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Tornadoes, strong storms hit Hall County hard

A day of severe storms and possible tornadoes left numerous homes, schools and businesses damaged across Hall County and the region.

August 30, 2008 | From staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Road improvements have businesses moving on Mundy Mill Road

OAKWOOD - The pavement isn't all that's changing on Mundy Mill Road.

August 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Parks director seeks $300,000 for Field of Dreams

Though grant money for Hall County's Field of Dreams project fell victim to the state's budget cuts and delays, Hall County Parks and Leisure Director Greg Walker is confident the money will come, and asked the board of commissioners at Monday's work session to borrow money until funds come in.

August 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flash flood watch issued; more rain moving in

Some much needed rain fell throughout the day, and the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay could bring much more in the next few days.

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


INK rings in its sixth year

INK celebrated its sixth birthday Sunday afternoon with a scavenger hunt, a magic show by Jeff McClure and a special viewing of the television show "Phineas and Ferb." There was also pizza, cake, free temporary tattoos, and arts and crafts.

August 29, 2008 | By Megan Gill news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Wreck snarls traffic on Thompson Bridge Road

A two-vehicle wreck has stalled traffic in both directions in front of Reid's Cafe on Thompson Bridge Road in Murrayville.

Hall County sheriff's deputies are directing traffic to an open lane in front of the restaurant. Some motorists, meanwhile, are taking detours on side streets.

August 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Closing arguments set to begin in Vergara trial

Jurors will hear closing arguments this afternoon in the death penalty trial of Ignacio Vergara.

August 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Life on the Lake: Even though Fay never showed up, area won’t miss out on rain

Lake Lanier may have lost out on Fay, but there's hope yet that rainfall this week will bring much-needed relief.

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Peace Corps luring more volunteers from Georgia

The Peace Corps is enrolling more volunteers nationwide, and Georgia applications are up 49 percent from 2007, said David Leavitt, a Peace Corps public affairs specialist.

August 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Area meetings, Aug. 25-28

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


3,200 gallons of sewage spills into Hagen Creek

A sewer line blockage in the city of Lula Sunday afternoon caused more than 3,200 gallons of raw sewage to spill into a tributary of Hagen Creek, which feeds into the Chattahoochee River.

August 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Study to analyze sewer-water rate differential

An out-of-state consulting firm will spend the next two months comparing how much it costs Gainesville's Public Utilities Department to serve customers outside Gainesville's city limits to the cost of providing those same services to city residents.

August 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Brenau gets high value marks from U.S. News

For the fourth year in a row, Brenau University was ranked as the 10th best education value in the Southeast by U.S. News & World Report.

August 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Suspect's fate in death penalty case is in jury's hands

A jury will ponder today whether Ignacio Vergara is guilty of murder in a drug-related shooting that claimed two lives six years ago on a gravel road in South Hall.

August 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dahlonega Rangers sentenced to prison for attempted drug theft

Two Dahlonega-based Army Rangers were sentenced to a total of five years in federal prison Monday for their role in a scheme to rob drug traffickers of cocaine at gunpoint.

August 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Charitable fund set up in honor of Gus Whalen

A fund has been set up in memory of business and civic leader Gus Whalen, who died Sunday.

June 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Local AME church hosts vigil for Charleston shooting victims

While the destructive actions of one person can upset a nation, local residents sought to show that the unifying action of prayer is a more powerful force than any individual.

June 24, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Flowery Branch approves zoning for fireworks sales

Flowery Branch City Council members approved an ordinance Wednesday clarifying where certain fireworks sales establishments can hold business, but it wasn't without some reluctance.

June 24, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


North Forsyth woman arrested for Sunday’s hit-and-run incident

June 24, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


New, wider Clarks Bridge opens

The resurgent Lake Lanier Olympic Venue now has a shiny new bridge on its doorstep.

June 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students in summer class at UNG for high school credit

While other kids their age enjoy time by the pool or engage in other summertime fun, 88 students participating in the Steps to College program are spending their summer hitting the books as a part of an enrichment program at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia.

June 23, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Police: Elderly man in electric scooter, others arrested in alleged Wal-Mart TV theft

An elderly man on an electric scooter allegedly aided two other suspects in stealing a 50-inch flat screen television from Wal-Mart early Monday, Oakwood Police said.

June 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Free meals will still be available at some schools through July

June is coming to a close, and so are many lunchrooms in Hall County and Gainesville schools.

June 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Bill in Congress would boost Amtrak funding

Amtrak, which has had a longtime presence in Hall County, could get a serious funding boost if a bill now moving through Congress eventually passes.

June 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Clarks Bridge could open Wednesday afternoon

The new Clarks Bridge could open Wednesday afternoon but no later than Thursday, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

June 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man escapes smoking passenger van

A man smelled smoke Tuesday afternoon while driving and exited the van before it was in flames, fire officials said.

June 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Coroner: Atlanta Street man killed by gunshot wound to head

A Gainesville man killed at the Atlanta Street Apartments June 15 suffered a gunshot wound to the head, Hall County Coroner Marion Merck said Tuesday.

June 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall board set to vote on development, Civil Service change

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote on several items Thursday that have been materializing for awhile, including a proposed mixed-use development on Friendship Road and changes to the Civil Service Act.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lot could alleviate UNG parking problems at Gainesville campus

Students have been complaining about the parking options at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia for several years, but their troubles may soon be over thanks to an existing park-and-ride lot off Exit 17 of Interstate 985.

June 22, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Four indicted in case involving Buford man’s death

Four people accused by Gwinnett County Police of racing down a Buford road in April 2014 were indicted Wednesday in the death of a 24-year-old Buford man.

June 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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