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Drought won’t stop July 4 fireworks

Northeast Georgia's drought conditions won't prevent many Fourth of July events from lighting up the sky with fireworks.

"We are definitely having fireworks, because we're in a protected area," said Hal Williams, the Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Dahlonega. "We're firing (the fireworks) from the parking lot on the university campus. They will go over the college drill field. ... There should be no problem."

July 06, 2008 | | Local


Kids raise funds to buy phone cards for soldiers

This year, the inspiration for the mission project of Chestnut Mountain Church's vacation Bible school was close to home.

July 06, 2008 | | Local


City is closer to buying 13-acre site

The Gainesville City Council is laying the legal groundwork that moves the city one step closer to relocating its public safety facility.

The council passed two resolutions that will allow the city to purchase about 13 acres for its new public safety buildings with cash from other city funds.

July 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


A wider Sardis relieves residents

For most of the two-and-a-half years that Stanley Gibbs has lived on Sardis Road, bulldozers and Trackhoes have been his neighbors.

July 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


July Fourth holiday delays trash pickup in Gainesville

Gainesville residents who normally have their trash picked up on Friday will have to wait until Tuesday because of the July Fourth holiday, according to the city.

July 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch Preservation commission cancels today's meeting

The Flowery Branch Historic Preservation Commission's meeting for 2:30 p.m. today has been canceled because of an expected lack of commission members.

The next meeting is set for 2:30 p.m. Aug. 6.

July 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Atmos Energy wants more money from natural gas customers

The first of three planned hearings on a $6.1 million rate increase for Atmos Energy began Monday before the Georgia Public Service Commission in Atlanta.

July 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


State Supreme Court says Agri-Cycle violated water quality law

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the decision of a Jackson County Superior Court judge and the state's Environmental Protection Division to close a Talmo wastewater treatment plant.

July 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Kids get their hands dirty at Elachee day camp

Nature was captured in miniature Monday at Elachee Nature Science Center's Inspired by Nature day camp. Diminutive bear tracks, turtles and beavers walked all over the pottery as campers decorated their clay discs using 3-D stamps.

"I think this is going to be the coolest thing ever," said Evan Moore, 5, as he began his art design, sifting his hand through a box of stamps.

July 04, 2008 | | Local


Retired Hall County administrator not gone yet

Hall County Administrator Jim Shuler officially retired Monday after more than 30 years of working for the county. But he won't be going too far just yet.

"I still have roots here," Shuler said. "I'll always be connected to Hall County; I grew up here. Hall County's basically been my only employer, and Hall County's the only place I've ever lived."

July 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch water, sewer rates increase today

Flowery Branch's new water and sewer rates take effect today.

The Flowery Branch City Council voted June 18 to approve the higher rates, which distinguish between customers inside and outside the city and customers whose accounts with the city predate June 2000.

July 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


DOT scales back for Fourth of July

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending project-related lane closures on all interstate and major state system highways through Sunday night to ease July Fourth weekend traffic congestion. Lanes will be clear between noon Thursday and 5 a.m. Monday.

July 04, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Cancer activist dies

A Gainesville woman who shared her story of living with terminal cancer died Thursday, 11 months after being diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Kaye Carlton, 67, was profiled in The Times in March. She wanted to publicize her illness in order to encourage others to get screened.

July 04, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville school board keeps financial wheels rolling for 30 days

The Gainesville city school board unanimously approved a continuing resolution to allow the school district to operate on 30-day budget periods until the board can approve a fiscal year 2009 budget.

July 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Despite new state law, there's no merlot to go in Gainesville

More than 100 new laws took effect in Georgia at the stroke of midnight. However, there are administrative hurdles to be cleared for one law and a needed change of Gainesville ordinance for another.

July 04, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood and Ashley Fielding | Local


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Early voting for runoff ends today

Today is the last day to vote early for Tuesday's runoff election.

July 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


2nd man arrested in West Avenue shooting

The case involving a June 5 shooting death at a West Avenue apartment has moved to Superior Court, and a second man connected to the case has been brought into police custody.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cockfighting suspicion leads to man's arrest on pot charges

A Hall County man arrested Wednesday in relation to growing marijuana also is suspected of being involved in cockfighting, Hall County officials said in a news release.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch approves property tax increase

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved the city's first millage rate increase since 2006.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

No one was hurt Thursday when a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 985 southbound shut down the highway for a time.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to life without parole for rape

A Gainesville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday on charges of rape and false imprisonment, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man convicted of attempted murder

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of attempted murder in connection with an October 2012 knife attack, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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


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