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GPS may make trash pickup more efficient

Instead of having a diesel truck ride up and down city streets looking for metal and limbs on the curbs, the Gainesville solid waste employee driving the truck will soon be able to go straight to the homes with metal scraps on the curb "and he's through," said Danny Owen, manager of Gainesville's Solid Waste Division.

May 13, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Dawsonville not in running for car plant

DAWSONVILLE - Recent talks that a high performance police car automaker was considering a site in Dawsonville may have been wishful thinking on the part of a local real estate agent.

May 13, 2009 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Friday roadwork will cut Ga. 53 westbound to one lane

Westbound lanes on Ga. 53/Mundy Mill Road under Interstate 985 will be reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Motorists coming off I-985 south won't be able to turn left on Mundy Mill Road because of the work, said Teri Pope, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

May 13, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Teens charged with Juniper Court burglary

Two teenagers have been charged with a Monday burglary at a Juniper Court home, Gainesville police said today.

May 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Police: UGA professor killed himself

ATHENS - A Georgia professor who shot three people outside a community theater targeted his wife's male friend first, then turned the gun on her and a third person, authorities said Tuesday as they released new details of the killings.

May 12, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


Gainesville planners OK construction in stream buffer

Gainesville's planners voted Tuesday to allow a Habitat for Humanity home to be built inside a 75-foot buffer meant to protect streams from erosion.

May 12, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Clarks Bridge Road: Proceed with caution?

For the most part, Clarks Bridge Road is a pretty quiet street.

May 12, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Flowery Branch looking at downtown traffic study

Expecting a planned, major downtown development to spur traffic, Flowery Branch is moving forward with a transportation study of its historic district.

May 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall, Gainesville students beat state average on grad test

Hall County and Gainesville high school juniors surpassed the state average on the Georgia High School Graduation Test.

May 12, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Zell Miller authors again; this time about changes in mountain life

At 77, Zell Miller has settled into retired life in his native mountains. But while Miller admits he's changed a bit, the ways of the mountains have changed more dramatically.

May 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville nears decision on airport management contract

Within the next week, Gainesville officials will select a firm to direct the city with master planning and manage major projects at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

May 12, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County commissioner named to national group’s justice committee

Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell has been appointed to the National Association of Counties' Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee.

May 12, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Suspect sought in convenience store robbery

Hall County sheriff's deputies are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday night at a convenience store on Atlanta Highway.

May 12, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville voters may get to choose mayor, school board chairman

Gov. Sonny Perdue has signed bills that will allow voters to have their say on an elected mayor and board of education chairman for the city of Gainesville.

May 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall native throws out first pitch at G-Braves game

LAWRENCEVILLE - The crowd applauded politely when Lefty pitched on Monday. It was a far cry from the heat he threw as a member of the 1943 Atlanta Crackers.

May 11, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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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


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Headmaster kisses pig following school's high reading scores

Lakeview Academy Headmaster John Kennedy kissed Purdy the Tamworth pig Wednesday at the Gainesville school as a reward for first- through fifth-grade students, who exceeded their goal in the Scholastic Reading Counts challenge.

October 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Talks underway between lawyers for Hall firetruck maker over training accident

Legal representatives for the maker of the the firetruck involved in a July 22 Hall County training incident have begun discussions with County Attorney Bill Blalock.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Badge and Bar: Man indicted in officer obstruction

A Gainesville man previously indicted on a kidnapping charge has been indicted on charges of kicking two correctional officers in a later incident.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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