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This is only a test of the emergency response team

It may have looked like the scene of a terrible tragedy, but it was only practice if the real thing ever happens.

April 24, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Pumped up: Surging fuel prices trickle down to form higher costs for just about everything

When gasoline prices first began to climb about three years ago, people were mainly concerned about the cost of driving. They compensated by eliminating unnecessary trips or switching to more fuel-efficient cars.

April 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Former parks director's job reviews were good until 2007

Annual job performance reviews dating back to 2003 indicate that Deborah Mockus, former director of Hall County Parks and Leisure Services, generally performed well as a department head until 2007.

Mockus said she left her position with Hall County in March after Jim Shuler, county administrator, suggested she "look for a job" elsewhere. But Shuler said he recommended Mockus explore her job options in January due to her poor job performance.

April 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Dahlonega congregation celebrates donation of Torah

DAHLONEGA - The blowing of a ram's horn heralded the arrival of a milestone in the seven-year history of Dahlonega's Shalom B'harim Jewish congregation Saturday.

April 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Helen fire chief indicted

Helen Fire Chief Bert Smith was indicted by the White County grand jury earlier this week on charges of reckless driving and failure to obey an authorized person directing traffic.

April 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Trojan Trot to raise money for CASA, drama club

A benefit run will be held April 27 at North Hall High School, with proceeds going to the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program and the North Hall Drama Boosters' Club.

April 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


The Times honored by the Associated Press

The Times' ongoing coverage of the drought has won first place for community service in the Georgia Associated Press Association awards competition, one of 16 awards won by the newspaper.

The Times took home more awards than any newspaper of any size in Georgia, including six first-place awards for writing and photography. The winners were honored Saturday at a luncheon in Atlanta.

April 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Free estimates for book repairs will be given at library next week

Book lovers who want to bring new life to their favorite dog-eared copies can get free estimates for repairs at Bible and Old Book Repair Day set for Tuesday at the Hall County Library System's headquarters.

April 23, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Neighbor: Elderly neglect reported

A neighbor and a relative of Gladys Smallwood both insist they called social service agencies to get help for the 79-year-old woman prior to her death from suspected neglect, but officials with both the state Division of Family and Children Services and Division of Aging Services say they could find no record of those calls.

April 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Stray Pet Strut is Sunday

The Humane Society of Hall County presents its 17th annual Stray Pet Strut and 5K Run on Sunday, with all of the proceeds going to benefit the organization.

April 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


GSC pays tribute to students and faculty at Honors Day

At its annual Honors Day event Wednesday, Gainesville State College honored more than 200 students who were nominated for various academic and service awards.

April 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


National Geographic travel magazine to publish maps of North Georgia driving tours

SAUTEE - State and regional officials unveiled a collection of specialized maps for self-guided driving tours of mountain and regional destinations.

April 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Saving the environment via the Bible

Do we have a moral obligation to protect the Earth?

April 23, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Storm rips roof off of mobile home

A line of strong storms that moved across Hall County at about 8 p.m. ripped the roof off a mobile home on Clarks Bridge Road and knocked down trees in several areas.

April 23, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Woman injured in grease fire

A Buford woman was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital Friday with serious burns after a grease fire erupted at her home on Thompson Mill Road.

April 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Local artists and performers remember Robin Williams' legacy

After legendary comedian Robin Williams' death Monday, local artists and performers, including some who had the privilege of knowing the late actor personally, joined in the outpouring of grief from all corners of the world.

August 13, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Charges dropped against Times staff photographer Gurley

Obstruction charges against Times photographer Nat Gurley stemming from an incident with Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies last Sept. 13 have been dismissed.

August 13, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Roads: Repair efforts are moving slowly on Gainesville sinkhole

Efforts to repair a Gainesville sinkhole are going slow because the work space "is extremely tight."

August 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Granddaughter of Gen. Longstreet dies at age 84

Jamie Louise Longstreet Paterson, a Gainesville native and granddaughter of Confederate Gen. James Longstreet, died on Aug. 5.

August 13, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Experts shed light on health care law

Change was the overarching theme at a Tuesday forum on health care law at Brenau University's downtown center in Gainesville.

August 13, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County still pressing Gainesville to annex 'islands'

Hall County officials are still jabbing at Gainesville's decision to annex unincorporated "islands" last year, asking the city for an update on its plans with regard to additional properties.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two Hall County schools placed on state’s alert list

Two Hall County schools are on the state's radar as a result of a lack of progress in student achievement over a three-year period.

August 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Planning board tables talk of Broad Street abandonment

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tabled a request Tuesday from Medical Arts Properties, a local real estate firm, to have the city abandon a portion of Broad Street between Prior and Spring streets.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89

NEW YORK - Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood's most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89.

August 12, 2014 | By Ryan Parker And Dennis Mclellan Los Angeles Times | Local


Group alleges illegal religious practices at Chestatee High School

August 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Roads group balks on Ga. 347 funding

Funding for Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway improvements between McEver Road and Lake Lanier Islands hit a bump Tuesday, when a roads planning group decided to hold off assigning money for the project.

August 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Judge: Board must hear fired deputies’ case again

A ruling by the Civil Services Board to reinstate two Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies who were fired after an inmate escaped must be voted on again.

August 12, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County schools enroll refugee children

Eleven Central American refugee students have enrolled at Chicopee Woods Elementary, with another five expected to enroll soon.

August 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


National Guardsmen help tackle Honduran drug violence

Lawlessness stemming from rising drug trafficking and violent gang attacks has resulted in thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border from Central America in recent months, seeking refuge.

August 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


CASA info session set for today; class begins Aug. 26

The Hall-Dawson CASA program will have an informational meeting today, and its training will officially begin Aug. 26.

August 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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