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Farmhouse fire appears to be accidental

An unoccupied farmhouse in North Hall was destroyed in a fire Tuesday morning, officials said. No one was hurt.

May 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Top students get their night courtesy of The Times' 2008 Academic All-Stars

Stellar students and their favorite teachers got their time to shine Monday at The Times' Academic All-Stars Reception.

May 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood breaks ground on City Hall addition

Oakwood residents were invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for a City Hall addition Monday that will nearly double the size of the building.

The 3,200-square-foot addition is the second phase of the City Hall construction plan and will house the city's planning and public works departments. The first portion of the administrative office was completed on Walnut Circle in May 2003.

May 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


DOT is installing cable barriers on I-985

No, those aren't sidewalks being built alongside Interstate 985.

"We get a lot of calls about that," said Crystal Paulk-Buchanan, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

May 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch man jailed on drug charges

A Flowery Branch man, pulled over for driving on a suspended license and without insurance, had more than enough Ecstasy in his car to catch a trafficking charge, sheriff's officials say.

His wife also went to jail after attempting to keep officers from arresting her husband, authorities said.

May 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Police seek suspects in Days Inn armed robbery

Gainesville police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday night in a room at a local motel.

May 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Perdue comes to shores of Lake Lanier to sign bill to spur reservoir development

FLOWERY BRANCH - Gov. Sonny Perdue used the sagging shoreline of Lake Lanier as the backdrop to sign a bill that state officials believe will help expedite the building of new reservoirs.

May 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Association says Army Corps of Engineers plan needs to give extra care to Lake Lanier

Should Lake Lanier be managed differently from other lakes in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint basin?

May 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Richardson wants to fill DOT board slot soon, aims for consensus pick, not another fight

FLOWERY BRANCH - House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, said Tuesday that he is hopeful that a date will soon be set for a caucus to elect a new member to the State Transportation Board.

May 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County tax assessors controversy: Before accusations came praise

One of two accusers of Hall County Board of Tax Assessors Chairman Emory Martin wrote a glowing recommendation for Martin's reappointment in 2003, one of the years in which Martin is accused of financial improprieties.

May 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lanier Tech expands in Forsyth, names building after patron James Harrington

CUMMING - Lanier Technical College held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a major expansion that will double the space at its campus in Forsyth County Tuesday.

May 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County schools give first OK to next year's budget

A projected $18 million increase in the Hall County school system's upcoming budget is partly a reflection of rising diesel costs.

May 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Pearl Harbor survivor gets chance to visit World War II memorial

A group of 70 local World War II veterans will leave Fayetteville this week for a free trip to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Roy Mooney of Cleveland is one of the former soldiers who will board a plane Wednesday morning in Atlanta. Honor Flight Fayette, a local nonprofit branch of the national Honor Flight Network, will foot the bill for Mooney and the other veterans to visit to the memorial.

May 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall gets rain, but no tornadoes Sunday

Thunderstorms passed through Hall County early Sunday morning, bringing more than an inch of rain to the area.

Although the storm system plagued the central and southern parts of the state with at least six tornadoes before 8 a.m. Sunday, Hall County received only rain.

May 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


May marks annual stamp price increase, to 42 cents

If you've got letters or packages to mail today, make sure you check the postage before you drop them at the post office or carry them out to your mailbox. Effective today, the cost of a first-class stamp goes up a penny to 42 cents.

The U.S. Postal Service not only has increased the cost of stamps, but other shipping rates as well. Increases range from a penny on a first-class stamp to 85 cents on a priority mail flat-rate box, which now costs $9.80.

May 23, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


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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


Former Flowery Branch woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

TEXARKANA, Texas - A former Flowery Branch resident who had minor acting roles in film and television was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Art as science as life

A visit from artist Carol Christie was the highlight Wednesday of the summer art camp, "Art As Science, Science As Art," at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville. Each student took a turn at the large canvas, applying paint with many different brushes or sometimes, no brush at all. During the project, students were able to apply knowledge learned during the camp such as mixing colors and using various objects to scratch, smear and remove paint, as well as applying paint using traditional brushes.

July 16, 2014 | | Local


New bike/ped panel would target projects that can be done sooner

Rather than let a newly completed bicycle-pedestrian plan collect dust, area officials agreed Wednesday to form a committee that would talk about possibly kick-starting "some early-action" projects.

July 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




New law: Move right or get a ticket

A new law makes not moving over to another lane when there's faster traffic behind you an offense for which you could get a ticket.

July 16, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Lesson six: Breaststroke is the best stroke

My Monday swim lesson was enough for me to never again want to get into the pool at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.

July 16, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Poultry lab now looking at fall opening

The new Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network headquarters in North Hall County now appears headed for completion in midfall.

July 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Juvenile court judge sworn in as president of national council

Georgia Juvenile Court Judge Peggy H. Walker was sworn in Tuesday as president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges at its 77th annual conference in Chicago, Ill.

July 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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