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Local Republicans happy with McCain's choice as running mate

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., said he had heard his Alaska colleague talk about the state's maverick governor but knew little more about Sarah Palin, who was named Friday by Sen. John McCain's as his vice presidential running mate.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Nobody protests planned big development in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - A proposed $15 million mixed-use development planned for downtown sailed through a public hearing Thursday night with input coming only from the project's developer.

September 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Police arrest two for robbery

Two men attempted to rob an elderly man at his home on Jesse Jewell Parkway around 9 p.m. Thursday.

Howard Mahaffey, 78, heard a knock on his door and when he opened it, two unarmed black males asked him for cigarettes.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Labor Day holiday: Some will venture out on lake, roads

Labor Day traditionally is considered the last hurrah of summer, one final chance for a cookout or a swim before the season gives way to autumn.

But it's not clear how many people will be in the mood to celebrate this year.

September 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Japanese woman finally gets to be U.S. citizen

Izumi Igarashi cannot speak. But her joy in becoming a U.S. citizen was clear in the smile on her face and the tears in her eyes as she was sworn in Thursday at New Horizons North in Gainesville.

Igarashi was naturalized in front of her friends, family and teachers after waiting 10 years to become a citizen.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Beware of scams when picking repair contractors

As sure as there are tornadoes and other storms, there likely will be scam artists attempting to take advantage of the situation.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Dog bites hospitalize Jackson EMC meter reader

A Jackson EMC contract employee was hospitalized after he was bitten by four dogs while working Tuesday, suffering severe injuries.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jury keeps pondering Vergara’s sentence

Jurors will resume deliberating today whether to sentence a convicted killer to death for the drug-related shooting deaths of two men on a isolated South Hall road.

The jury of nine men and three women deliberated for more than three hours Wednesday in the sentencing phase of Ignacio Vergara's death penalty trial before asking to be released from duty for the day at about 7:30 p.m. It was the eighth day of sequestration for the jury, which is staying in an area hotel.

September 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ballowe, Gainesville school board settle for $190,000

The Gainesville City Board of Education voted 3-2 to enter into a mutual termination agreement with former Gainesville school system Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

Phil Hartley, attorney for the Gainesville school board, said the board agreed to settle with Ballowe for $190,000, the equivalent of his salary last year without benefits. Hartley said the board will pay Ballowe in two $95,000 payments, one during this fiscal year and one during the next.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rainfall gives lake ‘a pretty nice jump’

Even as Hall County residents were dodging tornadoes Tuesday, you still could hear people remarking that "all this rain is going to be good for the lake."

There's no question that Tropical Storm Fay did benefit Lake Lanier. By Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey was reporting the lake's elevation at 1,055.44 feet, about 2 feet higher than it had been on Monday.

September 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall recovers from the fury of tornadoes

Until two days ago, Jesus Ramirez and Jane Gable only had seen a tornado in the movies, but three very real ones touched down in Hall County Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed.

Tuesday's tornado did not sound like the freight train tornado Ramirez had seen in the movies. Ramirez' experience had been a little more rural.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Weather service says 3 twisters struck Hall, causing $3.36 million in damage

It has been three days since a fallen pine tree forced Ellen Cowart out of her home less than a mile from downtown Gainesville.

Cowart's property is one of nearly 107 properties that were either affected or damaged by tornadoes Tuesday in Hall County. Most of the damage was in an area between Lyman Hall Elementary and Cowart's home, according to an estimate from Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Roots building: Cochran returns to affordable housing

TALMO - In what he calls "an earlier life," builder and developer Broughton Cochran was a social worker for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services in Forsyth County.

September 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Schools assess damage

Oakwood and Lyman Hall elementary schools resumed classes as usual Wednesday following a day in which two tornadoes swept through the school yards.

One tornado damaged four first-grade classrooms at Oakwood Elementary, and the other pulled the majority of the roof off the gym at Lyman Hall Elementary.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch schedules 3 hearings for tax increase

Flowery Branch residents who saw a rise in property values this year because of reassessments also could see a slight jump in taxes.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Riverside band set to play in Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade

Not many Georgia students take school trips to Hawaii, but 87 cadets at Riverside Military Academy are doing just that.

December 06, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Police chase tops 100 mph, ends in wreck, arrest

A high-speed chase that began in Pendergrass ended with a wreck in Gainesville on Saturday afternoon.

December 06, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


C.W. Davis Scholarship founded to honor former Hall County educator

December 06, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 Hall schools named finalists for winter jingle contest

Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy was one of six schools statewide to win the Winter Weather Jingle Contest, along with another Hall County school, Tadmore Elementary.

December 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County officials offer legislative wish list

With a new Georgia General Assembly session around the corner, Hall County commissioners and officials met with state legislators Friday morning at the Gainesville Civic Center to present their concerns.

December 05, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville police warn of warrant scam

Gainesville police are warning citizens of a scam involving police impersonators over the phone.

December 05, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood toasts up Christmas cheer

A drizzly, cool evening Friday didn't keep a solid crowd from visiting downtown Oakwood for the city's annual Christmas celebration.

December 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Flu shot less potent? Get one anyway, experts say

With the winter weather moving in and cold season upon us, many people are rushing to get their flu vaccine before they need to use a single sick day.

December 05, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Deal names Dec. 10 ‘Day of Code’

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has named December 10 the first "Day of Code," aimed at encouraging students to develop computing skills and consider careers in computer science.

December 04, 2014 | Wire reports | Local


State tax revenue totals $1.46B for November

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the state collected about $1.46 billion in net taxes during the month of November. Deal says the total is up roughly $60.5 million from November of 2013.

December 04, 2014 | Wire reports | Local


Authorities in Cumming say shoplifters took $1,000 in goods

Authorities are searching for two suspects who reportedly shoplifted at least $1,000 of merchandise from the Cumming Walmart late Wednesday night.

December 04, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Lanier Tech named state’s top technical college

When it comes to performance, education and development at technical colleges, Lanier Tech is ranked as the best in Georgia.

December 04, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville Police Department equips officers with body cameras

In her 25-year career with the Gainesville Police Department, interim chief Carol Martin watched the evolution of police technology. Gone are the days of VHS car camera videos, with everything now becoming digitized and downloaded.

December 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Miller aiming to ‘tend the garden’ planted

Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle joined in honoring state Sen. Butch Miller at a fundraiser Thursday night at the Robson Event Center.

December 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Green Street closing today for holiday event

The busy traffic on Green Street today will be people instead of cars as Gainesville celebrates its annual Christmas on Green festivities.

December 04, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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