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Lake Lanier rises a foot in 1 week

With rain received over the last week, it looks like Lake Lanier may not hit a record low water level this winter as anticipated.

December 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT will halt road construction for Christmas

Travelers won't have to worry about construction-related lane closings as they head to their holiday destinations.

December 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County records 43rd rabies case of year

Hall County's rabies epidemic apparently isn't taking a break for the holidays. The number of confirmed cases this year has now climbed to 43.

According to Hall County Animal Control, on Dec. 10 a skunk came into contact with a dog in the Claude Parks Road area of North Hall. The skunk's remains were sent Monday to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, which confirmed Tuesday that the skunk was infected with rabies.

December 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Blackwood: Ah, the frenzied magic that is Christmas Eve

There is just something about Christmas Eve. The first half is pure crazy with people rushing to finish their shopping, work or whatever has to be done before the holiday.

December 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Post office deals with busiest day of the year

If you went to the post office on Monday, you were not alone.

December 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County sales tax vote set for March 17

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has unanimously adopted a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum to go before voters on March 17.

December 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Chaplain in Iraq: Songs from the base keep your heart warm

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil. Next week, Collins' column will run on Christmas Day instead of the usual Tuesday.

December 23, 2008 | Rep. Doug Collins For The Times | Local


DOT awards contract in project to replace Gainesville traffic signals

The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.84 million contract for the replacement of traffic signals at 11 intersections along Jesse Jewell Parkway and Browns Bridge Road, or Ga. 369.

December 23, 2008 | | Local


Sheriff’s office: Teen stabbed in gang fight

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating the stabbing of a 16-year-old gang member. They believe the incident, which occurred Monday afternoon on Bob Bryant Road, is the result of an altercation between members of two known street gangs: Mexican Vatos Society and La Onda.

December 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


New traffic signals slated for Jesse Jewell, Browns Bridge

The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.84 million contract for the replacement of traffic signals at 11 intersections along Jesse Jewell Parkway and Browns Bridge Road, or Ga. 369.

December 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Third arrest made in minister's slaying

A third person has been arrested in connection with the Nov. 30 slaying of a Clermont youth minister, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Cleveland Police Department.

December 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Just how low will fuel go?

Rumors are circulating that gas prices will plummet as low as $1 per gallon, but AAA Auto Club South spokesman Gregg Laskoski doesn't see that happening here.

December 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Keep tree healthy

Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem, but a dry and neglected tree can be.

December 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools likely to pay tax anticipation note on time

Although tax collections have been slow in coming, Gainesville school system's finance director said the system likely will be able to pay off its more than $7.5 million tax anticipation note by the year's end.

December 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


DOT won’t give Gainesville the green light at new school site

Gainesville officials say they will install a new red light by the time the new Gainesville Middle School opens in August, but the Georgia Department of Transportation begs to differ.

December 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Gainesville City Schools lowers graduation requirement

Gainesville High School students now need only 23 credits to graduate, down from 24 last year and 28 just a few years ago.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Woman charged in hit-and-run at school bus stop

A Dahlonega woman has been charged in a hit-and-run at a school bus stop that resulted in minor injuries to two Hall County schoolchildren.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

The iconic fountain on Brenau University's front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau's longtime figures.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Campaigns may rake up even more money under new rules

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows individuals to donate to any number of federal candidates they want and promises to pour millions more dollars into an election system already swamped in money.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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