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Thursday’s rain won’t help in long run

Drizzle, apparently, doesn't amount to much. Though Gainesville stayed under the shadow of cloudy skies and light rainfall for most of the day Thursday, the city accumulated a mere half inch of the much needed precipitation.

May 26, 2008 | Adam Clark | Local


A few simple driving tricks can save you money at the gas pump

With gas prices edging toward $4 a gallon, many drivers wish they could trade in their gas guzzler for a more fuel-efficient vehicle. But often, that's not a realistic option.

May 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Politicians spar over gains in education

The dean of the Hall County legislative delegation and his Democratic opponent appeared together Thursday night at a forum sponsored by the Hall County Association of Educators.

May 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City taking a microscope to utility costs, fees

Residents who purchase Gainesville water in the future may be paying more fees for it.

May 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Ex-coach gets 8 years for molestation

A former youth soccer coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to molesting two teenage girls and received an eight-year prison sentence, Banks County prosecutors said.

Matthew Allen Wyrick, 23, was a coach with the North Georgia Soccer Association when he molested one of the victims he was coaching at the time, said Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Rick Bridgeman.

May 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Challenged Child plans learning program for summer

A group of Challenged Child supporters gathered Wednesday to discuss Summer Sensations, a summer program put on by Challenged Child.

The women's advocacy group for Challenged Child has grown from 15 to 100 members during its first four months of existence and is ready to make an impact on the community.

May 25, 2008 | | Local


Toccoa flood sparked safety measures for dams

The Safe Dams Program, which regulates dams like the one at Lake Wendy in White County, came about as a result of one of the worst dam breaks in Georgia history.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Birds beware: Scarecrows are invading

HOSCHTON - Come September, there won't be a crow for miles around Hoschton.

May 25, 2008 | | Local


DOT board meeting is first since chairman’s departure

The State Transportation Board meets today for the first time since resolving the controversy over Department of Transportation Commissioner Gena Abraham and her relationship with former 9th District board member Mike Evans.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Planning and Appeals hears feud over fence

A granted request to build a decorative iron fence one inch from a woman's Park Hill Drive neighbor has created a barrier in the two neighbors' friendship.

May 25, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hole in dam worries White County residents

Residents of the Jenny's Creek and Town Creek area of White County endured a tense night late Tuesday and early today as the possibility of flooding from both creeks remained unknown.

This morning, however, with a flash flood warning canceled, the immediate threat seems to have passed. Officials in White County said there was no flooding overnight and no one was evacuated from their homes.

May 25, 2008 | Adam Clark | Local


Mills ‘disappointed’ by Perdue veto

Gov. Sonny Perdue has vetoed a bill by Rep. James Mills, R-Chestnut Mountain, which was intended to require authorities to seize vehicles of people who are in the country illegally and are involved in a traffic accident.

A watered-down version of the bill was offered in the Senate and subsequently passed by the House. It allowed law enforcement officers to impound a vehicle of a person who does not have a valid driver's license.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Packed shelters reflect slow economy

It's getting to be a common sight in some Georgia communities: A home gets foreclosed on and the family moves out in a hurry, leaving a stack of their belongings at the curb.

And occasionally they leave their pets behind, too. Authorities in some metro Atlanta counties have reported finding dogs or cats trapped inside abandoned homes, deprived of food and water.

May 25, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Health system gets Tricare contract

Northeast Georgia Health System has signed an agreement with Tricare, the federal government's health insurance program for military personnel.

May 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Auto dealer, community leader Harold DeLong dies

Harold DeLong, a former Gainesville city commissioner and auto dealer, has died after an extended illness. He was 86.

DeLong was the youngest son of a pioneering auto dealer, Frank W. DeLong Sr., who opened a Hudson-Essex-Terraplane dealership on Main Street in 1921.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Group seeks opportunities for the disabled

All About Developmental Disability advocates asked the public Thursday to "be the voice" for people with developmental disabilities.

September 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Rabid beaver had contact with human in Hall County

A rabies alert has been issued for the Looper Lake Point area in North Hall County after a person had contact with a rabid beaver.

September 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Fallen trooper honored with highway marker 37 years after death

The call came over the radio, a 10-7 (out of service) and 10-42 (end of tour of duty) for Georgia State Patrol Trooper Tyrone Collier Dillard. It was a call that gave a dignified sign-off for Dillard, who died while directing traffic Feb. 3, 1977, on U.S. 129.

September 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall commissioners deny request to close Beards Road

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a request Thursday night to abandon a 1,200-foot portion of Beards Road in South Hall and intends to pave the dirt road instead.

September 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two suspects indicted in West Avenue shooting

An alleged drug deal ending in the death of the man police say was the dealer has led to two men being indicted on felony murder charges.

September 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville homeless man indicted on murder charges

A Gainesville homeless man was indicted Tuesday on two counts of felony murder, having allegedly slammed another homeless man's head against a metal guardrail.

September 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Metro Gainesville jobless rate down in August

The metro Gainesville unemployment rate for August fell to 6.7 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7 percent in July, Georgia Department of Labor announced today.

September 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Middle school students collect, present insects

Wednesday was the day for Directed Studies' annual Bug Extravaganza in the media center of North Hall Middle School. Students had to collect at least 25 insects over the summer for the independent study project and research their scientific classifications and names. The event also featured musical presentations as well as entomology presentations by the students and buggy treats to eat.

September 25, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Six computers stolen from Oakwood Wal-Mart

Oakwood police are asking for any information in the theft of six computers from a local Wal-Mart.

September 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall fire marshal elected to state association post

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle traveled to Macon last week to represent only Hall County, but he came back as an advocate for 118 more counties.

September 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Governor’s race ads drive campaign spending

ATLANTA - Georgia voters who are tired of political advertising this year should count small blessings: It could always be worse.

September 25, 2014 | By Bill Barrow Associated Press | Local


No death penalty for dad charged in toddler death

September 25, 2014 | KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Local


Hospital, BlueCross still negotiating insurance contract

It seems like an annual or biennial ritual: Contract talks between a hospital and a major health insurer break down, and customers and patients are warned of looming deadlines.

September 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lakefront property owners plan 2nd appeal of tax bills

Some lakefront property owners are still unhappy with their tax assessments after revised notices were mailed last week, and promise to appeal once more, this time to the state Board of Equalization.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Newly widened section of Ga. 347 set to open

Four lanes of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between Interstate 985 and McEver Road are expected to be open to motorists today, nearly two months earlier than expected.

September 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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