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Inmate found dead in cell at Hall jail

A man who had been charged with neglecting his 79-year-old mother was found dead in his cell at the Hall County Jail, authorities said Monday.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County and Gainesville map 170-acre industrial park

The Hall County Board of Commissioners discussed plans Monday for an industrial park on Calvary Church Road that advocates say will bring improvements to the area.

The industrial park would be a joint venture between Gainesville and Hall County and would be developed by Gwinnett Industries Inc. on a 170-acre site adjacent to the new county jail and Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

May 30, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Courses prepare for worst scenario

The firefighters of Georgia were hard at work Sunday, training for dire circumstances when they may have to save themselves and others.

May 30, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Perdues speak as a ‘team’

In a speech at a benefit for a camp focused on at-risk youth, Gov. Sonny Perdue opted to defer to one of the state's major advocates for children - his wife.

The governor and first lady, Mary Perdue, jointly addressed a Sunday morning breakfast at First Baptist Church for Camp Hope, a summer camp sponsored by the Chattahoochee Baptist Association.

May 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Butterflies flutter to freedom at annual release

About 2,000 people swarmed Wilshire Trails Park on Sunday to release 1,000 fluttering butterflies into the Gainesville sky.

The 12th Annual Butterfly Release was sponsored by Friends of the Parks, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department.

May 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Industry owner moves on after losing bid for Gainesville contract

Bruce Mistarz started making industrial electrical connectors in his kitchen oven in Illinois 20 years ago. Since then, he has consistently found himself in a building that becomes too small for his growing operation.

Mistarz, owner of Mencom Corp., brought part of his Illinois-based industry to Gainesville 12 years ago, and has since outgrown three buildings.

May 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


East Hall Community Center holds open house

Karen Owens, facility manager for the East Hall Community Center, hoped to give the community a glimpse of the center's offerings with an open house Monday.

The center opened last year, and Owens said the purpose of the event was "to get people familiarized with the new facility."

May 30, 2008 | | Local


WaterPark rides its first wave

Lake Lanier Islands flung open its gates this weekend to welcome about 800 visitors to its water park that will now close one day each week this summer to conserve water.

May 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood expects commercial land growth

Oakwood may grow one-third of an acre as a result of a Monday night meeting.

And a city official said slowly but surely, there's more commercial annexations to come with the expected Thurmond Tanner Parkway extension that will connect Mundy Mill Drive to Spout Springs Road.

May 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lumpkin job fair may help former Mohawk employees

The executive director of the Lumpkin County Development Authority says a number of top employers have recognized the value of the skilled work force at the Mohawk Industries plant in Dahlonega.

Bruce Abraham said 47 exhibitors have signed up for a job fair this afternoon at the Lumpkin County Recreation Center.

May 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


US Coast Guard Auxiliary passes along boating tips

FLOWERY BRANCH - Chris Mercer didn't have to take a boating safety course to legally pilot his 17-foot Sea Ray on Lake Lanier, but the Lawrenceville man didn't think it could hurt.

May 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


A turn of the tassel: Class of '08 graduates tell their stories

Hundreds of square-topped mortarboards will be tossed into the air this week as local high school seniors celebrate the end of 13 years of education.

May 29, 2008 | By Jessica Jordan and Ashley Fielding news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Cagle on track for a run at governor's mansion

Where will Casey Cagle be in January 2011?

May 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Invasion of the ducks: Derby makes its 10th splash

If you drove by Clarks Bridge Park on Saturday afternoon and wondered about the mass of rubber ducks floating down the lake, then you missed out on the 10th annual Rubber Duck Derby.

May 29, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Parade chugs its way through Lula

The 32nd annual Lula Railroad Days Festival kicked off Saturday morning with many local vendors and a bigger and longer parade.

May 29, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


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Polls open until 7 as Hall County voters decide on extending special sales tax

Polls are open until 7 p.m. today across Hall County as voters decide on a one-cent special purpose local option sales tax.

March 17, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Sugar Hill Elementary receives visit from governor’s office

At Sugar Hill Elementary School, 5-year-old students are learning how to make PowerPoints and film instructional videos.

March 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Reward offered for man missing since June ’14

A $500 reward is available for information leading to the discovery of a man missing since June 7.

March 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Former Hall County jailer pleads not guilty in drug case

A former Hall County jailer accused on smuggling charges pleaded not guilty Monday at an arraignment in U.S. District Court.

March 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Pilgrim takes over Hall GOP

Debra Pilgrim was elected chairwoman of the Hall County Republican Party on Saturday at the organization's convention.

March 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall, Gainesville schools score high School Climate Star Ratings

Hall County and Gainesville City schools offer students a pretty good environment for learning and developing.

March 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville City Schools won't make up snow days

Gainesville City Schools will not ask its students to stay late this year to make up for lost school days.

March 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall schools works to lower near $1M price tag for modular units at Johnson High

Johnson High School is growing, and it needs space to accommodate students.

March 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


North Forsyth woman dies in single-vehicle wreck

March 16, 2015 | BY KAYLA ROBBINS Times regional staff | Local


Authorities suspect foul play in death of man found in taxi

Authorities suspect foul play in the death of a Hispanic man found in a taxi in East Hall.

March 16, 2015 | | Local


Suspect in $150K meth bust arrested in Las Vegas after escaping Hall authorities

A man is now in custody following an investigation into about $150,000 worth of methamphetamine found at two locations in Hall County in December.

March 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities identify woman killed, man injured in boat wreck

Authorities released the identities involved in a boating incident that killed a Buford woman and injured a man Sunday night off Ga. 369 in the Chestatee Bay area of Lake Lanier.

March 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


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