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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


Dog bites hospitalize Jackson EMC meter reader

A Jackson EMC contract employee was hospitalized after he was bitten by four dogs while working Tuesday, suffering severe injuries.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jury keeps pondering Vergara’s sentence

Jurors will resume deliberating today whether to sentence a convicted killer to death for the drug-related shooting deaths of two men on a isolated South Hall road.

The jury of nine men and three women deliberated for more than three hours Wednesday in the sentencing phase of Ignacio Vergara's death penalty trial before asking to be released from duty for the day at about 7:30 p.m. It was the eighth day of sequestration for the jury, which is staying in an area hotel.

September 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ballowe, Gainesville school board settle for $190,000

The Gainesville City Board of Education voted 3-2 to enter into a mutual termination agreement with former Gainesville school system Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

Phil Hartley, attorney for the Gainesville school board, said the board agreed to settle with Ballowe for $190,000, the equivalent of his salary last year without benefits. Hartley said the board will pay Ballowe in two $95,000 payments, one during this fiscal year and one during the next.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rainfall gives lake ‘a pretty nice jump’

Even as Hall County residents were dodging tornadoes Tuesday, you still could hear people remarking that "all this rain is going to be good for the lake."

There's no question that Tropical Storm Fay did benefit Lake Lanier. By Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey was reporting the lake's elevation at 1,055.44 feet, about 2 feet higher than it had been on Monday.

September 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall recovers from the fury of tornadoes

Until two days ago, Jesus Ramirez and Jane Gable only had seen a tornado in the movies, but three very real ones touched down in Hall County Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed.

Tuesday's tornado did not sound like the freight train tornado Ramirez had seen in the movies. Ramirez' experience had been a little more rural.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Weather service says 3 twisters struck Hall, causing $3.36 million in damage

It has been three days since a fallen pine tree forced Ellen Cowart out of her home less than a mile from downtown Gainesville.

Cowart's property is one of nearly 107 properties that were either affected or damaged by tornadoes Tuesday in Hall County. Most of the damage was in an area between Lyman Hall Elementary and Cowart's home, according to an estimate from Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Roots building: Cochran returns to affordable housing

TALMO - In what he calls "an earlier life," builder and developer Broughton Cochran was a social worker for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services in Forsyth County.

September 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Schools assess damage

Oakwood and Lyman Hall elementary schools resumed classes as usual Wednesday following a day in which two tornadoes swept through the school yards.

One tornado damaged four first-grade classrooms at Oakwood Elementary, and the other pulled the majority of the roof off the gym at Lyman Hall Elementary.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch schedules 3 hearings for tax increase

Flowery Branch residents who saw a rise in property values this year because of reassessments also could see a slight jump in taxes.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Remnants of Fay hit Hall; homes damaged; schools evacuated

When there were multiple reports of funnel clouds near Lyman Hall Elementary Tuesday afternoon, secretary Elaine Ingram was glad that the school's staff had practiced what to do.

"Those drills do work," Ingram said.

August 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


4 twisters likely hit Hall, weather service says

It is possible that Hall County was hit by four separate tornadoes Tuesday afternoon, according to preliminary findings from the National Weather Service.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Johnson High assistant principal has leg amputated weeks after wreck

An assistant principal at Johnson High School had surgery at an Atlanta hospital Wednesday morning to amputate his leg almost three weeks after surviving a one-car wreck on his way to work.

August 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Storms bring a foot of relief to Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier has risen about a foot in the past two days as the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay have dumped several inches of rain across Northeast Georgia since Sunday.

The level is expected to continue to rise over the next several days as the rain that fell in the basin feeding the lake makes its way into Lanier.

August 31, 2008 | By Debbie Gilbert and Edie Rogers dgilbert@gainesvilletimes.com; erogers@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Tree limb pierces child’s bedroom in North Hall

Robert and Jennifer Miller were in the process of fixing up their North Hall home, having just replaced their roof a few weeks ago, when fierce storms Tuesday afternoon brought about the need for more, unexpected repairs.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Gainesville High Principal LaCrisia Larkin to retire

After 34 years in education, Gainesville High School Principal LaCrisia Larkin will retire this year.

March 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


New arrest made in taxi driver shooting in Gainesville

A fifth person has been charged in the killing of a Gainesville taxi driver.

March 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


NCAA basketball contests a big business for some

What do you call a criminal act that is nearly unenforceable?

March 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Quinlan Visual Arts Center to open new sculpture garden

The beauty inside the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville will now be reflected on the outside as well.

March 19, 2015 | Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Badge & Bar: 4 indicted in rock damage overpass case

Four Gainesville men were indicted on March 10 in connection with allegedly throwing large rocks from a highway overpass and damaging two vehicles.

March 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Doctor discusses medical marijuana oil study

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | Local


Bus route changes now will take effect July 1

Hall Area Transit plans to push off Gainesville Connection route and fare changes until July 1, mainly to line up with the start of its fiscal year.

March 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Judge hears arguments in appeal involving escape, jailer firings

A senior Superior Court judge heard arguments Wednesday involving two terminated Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies and an inmate who escaped in July 2013.

March 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville store clerk arrested on drug charges

A store clerk at AMAL Convenience Store was arrested Wednesday after authorities said they found roughly 2« pounds of suspected synthetic marijuana in her possession.

March 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local




Annual Girl Power event to focus on unleashing possibilities

Being a girl in middle and high school can be tough, but a Northeast Georgia organization wants to offer support to these young women.

March 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 honored at 90th annual Gainesville Kiwanis Club banquet

A Chestatee High School student and a longtime Gainesville square businessman were recipients Tuesday night of two awards at the Gainesville Kiwanis Club's 90th annual awards banquet.

March 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Several Hall road projects have no money

Several Hall County projects have federal funding uncertainty, but at least three cited last week by Georgia Department of Transportation District Engineer Brent Cook have no funding certainty at all.

March 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


North Georgia Community Foundation accepting philanthropist, leadership nominees

The North Georgia Community Foundation, celebrating its 30th year, is accepting nominations for its Philanthropist of the Year and Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy awards.

March 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


UNG hosts regional STAR student gala

Some of the region's finest and highest-achieving students are headed to bright futures at some of the country's top colleges.

March 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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