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Mountain Judicial Circuit gets new DA

Brian M. Rickman was sworn in Jan. 2 as the new district attorney for the Mountain Judicial Circuit by Gov. Sonny Perdue at the Capitol in Atlanta. Rickman replaced Michael H. Crawford, who retired at the end of 2007.

"I am honored and thrilled to be allowed the opportunity to succeed Mike Crawford in this position and work for the citizens of the Mountain Judicial Circuit," said Rickman, upon learning of his appointment.

February 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Iraqi general will speak at church

Gen. Georges Sada, a former military adviser to Saddam Hussein and second in command of the Iraqi Air Force, will speak next month at the House of Prayer Church Family Life Center in Blairsville.

February 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Dahlonega Rangers arrested

Four soldiers, including three Army Rangers, stationed at Dahlonega's Camp Frank D. Merrill face federal charges of conspiring to rob drug dealers at gunpoint.

February 05, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Group home owners haven’t moved out yet

GAINESVILLE - Owners of two different group homes in Gainesville face criminal charges for not heeding orders to cease and desist operations of their residential drug and alcohol recovery programs.

February 05, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Fight over Bethel Park may be resolved soon

The long-simmering debate over who should take over management of a Lake Lanier park could reach a resolution this spring.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft environmental assessment for 62-acre Bethel Park in Forsyth County and is accepting public comments until Feb. 19.

February 05, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Snow possible overnight across the region

For the third time in two weeks, weather forecasters are telling North Georgians to get ready for winter precipitation.

February 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Dahlonega man killed, brother hurt in Murrayville wreck

A Dahlonega man was killed and his brother remains in critical condition at an Atlanta hospital after a Tuesday night wreck in Murrayville.

Dirk Ruthardt, 27, died in the 8 p.m. wreck on Pony Lake Road, Hall County Deputy Coroner John Abernathy said.

February 05, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


New vital records system reduces time

The Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, Office of Vital Records has implemented a new system that will significantly reduce the length of time it takes Georgians to obtain official copies of birth and death certificates.

February 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville woman named DOT district administrative officer

GAINESVILLE - The Georgia Department of Transportation recently announced the appointment of a Gainesville woman to the position of District Administrative Officer.

February 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Public schools are recruiting teachers

TeachGeorgia.org, the official teacher recruitment Web site for Georgia's public schools, plans to hold a free information session 6-7 p.m. Tuesday.

February 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall commission approves Portofino site

Following five Hall County residents' vehement opposition to a 261-home development on Lake Lanier, Hall County Commissioners approved the 217-acre venture at Thursday's board meeting with a 4-1 vote.

February 05, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch depot in line for a shine

Downtown improvements are chugging along in the old railroad town of Flowery Branch.

February 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


College students, judge debate impact of 'Jena Six' protests

Gainesville State College students discussed the parameters of a 2006 racially charged incident in Jena, La., inviting municipal court Judge Hammond Law to participate Wednesday.

February 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Cold weather, economic woes hit residents with double-barrel winter blast

When temperatures across Northeast Georgia dropped into the teens shortly after New Year's Day and again last weekend, residents had little choice but to run their furnaces almost nonstop.

February 04, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Poultry industry shows off research, technology to customers at expo

ATLANTA - For the poultry industry, this is the big one: acres of equipment that handle everything from eggs to processed chickens and everything in between.

The 60th annual International Poultry Expo may not be the biggest show held at the Georgia World Congress Center, but for the poultry industry, this is the granddaddy of them all.

February 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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The Local Agenda: City planning board takes up Thompson Bridge-Virginia Circle proposal

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will meet today to vote on a proposed drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County clinic, pharmacy closer to opening

With the help of inmate labor, Hall County is progressing with renovations that will turn the old East Hall library branch in Rabbittown into a clinic and pharmacy serving county employees.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cost, cause of tennis court damage remain undetermined

The latest estimate to repair a crack in a tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek stands at about $12,000, but it remains unclear if this amount will bring the fix needed to finally put the matter to rest.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police seize nearly $20K in drugs in separate arrests

Two recent investigations by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad have led to almost $20,000 of methamphetamine and other drugs being seized.

November 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood OKs 2015 budget with 50 percent tax increase

Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to OK a budget that keeps the city solvent but is supported by a tax rate increase of about 50 percent.

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


West Hall seeking IB career certificate program

West Hall High School hopes to offer the International Baccalaureate career certificate for students who aren't pursuing the full IB diploma.

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deputy, two others hurt in South Hall crash

Three people, including a Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy, suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle wreck in South Hall today.

November 10, 2014 | | Local


Korean War vets given quilts as show of thanks

As Paul Scroggs tugged at the quilt wrapped around his shoulders, he said with a wry smile, "I wish I had this in Korea."

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Schools go big for Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a big deal to area schools.

November 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Year-round trout fishing up for discussion

On Thursday, anglers hooked on having a year-round trout season may have their voices heard.

November 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville hopes to add turn lanes at major intersection

Gainesville is looking to move forward with major improvements at Queen City and Jesse Jewell parkways, a project the city has wanted to pursue for years.

November 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall commissioners' work session to consider tennis court repairs

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has a full agenda for today's work session, including discussion about whether to finance tennis court repairs, whether to approve a supplement to a previously approved bond resolution with the Hospital Authority and whether to amend the malt beverage and wine code.

November 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


UNG adds bike patrol, gets officers out of cars

University of North Georgia police officers are getting out of their warm and comfortable patrol cars to protect students and faculty in a more hands-on and personal way.

November 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


SBDC plans Women’s Business Expo

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will present its third annual Women's Business Expo on Nov. 21 at The UGA Special Collections Library in Athens.

November 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Faulty data has flagged Hall railroad crossing for closure

An investigation by The Times has revealed a pattern of misreporting data by state and federal authorities concerning the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

November 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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