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‘Beat the Heat’ gears up to provide fans

The summer heat soon will be rolling in, with high temperatures forecast in the upper 80s by the end of next week. The Gainesville Hall County Community Service Center is doing its part to make sure the senior citizens of Hall County stay cool.

May 28, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Turn of the Tassel: Lisa Sutton

After volunteering at Northeast Georgia Medical Center last summer, Lisa Sutton made a decision.

May 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Turn of the Tassel: Manse Jennings

Manse Jennings must have been an enigma to most of his high school teachers.

May 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Special Olympian is all smiles

Robbie Gorsline is sure that his volleyball team will do well at the upcoming Special Olympics state tournament. "My team's the best. We're going to Emory, and we're gonna win," Gorsline said. The tournament, part of Georgia's Summer Special Olympics, will be held from May 31 to June 1 at Emory University.

May 26, 2008 | | Local


GBI examining body found in Cherokee County; could be missing man

Authorities think they have found the body of a 31-year-old Forsyth County man who has been missing about two weeks.

May 26, 2008 | Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Teens get a chance to start fresh

Fourteen teenagers arrested in March for underage drinking will get the chance to have the misdemeanor charges dismissed if they successfully complete a pretrial diversion program.

May 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


DOT moving on despite distractions

TOCCOA - Leaders of the state transportation board said Thursday that the Department of Transportation is quickly moving past the controversy over the commissioner and her relationship with a former board chairman.

May 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Corps agrees to cut Lanier releases for two weeks

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to cut back on the amount of water it's releasing from Lake Lanier.

May 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Thursday’s rain won’t help in long run

Drizzle, apparently, doesn't amount to much. Though Gainesville stayed under the shadow of cloudy skies and light rainfall for most of the day Thursday, the city accumulated a mere half inch of the much needed precipitation.

May 26, 2008 | Adam Clark | Local


A few simple driving tricks can save you money at the gas pump

With gas prices edging toward $4 a gallon, many drivers wish they could trade in their gas guzzler for a more fuel-efficient vehicle. But often, that's not a realistic option.

May 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Politicians spar over gains in education

The dean of the Hall County legislative delegation and his Democratic opponent appeared together Thursday night at a forum sponsored by the Hall County Association of Educators.

May 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City taking a microscope to utility costs, fees

Residents who purchase Gainesville water in the future may be paying more fees for it.

May 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Ex-coach gets 8 years for molestation

A former youth soccer coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to molesting two teenage girls and received an eight-year prison sentence, Banks County prosecutors said.

Matthew Allen Wyrick, 23, was a coach with the North Georgia Soccer Association when he molested one of the victims he was coaching at the time, said Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Rick Bridgeman.

May 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Challenged Child plans learning program for summer

A group of Challenged Child supporters gathered Wednesday to discuss Summer Sensations, a summer program put on by Challenged Child.

The women's advocacy group for Challenged Child has grown from 15 to 100 members during its first four months of existence and is ready to make an impact on the community.

May 25, 2008 | | Local


Toccoa flood sparked safety measures for dams

The Safe Dams Program, which regulates dams like the one at Lake Wendy in White County, came about as a result of one of the worst dam breaks in Georgia history.

May 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

The iconic fountain on Brenau University's front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau's longtime figures.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Campaigns may rake up even more money under new rules

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows individuals to donate to any number of federal candidates they want and promises to pour millions more dollars into an election system already swamped in money.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Animal shelter works to raise funds, awareness

Wagging tails, barking, laughter and smiles were found on the Gainesville square Saturday as the Hall County Animal Shelter held the first Mutts On Main fundraising event.

April 12, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Coinciding cleaning events beautify county

Under a clear weekend sky, volunteers on land and water did some spring cleaning to make Hall County a bit more pristine.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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