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Gainesville man dies in wreck

A 26-year-old Gainesville man was killed Sunday in a single-vehicle wreck on Ga. 60 near the Silverwood subdivision in Hall County. Georgia State Patrol responded to the accident at about 3 a.m. According to the accident report, Adrian Harper, 26, lost control of his vehicle, collided with an embankment and was ejected from the vehicle. He was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Harper was not wearing a seat belt, and officials are unsure what caused the wreck. It is unknown at this point if alcohol was involved. Officials are investigating the incident.

November 23, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Co-directors aim to help people with disabilities

GAINESVILLE - A local organization serving young adults with disabilities has two new co-directors dedicated to improving their quality of life.

In September, Brad Whitmire and Margie Sinclair joined the staff of Our Neighbor Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to give independence to young adults with physical disabilities.

November 23, 2007 | Ashley Cox | Local


Fire destroys home in Flowery Branch

The Hall County Fire Department responded to a residential fire at 5:10 p.m. Sunday in the 5000 block of Overby Road in Flowery Branch. Audra Thompson and her 11-year-old daughter were home when the fire began in the garage. Hall County Fire Capt. Scott Cagle said the fire was possibly caused because of combustible items located too closely to the gas water heater. The home is valued at $175,000, and the fire caused an estimated $25,000 in damage. No one was injured in the blaze.

November 23, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Lanier flirts with new low

As a record-setting drought continues to bake Northeast Georgia, Lake Lanier's water level on Sunday neared its lowest since it began filling up more than 50 years ago.

November 23, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Holiday bells ring for a good cause

It seems like they're everywhere. They stand outside in the cold at shopping malls and grocery stores, ringing, ringing, ringing those little bells as passersby toss coins into the red kettle.

November 23, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


A garden without water?

It may come as a surprise to some gardeners that a drought-tolerant landscape does not have to be a yard filled with silk flowers and cactuses.

November 23, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville Masonic Lodge celebrates milestone

There are 150 reasons why the Gainesville Masonic Lodge was chosen as this year's Lodge of the Year.

November 22, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


A new kind of savings for Mathis

If James Mathis Sr. puts his mind to something, there's a pretty decent chance it's going to happen.

November 22, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Pump prices affecting garages

Folks just aren't flocking to Danny Hammock's auto repair shop for maintenance before the big Thanksgiving travel week like they used to. The service department at Hardman Pontiac Buick GMC hasn't seen a pick-up in routine check-ups this year, either.

November 22, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lanier on brink of record low water level

The final answer to "how low can it go?" still may be a long time in coming for Lake Lanier, even as the water level inches closer to the previous record set in 1981.

November 22, 2007 | Edie Rogers | Local


STDs on rise in Georgia

GAINESVILLE - How do you solve a problem when nobody wants to talk about it?

November 22, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lanier just 2 inches from record low level

The level of Lake Lanier on Sunday neared its lowest level since the lake began filling up more than 50 years ago as a record-setting drought continues to bake Northeast Georgia.

At 6 p.m., Lake Lanier's level was at 1,052.77 feet above sea level, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site. The lake is now about two inches above the previously recorded low of 1,052.66, recorded in December 1981.

November 22, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rucker foundation refocusing on youth

Beulah Rucker always strove to, in her words, "light a torch of instruction" for Hall County's youth.

Now the foundation that takes her name looks to further that mission as it refocuses its efforts to reach young people.

November 22, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Firefighters get oxygen masks for pets

Fido can breathe easier now.

November 21, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


BB Bandits busted, police say

Police say a group of teenagers who got their kicks from shooting up car windows and businesses with a high-powered BB gun together face more than 400 criminal charges following their arrests early Friday.

November 21, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Forest Service celebrates 50-year anniversary of woodland law

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law 50 years ago today, with no North Georgia lands included in the bill.

September 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Area food drive asks for donations

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank is asking people to "Lend a Hand, Give a Can" and donate canned food at local grocery stores during the next two weeks.

September 03, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville water rates to remain unchanged

Gainesville City Council voted 4-1 today to leave water rates unchanged and raise the account service fee 85 cents.

September 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities searching water for drowning victim

Authorities are searching this morning for the victim of a possible drowning reported Monday night, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

September 02, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville botanical garden renamed

The previously dubbed Smithgall Woodland Garden is now called the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville.

September 02, 2014 | BY KRISTEN OLIVER koliver@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Good weather propels Ga. 347 work

Orange construction barrels are scattered across 7 miles of Ga. 347 as road crews are taking advantage of the summer's good weather to move along two separate widening efforts in what is Hall County's biggest road project.

September 02, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville councilman spearheads neighborhood watch

A Gainesville city councilman, working with the police department, is organizing a neighborhood watch program for the location of two recent West Avenue killings.

September 02, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Possible drowning reported near Big Creek Park

A possible drowning Monday night was the second incident of the day to mar the end of the holiday weekend on Lake Lanier.

September 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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