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Jury selection begins in death penalty trial

Hall County's first death penalty trial in more than three years began Monday with the start of jury selection that is expected to last at least a week.

August 16, 2008 | By Stephen Gurr and Ashley Fielding sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com; afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Georgia revenue collections fall 6.6 percent

Gov. Sonny Perdue says state revenue collections for last month fell 6.6 percent from this time last year. Revenue for the first month of the 2008-09 fiscal year totaled $1.2 billion, a decrease of $86.4 million from the same month a year ago.

August 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall schools: Shifting grade levels will ease overcrowding

Hall County educators fielded few complaints from parents concerned about the district's proposal to shuffle some middle and high school grade levels to different schools in the Flowery Branch area.

August 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Wounded deputy in stable condition at Grady

The Hall County deputy who was shot in Lula Monday will face another surgery Wednesday, Hall County Sheriff's Maj. Jeff Strickland said.

August 16, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall officials say 4 ramps could be extended

The dwindling number of open boat ramps on Lake Lanier likely will go up after Hall County officials announced at Monday's work session that four ramps could be extended.

August 16, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Suspect dead, deputy injured in Lula standoff

Monday morning began like any other in Lula.

August 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


New Kroger store set to open Thursday in South Hall

Grocery competition in South Hall is about to get stiffer.

August 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Winder man, 18, drowns in Lake Lanier

The Hall County Sheriff's Office dive team recovered the body of an 18-year-old Winder man in Lake Lanier on Sunday evening after the man had become separated from his friends earlier in the day.

August 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Property tax bills will go out on time

Though Gov. Sonny Perdue is delaying the Homeowner Tax Relief Grant, for now, tax bills will be sent out as usual, said Hall County Tax Commissioner Keith Echols.

August 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Johnson High assistant principal making progress after accident

An assistant principal at Johnson High School remained in an Atlanta hospital's intensive care unit Sunday, two days after a one-car wreck on Poplar Springs Road.

August 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Pet CPR, first aid class scheduled

The Humane Society of Hall County and the Northeast Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross are set to hold a pet CPR and first aid class at 1 p.m. Sept. 13. The class will be held at the Adoption Center at 845 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville.

In this four-hour course, participants will learn to recognize an emergency situation for their pet, administer first aid and discover other ways to keep their pet healthy and happy. All participants must preregister. The cost is $35 and checks can be made payable to the American Red Cross.

August 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Government meeting schedule

Public government meetings coming up this week include:

August 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gator, boats, but still not enough water in Lake Lanier

From an alligator to a big boating bash, Lake Lanier seemed to feature a little of everything last week, except higher water levels.

August 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Owner of landmark Flowery Branch grocery store aims to reopen

The $2.78 per gallon price at the gas pumps is a sure sign that Best Buy Quality Foods has been closed for a while.

August 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Surgery through the belly button limits scars

Imagine surgery with no incisions. It would be like something Dr. McCoy used to do on "Star Trek."

August 15, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


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