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Powerful ex-speaker to lie in honor at Capitol on Friday

ATLANTA - Flags flew at half staff over the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday in honor of the cantankerous yet compassionate former speaker of the House whose reign under the gold dome lasted nearly three decades.

Tom Murphy died late Monday of complications from a stroke he suffered more than three years ago. He will lie in repose at the state Capitol on Friday, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday. Perdue said Murphy's family had initially wanted to have private services, but they were persuaded that a public ceremony was needed for a man whose legacy stretches from one end of the ...

December 29, 2007 | By Shannon McCaffrey The Associated Press | Local


Flowery Branch: Adult businesses to get new rules

Flowery Branch City Council will convene this morning to discuss a new adult business ordinance and update the existing unsafe structure and nuisance ordinance.

The council will hear the second reading of a proposed adult business ordinance and will determine whether the new ordinance is sufficient to allow the old ordinance to be repealed and replaced.

December 29, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


North Hall steps closer to development

The Hall County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a developer's rezoning request Monday that could allow 2,736 houses to be built in Lula.

Property owners Ferdinand and Felix Mayr-Meinhof submitted a request to the planning commission to rezone a 1,507-acre tract of land in North Hall from agricultural residential and vacation cottage to planned residential and commercial development.

December 29, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville: All four lanes of Ga. 53 open Wednesday

Weather permitting, the Georgia Department of Transportation on Wednesday plans to open all four lanes of Dawsonville Highway.

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Don't fret; there's still time to mail some Christmas cheer

If you mailed your Christmas cards on Monday, you were not alone.

December 29, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Ex-Gainesville Elementary teacher accused of fondling four students

A former Gainesville Elementary schoolteacher remains jailed without bond on charges of molesting four of his students in the classroom, Gainesville police said Monday.

December 29, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Murphy will lie in honor at Capitol Friday

ATLANTA - Deceased Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy will lie in honor at the state Capitol on Friday.

Gov. Sonny Perdue said that Murphy's family had initially wanted only private services but was persuaded that the public would want to pay their respects.

December 29, 2007 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Gainesville: Mother wins $50K in lottery

Wendy Roberson, of Gainesville, plans to buy a new house for her four children after winning thousands in the lottery earlier this month. Roberson, 33, won $50,000 playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Jumbo Bucks Classic.

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Leads sought in Golden Pantry robbery

The Golden Pantry on Ga. 53 South at Tanners Mill Road was robbed shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.

December 29, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Vigil planned to honor teen killed in Easter wreck

GAINESVILLE - Songs and spoken remembrances are planned as part of a candlelight vigil tonight for Charles Caston, a North Hall High School senior who died in an April 8 car wreck.

The event is set for 7 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Georgia Mountains YMCA at 2455 Howard Road off Ga. 365.

December 29, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Donated vehicle to help fight fires

GAINESVILLE - In the past, Gainesville firefighters have had to hoof it to emergencies in the woods or on the shores of Lake Lanier.

Only two months ago, a small brush fire continued to burn while firefighters walked a mile carrying shovels, rakes, hoses and extinguishers to a fire their trucks could not access.

December 29, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Demorest: College’s business school gets national accreditation

Piedmont College's Walker School of Business Administration has received national accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs after a two-year review.

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools seek charter status

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville city schools is one of several school districts statewide so far that is pursuing a status that would give them more freedom to reform without stiff state regulations.

December 29, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students give food for a cause

Courtney Cantrell, 4, loads canned food into the back of a truck on Monday afternoon. Cantrell and her classmates in Brittanie Holcombe's after-school class at Little House Academy in Murrayville collected the food to help the less fortunate at nearby Lanier Elementary School. Eventually, the idea spread from the after-school group of 15 kids, ages 5-12, to other classes at the day care facility. When school counselor Rochelle Edmonds came by to pick up the food on Monday afternoon, she took a total of 137 pieces back with her, according to Cindy Holcombe, a teacher's assistant at Little ...

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Day of music marks advent for church

Dozens of families remembered the reason for Christmas Sunday as they attended St. Paul United Methodist Church's annual Christmas Concert Sunday

The Summit Street church kicked off the Advent season with the concert that featured a handful of different musical groups.

December 28, 2007 | Bianca Bruno | Local


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Hearts and Hands Emporium offers deals to help heal

Bargains weren't the only driving force behind shoppers attending Friday's annual Hearts and Hands Emporium in the banquet hall at First Baptist Church, 751 Green St., Gainesville.

September 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man pleads not guilty to grandmother's stabbing death

A Gainesville man indicted in June in the death of his grandmother has pleaded not guilty, according to the Hall County district attorney's office.

September 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Deal, Collins make campaign stop in Gainesville

Two Gainesville leaders seeking re-election made a joint campaign stop Friday in Gainesville.

September 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Brenau University honors master nurses

Brenau University honored six Northeast Georgia nurses Thursday at Featherbone Communiversity for their compassion, care and expertise.

September 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Farmers market coming to Newtown

Beginning next year, Newtown community residents will have access to even more locally grown produce than what currently grows in the Ruby Wilkins Community Garden.

September 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Group seeks opportunities for the disabled

All About Developmental Disability advocates asked the public Thursday to "be the voice" for people with developmental disabilities.

September 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Rabid beaver had contact with human in Hall County

A rabies alert has been issued for the Looper Lake Point area in North Hall County after a person had contact with a rabid beaver.

September 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Fallen trooper honored with highway marker 37 years after death

The call came over the radio, a 10-7 (out of service) and 10-42 (end of tour of duty) for Georgia State Patrol Trooper Tyrone Collier Dillard. It was a call that gave a dignified sign-off for Dillard, who died while directing traffic Feb. 3, 1977, on U.S. 129.

September 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall commissioners deny request to close Beards Road

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a request Thursday night to abandon a 1,200-foot portion of Beards Road in South Hall and intends to pave the dirt road instead.

September 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two suspects indicted in West Avenue shooting

An alleged drug deal ending in the death of the man police say was the dealer has led to two men being indicted on felony murder charges.

September 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville homeless man indicted on murder charges

A Gainesville homeless man was indicted Tuesday on two counts of felony murder, having allegedly slammed another homeless man's head against a metal guardrail.

September 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Metro Gainesville jobless rate down in August

The metro Gainesville unemployment rate for August fell to 6.7 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7 percent in July, Georgia Department of Labor announced today.

September 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Middle school students collect, present insects

Wednesday was the day for Directed Studies' annual Bug Extravaganza in the media center of North Hall Middle School. Students had to collect at least 25 insects over the summer for the independent study project and research their scientific classifications and names. The event also featured musical presentations as well as entomology presentations by the students and buggy treats to eat.

September 25, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Six computers stolen from Oakwood Wal-Mart

Oakwood police are asking for any information in the theft of six computers from a local Wal-Mart.

September 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall fire marshal elected to state association post

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle traveled to Macon last week to represent only Hall County, but he came back as an advocate for 118 more counties.

September 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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