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2 arrested in Guilford Clinic break-ins; 2 more sought by police

BRASELTON - Two arrests have been made and police were searching Tuesday for two more suspects in connection with the ransacking of a pair of Braselton medical clinics last week.

Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco said two men face charges related to recent break-ins at Braselton's two Guilford Clinics, located at 5796 Old Winder Highway and 7367 Spout Springs Road.

December 24, 2008 | By Stephen Gurr and Claire Miller sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com; cmiller@clickthepaper.com | Local


Lake Lanier rises a foot in 1 week

With rain received over the last week, it looks like Lake Lanier may not hit a record low water level this winter as anticipated.

December 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT will halt road construction for Christmas

Travelers won't have to worry about construction-related lane closings as they head to their holiday destinations.

December 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County records 43rd rabies case of year

Hall County's rabies epidemic apparently isn't taking a break for the holidays. The number of confirmed cases this year has now climbed to 43.

According to Hall County Animal Control, on Dec. 10 a skunk came into contact with a dog in the Claude Parks Road area of North Hall. The skunk's remains were sent Monday to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, which confirmed Tuesday that the skunk was infected with rabies.

December 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Blackwood: Ah, the frenzied magic that is Christmas Eve

There is just something about Christmas Eve. The first half is pure crazy with people rushing to finish their shopping, work or whatever has to be done before the holiday.

December 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Post office deals with busiest day of the year

If you went to the post office on Monday, you were not alone.

December 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County sales tax vote set for March 17

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has unanimously adopted a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum to go before voters on March 17.

December 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Chaplain in Iraq: Songs from the base keep your heart warm

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil. Next week, Collins' column will run on Christmas Day instead of the usual Tuesday.

December 23, 2008 | Rep. Doug Collins For The Times | Local


DOT awards contract in project to replace Gainesville traffic signals

The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.84 million contract for the replacement of traffic signals at 11 intersections along Jesse Jewell Parkway and Browns Bridge Road, or Ga. 369.

December 23, 2008 | | Local


Sheriff’s office: Teen stabbed in gang fight

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating the stabbing of a 16-year-old gang member. They believe the incident, which occurred Monday afternoon on Bob Bryant Road, is the result of an altercation between members of two known street gangs: Mexican Vatos Society and La Onda.

December 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


New traffic signals slated for Jesse Jewell, Browns Bridge

The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.84 million contract for the replacement of traffic signals at 11 intersections along Jesse Jewell Parkway and Browns Bridge Road, or Ga. 369.

December 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Third arrest made in minister's slaying

A third person has been arrested in connection with the Nov. 30 slaying of a Clermont youth minister, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Cleveland Police Department.

December 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Just how low will fuel go?

Rumors are circulating that gas prices will plummet as low as $1 per gallon, but AAA Auto Club South spokesman Gregg Laskoski doesn't see that happening here.

December 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Keep tree healthy

Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem, but a dry and neglected tree can be.

December 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools likely to pay tax anticipation note on time

Although tax collections have been slow in coming, Gainesville school system's finance director said the system likely will be able to pay off its more than $7.5 million tax anticipation note by the year's end.

December 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Accident history of railroad crossing in dispute

Accident reports obtained by The Times contradict a 2013 Georgia Department of Transportation assertion that five fatalities have occurred as a result of collisions between automobiles and trains at the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hospital must pay $8.4 million after boy’s injury at birth

A jury has ruled Northeast Georgia Medical Center must award $8.4 million to the family of a boy who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy following an injury at his 2008 birth.

October 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ report calls out governor’s Water Supply Program

An environmental watchdog group's annual "Dirty Dozen" report criticizes Gov. Nathan Deal's $300 million Water Supply Program, which includes an undetermined amount for the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Cleveland Bypass set for end of April completion

The Cleveland Bypass is now slated for an April 30 completion, with the Tucker-based contractor facing fines for missing the original July 31 deadline.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students learn from business pros

Business students at North Hall High School did some job shadowing Tuesday at what may sound like an unusual place - Memorial Park Funeral Home.

October 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Volunteers clear area for nature preserve

Ricoh Americas employees removed non-native invasive plants as part of the company's volunteer day in conjunction with the upcoming USA Weekend's Make A Difference Day, which is Saturday. Ricoh Americas employees volunteered to clear the future parking lot site of the Linwood Nature Preserve. Headquartered in Japan, the Ricoh company has a Gainesville branch about 1 mile from the 30-acre site off Thompson Bridge Road. The company used its volunteer day to help Hall County Master Gardeners and members of The Redbud Project prepare the preserve for future use. Another work day at the preserve will be held ...

October 22, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


‘The Rookie’ shares his tale at gala

Jim Morris was a slightly overweight, 35-year-old high school teacher with a bad arm when he reluctantly tried out for a professional baseball team.

October 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Spout Springs project bumped to No. 2 on priority list

Transportation planners have reshuffled priorities in a long-range plan for Gainesville-Hall County, now making Spout Springs Road widening its No. 2 project.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Politics of Ebola: Nunn, Perdue make virus part of campaign rhetoric

The few diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States are no longer simply a public health issue.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sheriff's office has 30 days to appeal civil service ruling

Sheriff Gerald Couch will have 30 days to appeal the Hall County Civil Service Board decision regarding two former deputies, County Attorney Bill Blalock said.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Driver charged with DUI in Athens Highway crash

One of the drivers in the Monday crash on Athens Highway has been charged with driving under the influence and failure to yield, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to craft brewery

Gainesville City Council gave the final go-ahead Tuesday night for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County fighting closing of Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

Hall County officials are fighting a Georgia Department of Transportation order to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing, though it appears state law may supersede the county's wishes.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT readies for winter with ‘salt barn’

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of some sunny, fall days to better respond as needed to frigid, snowy winter days.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville man ID’d as pilot in Thursday plane crash

A Gainesville man was identified Monday as the person killed in a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport last week.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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