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'Improprieties' in Jefferson Police Department probed

JEFFERSON - In the process of auditing its evidence room policies and procedures, the Jefferson Police Department found some "improprieties" that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation soon will be examining, according to a news release.

July 07, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Code Orange: Air pollution alert in effect for Hall County

Hall County was included in Atlanta's Code Orange air quality alert Thursday. But that doesn't mean the county was smoggier than usual.

July 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville Symphony kicks off holiday weekend with a pop

Gainesville Symphony Orchestra treated a star-spangled audience to patriotic tunes Thursday at the annual Patriotic Pops Concert at the Brenau University Amphitheater.

July 07, 2008 | | Local


Sugar Hill looking for new principal

There will be a new face in the principal's office at Sugar Hill Elementary School soon.

Rick Quarles has served as principal of the school since it opened about five years ago, but will be leaving his position at Sugar Hill this month for another administrative position in the Hall County school system, according to Will Schofield, superintendent of Hall County schools.

July 06, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Despite high gas prices, bicycle sales haven't taken off

As the price of gasoline continues to climb, sales of both motorcycles and motorized scooters have increased in Hall County.

July 06, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


FAA to investigate fatal ultralight plane crash

The Federal Aviation Administration has been called in to investigate the cause of an ultralight plane crash Wednesday morning in White County that killed the pilot.

The man later was identified as Jim Lanier of Sugar Hill.

July 06, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Financial problems force closure of Dawson’s Gold Creek Golf Club

What once was deemed Dawson County's premier golf club has closed.

July 06, 2008 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Cookout to honor public safety officers

Memorial Park Funeral Home will be holding its annual cookout to honor area public safety officers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at 2030 Memorial Park Drive.

July 06, 2008 | By staff reports | Local


Post office renaming today

The renaming of the Lula post office in honor of Pfc. Johnathon Millican will formally take place at 10 a.m. today at the facility on McLeod Street. The resolution honoring Millican was introduced last year by U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, who is scheduled to attend today's ceremony.

July 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Officials: Death at marina not suspicious

Authorities believe that a man found dead Wednesday on a boat at Holiday Marina was a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.

July 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


GB&T banks set to close

The main office and two branches of Gainesville Bank & Trust will close permanently at 2 p.m. July 24.

The main office at 500 Jesse Jewell Parkway, the East Hall branch at 2412 Old Cornelia Highway, the branch at 475 Dawsonville Highway and a drive-through location at 1210 Thompson Bridge Road are closing as a result of the merger of GB&T and SunTrust.

July 06, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Man dies on boat of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning

Authorities believe that a man found dead on a boat at Holiday Marina today was a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.

July 06, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Proposed Medicare cuts upset doctors

It has become an annual ritual: The White House tries to balance the federal budget by cutting Medicare payments to doctors, and at the last minute, Congress manages to get the cuts rescinded.

July 06, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch boosts cost for trash pickups

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted 3-2 Wednesday to add a $1 service charge to the bills of trash-only customers.

Trash customers, residential and commercial, will pay $12 instead of $11 monthly for the service. Councilmen Craig Lutz and Chris Fetterman voted against the charge.

July 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lula man arrested; officials say he fired on sheriff’s deputies

A Lula man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after firing on Hall County sheriff's deputies who were responding to a suicide call, according to a report.

July 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Flowery Branch approves property tax increase

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved the city's first millage rate increase since 2006.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

No one was hurt Thursday when a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 985 southbound shut down the highway for a time.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to life without parole for rape

A Gainesville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday on charges of rape and false imprisonment, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man convicted of attempted murder

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of attempted murder in connection with an October 2012 knife attack, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lesson seven: Kick, hands, kick, hands

Wednesday marked my second-to-last adult swim lesson at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. It also marked my first time swimming across the pool, a full 25 yards, from the three-foot side of the pool to the six-foot side.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Alto man sentenced to 25 years in child molestation case

An Alto man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole following a conviction of aggravated child molestation, among other charges.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County yet to feel state revenue windfall

State revenues are increasing this year over last, but economic hiccups remain and local governments have yet to see the payoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville fan program eases seniors’ swelter

Gainesville residents are trying to find ways of keeping cool in the summer heat that won't empty their wallets.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Demolition of Lanier Plaza begins, to take 2-3 weeks

Demolition of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is underway.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Wreck injuries not life-threatening

All three occupants involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lula on Tuesday came away from the collision without life-threatening injuries, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jonathan S. Munger said Wednesday.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Perdue, Kingston visit Hall County, try to woo voters

David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, each rolled through Hall County on Wednesday, hoping to turn out the vote in the July 22 runoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


End of course tests show area high schoolers struggling in math

Scores released Wednesday show math remains a struggle for students locally and statewide.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Former Flowery Branch woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

TEXARKANA, Texas - A former Flowery Branch resident who had minor acting roles in film and television was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Art as science as life

A visit from artist Carol Christie was the highlight Wednesday of the summer art camp, "Art As Science, Science As Art," at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville. Each student took a turn at the large canvas, applying paint with many different brushes or sometimes, no brush at all. During the project, students were able to apply knowledge learned during the camp such as mixing colors and using various objects to scratch, smear and remove paint, as well as applying paint using traditional brushes.

July 16, 2014 | | Local


New bike/ped panel would target projects that can be done sooner

Rather than let a newly completed bicycle-pedestrian plan collect dust, area officials agreed Wednesday to form a committee that would talk about possibly kick-starting "some early-action" projects.

July 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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