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Holiday thefts targeted by task force

Several dozen people won't be home for the holidays, locked up as part of a Hall County Sheriff's Office plan intended to ferret out potential gift-stealing grinches in the community.

January 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Teacher thrills students with tale of zero-gravity flight

To say that Tracy Robar was light on her feet doesn't quite describe the experience.

The Gainesville High School math teacher was like a kid on a playground, tumbling, floating, falling and getting up to do it all over again.

January 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rep. Deal pleased with extension of PeachCare

Georgia's PeachCare program is safe for another year and a half, after Congress passed an extension plan that had been pushed by U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville.

"We had introduced a bill early on, when it appeared there would be a stalemate," Deal said. "We felt like the states needed some certainty that they could count on in terms of funding, and 18 months was the most realistic time frame."

January 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Police talk to woman from security video in homicide investigation

Hall County sheriff's investigators Friday interviewed a woman who was with a Gainesville man at a car rental center the day before his body was found dumped on the side of an interstate in Louisiana, dead of a gunshot wound.

Hall County Sheriff's Maj. Jeff Strickland said the woman called authorities Thursday after recognizing herself in a surveillance camera image that was distributed to area news media outlets. Authorities had asked the public's help in identifying the woman, who was with 30-year-old Miguel Angel Ayala on Dec. 11 at the Hertz Rent A Car on Browns Bridge ...

January 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Your help needed to identify robbery suspect

Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a clerk at gunpoint Thursday night at the Golden Pantry on Ga. 53.

Hall County Sheriff's Maj. Jeff Strickland said the man entered the store around 10 p.m. Thursday and pointed a gun at the clerk, demanding money. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in an older-model, red Ford Mustang, Strickland said. No one was hurt in the robbery.

January 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Dawsonville man guilty of tax fraud

A Dawsonville man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of tax fraud, according to a report from the U.S. Attorney's office.

January 01, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Volunteers needed to shuttle folks around the hospital

Northeast Georgia Medical Center needs more volunteers to shuttle passengers from the main campus parking lot to the hospital.

January 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Funding impedes Hall trial

The thorny issue of defense funding for accused Fulton County courthouse shooter Brian Nichols has trickled down to Hall County, where a long-pending death penalty trial could be delayed another six months or more, a lawyer said Thursday.

Attorneys for Cornelio Zamites, charged in the 2005 kidnapping, rape and strangulation death of 4-year-old Esmeralda Nava, want a separate jury trial to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial on the charges. But first they need the money to hire an expert to evaluate Zamites.

January 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Colleagues, other dignitaries, bid Murphy farewell

ATLANTA -- The body of Tom Murphy - once the nation's longest serving House speaker - made its final visit to the state Capitol Friday where current and former lawmakers and other dignitaries gathered to bid the political giant farewell.

As an honor guard of state troopers escorted his flag-draped casket into the House and then to the Capitol Rotunda, Georgia's political establishment paid one-of-a-kind tribute to Murphy, who dominated state politics from the 1960s into the next millennium. He died Monday night at age 83.

January 01, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


New Year’s resolution: Fix Dawsonville Highway

Thanks to a couple of rainy days, the Georgia Department of Transportation won't be able to open all four lanes on Dawsonville Highway until after the first of the year.

The DOT has been trying for the past two days to paint stripes and make adjustments to two traffic signals along the stretch of Ga. 53 north of Gainesville.

January 01, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Drought benefit: Dredging Longwood Cove costs less

The bids are in, and Gainesville officials will soon decide who will dredge the silt-filled Longwood Cove.

January 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


New school board members to be sworn in

A swearing-in ceremony for the Gainesville City School Board of Education's new members is set for Jan. 7.

January 01, 2008 | | Local


Brasstown Bald, Anna Ruby Falls want people to operate their shops

After an unsuccessful search last spring for a concessionaire to run a retail shop at Brasstown Bald, the U.S. Forest Service is trying again. Only this time, the agency is sweetening the deal.

January 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Bait shop raising money to extend boat ramp

There are only two public boat ramps left on Lake Lanier, but an effort led by a local bait and tackle store owner could change that.

Candy Hammond, owner of Hammond's Fishing & Boat Storage, has collected nearly $12,000 in pledges toward extending the non-functional Charleston Park boat ramp by 10 feet.

January 01, 2008 | BY JENNIFER SAMI | Local


Students start winter break

Winter holidays begin today for students and employees in Gainesville city schools and students in the Hall County school system.

January 01, 2008 | | Local


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Lake group privately hashing out water management plan

Jim McClatchey said he hopes a private water group can still produce its own water management plan for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin, which includes Lake Lanier.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Local Agenda: Early voting remains steady for 2nd week

As far as midterm elections go, Hall County voters appear to be taking advantage of early voting options.

October 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local priorities for 2015 General Assemby taking shape

The Georgia Municipal Association, a lobbying group for the interests of Georgia cities, laid out several priorities for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly during a meeting Monday night in Buford with local government officials.

October 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville workshop to focus on starting a business

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will offer a workshop for individuals who are interested in either starting or growing a new venture.

October 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


$565K grant to help Hall schools improve Wi-Fi access

Hall County schools have been awarded a $565,189 grant from the state to help cover the costs of upgrading the district's Wi-Fi infrastructure, district officials announced Monday at a school board meeting.

October 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kubota expanding, plans to create 650 jobs

Kubota Manufacturing of America plans to expand its headquarters in Gainesville, creating 650 jobs and investing $100 million into the project over the next several years.

October 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




Students attend climate march in New York

Kayla Ballenger has been an environmentalist for as long as she can remember, so when she had a chance to attend the People's Climate March, a march on the United Nations Climate Summit in New York last month, the decision was easy.

October 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Air Force vet, mom of 3 calls getting Habitat home 'emotional,' 'overwhelming'

At first glance, the newly rebuilt house, situated in a nondescript neighborhood called Wintergreen Court, doesn't look any different from every other freshly constructed home in the Flowery Branch area.

October 27, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Ga. Senate debate: Nunn, Perdue spar over gridlock

October 27, 2014 | By BILL BARROW Associated Press | Local


Dogs dress up for charity

The 2014 Howl-O-Ween pet costume contest and parade Sunday brought furry friends and their owners to Laurel Park in Gainesville for the event sponsored by Hall County Parks & Leisure and the Hall County Animal Shelter. Contest categories included scariest, funniest, cutest, best owner/pet look-alike and best overall. After the contest, the pets were paraded around the park. Participants were asked to donate pet-friendly items such as newspapers or paper towels for the Hall County Animal Shelter.

October 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Middle school programs of choice open for applications

Applications are now open for rising sixth-graders at the Da Vinci Academy and the Earhart-Edison Exploration Academy, Hall County's programs of choice for middle school students.

October 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Governor candidates clash on education, jobs, taxes

ATLANTA - The candidates for Georgia governor came to their third and final debate ready to attack, ramping up their accusations on education, taxes and the economy.

October 26, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Oakwood plans only hearing on 2015 budget

Now that it has approved a significant tax increase to support its 2015 budget, Oakwood City Council is looking to nail down the spending plan itself.

October 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Edgewater apartments to undergo renovation after sale

One of Gainesville's lakefront properties is getting a makeover.

October 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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