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Gas leak backs up traffic, temporarily closes Sardis Road

A portion of Sardis Road was closed for nearly two hours on Monday after construction workers broke a gas main.

January 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall school board approves new elementary attendance zones

Friendship, Spout Springs and Chestnut Mountain elementary schools have new attendance boundaries beginning in the fall.

January 26, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Explosion at Pilgrim's Pride injures one

GAINESVILLE - An apparent boiler explosion sent one Pilgrim's Pride employee to Northeast Georgia Medical Center Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

Industrial Boulevard was closed as Gainesville firefighters worked to find the cause of an explosion that dented a rollup door on the outside of the plant.

January 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Turn lanes on Exit 22 will double its capacity

GAINESVILLE - Lane closures started Monday on Interstate 985 and U.S. 129 for a road widening project that should last well into the summer.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is adding left turn lanes at Exit 22 of I-985 to make room for more vehicles on the road, said DOT spokeswoman Teri Pope.

January 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Oakwood City Council votes to increase pay, effective in 2010

Oakwood City Council voted Monday evening to raise council members' salaries, and the $250 per month increase will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010.

Before the council's approval to increase council members' pay, Oakwood City Council members received $350 each month for their service, which totals $4,200 annually.

January 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hospital names doctor to executive post that bridges gap between physicians and administrators

In some hospitals, there's an "us versus them" relationship between administrators and doctors.

Officials at Northeast Georgia Medical Center didn't want that to happen here, so they've created a new position: chief medical officer.

January 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Blairsville named part of state’s Main Street program

Blairsville on Wednesday was selected as Georgia's newest Main Street City program participant.

January 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lane closures on Exit 22 start today

Interstate 985's Exit 22 in Gainesville is set for a makeover, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

January 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


2 killed in separate wrecks

Two young men were killed early Sunday morning in two separate wrecks in which authorities believe alcohol may have been a factor.

Raymond Blake Long of Whiting Road in Gainesville died in a car accident Sunday on Mountain View Road in Oakwood. The Georgia State Patrol responded to the call at 1:05 a.m.

January 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Weekend of events precede annual MLK Day march

Forty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was preparing to lead a sanitation workers' strike and was assassinated on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tenn.

January 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch’s first hotel going up

Construction on the first hotel in Flowery Branch is well under way.

A Hampton Inn & Suites hotel is being built on Holland Dam Road behind the BP gas station in Flowery Branch and will house 84 bedrooms on a two-acre site with 96 parking spaces.

January 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Ruby Brawner celebrates a rosy 75th

The basement of the First Baptist Church on Green Street was decorated with rose-colored napkins and white tablecloths to mark the birthday of one of Gainesville's most treasured citizens.

January 24, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Extended boat ramp opens today at Clarks Bridge Park

Build it, and they will boat.

Kerry Hicks and a team of volunteers saw their grass-roots project to extend the public boat ramp at Clarks Bridge Park realized Saturday, when they successfully pulled a 24-foot pontoon boat from Lake Lanier on a new, 40-foot steel extension.

January 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall schools have $10 million technology wish list

GAINESVILLE - The Hall County school system has a $10.6 million technology wish list.

Aaron Turpin, who is about to take over as the district's technology chief, talked Saturday with the Board of Education about a variety of projects, some high-dollar and some becoming more urgent than others, throughout the system.

January 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville to submit charter system application to state

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville school system is vying to become one of the state's first charter school systems.

At its annual retreat Saturday, the City Board of Education voted to submit its application to the Georgia Department of Education.

January 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | 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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