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Blue Sky series gets off to a swinging start

The King Daddy Polecats had the square jumping at noon Wednesday for a rollicking kick off to the Blue Sky Concert series.

Young and old alike were tapping their toes to a blend of rockabilly and swing - with a little blues and honky tonk thrown in for good measure - pumped out by the King Daddy Polecats. Members of the three-piece band, based in Gainesville, are not strangers to the event. They played the Blue Sky series last spring and were scheduled to play again in October, but were rained out.

May 18, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


No students injured in S. Hall bus wreck

No students were injured in a minor school bus wreck at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Parks Road and Atlanta Highway in Flowery Branch. The seven Martin

May 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Cleveland teen killed in wreck

A Cleveland teenager was killed Tuesday night when the truck he was riding in overturned several times on Ga. 60 in Murrayville and came to rest on a guardrail.

According to Hall County deputy coroner John Abernathy, Adam Blake Anderson, 18, of Cleveland was dead at the scene of a wreck, which happened shortly before 8 p.m.

May 18, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Cagle won’t stand in way of statewide vote on Sunday alcohol sales

There is an exchange program of sorts that takes place on either side of the Chattahoochee River at Columbus.

May 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Former student gets 15 years in prison for molestation

A Dahlonega man who was charged with molesting a 4-year-old girl when he was a student at North Hall High School was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday.

Christopher Hughes, 20, was convicted of aggravated child molestation by a Hall County Superior Court jury following a three-day trial, District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

May 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Public Utilities plans appreciation lunch for customers

Imagine a world where the hot dogs flow like water from a river and you just might find yourself having lunch at the Public Utilities Department on Friday.

After a tough year of enduring watering restrictions and facing the prospect of higher rates, Gainesville's nearly 45,000 water customers now have the chance to have a lunch of hot dogs, chips, cookies and popcorn on the Public Utilities Department.

May 18, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


North Hall teacher gets state honor

North Hall High School agriculture teacher Johnny Sutton has been named outstanding agriculture instructor by the Georgia FFA (Future Farmers of America) Alumni Association.

May 18, 2008 | | Local


Volunteers at hospice honored

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center staff honored the hospice's volunteers Wednesday, April 30 with a Volunteer Appreciation Brunch at Luna's in downtown Gainesville.

May 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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


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Hall County schools committee finds social studies curriculum lacking

Social studies coursework may give students more to remember than to learn, according to findings by a Hall County Schools committee on curriculum for the subject.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Georgia congressman sponsors bill to demilitarize police

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from DeKalb County, has introduced legislation that would dial back a federal program that transfers military equipment and resources to local law enforcement agencies.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Truck in Lake Lanier reported missing Sept. 11

A truck submerged in Lake Lanier at Little River Park on Wednesday was reported missing on Sept. 11 from Loganville, according to a Gwinnett County police report.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


High occupancy toll lanes may creep toward Hall

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to hold open house meetings on a project that would bring high occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County.

September 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fishing tournament to raise funds for 3 injured firefighters

A fishing tournament will be held Saturday at Laurel Park in Gainesville to raise funds to benefit three injured Hall County firefighters.

September 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hundreds flock to food bank benefit

More than 48,000 meals will be provided to food-insecure Georgians, thanks to the hundreds Thursday who attended the Empty Bowl Lunch benefiting the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

September 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County mails first batch of revised tax notices

Hall County has mailed revised tax assessments to about 3,800 property owners, the first sign the appeals process is ending for some residents.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch rebids flood project

Flowery Branch officials continue searching for a permanent solution to damage on Spring Street from 2013 flooding.

September 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Teen sustains minor injuries after being hit by vehicle

A 16-year-old female was hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross Atlanta Highway, Oakwood police officials said.

September 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Water fees likely to increase again for Gainesville users

When the Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday to raise the account service fee on water bills in lieu of increasing water rates, customers outside the city limits must have a felt a reversal of fortunes.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Shore Sweep to tackle Lake Lanier cleanup

Millions enjoy Lake Lanier each year, and lake groups now want those visitors to return the favor with some litter cleanup.

September 17, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


Dahlonega aims to improve foot, bike traffic downtown

Dahlonega has been awarded a $5.1 million federal grant for a project that officials hope will improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in an area around downtown and the University of North Georgia.

September 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


5 schools use different tools to help pupils

Five area schools have landed on a list for highest progress in the state, and each of them has used a different strategy to get there.

September 17, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Badge and Bar: Flowery Branch man pleads not guilty in Christmas shooting

A Flowery Branch man accused of shooting his brother on Christmas Day has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and felony obstruction of an officer, according to court records.

September 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Local unity event recognizes recovery

The public is invited to celebrate the benefits of treating mental illness and substance abuse in a free event called Unify North Georgia.

September 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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