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After two-day weather delay, schools complete statewide tornado drill

With nary a cloud in the sky, Friday morning's tornado drill went off as planned.

February 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Is this America's favorite mom?

No one ever said being a mom was easy. Donna Aldridge knows that.

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Police talk man down from 260-foot crane at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Two police negotiators were able to talk a potentially suicidal man down from atop a 260-foot construction crane Thursday night at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall County school board to mull $600,000 in air-conditioning projects

At Monday's meeting, The Hall County school board is set to consider some $600,000 in air-conditioning upgrades this summer.

February 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Red Cross volunteers help storm victims in Tennessee

Gainesville Red Cross volunteer Gene Farley rolled into hard-hit Lafayette, Tenn., on Thursday to the sight of arbitrary devastation.

"Trees knocked over, trees destroyed, laid flat," Farley said, describing what he saw after a devastating tornado touched down there 48 hours earlier. "Barns, basically nothing but kindling. Some houses damaged big-time, and right next to them homes that are not damaged at all."

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Council asked to give Gainesville schools water bill break

YOUNG HARRIS - Sammy Smith, recently elected to the Gainesville City Board of Education, appealed to Gainesville City Council members Friday to help the city schools out with their weighty water bills.

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Water restrictions are costing Gainesville

YOUNG HARRIS - There is no doubt water restrictions have resulted in a loss of revenues for Gainesville's Public Utilities department, but utilities officials told the City Council on Friday that they have a plan to keep their heads above water.

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville City Council's to-do list

As Gainesville officials spent the past three days at a planning retreat, several issues came to the front of the agenda. Here is a look at some of the items city officials have put on the top of their to-do lists this year:

February 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Second teen pleads guilty in Laurelwood molestation case

The second of two teen defendants in a molestation that occurred at the Laurelwood mental health treatment facility pleaded guilty Friday.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Photo in newspaper helps police nab bank robbery suspect

After allegedly robbing three Forsyth County banks in two weeks without any effort to disguise his face, David Ryan Stone might not have been surprised to see a surveillance camera image of himself when he picked up a local newspaper Thursday.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Pie & politics: Wauka Mountain supper a community tradition

Before he entered politics, Nathan Deal held the post of ticket salesman at the Wauka Mountain Chicken Pie Supper. While Deal doesn't list the job on his extensive resume, he doesn't miss the annual event, which has been held for 83 years.

February 21, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Truck driver arrested in fatal wreck

A tractor-trailer driver from Butler has been charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal wreck Friday afternoon in Forsyth County.

February 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Local hiker had scary brush with Hilton

Nancy Linkesh will never know how close she came to being Gary Hilton's victim.

February 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville, Buford school leaders earn top pay

GAINESVILLE -- School administrators in Georgia looking for top pay need only look to North Georgia.

February 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County deputies hurt in pursuit

Two Hall County deputies sustained some bad bumps and bruises, but no broken bones, after they tumbled down a 35-foot ravine while chasing a fleeing suspect late Tuesday.

Hall County emergency medical service workers spent about an hour hoisting wounded Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Corey Gilleland out of the ravine in a wooded area near Oliver Road in South Hall after the 11 p.m. incident, using a stretcher and basket attached to a rope.

February 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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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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