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Severe weather knocks out power to nearly 2,000 in Hall

A line of severe storms moved through Northeast Georgia on Friday, leaving more than 2,000 Hall County residents without power.

At least three tornado warnings were issued for Hall County, starting at about 6:15 p.m. During the worst of the storms, pea-sized hail fell in downtown Gainesville.

April 11, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Arson suspect moved to Forsyth hospital

Life on the run for an arson suspect sought for more than a week came to a sudden stop Thursday when she was hospitalized for a possible drug overdose, authorities said.

April 10, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Wangemann backs off bid to change assembly rules

A Gainesville councilman who proposed changes to the city's assembly rules has backed off the idea.

April 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall commissioners try to straighten out issue over ethics

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is having a difficult time defining ethics.

April 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Catholic church puts on Stations of the Cross

Despite nonstop rain, hundreds of people gathered Friday in Laurel Park for the Stations of the Cross performed by Saint Michael Catholic Church.

April 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Jackson County Airport wants $500,000 loan for construction

JEFFERSON - Jackson County Airport Manager Bob Stapleton asked Jackson commissioners to consider giving the airport a $500,000 loan for construction projects.

April 10, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson High students get European tour for World War II history

It's one thing to read about history, but it's something different to be totally submersed in it.

April 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Helen hopes stimulus cash helps old sewer system

Helen officials are awaiting word on whether they'll get federal stimulus money to upgrade the town's aging sewer system.

April 10, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lack of demand shuts Red Cross donation site on Sundays

The American Red Cross blood donation center in Gainesville now will be closed on Sundays.

April 10, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville protest to coincide with nationwide Tax Day Tea Parties

A group of "conservative Patriots" will hold a rally Wednesday in Poultry Park to call for lower taxes and more responsible use of taxpayers' money.

April 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lumpkin County: Fatal wreck kills couple

Two people died Thursday afternoon in a two-car wreck in Lumpkin County, according to the county coroner.

Larry Banister said Bobby Mixon, 72, and his wife, Jeanette, 70, of Dahlonega died from injuries suffered in a wreck at the intersection of Cavender Creek and Rail Hill roads.

April 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall escapes damage in severe storms

A line of severe storms moved through Northeast Georgia on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

April 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Tornado warning ends, but strong storms approach

A third tornado warning for Hall County has expired, but strong storms remain to the west and could move into this area.

April 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


COMING SUNDAY: Speed traps and teacher honors

Gainesville's request to annex a section of Interstate 985 has some people worried that the city is simply looking for a new revenue stream by writing more speeding tickets. In Sunday's edition, The Times will be taking an in-depth look at speeding tickets and speed traps, including:

  • How does the law define speed traps?
  • How many speeding tickets are written by Hall County, Gainesville and Oakwood?
  • Which Georgia towns just can't outgrow their reputation as speed traps?
  • Is the Gainesville Police Department writing more or fewer speeding tickets today than a few years ago?
  • How does the ...

April 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Arrest made in Barrow County pot-growing operation

Narcotics investigators from the Barrow County Sheriff's Office have arrested and charged Lonnie Jones, 55, of Statham in connection with growing marijuana at his residence.

The sheriff's office received information about Jones manufacturing marijuana, which led to an undercover operation in which narcotics investigators were able to develop enough evidence to obtain a search warrant.

April 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Glades Reservoir: County holds off on seeking loans as project delays mount

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $26 million in loans this week for three reservoir projects, but the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County was not one of them.

While county officials have requested about $14.5 million in direct investment from the state - which does not require any payback - through the Governor's Water Supply Program, they did not apply for a loan.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family honors Keaton Coker with charity

When Keaton Coker was struggling with brain cancer, his positivity was so persistent his family found it almost hard to believe.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bricks help build memorial

Area veterans replaced old sidewalk with new bricks Wednesday at a war memorial in Gainesville's Rock Creek Park. The bricks are inscribed with the names of people who have donated money for improvements to the park's memorials, including a planned archway. More than 200 inscribed bricks were installed.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Commissioner of DJJ appointed to state council

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to be chairman of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

August 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman arrested at rally

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


One person qualifies for Clermont council seat

Eric Thomas is the lone candidate in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Carter picks up support from state's teachers' group

ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter picked up the endorsement of one of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia on Wednesday, a move that was largely expected but helped him underscore a central message of his campaign against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Humanist group not satisfied with school system’s response on religious activity

A humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of leading students in prayer is not backing down after receiving a letter on behalf of the school district stating it will ensure all staff, students' and residents' rights are protected.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, responded to the letter by alleging that religious activity is continuing at the school and in fact "these practices have been ongoing, pervasive and longstanding."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


District responds to letter: Prayers occurred a year ago

Hall County Schools' response to a letter from a humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of illegally leading students in prayer during football games and practices says the alleged offenses happened "almost a year ago."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


No candidates yet in special election

Today's the last chance for candidates to emerge in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Loan to boost Oakwood sewer plans

Braselton received a state loan Tuesday that will enable Oakwood to tap into a long-anticipated sewer project involving the two cities.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall GOP unveils new headquarters

Local officials, state representatives and conservative voters turned out Tuesday night for the grand opening of the Hall County Republican Party's headquarters in Gainesville.

August 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Renovations moving along

Work has been underway since January on the conversion of the old Sam's Club building on Mundy Mill Road at Interstate 985 in Oakwood into Northeast Georgia Health System's corporate support service center. The building is being renovated to make it more conducive to office functions. According to Hall County records, the building's size is 107,826 square feet with a 2,072-square-foot "service repair garage." The building was built in 1992. A furniture store and flea market previously occupied the old Sam's building.

August 26, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


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