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Top story No. 9: Debate over Georgia Mountains Center

Gainesville's City Council has heard proposals and mulled over ideas, but they really aren't any closer today to deciding what direction to take with the Georgia Mountains Center than at the beginning of the year.

January 10, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Local


Fireworks caution: They may be merely sparklers, but beware

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle got an unpleasant surprise two years ago when he first saw the newly legalized sparklers for sale at an area big-box retailer.

January 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Top Story of 2007: The Drought

Georgia was already in a drought when 2007 began. But last winter and spring passed without the usual rains, and by mid-summer, the situation reached a tipping point, rapidly going from bad to worse to unimaginable. Also, this year, the 17-year tri-state water wars remained behind the scenes until the worst drought in the region's history exacerbated both the problems and the tempers of those involved.

January 10, 2008 | By Debbie Gilbert and Harris Blackwood news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Forsyth County woman dies in wreck

Gwinnett County authorities are investigating a two-vehicle wreck that killed a Cumming woman Thursday night.

January 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Top Story No. 7: Lake Lanier turns 50

The lingering drought and dropping lake levels seemed like just a blip on the radar this summer as everyone celebrated Lake Lanier's 50th year.

January 10, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Local


Top Story No. 10: A new hospital in Braselton

Northeast Georgia Health System took a major step toward expansion on May 1, when the Georgia Department of Community Health granted approval for a new hospital in South Hall.

January 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Drug, gun charges dropped against Dawson County High School student

A Dawson County High School student arrested earlier this month for drug and weapon possession has been cleared of all charges, authorities said Friday.

January 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Boat ramp salvation: Bait shop owner wants watercraft back on Lake Lanier

Though Gov. Sonny Perdue has proposed creating a bass tournament venue with a "megaramp" on Lake Lanier at Laurel Park, some fishing enthusiasts aren't waiting for the state to take action. They want to get their boats back into the water now.

January 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Top Story No. 5: Easter weekend freeze

With record-breaking high temperatures in August, it was easy to forget that there had been record-breaking lows on April 7 and 8. Temps dropped into the 20s in the Northeast Georgia mountains over Easter weekend, killing blooms and foliage that had emerged early during spring-like weather.

January 10, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Local


Arrest costs Forsyth County deputy his job

A Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy arrested for domestic violence on Thanksgiving Day has lost his job with the department.

January 10, 2008 | BY LARA MOORE | Local


Top Story No. 6: Brenau begins study for medical school

Brenau University is trying to determine whether it - as well as the Gainesville-Hall County area - can support a medical school.

January 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Solemn farewell for a respected lawman

Hall Sheriff's officials said goodbye to one of the old guard Friday with full honors, as Sgt. Stan Bullock, a longtime veteran of the department, was laid to rest.

January 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


New bank, old name

OAKWOOD - An application has been filed for the first new thrift institution in Hall County in half a century.

The new entity would be known as Home Federal Bank, which is the same name of a previous savings and loan association dating back to 1957. The new Home Federal's applications are currently pending with the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

January 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Showers raise lake, but year still may be driest

Though it rained more than an inch in Gainesville for the first time in months, it won't be enough to keep Gainesville from recording its driest year in almost 50 years.

January 09, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Rabbit fleet gets a makeover; city’s buses now really are red

Since 2001, Hall Area Transit Red Rabbit buses have traversed Gainesville roadways sporting two shades of blue. But as of this month, four new predominantly red-painted Red Rabbit buses will operate three bus routes in the city.

"We've frequently been asked 'Why are your buses blue if you're called the Red Rabbit?'" said Janice Crow, general manager for Hall Area Transit.

January 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Sinkhole repairs may be complete Thursday

Repairs to a sinkhole that developed earlier this month in a Gainesville shopping center should be complete Thursday, depending on weather.

August 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Candidates for Ga. superintendent debate standards

August 20, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Young at heart: Group takes plunge down zip line

At the sprightly age of 83, Claude Schneider dismisses the suggestion that he's experiencing his midlife crisis.

August 20, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Universities not immune to religious controversy

The issue of religion in schools doesn't end with the 12th grade. Public universities also have to tread carefully when it comes to expressions of faith.

August 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Suspect faces additional charges in shooting of 2 women

The Gainesville man charged in the shooting of two women Friday at Atlanta Street Apartments in Gainesville is now facing additional charges in the incident.

Antwan Xavier Earls, 24, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault related to the attack on Sheena Mattox and Angelene Hall, who were both believed to have been shot in the upper torso. They were shot outside the apartment complex near the First Congregational Holiness Church.

August 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State GOP responds to racial discrimination suit

The Georgia Republican Party and its chairman, John Padgett, filed their response Tuesday in the racial discrimination suit filed by a Gainesville woman.

August 19, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Vogel turns out Democrats in Gainesville

Area Democrats gathered at the Gainesville Convention Center on Tuesday night to welcome and support U.S. Ninth Congressional District candidate David Vogel.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the road: Gainesville hopes to restart its tree project

Gainesville hopes to restart efforts 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.

August 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Storm doesn’t mar Brenau’s 1st day

Damage from a Monday afternoon storm won't affect the first day of school at Brenau University, but students can expect to see some other changes as they begin the school year today.

August 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville council at stalemate over raising water rates

Gainesville City Council is deadlocked on whether to raise water rates 1 percent after a 3-3 vote Tuesday night.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police identify Texas woman shot and killed in Helen

A Texas woman killed in downtown Helen late Saturday has been identified.

August 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


American Legion drive going through city

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Run is scheduled Wednesday to zoom through Flowery Branch.

August 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Brenau University takes on ice bucket challenge

The ALS ice bucket challenge has arrived in Gainesville. The nationally ranked Brenau University competitive cheerleading squad was challenged on Facebook by Chestatee High junior varsity cheerleader Kaylee Grace Lucas to take the ALS ice bucket challenge. The challenge is raising funds for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

August 18, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville to cast 1st vote on water rates increase

Gainesville City Council will meet today to cast a first vote on whether to raise water rates 1 percent next year.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cleveland Bypass work won’t finish Dec. 31 as expected

Area residents waited for years for construction to start on the Cleveland Bypass. Now that the project is underway, they'll have to wait longer for it to finish.

August 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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