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Water restrictions are costing Gainesville

YOUNG HARRIS - There is no doubt water restrictions have resulted in a loss of revenues for Gainesville's Public Utilities department, but utilities officials told the City Council on Friday that they have a plan to keep their heads above water.

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville City Council's to-do list

As Gainesville officials spent the past three days at a planning retreat, several issues came to the front of the agenda. Here is a look at some of the items city officials have put on the top of their to-do lists this year:

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Second teen pleads guilty in Laurelwood molestation case

The second of two teen defendants in a molestation that occurred at the Laurelwood mental health treatment facility pleaded guilty Friday.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Photo in newspaper helps police nab bank robbery suspect

After allegedly robbing three Forsyth County banks in two weeks without any effort to disguise his face, David Ryan Stone might not have been surprised to see a surveillance camera image of himself when he picked up a local newspaper Thursday.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Pie & politics: Wauka Mountain supper a community tradition

Before he entered politics, Nathan Deal held the post of ticket salesman at the Wauka Mountain Chicken Pie Supper. While Deal doesn't list the job on his extensive resume, he doesn't miss the annual event, which has been held for 83 years.

February 21, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Truck driver arrested in fatal wreck

A tractor-trailer driver from Butler has been charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal wreck Friday afternoon in Forsyth County.

February 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Local hiker had scary brush with Hilton

Nancy Linkesh will never know how close she came to being Gary Hilton's victim.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville, Buford school leaders earn top pay

GAINESVILLE -- School administrators in Georgia looking for top pay need only look to North Georgia.

February 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County deputies hurt in pursuit

Two Hall County deputies sustained some bad bumps and bruises, but no broken bones, after they tumbled down a 35-foot ravine while chasing a fleeing suspect late Tuesday.

Hall County emergency medical service workers spent about an hour hoisting wounded Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Corey Gilleland out of the ravine in a wooded area near Oliver Road in South Hall after the 11 p.m. incident, using a stretcher and basket attached to a rope.

February 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gang members get sentenced to total of 76 years for involvement in drive-by shootings

Ernesto Reyes said he got the wrong house when he fired three shotgun blasts at a home in the Silverwood subdivision off Candler Road last August.

Reyes, an acknowledged member of the BOE street gang, will have up to 24 years behind bars to contemplate the mistake.

February 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gov. Perdue eases water restrictions to give homeowners — and the landscaping industry — a reprieve

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue threw a much-needed lifeline to Georgia's nursery and landscaping industries on Wednesday by easing watering restrictions on new landscape plants.

Also on Wednesday, Perdue announced that the current moratorium on the filling of swimming pools, banned under the outdoor watering restrictions, will be eased. The state will allow limited filling of pools.

February 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Man arrested in ‘grow house’ case

One man has been charged and his son is being sought in connection with the Tuesday discovery of more than 800 marijuana plants growing in the basement of a North Hall home.

February 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


State tornado drills put off until Friday

GAINESVILLE - A prediction for bad weather Wednesday morning put off a drill designed to help protect Georgia students from bad weather.

Tornado watches and the threat of severe storms canceled the early morning event, which is part of the National Weather Service's annual Georgia Severe Weather Awareness Week.

February 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Authorities seek bank robbery suspect

Forsyth County law enforcement officials are searching for a suspect in three Forsyth County bank robberies.

February 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Doctor recounts work on death row

The life of a psychiatrist can be unpredictable simply because he works with patients who may be mentally unstable.

February 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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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


Male stabbed on East Ridge Road

A male was stabbed Tuesday evening in the 1100 block of East Ridge Road, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

December 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


BYOB painting concept comes to Gainesville

The Gainesville community now has another option of what to do on Saturday night, or Thursday or Friday.

December 16, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Free gun locks available for pickup through Friday

Gun locks are available for free at three Gainesville locations.

December 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville city schools to renovate district’s central office

The Gainesville Board of Education wants to improve the district's central office.

December 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Volunteer with U.S. Rep. Doug Collins

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is asking people to volunteer with him Thursday at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank to prepare food boxes.

December 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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