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Discounts offered for garden’s anniversary

May 2008 marks the Freedom Garden at the Northeast Georgia History Center's first anniversary.

May 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Search resumes for man missing in Lanier

After a second full day of searching proved fruitless, officials will resume recovery operations at 7 a.m. Wednesday in an attempt to locate the body of an Ellenwood man presumed drowned in Lake Lanier after falling from a personal watercraft Sunday.

May 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Slaying suspect served time for other burglaries

The man charged in the shooting death of a West Hall retiree during a suspected burglary served time in prison for other burglaries and was jailed last year for violating his probation.

May 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Brad Morris reappointed as chief public defender

Brad Morris, the attorney who has headed up the public defender office for Hall and Dawson counties since it opened in January 2005, has been reappointed to serve a full four-year term ending in 2012.

The vote for the reappointment was made during a Friday public meeting of the Public Defender Selection Committee of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, the committee's chairman, J. Douglas Stewart said. Committee member Tom Bishop made the motion, which was seconded by Sammy Smith, Stewart said. The vote to reappoint Morris was unanimous.

May 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


19th case of rabies confirmed in Hall County

The number of confirmed rabies cases in Hall County has increased to 19.

May 18, 2008 | Staff reports | Local


Hall schools outperform state on grad tests

Hall County school system juniors have outperformed the state on the 2008 Georgia High School Graduation Tests.

May 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


GBI takes over tax assessors probe

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been requested to conduct an investigation into whether there was criminal wrongdoing by the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors in the billing of per diem payments by board members, officials confirmed Wednesday.

May 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall fire academy thrills citizens with burn houses, knowledge

Crouching a few feet away from an 800-degree indoor bonfire, Mimi Bowden aimed her fire hose inside a "burn building" at the Hall County fire training center and knocked down the blaze with a loud blast of water spraying out at 110 pounds per square inch.

May 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Boy better, but family needs financial help

Drake Hollander is in a race for his life. But now, many others will be racing on his behalf.

The 12-year-old North Hall Middle School student was diagnosed last fall with a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A sociable, happy kid and avid sports fan, Drake has had to adjust to life as a cancer patient.

May 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Authorities investigate boat explosion

One of three people burned when a boat caught fire while refueling Saturday morning at Bald Ridge Marina remained hospitalized Tuesday, friends said.

May 18, 2008 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Health fair coincides with Older Americans Month

A health fair geared toward seniors drew a small crowd to the South Hall Community Center Tuesday.

Marci Summer, manager of the community center, said the second annual Active Generation Health Fair provided free blood pressure checks, healthy snacks and auditory information to folks 55 and older. Health fair participants received information about the services available to seniors through Hall County resources.

May 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


In third year of drought, water park is proposed in Buford

Environmentalists say they're dumbfounded about a real estate company's proposal to build a 200,000-square-foot water park in Buford while the state remains in a drought.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Water restrictions eased for public utilities, not residents

Gainesville and Hall County will remain under level four drought restrictions as they have been since last October, state officials said at Tuesday's meeting of the state drought response committee.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gas prices pose budget problems for Hall County schools

Fearing the price of fuel could go higher, the Hall County Board of Education is discussing whether to increase the proposed fuel budget for fiscal year 2009.

Jewel Armour, executive director of operations for the school system, told board members Monday night that he had budgeted between $3.90 and $4 per gallon for the coming year's purchase of 480,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 60,000 gallons of gasoline.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City schools at least $1.7 million short for next fiscal year

Though still early in the Gainesville school system budgeting process, the projected spending for fiscal year 2008-09 exceeds the income by $3.3 million.

Janet Allison, finance chief for the district, told the City Board of Education Monday night that expenses are estimated at $52.9 million and revenues at $49.6 million.

May 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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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


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


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