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Hailstorm struck car dealers hard; insurance companies assessing damage

The storms that struck the Gainesville area on Saturday wreaked havoc by dumping hail on the lots of a number of the area's new car dealers.

March 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


War vets discuss future of Iraq with Gainesville State students

As the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq approaches, three Iraq war veterans spoke at Gainesville State College Monday and pondered whether an exit strategy is possible.

March 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Braselton man, teen son killed in Marietta collision

A Braselton man and his teenage son were killed in a head-on collision Sunday night in Marietta.

Rod Godfrey, 47, died in the helicopter en route to the hospital, and Eric Godfrey, 17, died at the scene of the crash, the Marietta Police Department reported.

March 29, 2008 | Nikki Young Times regional staff | Local


Hall sheriff's department restamped for approval by accrediting agency

The Hall County Sheriff's Office has been given a second stamp of approval from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies.

March 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school board decides Enota crosswalk will wait for now

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville school board voted Monday night to hold off on a possible crosswalk at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy to see how other traffic and safety recommendations play out.

Earlier this month, the board asked school officials to look at the possibility of a raised crosswalk in the front parking lot at Enota, as a way to help with pedestrian traffic during morning drop-off and afternoon pickup of students.

March 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville couple at epicenter of Atlanta storm

Although no tornadoes reportedly touched down in Hall County Saturday, tornado devastation did hit home for several Hall County residents who were in downtown Atlanta Friday night when a tornado mangled the CNN Center.

The EF-2 tornado registered winds near 130 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The tornado first touched down near the intersection of Simpson and Burbank streets at 9:38 p.m. and traveled six miles east over the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, the CNN Center and Omni Hotel Complex and Philips Arena, where an NBA basketball game was under way.

March 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lion, tiger and bear help bring Palm Sunday to life

Children who attended the services at The Church @ War Hill in Dawsonville Sunday were on the edge of their pews as Senior Pastor Don Allen told the story of David and Goliath using a live lion, tiger and bear.

March 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Weather service: No tornadoes touched down in Northeast Georgia

National Weather Service officials confirmed Sunday that two tornadoes touched down in Georgia as a result of severe thunderstorms Saturday. And today, meteorologists will investigate the possibility of a third tornado touchdown Saturday in southern Butts County.

March 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Appalachian Trail hikers plan to ‘trek against trash’

Today, a Dacula couple plans to set off from Springer Mountain in an attempt to "thru-hike" all 2,174 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

March 28, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Peachy crop expected at Jaemor

LULA - After a damaging Easter freeze in 2007, Drew Echols is optimistic about the 2008 peach crop at Jaemor Farms near Lula.

That freeze killed the buds and wiped out the harvest at the orchard his family owns. The same was true for most of the apple crop.

March 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville schools may face IRS fines, penalties

The Gainesville school system faces penalties and interest for not filing paperwork last year to the Social Security Administration regarding its employees' 2006 W-2s.

March 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


High school trio wins state title at literary meet

FLOWERY BRANCH - Three Flowery Branch High School seniors won first place Saturday at the Georgia High School Association's State AAA Literary Meet at Houston County High School.

March 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch: High school trio wins at literary meet

Three Flowery Branch High School seniors won first place Saturday at the Georgia High School Association's State AAA Literary Meet at Houston County High School. The school's girls trio - Sophia Allison, Sarah Dunham and Delana Thomas - were competing for a third consecutive year, having won the Region 7-AAA Literary Meet each year.

March 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


4 Hall teams going to state ‘Odyssey’ competition

Three South Hall schools will send four "Odyssey of the Mind" teams to state competition, set for April 19 at Columbus State University.

March 28, 2008 | | Local


Furry or feathered, Animal Control supervisor could handle all critters

During the past 31 years, Hall County Animal Control Supervisor Rick Phillips has handled roughly 200,000 animals - and not a single one has bitten him.

Current and former county officials and judges joined the Hall County Humane Society in honoring Phillips' 31 years of service Monday evening at the Humane Society on West Ridge Road. Phillips will retire from the county government position on April 25.

March 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Rabid raccoon found Friday

A rabies alert has been issued for the Persimmon Tree Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


School resource officers brush up on safety protocol

When the kids are away, school resource officers get in their training.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Study: Atlanta sprawls while Hall County hangs tight

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta region - perhaps not surprisingly - is the most sprawling large metropolitan area in the country.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two overnight fires in N. Hall deemed suspicious

Two overnight fires in North Hall County are believed to be suspicious but not connected, according to Hall County Fire Services.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Curriculum, budget hot topics at school board forum

Common core, board transparency and fiscal accountability were the main topics discussed during a Thursday education forum for Board of Education candidates hosted by the Lanier Tea Party Patriots.

April 11, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


Rabid raccoon found in North Hall

A rabies alert has been issued for the Persimmon Tree Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 11, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia leads country in growth of women-owned businesses

There's no one road for a woman to take when it comes to owning and operating her own business.

April 11, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County commercial, industrial tax notices mailed today

Annual tax assessment notices for about 4,200 commercial and industrial properties in Hall County were dropped in the mail today, but it's not time to pay up quite yet.

April 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Deal backs medical marijuana trials

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday announced two separate efforts to pursue clinical trials on a cannabis-based drug that has shown promise in helping children who suffer from seizure disorders.

April 11, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


DA seeks tougher penalty in stabbing

The Gwinnett County District Attorney's office has given notice of intent to increase the punishment in the slaying of a Gainesville woman.

April 11, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Forsyth assistant principal on leave following arrest

April 10, 2014 | From regional reports | Local


Dawson County commissioners seek back taxes from hotel

April 10, 2014 | From regional reports | Local


Construction continues on new Clarks Bridge

Work continues on a new Clarks Bridge across Lake Lanier in Gainesville. The project, which also calls for a new pedestrian tunnel under Ga. 284, is set for completion by Dec. 31, 2015. When completed, the new bridge will have 12-foot lanes and an 8-foot shoulder in each direction.

April 10, 2014 | | Local


Fire damages home on Tulip Drive

A fire caused by unattended cooking damaged a home in the 1800 block of Tulip Drive in Gainesville, but the occupants got out without injury, authorities said.

April 10, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville parks department proposes increased budget

As it looks to expand recreational opportunities, renovate park facilities and increase staff, the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department has proposed a $5.261 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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