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Needed bridge put new priority on surrounding roadwork

Plans to fix the roadway around a bridge near Lula Park in northeast Hall have lingered for at least a decade, but they've gained priority as the need to replace the bridge has risen.

"It's easier and a more efficient use of money to go ahead and do (the roadwork and bridge) together," said Teri Pope, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

December 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverbend Baptist Church didn't travel far in mission project

Riverbend Baptist Church left its property but not the country, let alone the city, for a mission project Sunday.

December 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia State Patrol working wreck on U.S. 129

Georgia State Patrol responded tonight to a possible wreck with injuries on U.S. 129.

December 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Diseases run in the family

Here's your Thanksgiving checklist: Eat turkey. Watch football. Talk to your relatives about their health.

December 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Meet your government: Ligon has been on job since Midtown’s start

Gainesville's Planning Director Rusty Ligon has been a part of Gainesville's Midtown redevelopment since its first days. He soon may see some of his work come to fruition.

December 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Area meetings

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

December 01, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Home chefs learn how to tackle Thanksgiving

Cooking a tasty Thanksgiving meal can be a challenge for even the most seasoned cook.

For the cook who has been preparing the massive holiday meal for years, the challenge may be in how to jazz up the traditional spread, while the non-cook may struggle with how to get started with the complex meal.

December 01, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Liquid propane could fuel Hall’s buses in the future

Hall County school buses could be the first in the state to use liquid propane fuel, according to the county schools transportation director.

Jewel Armour, executive director of transportation for Hall County schools, said he's been working with Blue Bird buses and CleanFUEL USA this week to explore fueling buses with liquid propane rather than costly diesel fuel.

December 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jefferson schools awarded for reaching goals in special education

When it comes to special education, the Jefferson City School System is tops compared to other local and statewide school systems, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

Jefferson City Schools recently received several Pacesetter Awards from the state department of education for meeting six of the state's seven target achievement goals for special education students.

December 01, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Operation Patriot's Call keeps eye on military families

On March 25, 2005, Sgt. Gordon Smith held the hand of his wife, Amy, as she gave birth to their third child, Damien Joshua Smith.

November 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Demand up for concealed handguns

Hall County Probate Court Judge Patti Cornett remembers when the permit to carry a concealed handgun in Georgia was called a "pistol toting license."

November 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fans huddle for warmth during Friday night's games

Freezing temperatures didn't stop fans from cheering on their teams Friday night as round two of high school football playoffs continued across the state.

November 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Mission group serves holiday meal on Atlanta Highway

They lined up in the cold in the parking lot of an Atlanta Highway supermarket Saturday for a hot meal - immigrants who came to Gainesville for work and now find themselves in need.

November 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Bond denied in fatal fire case

A Gainesville soldier's wife devised a cover story of a mysterious threatening phone call before setting fire to the couple's on-base apartment, with hopes of cashing in a $100,000 life insurance policy on her husband, a federal prosecutor theorized in arguments and testimony presented Friday.

November 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Remembering JFK's death

Nov. 22, 1963, started off like any other fall day for Bimbo Brewer. For the University of Georgia freshman, it meant another day of classes.

November 30, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


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Income mobility for poor children ranks average in Hall

When it comes to the ability of a child raised in a poor family to move up the income ladder as he or she enters the working world, Hall County is a better place to live than 42 percent of all U.S. counties.

May 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Central American refugees find hope in Hall County

Fabricio Funes left Honduras carrying nothing but a toothbrush, some money and medicine in a backpack.

May 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Summer’s (almost) here, and safety push heats up

It already feels like summer with temperatures in the 80s, just a week before Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of the season.

May 16, 2015 | Times staff and wire reports | Local


Crowds gather for the annual Railroad Days Parade and Festival in Lula

Onlookers lined both sides of Main Street in Lula Saturday morning, as the 39th Annual Railroad Days Parade and Festival began the day's events that celebrate the rich railroad history of Lula.

May 16, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


‘Heart in the fight against cancer’

If Jeff Farmer had a dollar for every time he's circled that old college track in Oakwood.

May 15, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Myers Elementary School celebrates annual Patriotic Day

Not many schools celebrate Memorial Day, because school is usually out for the summer by the last Monday in May.

May 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


America’s newest citizens swear allegiance in Gainesville

America's legacy as an immigrant nation waved proudly from the federal courthouse in downtown Gainesville on Friday morning as 54 individuals from more than 30 countries became naturalized U.S. citizens, swearing their allegiance to Old Glory.

May 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police investigate slaying in Buford home

Gwinnett County police are investigating the slaying of a man was found shot to death at a home in Buford.

May 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Man convicted in fatal boat wreck released from jail after settling with Sheriff’s Office

The Forsyth County man involved in a 2012 boating accident that killed two Buford boys has been released after settling a lawsuit with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, the man's attorney confirmed Friday afternoon.

May 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Jackson inmate took truck keys from shop, warden says

Inmate Michael Lillibridge got the keys to a Jackson County government-owned truck and drove away from a work detail, according to Jackson County Correctional Institute Warden Johnny Weaver.

May 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County remembers Kelly Nash

Alan Nash caught a glimpse of the plaque for his late son's memorial, a sign to stand before Kelly Nash's bench at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Final members of SPLOST citizens committee nominated

Gainesville City Council is poised to approve three nominations to the first-ever citizens committee overseeing how special purpose local option sales tax revenue is spent.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Chamber celebrates businesses, volunteers, leaders at annual gala

What sets Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce apart from the rest?

May 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Police: Drugs man gave friend weren’t oxycodone but something much stronger

Pills sold between two friends, according to a Gainesville Police investigator, led to one 23-year-old's death.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New rate offered to Gainesville-based Red Oak Sanitation

It is unclear whether a private trash collection service operating in Flowery Branch and unincorporated Hall County will accept a newly proposed discounted rate to dispose at the Candler Road landfill.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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