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I-985, Ga. 369 and Ga. 53 lane closures this week

The outside lanes of U.S. 129 will be closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at Ridge Road to Athens Street for removal of the curb and gutter.

March 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Perdue honors actions of adults, youths on ‘911 Day’

Gov. Sonny Perdue recognized 911 professionals and 13 young 911 heroes from across the state Tuesday during "911 Day in Georgia."

March 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Doctor says happy thoughts can make healthier patients

Can laughter and playfulness improve your health? Dr. Dale Anderson thinks so, and there's research to back him up.

March 30, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


K-12 career program coming to Hall schools in fall

GAINESVILLE - Elementary school students often get their first exposure to an array of careers through adults visiting their class from the workplace.

The Hall County school system plans to introduce a program, 21st Century Awareness Exploration Connections, next school year to intensify that effort at early grades through other initiatives, including career days, field trips and skits.

March 30, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tornado deja vu: Victim’s canine registration papers blew from Polk County to Alto

Terry Stone got a sick feeling in her stomach when she dialed a phone number for Bonnie Turner, and no one, not even a machine, answered.

March 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall, Gainesville students taking graduation tests this week

GAINESVILLE - Graduation tests are under way this week in the Gainesville and Hall County school systems.

March 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hailstorm struck car dealers hard; insurance companies assessing damage

The storms that struck the Gainesville area on Saturday wreaked havoc by dumping hail on the lots of a number of the area's new car dealers.

March 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


War vets discuss future of Iraq with Gainesville State students

As the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq approaches, three Iraq war veterans spoke at Gainesville State College Monday and pondered whether an exit strategy is possible.

March 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Braselton man, teen son killed in Marietta collision

A Braselton man and his teenage son were killed in a head-on collision Sunday night in Marietta.

Rod Godfrey, 47, died in the helicopter en route to the hospital, and Eric Godfrey, 17, died at the scene of the crash, the Marietta Police Department reported.

March 29, 2008 | Nikki Young Times regional staff | Local


Hall sheriff's department restamped for approval by accrediting agency

The Hall County Sheriff's Office has been given a second stamp of approval from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies.

March 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school board decides Enota crosswalk will wait for now

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville school board voted Monday night to hold off on a possible crosswalk at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy to see how other traffic and safety recommendations play out.

Earlier this month, the board asked school officials to look at the possibility of a raised crosswalk in the front parking lot at Enota, as a way to help with pedestrian traffic during morning drop-off and afternoon pickup of students.

March 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville couple at epicenter of Atlanta storm

Although no tornadoes reportedly touched down in Hall County Saturday, tornado devastation did hit home for several Hall County residents who were in downtown Atlanta Friday night when a tornado mangled the CNN Center.

The EF-2 tornado registered winds near 130 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The tornado first touched down near the intersection of Simpson and Burbank streets at 9:38 p.m. and traveled six miles east over the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, the CNN Center and Omni Hotel Complex and Philips Arena, where an NBA basketball game was under way.

March 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lion, tiger and bear help bring Palm Sunday to life

Children who attended the services at The Church @ War Hill in Dawsonville Sunday were on the edge of their pews as Senior Pastor Don Allen told the story of David and Goliath using a live lion, tiger and bear.

March 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Weather service: No tornadoes touched down in Northeast Georgia

National Weather Service officials confirmed Sunday that two tornadoes touched down in Georgia as a result of severe thunderstorms Saturday. And today, meteorologists will investigate the possibility of a third tornado touchdown Saturday in southern Butts County.

March 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Appalachian Trail hikers plan to ‘trek against trash’

Today, a Dacula couple plans to set off from Springer Mountain in an attempt to "thru-hike" all 2,174 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

March 28, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Valentine’s Day murder conviction appealed to Georgia Supreme Court

The attorney for the go-between in a Valentine's Day murder-for-hire scheme argued for an appeal Monday on the grounds of unlawfully obtained and unsuppressed phone records.

September 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Michelle Obama stumps for Nunn in US Senate race

ATLANTA - First lady Michelle Obama debuted on the 2014 campaign trail Monday in Georgia, where Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is working to pick up a key seat for Democrats.

September 09, 2014 | By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


US Senate candidates spar over immigration

Politics appear to be at the heart of President Barack Obama's decision last week to delay unspecified executive action on immigration until after the November mid-term elections.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chick-fil-A director, customers reminisce about S. Truett Cathy

Area Chick-fil-A customers on Monday remembered Chick-fil-A's founder for his business model and personal values. S. Truett Cathy died early Monday morning at 93.

September 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall looks to buy new firetruck

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is set to approve about $1 million in spending on Thursday for the purchase of a new firetruck with an aerial platform.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall business code changes still in contention

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is still considering revisions to the business license code months after changes were first proposed.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula plans for the end of SPLOST

Lula is developing a backup plan in case Hall County's special purpose local option sales tax is not extended after it expires next year.

September 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school system considers going charter

The Hall County School District is hoping to become a charter system next year, but it's a decision that hinges on the Georgia Department of Education's interpretation of just what a charter system is.

September 09, 2014 | | Local


State board member to address Common Core standards in Gainesville

A public hearing is set for tonight in Gainesville on Common Core standards in Georgia schools.

September 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Planning board to hear request for brewery today

Pap Datta hopes to turn Gainesville into the next hub of the craft beer industry, and he will ask the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tonight to rezone a brick warehouse along Maple Street, near Wild Wing Café, so he can launch Left Nut Brewing Co.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


NY Times reporter comments on beheadings of journalists

Reporters covering dangerous areas of the world go through special training before they start working their first story overseas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter told a Gainesville audience Monday.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia ethics commission fires director

September 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall may play role in future passenger rail

Gainesville-Hall County figures prominently in passenger and commuter rail proposals in the Georgia Department of Transportation's new long-range rail plan.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Two camping hot spots open this winter

Those who enjoy cool weather camping can rejoice: The Army Corps of Engineers plans to have two of its Lake Lanier campgrounds open through March.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school board raises superintendent's pay

Whenever the Hall County Board of Education has tried to give a bonus to Superintendent Will Schofield in recent years, he has turned it down.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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