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Jury keeps pondering Vergara’s sentence

Jurors will resume deliberating today whether to sentence a convicted killer to death for the drug-related shooting deaths of two men on a isolated South Hall road.

The jury of nine men and three women deliberated for more than three hours Wednesday in the sentencing phase of Ignacio Vergara's death penalty trial before asking to be released from duty for the day at about 7:30 p.m. It was the eighth day of sequestration for the jury, which is staying in an area hotel.

September 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ballowe, Gainesville school board settle for $190,000

The Gainesville City Board of Education voted 3-2 to enter into a mutual termination agreement with former Gainesville school system Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

Phil Hartley, attorney for the Gainesville school board, said the board agreed to settle with Ballowe for $190,000, the equivalent of his salary last year without benefits. Hartley said the board will pay Ballowe in two $95,000 payments, one during this fiscal year and one during the next.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rainfall gives lake ‘a pretty nice jump’

Even as Hall County residents were dodging tornadoes Tuesday, you still could hear people remarking that "all this rain is going to be good for the lake."

There's no question that Tropical Storm Fay did benefit Lake Lanier. By Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey was reporting the lake's elevation at 1,055.44 feet, about 2 feet higher than it had been on Monday.

September 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall recovers from the fury of tornadoes

Until two days ago, Jesus Ramirez and Jane Gable only had seen a tornado in the movies, but three very real ones touched down in Hall County Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed.

Tuesday's tornado did not sound like the freight train tornado Ramirez had seen in the movies. Ramirez' experience had been a little more rural.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Weather service says 3 twisters struck Hall, causing $3.36 million in damage

It has been three days since a fallen pine tree forced Ellen Cowart out of her home less than a mile from downtown Gainesville.

Cowart's property is one of nearly 107 properties that were either affected or damaged by tornadoes Tuesday in Hall County. Most of the damage was in an area between Lyman Hall Elementary and Cowart's home, according to an estimate from Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle.

September 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Roots building: Cochran returns to affordable housing

TALMO - In what he calls "an earlier life," builder and developer Broughton Cochran was a social worker for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services in Forsyth County.

September 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Schools assess damage

Oakwood and Lyman Hall elementary schools resumed classes as usual Wednesday following a day in which two tornadoes swept through the school yards.

One tornado damaged four first-grade classrooms at Oakwood Elementary, and the other pulled the majority of the roof off the gym at Lyman Hall Elementary.

September 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch schedules 3 hearings for tax increase

Flowery Branch residents who saw a rise in property values this year because of reassessments also could see a slight jump in taxes.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Remnants of Fay hit Hall; homes damaged; schools evacuated

When there were multiple reports of funnel clouds near Lyman Hall Elementary Tuesday afternoon, secretary Elaine Ingram was glad that the school's staff had practiced what to do.

"Those drills do work," Ingram said.

August 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


4 twisters likely hit Hall, weather service says

It is possible that Hall County was hit by four separate tornadoes Tuesday afternoon, according to preliminary findings from the National Weather Service.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Johnson High assistant principal has leg amputated weeks after wreck

An assistant principal at Johnson High School had surgery at an Atlanta hospital Wednesday morning to amputate his leg almost three weeks after surviving a one-car wreck on his way to work.

August 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Storms bring a foot of relief to Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier has risen about a foot in the past two days as the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay have dumped several inches of rain across Northeast Georgia since Sunday.

The level is expected to continue to rise over the next several days as the rain that fell in the basin feeding the lake makes its way into Lanier.

August 31, 2008 | By Debbie Gilbert and Edie Rogers dgilbert@gainesvilletimes.com; erogers@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Tree limb pierces child’s bedroom in North Hall

Robert and Jennifer Miller were in the process of fixing up their North Hall home, having just replaced their roof a few weeks ago, when fierce storms Tuesday afternoon brought about the need for more, unexpected repairs.

August 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


East Hall resident said he saw funnel cloud form

Trees and power lines were down. Debris from houses littered the streets and yards. And residents of East Hall experienced a tornado's raw power when it hit the area Tuesday.

August 31, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Hall’s aquatic center splashes down Saturday

The Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center will make its first splash just in time for Labor Day weekend.

August 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Tadmore Elementary student video in GEMA contest finals

Nothing says "emergency preparedness" quite like a winter weather jingle.

December 03, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Officials offer reward for info in high school powder scare in Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch High School has returned to normal after a brief scare Tuesday morning involving a note containing a powdery substance.

December 03, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Winter supplies arrive for children in need

The second annual Winter Wonderful has arrived, which means free coats, hats, gloves and more for kids.

December 03, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


Dooley makes book tour stop in area

For a moment, Vince Dooley is back on the sideline at Sanford Stadium, wide-eyed at what his freshman star Herschel Walker was about to achieve.

December 03, 2014 | David Thackham | Local


Local property tax abatement, cell tower relocation agreed upon to secure Kubota deal

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority voted Tuesday to approve, among other items, a "Repayment Agreement" between the county and Kubota Manufacturing of America over the purchase of 180 acres in the Gateway Industrial Centre in North Hall.

December 03, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Eyes on the Road: City to move water lines as part of project

Gainesville has begun the process to move water lines on U.S. 129/Athens Highway, which the Georgia Department of Transportation has targeted for widening.

December 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


City water program includes improving service in Gateway area

Gainesville is gearing up for what could be a two-year effort to improve water service in the area around Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall County.

December 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch facility gets ball rolling for Tesla

A Flowery Branch plant is getting the motor running for Tesla Motors, a producer of electric cars increasing in popularity.

December 02, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Drug Free Coalition honors retiring juvenile court judge

Entering the final month of his 24-year juvenile court career, Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff received the second annual Mary Parks Youth Champion Award on Tuesday night at a ceremony in Gainesville.

December 02, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville council gives first OK in rezoning for assisted living center

Gainesville City Council gave its first OK Tuesday night to a zoning change that would pave the way for a planned 200-bed assisted living center on Thompson Bridge Road.

December 02, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Humanist group sues Hall school district over prayers

A lawsuit has been filed against the Hall County School District for promoting prayer and Christianity.

December 02, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Equipment catches fire, damages Athens Street business

No one was injured when equipment being repaired caught fire Monday and damaged an Athens Street business in Gainesville, according to Hall County Fire Services.

December 01, 2014 | | Local


Maine lawyer to oversee ‘water wars’ suit

The U.S. Supreme Court has appointed a Portland, Maine, lawyer to oversee a Florida lawsuit alleging Georgia's water consumption has drained flows into the Apalachicola Bay, home of Florida's oyster industry.

December 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Love Light shining again at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

A green tree glows in sparkling white once again at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

December 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Riders give strong feedback on Gainesville transit changes

Routes were one thing, but Gainesville Connection destinations also got a small group excited.

December 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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