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Habersham schools OK Robert Costley as new chief

The Habersham County Board of Education voted Monday night to officially approve Robert Costley as its new superintendent starting July 1. He has an initial three-year contract that includes an annual salary of $120,000.

April 27, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Warmer temperatures keep crops safe overnight

Warmer than expected temperatures had growers with tender fruit crops breathing a sigh of relief on Wednesday.

A freeze warning had been issued for most of the Northern half of the state for 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday. However, the low temperature at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville was 39 degrees at 6 a.m. By 9 a.m., the temperature had risen to 51 degrees, the same temperature recorded at midnight.

April 27, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Oakwood receives transportation funds

The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded the city of Oakwood $100,000 for phase two of its downtown sidewalk improvement program.

April 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia poultry plants not among those raided

Nearly 300 people were arrested Wednesday in immigration and identity theft raids at Pilgrim's Pride poultry plants in five states.

April 27, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Apartment fire victims still critical

A young girl and her 61-year-old grandfather remained in critical condition Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital, more than a day after being severely burned in a fire at Spring Street Apartments, a fire official said.

April 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Sheriff says competition, inmate transfers will curb revenues from Hall County Jail

Bed space, bodies and some unwanted competition may lead Hall County Sheriff's officials to revise their initial revenue estimates for the new $54 million jail.

April 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Homeowners unhurt in Flowery Branch blaze

A log cabin near Flowery Branch was destroyed after a fire broke out at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. No one was hurt.

April 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


One year after Va. Tech massacre, local campuses have improved security

With the shock not completely worn off, colleges nationwide are operating or putting in place security measures to help prevent a repeat of the Virginia Tech massacre, which happened a year ago today.

April 27, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man gets 7 years for exploitation

A 49-year-old man who sexually exploited his teenage wife must serve seven years in prison and can't contact her when he gets out, a Hall County judge ruled Tuesday.

April 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Advocates encourage reporting of elder abuse

In observance of National Victims' Rights Week, the Georgia Department of Human Resources is urging people to report suspected cases of elder abuse.

April 27, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


North Hall soccer teams escape injury in I-85 bus wreck; games canceled

No one was injured aboard a Hall County school bus that was involved in a wreck on Interstate 85 while carrying members of the North Hall High School boys and girls soccer teams, officials said.

April 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Heart surgery on Iraqi boy called a success

The open-heart surgery on a 5-year-old Iraqi boy ended Tuesday and officials at the Medical University of South Carolina are calling the four-hour operation a success.

Ammar Muhammad was breathing on his own in a surgical recovery room at the Charleston hospital. He was born with a condition called tetralogy of Fallot, which is normally treated when the child is an infant. However, the surgical procedure to correct the condition was not available in Iraq.

April 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Corps issues new water plan

WASHINGTON - The Corps of Engineers on Tuesday proposed a new southeastern water-sharing plan that would allow lower river flows into Florida's Apalachicola Bay during extreme drought - a move that the Corps acknowledged is likely to harm threatened species there.

April 26, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Tax day brings protesters and procrastinators, but post office lines are shorter

It's the day that many dread. The scramble for lost forms, the need to write a check to the government and just plain old procrastination are the reasons many taxpayers give for waiting until the final hours of the final day to file their annual state and federal returns.

April 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Ex-Delta pilots say Northwest merger is necessary, but won't be easy

Two Gainesville residents who spent decades working as pilots for Delta Air Lines say the merger with Northwest Airlines is necessary for the survival of the airline industry, but they say the creation of the "mega-airline" will definitely take a good bit of tweaking.

April 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Investigation finds brakes worked in runaway car that injured four children

All of the brakes in the 1988 Acura Legend that injured four children on Price Way last month were functioning, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brodie Forrester said.

August 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Storm topples trees, power poles in Gainesville

A thunderstorm that moved through Hall County on Monday evening caused some minor damage.

August 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville school board approves lower millage rate

Gainesville City Schools will lower its millage rate this year, the first time the district has done so since 2010.

August 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local




Residents monitor creek as developers set up shop

Behind Vanessa Hyatt-Fugate's home, down a weed-strewn slope in the Hollywood Hills subdivision off Thompson Bridge Road, runs Slaughterhouse Creek, a narrow, babbling stream that empties into a Lake Lanier cove.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Program teaches officers how to handle aggressive dogs

Flipping through a series of dog pictures, David Jones asks the room of officers attending an Aug. 10 training program what the dog is telling them.

August 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Sinkholes have Georgia’s attention

Georgia sinkholes may not spread to house-swallowing size - like ones that have opened up in Florida in recent years - but the Georgia Department of Transportation doesn't just dismiss them as random acts of nature.

August 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


University starts classes with new offerings at Gainesville campus

The University of North Georgia is offering new bachelor's degree programs for the new school year at its Gainesville campus.

August 17, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Driver services office has new manager

A new manager is at the helm of the Department of Driver Services in Gainesville.

August 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Families learn about the history of Georgia railroads

August 17, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Class Notes: Hall County seeks veterans for honorary diplomas

The Hall County School District is seeking to issue honorary high school diplomas to veterans of foreign wars who weren't able to complete high school because of their military service.

August 17, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Helen shooting victim identified as Houston woman

A Texas woman killed in downtown Helen late Saturday has been identified.

August 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville to conduct pay study

Gainesville officials are embarking on a pay study to determine if workers' wages and benefits are competitive with similar-sized governments and private sector job equivalents.

August 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia Mountain Food Bank looks for help from other sources

August 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Christian-themed concert raises funds to help homeless families

Community members enjoyed sunny skies and live music Saturday, all with the intent to end homelessness in the county.

August 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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