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Advocate says smoking tops all other causes of death

Everyone knows smoking is bad for you. But many do not realize the worldwide implications that tobacco has on health care and human rights, said Dr. Carolyn Dresler, the director for the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation.

May 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


June 10 meeting will focus on high-speed rail options

A meeting to discuss high-speed rail options for the Hall County area is set for 10-11:30 a.m. June 10 at the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center.

May 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Person injured putting out fire at North Hall home

One person suffered second-degree burns in a fire at a North Hall home this morning.
The person, who was burned putting out the fire, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, said David Kimbrell, chief of Hall County Fire Services.
Firefighters responded to the fire in the 9400 block of Mossy Creek Trace at about 10:30. The fire was contained to the bedroo of the 2,500-square-foot home, Kimbrell said.
Damage is estimated at $2,000.
The Hall County Fire Marshal' s Office is investigating the fire.

May 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Poor job market keeps many college grads in school

Local colleges and universities turned out another batch of graduates this month, most of whom are trying to avoid becoming one of the nearly 447,000 unemployed Georgians looking for work.

May 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lake’s watercraft population tops 40,000

If all the people who had boats stored in Hall, Gwinnett, Forsyth and Dawson counties took them all out on Lake Lanier on the same day, the waters would be filled with more than 40,000 watercraft, ranging from million dollar houseboats to Jet Skis and homemade skiffs.

May 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Business leaders smiling as Lake Lanier rises

Rick Skoglund usually loses money in April at Skogie's, his seasonal restaurant at Gainesville Marina off Dawsonville Highway.

May 24, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Drought may have helped fish population

The drought and subsequent return of water to Lake Lanier may have made for fatter fish this summer and a larger population of fish next year, said Nick Jamison, a fisheries biologist for the state's Department of Natural Resources.

May 24, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lake Lanier is up, but status quo or full pool still uncertain

What a difference a year - and about 8 feet of water - can make.

May 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Memorial Day events

As we pause to remember the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces this Memorial Day, let us also remember to protect that for which they so valiantly gave all, our freedoms.

May 23, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hoschton committee examines pay, pumps, police

HOSCHTON - City well repairs, wastewater stimulus funding, employee health insurance and the police department's future were among issues discussed at three recent Hoschton committee meetings.

May 23, 2009 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


JAKES Day helps youngsters get hooked on the outdoors

Jeremy Martin, 8, cradled the 20-gauge shotgun in his arms and yelled out "pull!" before blasting away at a flying fluorescent orange disc under the close supervision of a firearms instructor.

May 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Charred churches get some help rebuilding

When a church is burned down, it can be a tragic experience for the congregation. That is why one local group is dedicated to supporting and helping those churches rebuild.

May 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Holiday weekend warm, but storms may butt in

As you head out this weekend to the various Memorial Day activities, you may want to be sure to have an umbrella handy.

May 23, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


DNR ready for increased boat traffic

Like the water level, the number of boating accidents, boating under the influence arrests and drownings in 2008 all were down on Lake Lanier from previous years.

May 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Local soldier wounded in Afghanistan

Now in his second tour of duty for his second branch of the military, Army Spc. Andy "Sully" Sullens isn't ready for a roadside bomb to keep him from his mission.

May 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Suspects chased by Hall deputies face burglary, traffic charges

The two home invasion suspects pursued Monday by Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies have been charged with burglary and numerous traffic offenses, officials said.

September 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


White Sulphur Road railroad crossing closed today

White Sulphur Road will be closed today at the railroad crossing between Pine Valley Road and Crescent Drive.

September 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Processing of dock permits restarts today

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin accepting applications after 8:30 a.m. today for the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

September 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Cooler temps won’t hang around

It may feel like autumn this week, but summer hasn't had its last hurrah yet.

September 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


The Local Agenda: Council to hold meeting on tax, water rates today

Gainesville City Council will hold second readings today to roll back the property tax rate and set the water rate.

September 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula city manager says tax agreement in the works

Hall County plans to present to the cities by Oct. 15 an intergovernmental agreement concerning a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax money, Lula City Manager Dennis Bergin said Monday night.

September 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Suspects crash into pine tree after pursuit by Hall deputies

Two Canton residents suspected in a home invasion crashed their truck Monday afternoon in the woods after a pursuit from Hall County deputies.

September 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Orchestra, musicians hit sour note on contract talks

Kathy Amos of Gainesville has always been drawn to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra because the music it has produced "does something for my soul."

September 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


UNG counselors discuss mental illness, marijuana at forum

After being struck by a patient at the Central State Hospital, Kel Lee Cutrell knew there was only one correct response: a hug.

September 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


New rule puts school attendance in spotlight

Gainesville Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel said her father taught her that if you're going to do something, you should do it right.

September 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Perdue picks up endorsement of George Bush Sr.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


DOT names top engineer in Northeast Georgia

The Georgia Department of Transportation has named a new district engineer for the 21-county Northeast Georgia District 1, which includes Hall.

September 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Youth mountain biking comes to Hall County

It's a brand new team, but it's already shaping up to be a fierce competition.

September 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Weatherman gets to heed own advice during storm

CUMMING - After spending 35 years on Atlanta TV warning viewers what not to do in a storm, retired meteorologist and Forsyth County resident Ken Cook had a chance to put his own advice into practice during a recent thunderstorm.

September 15, 2014 | Jim Dean Times regional Staff | Local


DOT damage collections to state property skyrocket

The Georgia Department of Transportation has seen its recovery from claims to damaged state property nearly quadruple in the first year it has outsourced the work.

September 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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