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Hall County: $54 million jail completed

Chairman of the Hall County Board of Commissioners Tom Oliver presented Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic with a key to a new $54 million jail facility Monday, and joked that it might be the most expensive key ever made.

The new jail, with the ability to house more than 1,000 inmates, was completed one month ahead of schedule and under budget, Cronic said.

October 27, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall reports first human case of West Nile

Last week, Hall County recorded its first-ever human case of West Nile virus.

October 27, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Rain is not enough; forecast isn't helping

Despite widespread rain across the state Monday and as much as a 70 percent chance of rain today, forecasters expect the precipitation to have little effect on Lake Lanier's water level.

October 27, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Corp may reduce flows from Lanier

An official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the amount of water taken from Lake Lanier could be reduced pending the outcome of a study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service due next month.

October 27, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lumpkin County residents call for delaying construction

On Monday morning, Lumpkin County residents filed a request with the state Environmental Protection Division to put a moratorium on all construction for at least a year.

The request was made in the midst of the worst drought the region has seen in 100 years.

October 27, 2007 | Ashley Cox | Local


Rehabilitation classes help disabled people find jobs

When Pat Bloomquist was laid off from her embroidery job at Warren Featherbone in 2004, she wanted to find a job in an office. With a physical disability and no computer skills, she turned to the Georgia Department of Labor for help.

And it's people like Bloomquist that the Department of Labor wants to spotlight at its Disability Awareness Breakfast to be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

October 27, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Injured teen ready to go back to school

A West Hall High School student injured this summer in a swimming pool diving accident is set to return to school Monday.

Ben Hildebrant, a member of the Spartan football team, is scheduled to be released Friday from the Atlanta-based Shepherd Center, where he has been receiving therapy.

October 27, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County considers adding turn lane

Gaines Mill Road might be getting a new turn lane.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote Thursday on a state Department of Transportation agreement to build a new turn lane on the road at its intersection with Ga. 129.

October 27, 2007 | Ashley Cox | Local


Worst-case scenario: Gainesville may use pre-Lanier pipe to haul water from lake

For the past couple of weeks, local government officials and residents have been watching Lake Lanier's water level drop and asking themselves, "What if?"

October 27, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic patients can keep United Healthcare insurance

About 4,500 Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic patients could breathe a sigh of relief last week when they learned they would not have to switch doctors or change their insurance plans after all.

October 26, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Genesis: Tri-state water wars kicked off 17 years ago

The legal wrangling over the water in the Chattahoochee River is not new. The states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have been at odds over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin for 17 years.

October 26, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Food for Thought kitchen tour feeds teen pregnancy prevention program

Board members of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Inc. enticed some Gainesville residents to get off the couch and come into the kitchen Sunday afternoon as part of the agency's Food for Thought kitchen tour fundraiser.

In its third year, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Inc. kitchen tour led program patrons through the kitchens of five different homes - two in the Riverside area and three in the Chattahoochee Country Club area.

October 26, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gold Rush success: Dahlonega festival draws in a quarter-million people

Craft collectors and food enthusiasts hit it big this weekend at the Gold Rush Days festival on the downtown square in Dahlonega.

October 26, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


How are you conserving water?

North Georgia is suffering through one of the worst droughts in its history. Lake Lanier has less than three months of water remaining. Some officials are saying that, without significant rainfall soon, water rationing might be necessary in North Georgia.

October 26, 2007 | | Local


Gainesville has new way to report water violators

There are two new ways to report watering violations.

October 26, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Lesson seven: Kick, hands, kick, hands

Wednesday marked my second-to-last adult swim lesson at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. It also marked my first time swimming across the pool, a full 25 yards, from the three-foot side of the pool to the six-foot side.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Alto man sentenced to 25 years in child molestation case

An Alto man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole following a conviction of aggravated child molestation, among other charges.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County yet to feel state revenue windfall

State revenues are increasing this year over last, but economic hiccups remain and local governments have yet to see the payoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville fan program eases seniors’ swelter

Gainesville residents are trying to find ways of keeping cool in the summer heat that won't empty their wallets.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Demolition of Lanier Plaza begins, to take 2-3 weeks

Demolition of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is underway.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Wreck injuries not life-threatening

All three occupants involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lula on Tuesday came away from the collision without life-threatening injuries, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jonathan S. Munger said Wednesday.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Perdue, Kingston visit Hall County, try to woo voters

David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, each rolled through Hall County on Wednesday, hoping to turn out the vote in the July 22 runoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


End of course tests show area high schoolers struggling in math

Scores released Wednesday show math remains a struggle for students locally and statewide.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Former Flowery Branch woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

TEXARKANA, Texas - A former Flowery Branch resident who had minor acting roles in film and television was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Art as science as life

A visit from artist Carol Christie was the highlight Wednesday of the summer art camp, "Art As Science, Science As Art," at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville. Each student took a turn at the large canvas, applying paint with many different brushes or sometimes, no brush at all. During the project, students were able to apply knowledge learned during the camp such as mixing colors and using various objects to scratch, smear and remove paint, as well as applying paint using traditional brushes.

July 16, 2014 | | Local


New bike/ped panel would target projects that can be done sooner

Rather than let a newly completed bicycle-pedestrian plan collect dust, area officials agreed Wednesday to form a committee that would talk about possibly kick-starting "some early-action" projects.

July 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




New law: Move right or get a ticket

A new law makes not moving over to another lane when there's faster traffic behind you an offense for which you could get a ticket.

July 16, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Lesson six: Breaststroke is the best stroke

My Monday swim lesson was enough for me to never again want to get into the pool at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.

July 16, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Poultry lab now looking at fall opening

The new Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network headquarters in North Hall County now appears headed for completion in midfall.

July 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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