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A look ahead: 2008 likely to be a year of renovations

GAINESVILLE - In the coming months, Gainesville will see a new parking deck rising, and the revitalization of some of its recreation areas.

Of the projects city officials expect to undertake this year, the construction of a new, multilevel parking deck with about 420 spaces for the Georgia Mountains Center ranks high on the list.

January 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Search goes on for hiker

A massive search continued Thursday for a Buford woman who has been missing since New Year's Day, when she went hiking near Blood Mountain in Union County.

Authorities said Meredith Emerson, 24, has not been seen since midday Tuesday, when she and her black Labrador, Ella, set off on a trail just south of Vogel State Park near Blairsville.

January 15, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Man with mask and gun stole car, victim says

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville police are looking for two men who forced two people out of their pickup truck late Wednesday, shooting at and injuring the passenger and then driving away in the vehicle.

Police also are looking for two other men who then trailed behind the stolen truck in another vehicle.

January 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville picks new mayor, mayor pro tem

Same council, different mayor.

January 14, 2008 | | Local


Officer who died was ‘an inspiration,’ sheriff says

GAINESVILLE - There was room left only to stand in Air Line Baptist Church as law enforcement officers, family and friends crowded in to say goodbye to a 24-year veteran of the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. James Evans, 46, served in the criminal investigations division of the Hall County sheriff's department until his all-terrain vehicle collided head-on with a car on Hillcrest Drive Saturday.

January 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


As Iowa votes, Georgia waits

When Georgia voters go to the polls on Feb. 5, the field of candidates could be smaller, following tonight's Iowa caucus and the first in the nation primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

"I expect some candidates aren't going to make it much past Iowa," said Charles Bullock, a political science professor at the University of Georgia. "Those people who don't make it probably didn't have much support in Georgia."

January 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Median barriers to line I-985

After four children died along a stretch of Interstate 85 in Jackson County last July in a head-on collision, state transportation officials pushed a safety initiative delayed by budgetary restraints back to the forefront.

January 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Kids at Elachee winter camp go wild over snakes, fuzzy things, bugs

Elachee Nature Science Center opened its doors Wednesday for its winter holiday camp.

January 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Two new faces join Flowery Branch City Council

The new year ushered in two new Flowery Branch city councilmen.

January 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


A look ahead: Critics doubt water plan

A look ahead

In a series that runs through Saturday, The Times will explore issues and trends that could shape our lives and key areas of the community during 2008.

January 14, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Holiday wrecks claim 14 lives

This year's 102-hour New Year's holiday travel period, which ended at midnight, kept the Georgia State Patrol busy.

January 13, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Come on in, the water's very cold

Forty-three people took the plunge Tuesday into a chilly Lake Lanier for the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club's 11th annual Polar Bear Swim.

January 13, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


A look ahead: Police hope to see plans for upgraded facility

In 2007, Hall County Sheriff's officials finally got their big building built and opened.

In 2008, Gainesville Police hope to get a much-needed new facility off the drawing board.

January 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Happy birthday, Bonnie!

GAINESVILLE - Northeast Georgia Medical Center is showering a Toccoa couple with gifts for having delivered the hospital's first baby of 2008.

January 13, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


A look ahead: New fire stations bring long-term building project to end

An ambitious building project that began in 1999 may be coming to a close this year for Hall County Fire Services, an agency that has seen tremendous growth in the new century and that may have its last planned fire station operational by the end of 2008.

And what began as a sales tax-funded plan to provide a station within five miles of all residential structures could also see the county's insurance rating improved as a result.

January 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Family leans on each other after losing home in fire

After a long series of tragedies and accidents, Jessica Rhodes-Touchet said she doesn't know which way to turn, but she does know whom she can lean on.

August 25, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Plaintiff’s death won't end defamation lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a man misidentified in an arrest almost a year ago will continue despite his death, according to a notice filed by his estate.

August 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Former sheriff’s deputy fights to regain job

CUMMING - The Forsyth County Civil Service Board is weighing the case of a former local sheriff's deputy who was fired earlier this summer during investigation of a fraudulent legal practices case.

August 25, 2014 | | Local


Forsyth County commissioner faces hearing on ethics

CUMMING - Forsyth County Commissioner Cindy J. Mills will face an ethics hearing in regard to two issues raised in a resident's complaint earlier this summer, although the review board found there wasn't enough evidence to move forward on other points.

August 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Community center hours expanding

Hall County on Sunday extended the hours of operation at its three community centers.

August 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Schools find use for Rainey Street land

Gainesville City Schools will use a property purchased in 2012 for its high school construction program.

August 25, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Coalition seeks to educate Hall County on marijuana

After a House bill on medical marijuana sputtered in the Georgia General Assembly, the Hall County Drug Free Coalition is hosting a community forum to inform the public.

August 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Schools use fresh data to take new measure of student achievement

August 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County officials seek to learn more about fire truck involved in July 22 accident

Hall County's fire chief relieved of command Monday was in charge of the search to purchase the ladder truck that injured three Hall County firefighters during a training accident July 22, county officials said.

August 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Will US Senate race swing on endorsements?

With Election Day a little more than two months away, endorsements and the weight they carry could begin to have an affect on the fall races.

August 24, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON AND JOSHUA SILAVENT The Times | Local


Clothing shop celebrates 5th anniversary, small business award

When Danielle Case embarked on a shopping trip to the mall with her sisters in 2009, she didn't know it would lead to an epiphany about the fashion choices available in her hometown.

August 24, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local




Collins' GOP address recorded at Brenau

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville delivered the Republican Party's weekly radio address last weekend in response to President Barack Obama's usual Saturday remarks. And in this case, it was recorded in Gainesville.

August 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


One man hopes to make Gainesville a craft beer haven

Pap Datta hopes to turn Gainesville into the next hub of the craft brewing industry.

August 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Court Judge Jolliff retiring after 24 years

After almost a quarter century with the Hall County Juvenile Court, Judge Cliff Jolliff is retiring from the work he calls "extremely satisfying and extremely difficult."

August 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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