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Local Republicans happy with McCain's choice as running mate

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., said he had heard his Alaska colleague talk about the state's maverick governor but knew little more about Sarah Palin, who was named Friday by Sen. John McCain's as his vice presidential running mate.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Nobody protests planned big development in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - A proposed $15 million mixed-use development planned for downtown sailed through a public hearing Thursday night with input coming only from the project's developer.

September 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Police arrest two for robbery

Two men attempted to rob an elderly man at his home on Jesse Jewell Parkway around 9 p.m. Thursday.

Howard Mahaffey, 78, heard a knock on his door and when he opened it, two unarmed black males asked him for cigarettes.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Labor Day holiday: Some will venture out on lake, roads

Labor Day traditionally is considered the last hurrah of summer, one final chance for a cookout or a swim before the season gives way to autumn.

But it's not clear how many people will be in the mood to celebrate this year.

September 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Dog bites hospitalize Jackson EMC meter reader

A Jackson EMC contract employee was hospitalized after he was bitten by four dogs while working Tuesday, suffering severe injuries.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Japanese woman finally gets to be U.S. citizen

Izumi Igarashi cannot speak. But her joy in becoming a U.S. citizen was clear in the smile on her face and the tears in her eyes as she was sworn in Thursday at New Horizons North in Gainesville.

Igarashi was naturalized in front of her friends, family and teachers after waiting 10 years to become a citizen.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Beware of scams when picking repair contractors

As sure as there are tornadoes and other storms, there likely will be scam artists attempting to take advantage of the situation.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Jury keeps pondering Vergara’s sentence

Jurors will resume deliberating today whether to sentence a convicted killer to death for the drug-related shooting deaths of two men on a isolated South Hall road.

The jury of nine men and three women deliberated for more than three hours Wednesday in the sentencing phase of Ignacio Vergara's death penalty trial before asking to be released from duty for the day at about 7:30 p.m. It was the eighth day of sequestration for the jury, which is staying in an area hotel.

September 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ballowe, Gainesville school board settle for $190,000

The Gainesville City Board of Education voted 3-2 to enter into a mutual termination agreement with former Gainesville school system Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

Phil Hartley, attorney for the Gainesville school board, said the board agreed to settle with Ballowe for $190,000, the equivalent of his salary last year without benefits. Hartley said the board will pay Ballowe in two $95,000 payments, one during this fiscal year and one during the next.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rainfall gives lake ‘a pretty nice jump’

Even as Hall County residents were dodging tornadoes Tuesday, you still could hear people remarking that "all this rain is going to be good for the lake."

There's no question that Tropical Storm Fay did benefit Lake Lanier. By Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey was reporting the lake's elevation at 1,055.44 feet, about 2 feet higher than it had been on Monday.

September 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall recovers from the fury of tornadoes

Until two days ago, Jesus Ramirez and Jane Gable only had seen a tornado in the movies, but three very real ones touched down in Hall County Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed.

Tuesday's tornado did not sound like the freight train tornado Ramirez had seen in the movies. Ramirez' experience had been a little more rural.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Weather service says 3 twisters struck Hall, causing $3.36 million in damage

It has been three days since a fallen pine tree forced Ellen Cowart out of her home less than a mile from downtown Gainesville.

Cowart's property is one of nearly 107 properties that were either affected or damaged by tornadoes Tuesday in Hall County. Most of the damage was in an area between Lyman Hall Elementary and Cowart's home, according to an estimate from Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Roots building: Cochran returns to affordable housing

TALMO - In what he calls "an earlier life," builder and developer Broughton Cochran was a social worker for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services in Forsyth County.

September 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Schools assess damage

Oakwood and Lyman Hall elementary schools resumed classes as usual Wednesday following a day in which two tornadoes swept through the school yards.

One tornado damaged four first-grade classrooms at Oakwood Elementary, and the other pulled the majority of the roof off the gym at Lyman Hall Elementary.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch schedules 3 hearings for tax increase

Flowery Branch residents who saw a rise in property values this year because of reassessments also could see a slight jump in taxes.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Class Notes: Students explore China

Students from Hall County are experiencing the culture of China as part of the Arizona State University Confucius Institute Chinese Bridge Summer Camp.

July 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall accepting bids for old fire station

Hall County is now accepting bids for Fire Station No. 3's former building on Short Road.

July 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Students relish research

Parasites, memory and mockingbirds are just a few of the subjects undergraduates at the University of North Georgia are researching this year as part of Faculty-Undergraduate Summer Enrichment.

July 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Student, professor examine Lanier, Flat Creek for water quality

Particularly drawn to Flat Creek, Melba Horton spent the early part of the summer checking the water quality at Lake Lanier.

July 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


State's education fund gets record lottery payout

The Georgia Lottery Corp. last week reported its largest single-year transfer to the state's education fund, which supports financial aid for pre-kindergarten and higher education students.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Car hit 4 children, injuring 2 critically in N. Hall

Four children were injured, two critically, Sunday afternoon when a car was knocked out of gear at a home in North Hall, authorities reported.

July 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


‘The Great War’ remembered, 100 years later

The 29 names inscribed on the American Legion plaque proclaim the Hall County troops' "ultimate sacrifice" in World War I, but their stories are tucked away in state records from the era.

July 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


State’s child well-being rank improves slightly

Data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its Kids Count Data Book rank Georgia as 42nd in the nation for child well-being.

July 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


New nonprofit helps parents grieving over loss of child

Gainesville resident Deana Martin-Owens knows all too well the grief from losing a child is often debilitating and not many know what to do with it.

July 27, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Your tax Q&A: Officials answer questions about appeals

Several Hall County residents who are appealing the reassessments of their lakefront home values have raised questions about that process.

July 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Overdoses down, drug-related deaths up in Hall

Though overdoses are down, Hall County has experienced a comparatively higher number of drug-related deaths through July on the heels of varying substance-abuse initiatives.

July 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Martial arts champs of all ages compete in Riverside event

The clanking of metals and cracks of splitting wood filled Riverside Military Academy's Curtis Hall Gym on Saturday as Riverside played host to the 2014 National Championships martial arts event for the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation.

July 27, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Area schools brace for Central American refugee kids

Area school officials say they don't know how many refugee students, if any, will enter local schools this year but they are prepared to teach them as they would any others.

July 26, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville boy to help raise $1M for cancer research at Care-A-Thon

A Gainesville boy will be participating in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's annual Care-A-Thon to raise over $1 million for cancer research.

July 26, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


South Hall flooding case goes to US court

The case involving two Flowery Branch business owners seeking damages for their flooded property has been moved to U.S. District Court, with both parties filing disclosures this week.

July 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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