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Severe weather knocks out power to nearly 2,000 in Hall

A line of severe storms moved through Northeast Georgia on Friday, leaving more than 2,000 Hall County residents without power.

At least three tornado warnings were issued for Hall County, starting at about 6:15 p.m. During the worst of the storms, pea-sized hail fell in downtown Gainesville.

April 11, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Arson suspect moved to Forsyth hospital

Life on the run for an arson suspect sought for more than a week came to a sudden stop Thursday when she was hospitalized for a possible drug overdose, authorities said.

April 10, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Wangemann backs off bid to change assembly rules

A Gainesville councilman who proposed changes to the city's assembly rules has backed off the idea.

April 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall commissioners try to straighten out issue over ethics

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is having a difficult time defining ethics.

April 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Catholic church puts on Stations of the Cross

Despite nonstop rain, hundreds of people gathered Friday in Laurel Park for the Stations of the Cross performed by Saint Michael Catholic Church.

April 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Jackson County Airport wants $500,000 loan for construction

JEFFERSON - Jackson County Airport Manager Bob Stapleton asked Jackson commissioners to consider giving the airport a $500,000 loan for construction projects.

April 10, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson High students get European tour for World War II history

It's one thing to read about history, but it's something different to be totally submersed in it.

April 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Helen hopes stimulus cash helps old sewer system

Helen officials are awaiting word on whether they'll get federal stimulus money to upgrade the town's aging sewer system.

April 10, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lack of demand shuts Red Cross donation site on Sundays

The American Red Cross blood donation center in Gainesville now will be closed on Sundays.

April 10, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville protest to coincide with nationwide Tax Day Tea Parties

A group of "conservative Patriots" will hold a rally Wednesday in Poultry Park to call for lower taxes and more responsible use of taxpayers' money.

April 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lumpkin County: Fatal wreck kills couple

Two people died Thursday afternoon in a two-car wreck in Lumpkin County, according to the county coroner.

Larry Banister said Bobby Mixon, 72, and his wife, Jeanette, 70, of Dahlonega died from injuries suffered in a wreck at the intersection of Cavender Creek and Rail Hill roads.

April 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall escapes damage in severe storms

A line of severe storms moved through Northeast Georgia on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

April 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Tornado warning ends, but strong storms approach

A third tornado warning for Hall County has expired, but strong storms remain to the west and could move into this area.

April 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


COMING SUNDAY: Speed traps and teacher honors

Gainesville's request to annex a section of Interstate 985 has some people worried that the city is simply looking for a new revenue stream by writing more speeding tickets. In Sunday's edition, The Times will be taking an in-depth look at speeding tickets and speed traps, including:

  • How does the law define speed traps?
  • How many speeding tickets are written by Hall County, Gainesville and Oakwood?
  • Which Georgia towns just can't outgrow their reputation as speed traps?
  • Is the Gainesville Police Department writing more or fewer speeding tickets today than a few years ago?
  • How does the ...

April 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Arrest made in Barrow County pot-growing operation

Narcotics investigators from the Barrow County Sheriff's Office have arrested and charged Lonnie Jones, 55, of Statham in connection with growing marijuana at his residence.

The sheriff's office received information about Jones manufacturing marijuana, which led to an undercover operation in which narcotics investigators were able to develop enough evidence to obtain a search warrant.

April 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Senate candidates tackle the blame game

ATLANTA - Who's to blame for Washington gridlock?

September 08, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy and Adam Beam Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: Community service work set at Centennial

Fifth-graders at Centennial Arts Academy will be helping soldiers, the homeless and the elderly for their service learning projects this year.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


3rd annual Soggy Doggy Pool Party closes out summer

Area dogs and their owners gathered at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center Sunday for some fun in the water at the third annual Soggy Doggy Pool Party. Dogs of all sizes splashed around in the pool throughout the afternoon and competed in contests like best game of fetch and best tricks. The canine pool party, sponsored by Gainesville's parks and recreation department, is held each year after the pool closes for the season.

September 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Fire survivor to speak at United Way event

John O'Leary survived burns to his entire body, and will tell his story of survival and redemption Thursday to the United Way of Hall County.

September 07, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


New Habitat home will go to a hero

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Wintergreen Court was experiencing something unusual for a small, unassuming neighborhood in Flowery Branch: gridlock.

September 07, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Horseless rodeo: No saddle sores from this roundup

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Post 8452 inaugural Horseless Rodeo on Saturday on the Riverside campus in Gainesville. The event gathered 60 contestants and about 150 spectators, and raised more than $3,000 to help veterans and their families.

September 07, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Area colleges intervene to keep new students in school beyond first year

September 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Pay at crux of Gainesville police morale issues

In the wake of Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly's sudden resignation Aug. 29 following an inquiry into his leadership by city management, it became clear morale among officers had bottomed out.

September 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Albertson chosen as Times executive editor

Keith Albertson, managing editor of The Times since 2004, has been promoted to the position of executive editor of the news organization.

September 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Area hoofers Dance for a Cause for fun, charity

Sporting a boombox on her shoulder, Katie Dubnik kicked off a night of "Dancing for a Cause," moving quickly to the sounds of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This."

September 06, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Speed blamed for motorcycle wreck that kills 2

The Georgia State Patrol said speed was the main factor in the death of two motorcyclists in an accident on Ga. 365 this morning.

September 06, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Revised Hall County tax notices going out soon

Lakefront property owners protesting the new assessments on the value of their homes along Lake Lanier have been waiting and waiting for their appeals to be heard.

September 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gillsville accepting bids on downtown project

Gillsville is hoping it can finally launch a downtown transportation improvements plan featuring new sidewalks and pedestrian lighting along busy Ga. 52.

September 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ethics agency chief placed on leave following fine

ATLANTA - The head of the state ethics commission was placed on administrative leave with pay Friday, two days after a judge fined her $10,000 for failing to turn over key documents in a lawsuit against the agency and called her actions "dishonest and non-transparent."

September 06, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


DOT work could back up I-985 traffic

Motorists could see "large backups" next week as trees are trimmed on Interstate 985, Georgia Department of Transportation district spokeswoman Teri Pope said.

September 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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