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Four lanes, finally: Winder Highway opening in a month

A four-lane Winder Highway between Ga. 211 in South Hall to Atlanta Highway in Oakwood is set to open in about a month.

Motorists now are traveling along two southbound lanes and one northbound lane.

August 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


No water from Lanier? Judge to decide if Georgia has right to drink from lake

The judge overseeing the "water wars" court battle between Georgia, Florida and Alabama said Tuesday that he will decide whether Georgia has the legal right to withdraw water from Lake Lanier.

August 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


GBI: Hall sheriff's deputies returned Lula man's fire, killing him with shot to the head

A Lula man involved in a Monday standoff was shot dead by deputies, according to a Georgia Bureau Investigation probe of the incident.

August 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deputy shot in standoff can move his hand

A Hall County sheriff's deputy who was shot Monday is resting well after his second surgery in an Atlanta hospital, Maj. Jeff Strickland said.

Deputy Joe Groover, who was shot in the arm during a standoff Monday between police and a Lula man, had a second surgery Wednesday to repair the damage caused by a bullet from a .44 Magnum pistol.

August 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


United Way celebrates 60th anniversary by recognizing long-time donors

The United Way of Hall County celebrated its 60th anniversary Tuesday by naming a new program for one of its original founders.

August 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Georgia: Drinking water was Lanier's purpose

Georgia on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that said the state needs congressional approval to use more water from Lake Lanier.

In February, a federal appeals court in Washington threw out an agreement that Georgia reached with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for water rights to Lake Lanier.

August 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lula Elementary principal thanks parents, teachers, sheriff's office

Following a day of tragedy in which Lula Elementary School was locked down for three hours, the school principal sent a letter to Lula families praising the calm actions of students, teachers, parents and sheriff's deputies.

August 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Convocation opens new year for Lakeview

The clamor of an old-fashioned school bell marked Lakeview Academy students' first day of the school year Tuesday.

August 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Colleagues say deputy who was shot stands up for underdogs

On Tuesday, when the rest of the Hall County Sheriff's Office returned to business as usual, one deputy spent the day in recovery.

August 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


More rabies cases confirmed in Hall

Hall County's 30th and 31st rabies cases for the year were confirmed Tuesday, more than triple the number of cases normally seen each year.

August 17, 2008 | | Local


Residents knew little about Lula standoff suspect

LULA - The outside world knows little about Hubert Stanley Tate, and if he had not died following an hourslong standoff with Hall County sheriff's deputies Monday, it likely would've stayed that way.

August 16, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Fire chief named Lanier Tech’s board chairman

David Kimbrell, Hall County fire chief and emergency services director, will serve as chairman of the Lanier Technical College Board of Directors for 2009.

August 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jury selection begins in death penalty trial

Hall County's first death penalty trial in more than three years began Monday with the start of jury selection that is expected to last at least a week.

August 16, 2008 | By Stephen Gurr and Ashley Fielding sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com; afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Georgia revenue collections fall 6.6 percent

Gov. Sonny Perdue says state revenue collections for last month fell 6.6 percent from this time last year. Revenue for the first month of the 2008-09 fiscal year totaled $1.2 billion, a decrease of $86.4 million from the same month a year ago.

August 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall schools: Shifting grade levels will ease overcrowding

Hall County educators fielded few complaints from parents concerned about the district's proposal to shuffle some middle and high school grade levels to different schools in the Flowery Branch area.

August 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Camp helps kids face loss

Camp Braveheart, founded in 1996 by the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, is a weeklong summer camp designed to help children who have experienced a significant loss in their family. The camp is free of charge. Volunteer camp counselors are joined by licensed social workers and an art therapist to help the grieving campers at Cedar Hill Enrichment Center in Gainesville.

July 18, 2014 | | Local


Plans for new school in Mundy Mill neighborhood still on track

With two elementary schools near capacity, Gainesville City Schools is going forward with plans to build a new elementary school in the Mundy Mill neighborhood.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Museum to be first of its kind in Georgia

A museum dedicated to education is one step closer to reality in Flowery Branch.

July 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


New test designed to allow for more truck drivers, improve safety

Georgians will be seeing more trucks on the highway in coming years - at least, if economic development plans pan out as the governor's office expects.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Jumping right in: A swimmer at last

Until my adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, there was no way I would go into a pool past my shoulders.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State jobless patterns are not felt locally

The rising jobless rate in Georgia doesn't reflect the local employment picture, area business leaders say.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


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


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