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Hall's new fire station will increase protection

Firefighters are still settling in after their first week at Fire Station 2's new home in Clermont while neighbors are enjoying lower insurance premiums.

June 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Dog days of summer come early with high temperatures

The heat of summer has arrived in full, blazing glory. And about a month or two ahead of schedule, according to meteorologist Mike Griesinger.

June 18, 2008 | | Local


Petition calls for removal of Gainesville superintendent

A petition is circulating among Gainesville residents for the removal of Steven Ballowe as superintendent of the Gainesville school system.

June 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Retired Army corpsman plunges into task of updating aging manuals

When he retired in 2006, Jerry Barnes thought of taking it easy and doing the things he enjoyed, like doting on his new grandson and being a passionate fan of Virginia Tech football.

June 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City schools' lunch money unaccounted for

What happened to the lunch money?

June 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ex-firefighter confesses to touching teen

A judge rejected a former longtime Hall County firefighter and paramedic's request for special first-offender treatment in a sexual battery case Thursday, instead requiring that the defendant register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Hall County Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin sentenced 41-year-old John A. Bond to five years probation after he pleaded guilty to improperly touching a 15-year-old girl not related to him who was staying in his home in 2006. The sentence was negotiated between Bond's lawyer, Dan Sammons, and prosecutors with the Hall County District Attorney's office.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Homeless man severely burned in fire

An elderly homeless man was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital with severe burns after a vacant mobile home caught fire Thursday afternoon at an Athens Highway mobile home park.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said the man, whose name and age were not confirmed Thursday, suffered third-degree burns to about 40 percent of his body.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Suspect in road rage slaying enters not guilty plea

Hugo Tepanca never met Jose Vargas before a chance encounter in traffic six weeks ago, authorities say.

But investigators believe a confrontation between the two men as they drove on a Gainesville street ended in bloodshed, with Tepanca behind bars on charges of committing a murder prompted by road rage.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lyman Hall, Myers elementary schools shed 'needs-improvement' label

Preliminary data shows that Lyman Hall and Myers elementary schools will shed their needs-improvement labels this year, said Will Schofield, superintendent of the Hall County school system, on Thursday.

June 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deputies provide teen driver education

Like most new drivers, getting behind the wheel with mom or dad in the car isn't exactly the most relaxing of experiences for 15-year-old Lauren Gregory.

"It's kind of stressful driving with them," Gregory said.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


A graceful balloon race to the Atlantic

French author Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg lifted from London during the 19th century in a hot air balloon intending to travel around the world in 80 days.

June 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County confirms 23rd rabies case

The number of confirmed rabies cases in Hall County this year has climbed to 23.

June 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jordan: Reporter wants to keep her feet on terra firma

As a kid, I didn't flinch when dared to climb the tallest magnolia tree in the neighborhood.

June 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Official: Lake manual's update to be a challenge

ATLANTA - The man who has the task of updating the 50-year-old operating manuals for two river systems in Georgia said Thursday that the region has abundant water resources, they just need to be where people need them and can use them.

June 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fishermen find drowning victim

Fishermen on Thursday discovered the body of a man who has been missing in Lake Lanier since drowning in early May.

Hall County Sheriff's Maj. Jeff Strickland said an autopsy confirmed the identity of the man as 46-year-old Broderick Bradford and that Bradford died from drowning. No foul play was suspected, Strickland said.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Hundreds brave the rain for babies in March of Dimes event

Even with a chance of rain, more than 400 people took part in the March for Babies Walk on Saturday at Wilshire Trails Park in Gainesville.

April 18, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Kubota expansion moving forward

Gainesville-based Rochester & Associates has been authorized to complete design and engineering for a public road accessing Kubota Manufacturing of America's new facility planned in the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

April 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chestatee High School's Maddie Woodard overcomes heart condition

When Madelynn "Maddie" Woodard was 6 years old, she would tell her parents she was having a heart attack.

April 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cirque Italia delights audience; continues today and Sunday

Aerial acts, optical illusions, musical clowns and a mermaid delighted the audience Friday at Cirque Italia, a European-style circus performance over a stage holding 35,000 gallons of water.

April 17, 2015 | | Local


Gwinnett man accused of forcing deputy off the road

Authorities arrested a Lawrenceville man April 11, claiming he was "weaving toward (a) patrol car causing the patrol car to go off the road," according to the warrants.

April 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Attorney says Cleveland man accused of wire fraud maintains his innocence

The attorney for a Cleveland man accused by federal authorities of wire fraud said Friday he maintains his innocence and plans to fight all charges.

April 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Sheriff recommending to dismiss charges against grieving father

White County Sheriff Neal Walden said Friday afternoon that his office is recommending charges be dropped against a grieving father who tried to erect safety measures at his daughter's wreck site.

April 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Coroner: Lumpkin 3-year-old’s death was accidental drowning

A 3-year-old who disappeared from his Lumpkin County home Wednesday died of an accidental drowning, according to an autopsy completed Thursday.

April 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


BGW Dental Group celebrates new facility

You don't usually see hundreds of people excitedly rush to their dentist's office.

April 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lake issues on tap at meeting

There will be a social hour, with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, but also some serious talk about the many pressing issues facing Lake Lanier at the Gainesville-based Lake Lanier Association's annual meeting Saturday.

April 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deannexation request set for April 30 public hearing

An April 30 public hearing has been set for businessman Chris Nonnemaker's request to deannex from Clermont.

April 16, 2015 | Times Staff Reports | Local


Proposed tree ordinance would require root barriers

Flowery Branch city leaders are considering amending an existing ordinance to more clearly specify tree usage in subdivisions.

April 16, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Police investigating local tax return fraud

Gainesville police are investigating a man with a history of fraud charges in a possible scam to steal tax refunds from local clients.

April 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fund started for children of wreck victim

April 16, 2015 | By David Renner Times regional staff | Local


Gainesville budget proposal includes no property tax increase

Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett has recommended no property tax increases as part of a $30.76 million spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

April 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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