lanier as he circled back toward Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mobile Vet Center to be at Habersham County Labor Department

Counseling for veterans will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31 as the Mobile Vet Center visits the Georgia Department of Labor's Habersham Career Center at 205 Hodges St., Cornelia.

July 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall Democratic Party to hold delegate election

A caucus will be held at 10 a.m. at the Hall County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1011-1021 Athens St., Gainesville, to elect delegates to the Georgia Democratic Convention.

July 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Training to start for CASA volunteers

Training is Aug. 12 for those interested in becoming court-appointed special advocates in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit covering Hall and Dawson counties.

July 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools begin implementing strategic plan

Gainesville schools have begun implementing their new strategic plan, and that plan is all about putting district goals in action.

July 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Pregnant woman hit by car ID'd as nearby resident

A pregnant Hall County woman was heading home from a Ga. 365 convenience store when she was struck and killed by a motorist Sunday night, a Georgia State Patrol trooper said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


King’s Hawaiian expansion underway

Work is moving along in the expansion of the King's Hawaiian plant in Oakwood, an effort that could eventually double employment there.

July 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch schedules hearing for downtown neighborhood proposal

A planned neighborhood may soon be coming to an area near downtown Flowery Branch with a few modifications from the original plans.

July 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall narrows focus to specific tax collections

The Hall County Tax Commissioner's Office has slowed its efforts to collect taxes owed on watercraft and personal property due to budget constraints and understaffing.

July 21, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


New amnesty law has limited impact in area

Despite Gov. Nathan Deal signing a medical amnesty bill three months ago, the new law allowing for immunities on arrests when a person seeks emergency services has not had many noticeable effects in the purview of law enforcement or medical staff.

July 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Officials: Hot car deaths avoidable

Accidents in which children die after being left in vehicles are more common than one might think. According to car safety expert Kimberly Martin, more than 40 children died in hot cars in the United States last year alone.

July 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


County to consider vendor for retirement accounts

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will likely select a vendor to manage employee retirement accounts this week.

July 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gut check graduation

The Gainesville Jaycees sponsor and conduct the military-style camp to instill discipline and teach leadership qualities to a wide ranging group of Hall County middle school boys. Graduation was Sunday at Gainesville Civic Center. Ryan Sawyer, one of the program's main instructors, said "This program is about getting them to grow up and contribute to the community."

July 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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