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Court upholds life sentences for man convicted in shooting deaths

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for Ignacio Vergara, who was convicted in 2008 for a drug-related double murder in Hall County.

May 18, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Portable hospital drill prepares health officials for emergencies

After getting their orders, crews quickly began setting up a portable hospital Monday morning.

May 18, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall cuts 4 days from school calendar

Hall County Schools will see four fewer school days next year as teachers face eight furlough days.

May 18, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local


No new taxes for Flowery Branch planned in budget

Flowery Branch will see its revenues drop by about 3 percent next year, but residents won't have to pick up the slack.

May 18, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Special mats, booms could help with Gulf oil spill

Officials at a Gainesville company say they have products that could help clean up the oil in the Gulf of Mexico - they just need to get in touch with the right people to get the products there.

May 18, 2010 | Ashley Bates | Local


Woman has no claim to inheritance, state's top court says

The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned a local court's ruling that the estate of one of Hall County's biggest landowners should not be shared with a woman who claims she is a daughter born out of wedlock.

May 18, 2010 | By Carolyn Crist and Ashley Fielding ccrist@gainesvilletimes.com | afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Parents say Enota roof work is a health hazard

At the Gainesville City Schools board meeting Monday night, angry parents demanded to know why their children were being exposed to hazardous fumes.

May 18, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


CVB to shut down welcome center on I-985

The welcome center off Interstate 985 may soon be no more.

May 18, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Seafood from Gulf of Mexico safe despite oil, experts say

Despite the gallons of petroleum flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from a major oil spill, U.S. health officials say it is still safe to consume seafood from that area.

May 16, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Couple shears alpacas to help soak up Gulf oil

Who knew alpaca fur soaks up oil?

May 16, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Violations, and fines, decreasing in Gainesville

The number of people who faced Judge Hammond Law for driving without a license peaked in the first quarter of 2007, when an average of more than 100 a month came into Gainesville Municipal Court to answer to the charge.

May 16, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lake group set to hold annual meeting Tuesday

Lake Lanier Association plans to hold its annual membership meeting Tuesday night at Lakeview Center at 2057 Dawson Forest Road in Dawson County.

May 16, 2010 | | Local


ReStore shop expands at new location

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore has expanded into a new location off of Skelton Road.

May 16, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Financial classes offered for Head Start parents

A regional micro-lender has partnered with Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. to provide financial education courses to parents of Head Start students.

May 16, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Friends of the Parks holds 14th annual butterfly release

Some insects make you run out of the room in search of a fly swatter.

May 16, 2010 | Jennifer Messer | Local


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Olympic memories: Q&A with Jim Mathis Jr.

Jim Mathis Jr., a Gainesville banker, was one of the key players in bringing the Olympics to Lake Lanier as chairman of the Gainesville-Hall County ...

July 17, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


A unique business: Send bacon to your friends, glitter (or worse) to your foe

Peter Boychuk knows about business online.

July 17, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 female victims from Lake Lanier boat crash identified

The bodies of two women were found Saturday after a boat overturned the day before on Lake Lanier, according to the Georgia Department of Natural ...

July 16, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


How Olympics landed on Lake Lanier's shores

Atlanta's Olympic organizers had a bit of a problem as they identified venues for the 1996 Olympic Games they were awarded in 1990.

July 16, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Olympics chief Payne recalls Gainesville’s ‘desire’ for games

When Billy Payne, Atlanta's Olympic architect, looks back on his crowning achievement from 20 years ago, one of the bright spots is Gainesville's ...

July 16, 2016 | Keith Albertson | Local


Pirates play on in charity Poker Run event on Lanier

The Lanier Partners of North Georgia launched their eighth annual Pirates of Lake Lanier Charity Poker Run on Saturday.

July 16, 2016 | Alexander Popp | Local


Mechanic burned by boat engine fire at Lake Lanier marina

One person was burned in a boat fire Saturday at Holiday Marina on Lake Lanier.

July 16, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Olympic Park tower sign will dim, turn off earlier

It's like something out of a "Seinfeld" episode, where a bright red light from a Kenny Rogers chicken joint shines day and night through ...

July 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Students RISE to shine, avoid ‘summer slump’

Nearly 125 elementary school students "graduated" from the fifth annual RISE - Real Interactive Summer-learning Experience) - program Friday morning.

July 16, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Georgia Mountain Food Bank plans strategy with agency partners

A large, airy storage area at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank is usually stocked full with canned and boxed foods and goods. But Friday afternoon ...

July 16, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Charges added in brass knuckle assault case

A Hall County woman formerly charged with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive has received new charges, according to authorities.

July 15, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


4 people still missing after boat overturns in Lake Lanier; search efforts curtailed

Four people remained missing Friday night after a boat overturned on Lake Lanier earlier in the afternoon near Cocktail Cove.

July 15, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Davis Middle to be part of ‘Georgia grown’ program

Davis Middle School is one of five schools selected to participate in the Georgia Grown Test Kitchen program for the upcoming year.

July 15, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Buford bank robber still at large

A man Friday demanded access to the vault of a Buford bank and left with a sum of money, according to authorities.

July 15, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Unity meeting brings law enforcement, civic leaders together to learn

Gainesville and Hall County officials met with civic and religious leaders Thursday night at the city's public safety complex for a roundtable discussion aiming ...

July 15, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


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