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Fire destroys mobile home

Hall County firefighters responded to a singlewide mobile home fire at 1:47 a.m. Sunday. Capt. Scott Cagle said the mobile home, located on the 5000 block of Wallace Road off Athens Highway, was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene. Cagle said no one was home at the time of the fire.

February 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Chamber, DOT team up for road construction forum

It seems like everywhere you drive in Northeast Georgia, major roads are under construction. That may continue for some time.

February 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville musician performs Monday night on Leno

Fresh from an appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman," Gainesville native John Lancaster is scheduled to appear tonight with country music singer Gary Allan on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 11:35 p.m., NBC-11.

February 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Consultants to help Gainesville schools fix accounting problems

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville city schools is working to fix some bookkeeping problems stemming from last year, according to a report school officials plan to make at the City Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.

There were "many bookkeeping errors with entries during the past year, meaning most data is not correct," says the report, a memo Thursday from Superintendent Steven Ballowe and finance director Janet Allison.

February 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Nearly two inches of rain fell Sunday on Gainesville, but Lake Lanier needs much more

While no tornadoes touched down in Gainesville during Sunday's tornado watch, plenty of rain poured into the city - more, in fact, than Gainesville has received in a single day in nearly a year.

February 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Wreck kills one, injures six, closes Ga. 53 for hours

A wreck on Ga. 53 near War Hill Park Road left one dead, six injured and all lanes of Ga. 53 eastbound closed Sunday.

February 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Sales tax slump hurts schools dealing with more students, less cash

GAINESVILLE - Area school systems have been battling state funding cuts for years.

And if January's numbers are an indication, they might be seeing a slump in 1-cent sales-tax revenue, which they've used for years for construction and renovation projects to keep up with fast-growing enrollments.

February 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


New program helps students who fall behind

East Hall and Johnson high schools have started a computer-driven instructional program to help students make up credits needed to graduate or shore up academic weaknesses before taking the state's all-important graduation tests.

Hall County schools has spent $157,000 on software for the "credit-recovery labs" at the schools, in what could end up being a districtwide initiative.

February 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tornado watch issued until 9 p.m.

Though Hall and some surrounding counties are currently experiencing thunder storms and a tornado watch, the weather system responsible is expected to have moved through the area by later this evening.

February 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Girl Scouts travel the world

The Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia had a global traveling experience Saturday without even leaving the area.

February 28, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Mended Hearts volunteers are stars of ball

Undergoing a heart procedure can be a scary, life-altering experience. It helps to be able to talk to someone who's been through it before.

February 28, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jackson Building battle may go on

He has a makeshift office that is littered with boxes of emergency lights, exit signs and parts to fire sprinklers. A contractor's truck is parked outside during the day.

February 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lula looks to grow with the times

LULA -- More than 100 years ago, Lula was established as a sleepy railroad hub between Athens and Atlanta. A rectangle one mile wide and two miles long encompassed the entire city that spread out from the railroad tracks parallel to Main Street.

February 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Interpreters help courts bridge language barrier

Some days, courtroom interpreter Melva Alvarado can spend all day talking.

February 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Man dies after fall from roof in Braselton

BRASELTON - A 19-year-old man fell off a roof at a construction site in Braselton and died Thursday afternoon.

February 27, 2008 | By Nikki Young Times regional staff | Local


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H&R Block pros to offer tax tips

Two H&R Block tax professionals will present a free Tax Talk from 6-8 p.m. today at Blackshear Place Library in Gainesville.

December 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville police make transition to digital records

At the Gainesville Police Department, some of the new school is showing a thing or two to the old school.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Nominations open for 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of Year

The Gainesville Jaycees are accepting nominations for the 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of the Year Award.

December 18, 2014 | | Local


Poultry firm donates 23 tons of meat to food bank

Georgia Mountain Food Bank in Gainesville got an early Christmas gift Wednesday when Perdue Farms delivered 46,000 pounds of frozen chicken and meat products.

December 18, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall 911 staff raises $1K for kids’ wish lists

Four local families are getting help from the Hall County 911 Communications in a different way this Christmas.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cuba policy shift sparks differing local responses

After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

December 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Juvenile in custody after man stabbed Tuesday night

A 16-year-old fled on foot after allegedly stabbing his stepfather Tuesday on East Ridge Road, authorities said Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Local moviegoers have mixed reactions to canceling of film's release

Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview," a comedy movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about a slapstick assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

December 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville High alumni replace missing elephant art

Counte Cooley was tired of driving by Gainesville High School and not seeing his elephant.

December 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Defense bill calls for Army control of Camp Merrill

Camp Frank D. Merrill outside Dahlonega has long been Army strong. With President Barack Obama's signature, it will be Army controlled.

December 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall schools score higher in performance rating

Most Hall County schools and some Gainesville schools performed better than the state average on the College and Career Ready Performance Index, the latest tool used to measure how well schools are doing.

December 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hanukkah: Faith burning brightly

Tuesday marked the first day of Hanukkah. The Jewish Festival of Lights celebrates the victory of the Jewish army, the Maccabees, over Syrian forces. It also celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been ruined during battle.

December 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Roads: DOT suspends lane closures during holidays

In giving motorists some holiday relief, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to suspend construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from 5 a.m. Tuesday through 10 p.m. Dec. 28.

December 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside seeks new commandant of cadets

Following the abrupt departure of its commandant of cadets, Riverside Military Academy is refilling the position.

December 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cleanup finally coming to Flat Creek

Funding to improve Flat Creek's water quality has finally been approved in what city officials called a "monumental" agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

December 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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