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Lula woman died of natural causes

A Lula woman found dead in her home Wednesday morning died of natural causes.

December 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Heavy rains cause minor sewage spill in Lula

Early morning rains caused a small sewage spill this morning at the Hood Street Pump Station in Lula.

Lula officials estimate that between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., heavy rains caused a nearby creek to flood and exceed the capacity of the pump station. Fewer than 100 gallons of raw sewage were spilled.

December 19, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cagle says Georgia's 'resilient' economy will bounce back

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Thursday that he believes Georgia can rebound from the current recession in good shape.

December 19, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Shuler to get 11 weeks of severance pay

Former Gainesville City Manager Bryan Shuler will receive an 11-week severance package, one week for each year he worked for the city, a divided City Council decided Thursday morning.

With a 3-2 vote, the council agreed to pay Shuler a total of $28,520.80. Mayor Myrtle Figueras referred to the decision as a "financial settlement" with Shuler, who resigned suddenly last month, just days after he was placed on administrative leave while officials investigated sexual harassment allegations against him.

December 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson school officials say system should make it through budget troubles

JEFFERSON - Although state funding was cut by more than $200,000, Jefferson City school system officials are optimistic that the system will be able to make it through the year without those extra funds.

December 19, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


No one hurt in fire that damages apartment house

Residents of a small apartment building off Jesse Jewell were able to safely escape a fire that badly damaged an upstairs apartment Thursday night.

December 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall residents fear county's plan to increase sewer rates

Residents from the Village at Deaton Creek packed the Georgia Mountains Center to voice their concerns about proposed sewer rate increases at the Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday.

December 19, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall, Gainesville schools honored for closing achievement gap

The state Board of Education awarded two of four statewide grants to Hall County and Gainesville school systems in recognition of the systems' progress in closing the achievement gap between students who are economically disadvantaged and those who are not.

Each school system will receive $50,000 in federal Title I Distinguished Districts grant awards. Compared to school districts across the state, Hall County and Gainesville school systems made the greatest gains in the 2007-2008 school year in closing the scoring gap on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test and the Georgia High School Graduation Test. The gap often exists between ...

December 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


More people are applying for seasonal jobs

While most businesses tend to hire more employees during the holiday season to cover higher customer volume, current unemployment rates have created an unbalanced ratio of available positions compared to available applicants.

"We usually bring in a few extra people to help process all of the holiday packages, and this year is no exception. We're not adding more positions than we had last year, but we aren't hiring fewer people either," said Bimbo Briscoe, the co-owner of Mail Boxes Etc. on John Morrow Parkway in Gainesville.

December 18, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall records 42nd rabies case

On Wednesday, Gainesville-Hall County Animal Control reported the county's 42nd rabies case of the year.

December 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


More rain coming tomorrow

Almost 1.6 inches of rain had fallen in Gainesville since this morning, and more is on the way tomorrow.

December 18, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Area dog lovers help to rescue spaniels

There were just shy of 101 of them, and they weren't Dalmatians, but there were more than 50 English springer spaniels rescued from a Midwest puppy mill thanks to the dedication of several North Georgia dog lovers.

Volunteers for English Springer Rescue America Inc., an organization that aims to rescue, rehabilitate and find new homes for springers, took on more than 50 springer spaniels and delivered them to foster homes across the country this past weekend.

December 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Autopsy should help authorities decide if Lula woman died of foul play

Hall County sheriff's officials said the results of an autopsy being conducted today on the body a woman found dead Wednesday morning in her home in Lula should help them determine whether foul play was involved.

December 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch council gives its approval for sewer agreement

FLOWERY BRANCH - Over the vocal protests of two councilmen, the Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday morning to OK an agreement with Hall County regarding the Spout Springs Water Reclamation Facility.

December 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia: Wastewater plant must be repaired

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued an ultimatum to a privately owned wastewater treatment plant in Cumming: Fix it or shut it down.

"There have been a number of violations through the years," said Sam Buckles, municipal team manager for the EPD's regional office in Cartersville.

December 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon describes being under fire

In 30 years of law enforcement work, Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon's closest call came last month.

March 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Supporters seek more allies for Friendship Road moniker

The fight to retain the Friendship Road name for a historic South Hall County thoroughfare is gaining momentum once again.

March 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


U.S. Rep. Doug Collins restarts caucus to address Corps of Engineers issues

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, has restarted the Army Corps of Engineers Caucus in Congress in an effort "to increase accountability and transparency," spokesman Brendan Thomas said last week.

March 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton to open April 1

It's official: Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton will be open for business April 1.

March 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Motorcyclist killed in Friday night wreck

A motorcyclist was killed Friday night in a two-vehicle wreck at E.E. Butler Parkway and Monroe Drive in Gainesville.

March 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Where have all the voters gone? Local officials are puzzled

Voter turnout seems to have bottomed out in Hall County.

March 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


When law officers are under fire, time ticks by slowly

Joey Terrell felt like he was going in slow motion.

March 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County refocuses its future vision

Some items, such as high-speed rail, a downtown hotel/conference center and a "harbor town" mixed-use community off Lake Lanier, still seem futuristic.

March 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


First Saturday of spring brings opening day for Little League in Gainesville

Gainesville's annual Little League parade is a traditional rite of spring, and just in time for the first Saturday of the season.

March 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville First United Methodist Church members gather for Great Day of Service

Nearly 500 people spent Saturday morning working on volunteer projects for Gainesville First United Methodist Church's Great Day of Service.

March 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Civil Air Patrol pilots practice high-flying photography in Gainesville exercise

March 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


One person suffers minor injury when train hits tractor-trailer near Gainesville airport

One person was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with minor injuries after a train struck a tractor trailer Friday night near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

March 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


UNG catalog cover raises furor, viral debate over diversity

Two white men in black suits happily cross a finish line, while a woman in a pantsuit falls behind and a black man in a shirt and tie stumbles in last place.

March 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Ga. Senate passes transportation bill, but at less than $1 billion funding goal

The Georgia Senate passed a transportation bill Friday afternoon that would generate somewhere near $800 million in funding for roads, bridges and other transportation projects.

March 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Suspected stalker shot, wounded outside South Hall home

A Dacula man was shot Friday morning after he is believed to have followed a woman back to her home on Maple Valley Drive in South Hall County, then entered into an altercation with her husband, authorities said.

March 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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