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HOV lanes to open on Interstate 85

The new High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on Interstate 85 southbound and on Ga. 316 westbound will be opened beginning late Thursday night with the lanes open by 5 this morning, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

September 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch grants alcohol license to eatery

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted Thursday night to approve a beer, wine and alcohol license for a new restaurant in the Stonebridge Village shopping center.

The council approved the license for Shogun Japanese Steakhouse on the condition that the applicant undergoes a criminal background check when renewing the license in 2010.

September 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville officials choose local contractor for parking deck job

Gainesville officials have chosen a local contractor to build the new downtown parking deck and plan to complete construction by July 2009.

Gainesville's own Optum Construction Group Inc. submitted the lowest bid for the cost of building the city's future 419-space parking deck that will stand in place of the current downtown deck by July 2009, Jarrett Nash, project manager for the construction, told City Council members Thursday.

September 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


On the road with Air Force One

GILLSVILLE - There is no airport in Gillsville, but Air Force One landed here earlier this week. It's parked in Donald Snare's driveway.

OK, it's not the real presidential aircraft, but it is a lifelike replica of the cockpit and presidential cabin of the plane used by Presidents Kennedy through the first Bush.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Unemployment claims double in Hall County

The number of unemployment claims in August more than doubled in Hall County from the same month a year ago. The Georgia Department of Labor released figures Thursday showing 945 people filed a first-time claim for unemployment insurance in August, compared with 471 in August 2007.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fast-food worker faked robbery, authorities say

CUMMING - If the employee of a local fast-food restaurant who reported a robbery Tuesday had it her way, she wouldn't have gotten caught.

As it turned out, however, Monica Montero Lane was arrested Thursday by Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies and charged with false statement and theft by taking.

September 15, 2008 | Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Police seek suspect in South Hall bank robbery

BRASELTON - A man robbed a Wachovia Bank this morning in Braselton, getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.

September 15, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Hall denies no-parking zone for subdivision

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided to stay out of neighborhood affairs when it voted unanimously to deny one neighborhood's request for a no-parking zone.

Some of the Southern Trace Subdivision neighbors, like Ronald and Lola Blackwell, accused others of having "weekend parties" where cars parked on the street posed a threat to public safety.

September 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Race for governor will be costly

A University of Georgia political scientist said that the race for governor in 2010 will come with a price tag of eight figures, a likely reason Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is beginning his exploratory campaign more than two years before the vote.

"He's lining up a date for the prom," said Charles Bullock, a UGA professor who analyzes state politics. He said Cagle is making sure that potential supporters don't commit to another candidate, such as Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, the only other Republican in the race.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gang’s leader gets 20 years for drug charges

Saying Charles Douglas Graham's criminal acts "can't be tolerated," a judge sentenced the admitted gang leader to 20 years in prison Wednesday.

September 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Panel: School board candidates should have education, face drug tests

The state Board of Education is reviewing a report by the Committee for School Board Excellence that proposes local school board members be held to statutory requirements that could include drug tests and the completion of a high school education.

September 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall school superintendent has favorable talks with US education secretary

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings recently lent an ear to four Atlanta-area school system superintendents, one of whom was Hall County schools superintendent Will Schofield.

September 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Police: Train runs over man who tried to jump aboard

A man was run over by a train he was trying to jump aboard Wednesday on Athens Street, police said.

September 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cagle will study run for governor

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle took the initial steps on Tuesday to begin a bid for governor in 2010.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Native son could be first Hall Countian to lead state in 108 years

Casey Cagle's political career began in 1994 when he ran what many considered an uphill race against first-term state Sen. Jane Hemmer, D-Gainesville.

Like Cagle, Hemmer had deep roots in Hall County, and had served as a county commissioner before running in 1992 for the Senate seat being vacated by Nathan Deal. Deal was elected that year to his first term in U.S. Congress.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Lula hopes to restore its caboose, a downtown fixture

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annual deer hunt closes southern corps’ parks

November 20, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Councilman named to fill Dawsonville vacancy after resignation

November 19, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


2nd teen arrested in Dawson County church burglaries

November 19, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Blackwood named to new term on highway safety board

Harris Blackwood of Gainesville has been named to a fourth term on the board of directors of the Governor's Highway Safety Association.

November 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Christmas Day murder suspect claims self-defense

The Flowery Branch man indicted in the death of his brother on Christmas Day last year has filed his intent to claim self-defense.

November 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville woman pleads guilty to falsely reporting rape

A woman accused of falsely reporting she was raped in 2013 has pleaded guilty to three counts of false reporting of a crime.

November 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Man arrested after grocery store theft sting

A Decatur man and a woman are suspected of shoplifting over-the-counter drugs from Hall County grocery stores.

November 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall School Superintendent Will Schofield attends summit in D.C. with Obama

The White House invited select U.S. educators to a summit today, and Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield is one of them.

November 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Atlanta Falcons exercise with Lula Elementary kids

The National Football League came to Lula Elementary School on Tuesday with the Atlanta Falcons Gatorade Junior Training Camp. Kicker Matt Bryant, fullback Patrick DiMarco and other Falcons players participated in the event. The students participated in several football-related drills to get acquainted with football fundamentals, as well as getting exercise.

November 18, 2014 | | Local


Eyes on the Road: DOT meetings to focus on Lumpkin County projects

The Georgia Department of Transportation has set public meetings on planned roundabouts at two intersections in Lumpkin County.

November 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Twins suspected in 3 Gainesville burglaries

A set of Gainesville twins is charged with three counts of burglary each, stemming from a Gainesville police investigation.

November 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to Ahaluna development

After a Hail Mary pass connected late Monday, ending Hall County's objection, Gainesville City Council on Tuesday night gave the final OK needed for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville.

November 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cornelia residents under boil-water advisory after main bursts

Residents of Cornelia are under a boil-water advisory after a 10-inch main ruptured Tuesday on Chase Road, according to a news release from the city.

November 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Police name A.J. Johnson as suspect in rape investigation

A.J. Johnson, Tennessee Volunteers linebacker and Gainesville High School graduate, was named Tuesday as a suspect in a rape investigation by Knoxville, Tenn., police.

November 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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