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Falling tree kills Gillsville man

An elderly Banks County man was killed Tuesday night when a large tree fell into his bedroom during a thunderstorm, though his wife survived because she had decided to sleep in the living room.

Lloyd Echols, 70, was asleep in bed when he suffered a fatal head injury at about 10 p.m., said Gene Hart, chairman of the Banks County Board of Commissioners.

July 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Judge: Child molester must face 15 years in prison

A judge said she felt sympathy for the mother of a 20-year-old man serving a 15-year prison term for molesting a 4-year-old girl, but wouldn't budge on the sentence.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


How safe is Lanier?

After a disastrous Fourth of July weekend in which four people died in Lake Lanier within 48 hours, officials are examining whether anything could have been done to prevent the tragedies.

July 13, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New Chestnut Mountain Elementary is ready for its close-up

The newest and biggest Hall County elementary school will hear its first pitter-patter of little feet Friday as students and parents get a sneak peek of the new Chestnut Mountain Elementary School.

July 13, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall woman accused of embezzling $1 million

Peggy Leigh Walker, who worked in the accounting department of Buford toolmaker Makita USA for nearly 20 years, owes her former employer $3 million.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ga. delegation checks on Army corps manual updates for Lanier

A delegation from the Georgia General Assembly, including state Sen. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, was in Washington on Wednesday to meet with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding Lake Lanier.

The delegation was led by state Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, and included Hawkins; Sen. Ross Tolleson, R-Perry; Rep. Tom Knox, R-Cumming; Rep. John Heard, R-Lawrenceville; and Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming.

July 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Enota's Meadors named High Performance Principal

The principal of Enota Elementary School is among 112 named Wednesday as High Performance Principals in an announcement by Gov. Sonny Perdue and state school Superintendent Kathy Cox.

July 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Dawsonville marsupials appearing on 'Today' show

The directors of the Kangaroo Conservation Center hopped on a plane to New York City with four of their marsupials Tuesday to make an appearance on NBC's "Today" show.

July 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Judicial nominee charged with family violence battery

A Gainesville lawyer who was nominated for a state court judgeship to be appointed by the governor has a misdemeanor domestic violence case pending in state court.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Judge ponders lawsuit over teen’s hanging

Lawyers for a Gainesville special-needs school where a troubled teen hanged himself in 2004 say his parents have no grounds to sue under a federal law.

The attorney representing the parents of 13-year-old Jonathan King said the case is important to the futures of "countless other severely behaviorally disordered children across the state" and what policies will be in place to protect them from themselves and others.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


City planners take no action on neighborhood zoning

Gainesville's Planning and Appeals board left unresolved an issue that has divided city residents and forced board members to question the boundaries of their powers to rezone property in the city.

July 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


High court contemplates Hall sex offender case

Three-time sex offender William James Santos couldn't register his home with local authorities because he had no home, his lawyers told Georgia's highest court this week.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


After months on the lam, ex-Riverside star caught

A former prep football star who was named as The Times 2005 Player of the Year remained in the Gwinnett County Jail on Tuesday in connection with last year's fatal shooting of a teenager.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Public hearing set on proposed Flowery Branch historic district

The second and final public hearing on Flowery Branch's proposed new historic district boundaries is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Historic Depot on Railroad Avenue.

July 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


United Way hopes kickoff campaign raises $510,000

United Way of Hall County kicked off its annual Cornerstone Campaign on Tuesday at the Guest House in Gainesville.

July 12, 2008 | | Local


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Chicopee Mill road project step closer to fruition

Gainesville City Council is prepared to enter into an agreement next week with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority for construction of a road in the Chicopee Mill Industrial Center that will open property for development.

July 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


GOP candidates in U.S. Senate runoff spend $11M total

ATLANTA - The two Republicans vying for Georgia's open Senate seat have spent a combined $11 million so far on the race, with just over a week to go before the July 22 runoff.

July 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Fourth lesson: Comfort in water can be natural and learned

Thursday marks the last day of my first week of the Red Cross' Adults Learning the Basics swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. With a patient instructor, Max Sumner, and a supportive classmate, Cornelia Martin, I'm so comfortable in the pool that I feel silly having avoided it for the past 23 years.

July 11, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Life in prison, no parole, for killer in Peppers shooting

The last time Antonio Thompson talked to his brother, Adrian asked him if he was still getting married. He wanted him to maintain a path toward stability.

July 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville woman alleges racial slurs in GOP suit

A Gainesville woman's federal lawsuit filed Tuesday describes in detail a series of racially charged incidents and overheard slurs at the Georgia Republican Party that she alleges went unaddressed.

July 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County postpones SPLOST vote until March

Hall County has officially postponed a vote on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax until March.

July 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County approves contracts for Cherokee Bluffs park

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved two contracts Thursday for infrastructure work, design and construction of Cherokee Bluffs park.

July 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


July 22 runoff ballot

Statewide

July 10, 2014 | | Local


South Hall experiencing abnormally dry climate

Drought is creeping back into the region.

July 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Crescent Drive set to reopen Aug. 5

Crescent Drive between White Sulphur Road and just north of Hall County Emergency Services is set to reopen Aug. 5.

July 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Third lesson: Swimming second, safety first

The strong smell of chlorine in the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center is a welcoming one by my third lesson.

July 10, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


North Hall power line replacement wraps up

Tucker-based Georgia Transmission has completed a $5.5 million project putting up 6.2 miles of new, updated power lines across North Hall County, including a small part of Lake Lanier.

July 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Some embrace new carry law while others maintain gun-free zones

Georgia's new gun law, which expands the number of places where license holders can carry concealed weapons, has left local law enforcement, government officials, business owners and residents with more questions than answers.

July 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Employment outlook improves from previous year

Job hunting in Gainesville might be easier for some this summer, with May records showing a decrease in the unemployment from the previous year.

July 10, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Thieves continue to target Dawson County churches

The number of burglarized churches in Dawson County continues to mount.

July 10, 2014 | | Local


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