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Drivers, better gas up now

Motorists, be forewarned. The drop in gas prices you've been enjoying recently may come screeching to a halt this weekend.

September 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


State’s health plan gets a trim

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is appealing a decision by the Department of Community Health to drop Blue Cross from its State Health Benefit Plan. But state officials say that won't affect an upcoming change in the program's insurance options.

September 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Welcome back, football Fridays

The leaves haven't changed yet, and the late afternoon sun still burns like it did at midsummer.

September 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Authorities work to send weather warnings to schools faster

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell met with local educators Friday to discuss the possibility of expanding direct severe weather warning alert systems to include principals and administrators.

September 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Corps slows flows from Lake Lanier

This week's increase of more than 2 feet in the level of Lake Lanier is the greatest rise in the lake in two years, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the reservoir. And it keeps rising.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, the level of Lake Lanier was 1,055.69 feet above mean sea level, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's Web site. That compares with 1,053.30 three days earlier. One year ago, the level of Lanier was 1,059.05.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Jurors give convicted killer life without parole

A jury's sentence of life without parole for a convicted double murderer Thursday brought an end to one of Hall County's longest-pending criminal cases.

Ignacio "Nacho" Vergara, 26, showed no emotion as Senior Superior Court Judge John Girardeau, after a tense pause to look over the verdict form, read aloud the sentence of the nine-man, three-woman jury. The panel spent more than four hours over two days deliberating his fate.

September 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville's budget in the black, despite sales tax slump

Gainesville ended fiscal year 2008 with money to spare, but sales tax revenues were down over last year, the city's chief financial officer said Thursday.

September 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County Commission: Residents worry about changes

Proposed changes in their neighborhoods drew many people to Thursday's Hall County commission meeting.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Uga VII to be introduced prior to Saturday's game

Uga VII, the latest in the storied line of University of Georgia mascots will be introduced Saturday in pre-game ceremonies before Georgia's season opener against Georgia Southern.

The new mascot succeeds Uga VI, who died in June of heart problems. He will be escorted onto the field by members of the Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler family of Savannah who have owned the continuous line of mascots since Uga I took up the mantle in 1956.

September 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Local Republicans happy with McCain's choice as running mate

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., said he had heard his Alaska colleague talk about the state's maverick governor but knew little more about Sarah Palin, who was named Friday by Sen. John McCain's as his vice presidential running mate.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Nobody protests planned big development in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - A proposed $15 million mixed-use development planned for downtown sailed through a public hearing Thursday night with input coming only from the project's developer.

September 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Police arrest two for robbery

Two men attempted to rob an elderly man at his home on Jesse Jewell Parkway around 9 p.m. Thursday.

Howard Mahaffey, 78, heard a knock on his door and when he opened it, two unarmed black males asked him for cigarettes.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Labor Day holiday: Some will venture out on lake, roads

Labor Day traditionally is considered the last hurrah of summer, one final chance for a cookout or a swim before the season gives way to autumn.

But it's not clear how many people will be in the mood to celebrate this year.

September 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Japanese woman finally gets to be U.S. citizen

Izumi Igarashi cannot speak. But her joy in becoming a U.S. citizen was clear in the smile on her face and the tears in her eyes as she was sworn in Thursday at New Horizons North in Gainesville.

Igarashi was naturalized in front of her friends, family and teachers after waiting 10 years to become a citizen.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Beware of scams when picking repair contractors

As sure as there are tornadoes and other storms, there likely will be scam artists attempting to take advantage of the situation.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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All lanes of Ga. 347 stretch set to open Thursday

Four lanes of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between Interstate 985 and McEver Road are expected to be open to motorists by 5 p.m. Thursday, nearly two months earlier than expected.

September 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville police prepare for digital system

Two weeks before Christmas, the Gainesville Police Department will ditch pen and paper and begin the process of digital reporting.

September 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall hopes to improve rundown areas by purchasing vacant property

Hall County officials are considering creating a new agency that aims to revitalize tax-foreclosed, vacant and abandoned property.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the Road: Lane shift scheduled on Ga. 347 project

Traffic is scheduled to shift Monday on Ga. 347 in Braselton as the Georgia Department of Transportation continues work on widening the South Hall County road.

September 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Disability advocates to hold meeting

The public is invited to take part in "Conversations that Matter," a town hall meeting addressing employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

September 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


North Forsyth woman charged with taking $33K for legal services she couldn’t provide

A Forsyth County grand jury handed down an indictment last week of a North Forsyth woman arrested as part of an investigation into possible fraudulent legal practices.

September 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man indicted on murder charges Forsyth child’s death

A 25-year-old Butts County man has been indicted on several charges in connection with the February beating death of a 3-year-old North Forsyth County boy.

September 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Supreme Court advised to delay taking on water war case

The U.S. solicitor general said he believes the Supreme Court should put off accepting a Florida lawsuit that accuses Georgia of consuming too much water.

September 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chapter for Don Carter State Park OK’d

Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites has given its OK to a new chapter representing Don Carter State Park in North Hall County.

September 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Part of Wilshire Trails Park to close Wednesday for concrete maintenance

A portion of Wilshire Trails Park will be closed Wednesday and possibly Thursday, according to Gainesville Parks and Recreation.

September 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Libertarian candidate for governor Hunt addresses UNG students

Libertarian candidate for governor Andrew Hunt spoke Monday to the Politically Incorrect Club at the University of North Georgia, outlining his platform as a third-party candidate.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Change in seasons brings milder weather to area

The fall season officially begins today, bringing cooler temperatures throughout the week. The break from the summer heat has allowed several Hall County residents the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, whether it be a brisk walk through the square or relaxing downtown.

September 22, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall is hotbed for election candidates

Election season is heating up as Republican and Democratic candidates swing through Hall County in the next week.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sandra Deal addresses GOP voters

Republican voters swarmed the clubhouse Monday at the Village at Deaton Creek to welcome U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue, his wife, Bonnie, first lady of Georgia Sandra Deal and State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man pleads guilty to killing Gainesville woman

MINNEAPOLIS - A 25-year-old man was sentenced Monday to life in prison with a chance for parole after admitting he killed a second woman in the Twin Cities and left her body in an abandoned car.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


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