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State EPD may keep pools dry this summer

For many people, a summer without swimming pools is unthinkable. But it may come to that, if Georgia's extreme drought does not abate. Under the Level 4 drought restrictions currently in place in 61 North Georgia counties, outdoor swimming pools cannot be filled or "topped off" with municipal water.

January 23, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Defying the odds: Flowery Branch man overcomes brain trauma

FLOWERY BRANCH

As part of his job, emergency medical technician Kyle Brown sometimes transported patients to Shepherd Center, the Atlanta hospital that treats serious brain and spinal injuries.

January 23, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Man sought in sexual assault, home invasion

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office investigators want to question a man in connection with a sexual assault and robbery that took place Jan. 5 in South Forsyth County near Strickland Road and Ga. 9.

January 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Weather Channel to visit Lake Lanier

The Weather Channel will be broadcasting live from Lake Lanier next week as part of the network's weeklong series from locations across the Southeast affected by the drought.

The series asks the question: What happens when H20 becomes H2-No?

January 23, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Brenau hosts famed children’s author

Book author and storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy will be featured in a Saturday evening program at Brenau University.

January 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall commissioners OK Hagen Creek development

Hall County Commission gave the final approval for a 2,736-home North Hall subdivision Thursday that will include a 20-acre school site, 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space and possibly an 18-hole golf course.

January 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall, Gainesville school boards set for retreats

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville City and Hall County boards of education plan to meet separately Saturday for annual retreats, a time when board members typically focus on big-picture issues.

The Gainesville board will talk about its "mission, visions and beliefs," and Hall County will conduct Georgia School Boards Association training.

January 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials: Hilton was in Gainesville on night Emerson abducted

Gary Michael Hilton was at a Gainesville ATM trying to use a bank card belonging to Meredith Emerson the night she was abducted, officials said.

Hilton is believed to have spent about 20 minutes at a Bank of America ATM in Gainesville around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton said this week, citing information provided to him by agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

January 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cold to move in, rain to move out

Don't expect a return of balmy temperatures any time soon. The rain and fog that hovered over Hall County is going to be followed this weekend by cold weather, according to the National Weather Service.

"(Say) goodbye to the spring-type temperatures," said Shirley Lamback, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

January 22, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


'You can’t pledge to a flag when you don’t have a flag'

GAINESVILLE - All East Hall High School students now have a flag to salute when they say the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning.

"When I taught here, everybody had a flag in their room. But, for whatever reason through time, the (flags) kind of dwindled away," said principal Jeff Cooper.

January 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County to lift burn ban

The longest outdoor burning ban in recent Hall County history will be lifted today, though it may be back in effect again soon, officials said.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said beginning today, residential burning of small tree limbs and leaves and land clearing burns of natural debris will be allowed with a permit. It will be the first time since March 31 that the outdoor burns have been permitted in Hall County.

January 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lights on! Switch for Communiversity sign flipped

County and city officials joined educators amidst a cloud of fog Thursday morning for a ceremonial lighting of the sign at Featherbone Communiversity.

January 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Quadruple murder defendants plead not guilty

Two of the three defendants charged in a March 2006 massacre at a Forsyth County farmhouse entered formal not guilty pleas in a Thursday court appearance.

The arraignment of Jason McGhee, 27, and Marcin Sosniak, 23, was held in front of Bell-Forsyth Superior Court Judge David Dickinson. The two men did not speak. Their pleas were entered by their attorneys, Josh Moore of the Georgia Office of the Capital Defender and Cumming lawyer Charles Haldy. Thursday's court appearance was a routine procedure in a case that could stretch on for some time. District Attorney Penny Penn said she doubts ...

January 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


COMING SUNDAY: The Best of 2007

During 2007, our reporters and photographers produced great stories and pictures about the people and events of Northeast Georgia.

Sunday, The Times will reprint a few of our favorite stories in a special keepsake edition called "The Best of 2007."

January 22, 2008 | | Local


Florida officials preparing to charge Hilton with murder

A Florida prosecutor says he has enough evidence to charge Meredith Emerson's accused killer with a murder in that state.

January 22, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


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Growth could max out Gainesville High School

As the recession declines, the housing market improves and area schools scramble to make room for students in their halls.

November 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


A new home for the law in South Hall

With the snip of a ribbon, the Hall County Sheriff's Office has a permanent presence in the South Hall area.

November 15, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Give thanks and food during the holidays

November 15, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


NASA director visits Chestnut Mountain

Children bounced on their knees and shot their hands into the air, hoping the NASA scientist would call on them.

November 15, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Sen. Butch Miller cited by Association County Commissioners of Georgia

Sen. Butch Miller was honored Wednesday by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia for his efforts this year to improve policy that affects county operations and infrastructure.

November 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lobbying group lays out legislative priorities for counties

In late October, the Georgia Municipal Association, a lobbying group for the interests of Georgia cities, laid out several priorities for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly during a meeting with local government officials.

November 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


N. Ga. men convicted in terror plot sentenced to 10 years

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Church serves a feast of thanks to area first responders

Multiple agencies responded to a call Thursday afternoon at West Hall Baptist Church to a Thanksgiving feast that needed to be put away for good.

November 14, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


2 arrested in South Hall burglaries

A Gainesville couple are in custody after Hall County authorities linked them to a string of residential burglaries in South Hall.

November 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


West Hall focuses on community ahead of big football game

For West Hall High Principal Scott Justus, tonight's football game is less about the result and more about the community the team's winning season has inspired.

November 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County not ready to forsake Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

The Hall County Board of Commissioners wants answers from the Georgia Department of Transportation and state lawmakers about why the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing has been closed despite the county's objection.

November 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch to lift suspension of Growlers on Main license early

Flowery Branch's Growlers on Main will reopen a week after being shuttered by the city for violations of its alcoholic beverage license.

November 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Clermont approves resolution on voting wards

Clermont approved changes to its charter that would divide the town into four voting wards.

November 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Sales tax meeting draws few Hall residents

If Hall County officials thought additional public input meetings would generate greater turnout and broader interest in a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, they got a rude awakening Thursday night.

November 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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