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DOT starts bidding on traffic signal projects

Friday morning, the Georgia Department of Transportation opened the three bids submitted for a project to replace traffic signals at 11 intersections in downtown Gainesville.

The apparent low bidder of the project is World Fiber Technologies out of Alpharetta, which submitted a bid of $1,849,573.44, according to Teri Pope, DOT spokeswoman.

November 25, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


New school logo creates buzz

Riverbend Elementary School students celebrated the adoption of their new hornet logo Friday.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Survey results help library spend money

With a new library on the horizon, Hall County Library Director Adrian Mixson said the library system has been listening to what people like and what they would like to see added to the county's libraries.

If approved, the upcoming SPLOST VI has $3 million set aside to build a new library in North Hall.

November 25, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Bond denied in fatal fire case

A federal magistrate judge denied bond today for a woman accused of setting a fire on a military base. The fire killed her two young children.

November 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fire damages auto repair shop

A South Hall automotive repair shop fire Friday morning caused nearly $1 million in property damage, fire officials said. No one was hurt.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hard work gets Jackson County school recognized

The hard work of the faculty and students at East Jackson Elementary School is being recognized by Georgia Secretary of State Kathy Cox.

Cox announced Friday that East Jackson Elementary School has been selected as one of the 2008 Georgia Schools of Excellence.

November 25, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lawyer argues for judge’s removal in death penalty case

A lawyer for a murder defendant facing the possibility of the death penalty said the presiding judge violated his own order by obtaining information about the case outside of court.

Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal obtained jail disciplinary reports on Alan Robert Dickie in June, apparently without the knowledge of the defense or prosecution, which attorney Doug Ramseur argued in a hearing Friday was a violation of court rules.

November 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville halts annexation plan

Shane Reidling says he will have to call off a protest he had planned for Dec. 2.

Protesting will not be necessary for Reidling now that Gainesville city leaders have dropped a controversial plan to annex islands of unincorporated Hall County into the city limits.

November 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


New boat ramp on the way to Laurel Park

Hall County Public Works worked Thursday to install a coffer dam to prepare for construction of the new Laurel Park boat ramp.

November 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville, Hall County school superintendents meet with Lt. Gov. Cagle

The superintendents of Gainesville and Hall County school systems were among a group of 14 superintendents across the state who met Thursday with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to discuss issues facing educators before the state General Assembly gears up in January.

November 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Mobile home downs utility lines, snagging traffic on Green Street

At the height of Thursday's lunch-hour traffic, Green Street was shut down in both directions due to downed utility lines.

November 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lanier lawsuit suffers setback

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a brief that recommends the Supreme Court not step into the tri-state water wars, but Gov. Sonny Perdue said he still is encouraged that the department agreed that the appeals court erred in its decision.

Though the Justice Department agrees that an appeals court erred in overturning a lower court's ruling regarding water storage in Lake Lanier, the department has recommended that the Supreme Court not hear the case.

November 24, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Superintendent of Riverside Military Academy retiring next year

Riverside Military Academy Superintendent Col. Guy Gardner will be retiring from the school in June 2009 to be closer to his family in the Northeast.

November 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Developers back away from Jackson County project

The developers behind a proposed 700-acre industrial work site in southern Jackson County have backed off the project for the time being, county planning staff say.

November 24, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


DOT: No roadwork delays during Thanksgiving

Holiday travelers will have one less worry - lane closures - as they head to their Thanksgiving destinations.

November 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Headmaster kisses pig following school's high reading scores

Lakeview Academy Headmaster John Kennedy kissed Purdy the Tamworth pig Wednesday at the Gainesville school as a reward for first- through fifth-grade students, who exceeded their goal in the Scholastic Reading Counts challenge.

October 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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