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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


Kid-friendly festivities ring in 2008

Youngsters partied all day Monday aboard a plane at the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids and sipped sparkling grape juice at the Gainesville Bowling Center to ring in the new year.

January 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Turn on the heat; frigid temperatures expected tonight

On Wednesday, you won't need to look at a calendar to know that January has arrived. All you'll have to do is step outside.

A monstrous cold front will move through the region today, bringing the most frigid temperatures Georgia has seen since last January. Nighttime lows will drop to 20 degrees or lower tonight and Wednesday night in Gainesville, while the mountain counties could see temperatures as low as 15.

January 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New mayor to be sworn in

GAINESVILLE - It's a new year and a new term for most of the members of the Gainesville City Council.

More than half of the Gainesville City Council will kick off another term of city service at the council's first meeting of 2008.

January 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Road checks slow down night drivers

A little side street off U.S. 129 was hopping with law enforcement activity Monday night, part of the annual ritual of the New Year's Eve road check.

This year, about 20 Hall County sheriff's deputies descended on Chestnut Street, a narrow blacktop between the Pilgrims Pride poultry plant and the Featherbone Center, checking each motorist who passed through for valid licenses, insurance and any infractions that might warrant an order for them to pull into an adjacent parking lot.

January 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


A look ahead: Hall makes plans to support growth

A look ahead

January 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Murder defendant's mental state to be raised at trial

Lawyers for a Maryland man facing the death penalty in the rape and stabbing death of a homeless woman are preparing to make his mental state an issue at trial.

January 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Native son heads UGA alumni group

Trey Paris is about as deep in Bulldog legacy as one can get.

January 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Sweet split: Sugar Bowl divides twins between Hawaii, Georgia

You've seen those car tags that say "house divided."

January 11, 2008 | BY BEN HOLCOMBE | Local


EPA probes Talmo plant that suffered from fire, odor complaints

The federal government is investigating a shuttered waste recycling plant where a treatment pond caught fire three months ago.

January 11, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Health care industry’s future looks bright in Northeast Georgia

When Northeast Georgia Medical Center's North Patient Tower opens in early 2009, it will mark one of the most dramatic changes in the hospital's six-decade history.

January 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


2007 not driest after all

ATLANTA - It turns out 2007 will not go down as the driest year on record for the drought-stricken Atlanta area, thanks to Sunday showers that capped four consecutive days of rain.

January 11, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Year’s end brings deals on vehicles

Today, on the last day of the year, there is a Northeast Georgia car dealer ready to make you a great deal on a new car.

Print and broadcast media has been filled in December with auto companies and local dealers offering end-of-the-year deals, including major price reductions and lower interest rates

January 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Sheriff’s sergeant killed in accident

A senior Hall County sheriff's investigator died Saturday night after colliding with a car while riding an all-terrain vehicle earlier in the afternoon.

Hall County sheriff's Sgt. James Evans, 46, was traveling north on Hillcrest Lane near his home riding a late model Yamaha ATV Saturday when he collided head-on with a 2001 Honda Accord, said Georgia State Patrol Trooper Robert Land.

January 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Top Story No. 8: New Hall County jail is completed and occupied

It took seven years to plan and $54 million to build and equip, but Hall County finally got its new jail in October of this year.

January 10, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Local


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Oakwood plans only hearing on 2015 budget

Now that it has approved a significant tax increase to support its 2015 budget, Oakwood City Council is looking to nail down the spending plan itself.

October 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Edgewater apartments to undergo renovation after sale

One of Gainesville's lakefront properties is getting a makeover.

October 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Escaped Cumming inmate turns self in

October 26, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Agriculture Commissioner race follows ‘legacy’ theme

One theme keeps rearing its head this election year when it comes to contested races in Georgia: Democrats are trotting out candidates with name-brand recognition as Republicans push back against this "legacy" influence.

October 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Seized assets help fund city, county law enforcement

The old adage is "crime doesn't pay," but for law enforcement, there are dividends.

October 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Lives lost in pants factory fire after 1936 tornado to be commemorated by marker

October 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mothers, sons bond with service work on outdoor classroom for housing authority

Mother-son bonding Saturday required two-by-fours, power tools and an early jump on the morning.

October 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State graduation rates low for 2-year degrees

In Georgia, about two-thirds of new full-time students seeking bachelor's degrees will graduate on time, but for associate degrees, fewer than a quarter will graduate under the same criteria, according to Complete College America.

October 26, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville’s annual Trick or Treat on Trail includes more than just candy

Gainesville's Midtown Greenway was full of laughter, music and fun Saturday when Trick or Treat on the Trail took over the half-mile loop.

October 25, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Brenau, top Chinese university agree to joint program

Brenau University has struck an agreement with a top Chinese university to bring a steady flow of Chinese students to Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officers train on simulator for dangers on the road

A call for a carjacking comes over the radio, and Sgt. Steve Carey with the Hall County Sheriff's Office turns on the siren. Negotiating quick turns in following the suspect, Carey tails the perpetrator without ever leaving the Allen Creek Training Center.

October 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Strong home sales, new construction trending in local real estate market

October 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Election polls open today in Hall County

Early Saturday voting will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hall County Elections Office, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


‘Aloha spirit’ meets Southern hospitality

When deciding where to build an expansion of the King's Hawaiian facilities, the initial thought was to place the second building outside of Georgia.

October 25, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Accused gunman indicted in Gainesville apartment shooting

The accused gunman in the Aug. 15 shooting of two women at Atlanta Street Apartments was indicted Wednesday on nine counts.

October 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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