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Prescription for healthy forests includes a good dose of fire

Forestry officials supervised a 30-acre controlled fire on Ga. 365 Tuesday - one day after a forestry official asked the Hall County Commission to consider passing a resolution supporting and encouraging prescribed fires in the area.

March 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Money tight, but center still helps people with disabilities

Even with the limited funding that is available, Gainesville's Disability Resource Center does what it can to empower people in the community with disabilities.

March 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


New elementary principals named in Hall

Three Hall County elementary schools will have new leaders for the 2008-09 school year.

March 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch's new Target boasts one-stop shopping

While dozens of shoppers officially welcomed a new Target to Flowery Branch Sunday afternoon, one woman expressed her excitement to store manager Larry Shaw.

March 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lawyers want to change venue for death penalty trial

Lawyers for a 19-year-old Maryland man facing the possibility of the death penalty want his trial moved out of Hall County, saying news media coverage of his case has prejudiced potential jurors.

In a motion for change of venue, attorneys for Allan Robert Dickie write, "The publicity in just the print media alone in this case has generated extreme and overwhelmingly negative reactions on the part of Hall County residents against Mr. Dickie."

March 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Drought actually is helping boat ramp projects

Not every drought has a silver lining, but Phil Sutton has found one.

March 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville projects delayed by lost water revenue

Over the past year, Lake Lanier has gotten shallower, and so have the pockets of Gainesville's Public Utilities department. As a result, some of the area's development plans will have to wait.

March 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


‘Smartville Garden’ will be conservation friendly

GAINESVILLE - Hard rains have taken their toll on the ground in front of Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy.

March 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ailing Iraqi girl returns home

Maj. Kevin Jarrard of Gainesville knew how the father of 2-year-old Amenah Al-Bayati felt Friday night when he embraced his daughter on a tarmac at Baghdad International Airport.

March 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Drought isn't gone yet

Heavy rains in Northeast Georgia last week pushed Lake Lanier's level above 1,054 feet for the first time since November. But weather officials say the improvement is only temporary.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


National Guard company ends training activities with Easter meal

GAINESVILLE - After breaking their backs all weekend in the annual Comanche Challenge, the Gainesville-based Charlie Company of the Army National Guard broke bread.

Members of the company shared an Easter meal together after many of them had gone head-to-head in the weekend's training activities, which tested their combat skills in water with a timed 50-meter swim relay, a six-mile rucksack march, a nine-line Medevac request test and a milelong squad run followed by a stress shoot. The stress shoot tested the soldiers' abilities to hit targets after running a mile up and down the hills of Northeast Georgia.

March 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Sky falling in Lula? Ice crashes into shop

For a brief moment Thursday, it seemed as though the sky was falling in downtown Lula.

March 19, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Snow gone; now comes wind and cold

Don't set aside your winter clothing yet. Snow, gusty winds and cold temperatures are back in the forecast.

March 19, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


People learn life-saving skills

Some four dozen people spent their Saturday morning learning skills that someday could save a life, thanks to a free class offered by the local American Red Cross chapter.

March 19, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Cumming teen charged in Missouri death

CLAYTON, Mo. -- A 19-year-old from Forsyth County who allegedly stole a tip jar from a suburban St. Louis Starbucks and ran over a Good Samaritan trying to stop the crime faces criminal charges.

March 19, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


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Gainesville may increase service fee instead of water rate

After deadlocking earlier this month on whether to raise water rates 1 percent, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote to try and end the stalemate Tuesday night.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Glades Reservoir: County holds off on seeking loans as project delays mount

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $26 million in loans this week for three reservoir projects, but the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County was not one of them.

While county officials have requested about $14.5 million in direct investment from the state - which does not require any payback - through the Governor's Water Supply Program, they did not apply for a loan.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family honors Keaton Coker with charity

When Keaton Coker was struggling with brain cancer, his positivity was so persistent his family found it almost hard to believe.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bricks help build memorial

Area veterans replaced old sidewalk with new bricks Wednesday at a war memorial in Gainesville's Rock Creek Park. The bricks are inscribed with the names of people who have donated money for improvements to the park's memorials, including a planned archway. More than 200 inscribed bricks were installed.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Commissioner of DJJ appointed to state council

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to be chairman of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

August 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman arrested at rally

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


One person qualifies for Clermont council seat

Eric Thomas is the lone candidate in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Carter picks up support from state's teachers' group

ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter picked up the endorsement of one of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia on Wednesday, a move that was largely expected but helped him underscore a central message of his campaign against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Humanist group not satisfied with school system’s response on religious activity

A humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of leading students in prayer is not backing down after receiving a letter on behalf of the school district stating it will ensure all staff, students' and residents' rights are protected.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, responded to the letter by alleging that religious activity is continuing at the school and in fact "these practices have been ongoing, pervasive and longstanding."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


District responds to letter: Prayers occurred a year ago

Hall County Schools' response to a letter from a humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of illegally leading students in prayer during football games and practices says the alleged offenses happened "almost a year ago."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


No candidates yet in special election

Today's the last chance for candidates to emerge in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Loan to boost Oakwood sewer plans

Braselton received a state loan Tuesday that will enable Oakwood to tap into a long-anticipated sewer project involving the two cities.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall GOP unveils new headquarters

Local officials, state representatives and conservative voters turned out Tuesday night for the grand opening of the Hall County Republican Party's headquarters in Gainesville.

August 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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