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Foreclosures leave erosion problems

The foreclosure crisis has been devastating to the U.S. economy, and now it appears the environment is suffering as well.

November 30, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Burning questions: Times reporter completes fire academy

Hall County's Citizens Fire Academy is really all about the chance to dress like a hero and fight a real fire.

November 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Expect cold temperatures at football playoff games Friday

If you're cold, you can blame Canada.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville trash pickup shifted for holiday

The solid waste schedule for the city of Gainesville will be altered because of the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday and Friday. There will be one collection next week for Monday and Tuesday customers.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


5 students arrested on drug charges

Five North Hall High School students were charged with possession of marijuana and have been suspended from school, according to Hall County Sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


DOT starts bidding on traffic signal projects

Friday morning, the Georgia Department of Transportation opened the three bids submitted for a project to replace traffic signals at 11 intersections in downtown Gainesville.

The apparent low bidder of the project is World Fiber Technologies out of Alpharetta, which submitted a bid of $1,849,573.44, according to Teri Pope, DOT spokeswoman.

November 25, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


New school logo creates buzz

Riverbend Elementary School students celebrated the adoption of their new hornet logo Friday.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Survey results help library spend money

With a new library on the horizon, Hall County Library Director Adrian Mixson said the library system has been listening to what people like and what they would like to see added to the county's libraries.

If approved, the upcoming SPLOST VI has $3 million set aside to build a new library in North Hall.

November 25, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Bond denied in fatal fire case

A federal magistrate judge denied bond today for a woman accused of setting a fire on a military base. The fire killed her two young children.

November 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fire damages auto repair shop

A South Hall automotive repair shop fire Friday morning caused nearly $1 million in property damage, fire officials said. No one was hurt.

November 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hard work gets Jackson County school recognized

The hard work of the faculty and students at East Jackson Elementary School is being recognized by Georgia Secretary of State Kathy Cox.

Cox announced Friday that East Jackson Elementary School has been selected as one of the 2008 Georgia Schools of Excellence.

November 25, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lawyer argues for judge’s removal in death penalty case

A lawyer for a murder defendant facing the possibility of the death penalty said the presiding judge violated his own order by obtaining information about the case outside of court.

Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal obtained jail disciplinary reports on Alan Robert Dickie in June, apparently without the knowledge of the defense or prosecution, which attorney Doug Ramseur argued in a hearing Friday was a violation of court rules.

November 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville halts annexation plan

Shane Reidling says he will have to call off a protest he had planned for Dec. 2.

Protesting will not be necessary for Reidling now that Gainesville city leaders have dropped a controversial plan to annex islands of unincorporated Hall County into the city limits.

November 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


New boat ramp on the way to Laurel Park

Hall County Public Works worked Thursday to install a coffer dam to prepare for construction of the new Laurel Park boat ramp.

November 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville, Hall County school superintendents meet with Lt. Gov. Cagle

The superintendents of Gainesville and Hall County school systems were among a group of 14 superintendents across the state who met Thursday with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to discuss issues facing educators before the state General Assembly gears up in January.

November 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Rehabilitation organization celebrates 45 years

It's not easy to get a job these days, but the task is considerably more difficult for people with disabilities.

October 24, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


How Gainesville schools are changing grading practices

Gainesville schools have changed the way they grade middle school students, but the change is not a drastic one, according to Sarah Bell, the district's chief academic officer.

October 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville Civic Center hosts mother-son Halloween dance

From pirates to rock stars and everything in between, area mothers and sons donned their best Halloween costumes Thursday for a night of dancing at the Gainesville Civic Center. The mother-son dance served as a way for family members to bond with one another, while also continuing a tradition that has gone on for the past 11 years. Every costume from the funny to the scary was seen, as attendees showed off their dance moves for all to see.

October 24, 2014 | Alison Marchman | Local


Hall officials want more info on rail crossing before making next move

The controversy over whether to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing continues unabated after the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday night delayed a decision on abandoning the road.

October 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


First ladies reminisce about time in Governor's Mansion

Some people might expect life in the Governor's Mansion to be stuffy or formal, but Georgia's first ladies say it was filled with laughter and family.

October 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Morning wreck injures 4 in North Forsyth

Two adults and two children were hospitalized Thursday morning after a near head-on collision at the entrance to Silver City Elementary School by the Forsyth-Dawson County line.

October 23, 2014 | | Local


Almost 400 jobs available between Wal-Mart, Lanier Islands hiring

Gainesville's jobless rate took a big drop in September, and with Lake Lanier Islands Resort and Wal-Mart hiring for new operations, it's likely to continue falling.

October 23, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


Halloween haunts: Area attractions focus on fun and safety

Some corn mazes are supposed to be scary. But corn maze operators want customers scared for the right reasons and say they invest time and money to ensure safety.

October 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Deal promises review of Georgia's school funding

October 23, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall SWAT takes part in child porn seizure

Hall County SWAT team worked with 28 local, state and federal agencies in a three-month child pornography investigation, leading to 18 arrests Wednesday.

October 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Forsyth releases more courthouse attack details

By the time Dennis Marx drove onto the Forsyth County Courthouse plaza June 6 and started a gunbattle with sheriff's deputies, he had already shot himself in the leg, according to information authorities released Tuesday.

October 23, 2014 | BY JIM DEAN Times regional staff | Local


Lanier Tech upgrades dental lab

As an educator, David Byers is full of enthusiasm and pride.

October 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tumbling Circle controversy brings 1968 tragedy to mind

Controversial railroad crossings are nothing new in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Accident history of railroad crossing in dispute

Accident reports obtained by The Times contradict a 2013 Georgia Department of Transportation assertion that five fatalities have occurred as a result of collisions between automobiles and trains at the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hospital must pay $8.4 million after boy’s injury at birth

A jury has ruled Northeast Georgia Medical Center must award $8.4 million to the family of a boy who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy following an injury at his 2008 birth.

October 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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