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Four arrested on cocaine trafficking charges

Four people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday after law officers raided a trailer on Athens Highway, authorities said Friday.

Lt. Scott Ware of the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad said officers developed information that crack cocaine and marijuana was being sold out of a trailer at Lot 44, 2335 Athens Highway and a search warrant was obtained.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville may curtail smoking in parks, recreation areas

The advisory board for Gainesville's parks has asked the City Council to consider limiting smoking in recreation areas.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Woman gets four years for embezzlement

Dianne Ray was nearly speechless Thursday when asked by a judge how she spent half a million dollars she embezzled from her employer of 26 years.

Ray, 50, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in Hall County Superior Court to two counts of felony theft by taking and 27 counts of felony theft by deception. The thefts occurred over a nine-year span at Gastroenterology Associates of Gainesville and Gainesville Endoscopy Center, where she worked as an office manager.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Firefighters respond to blaze off Gillsville Highway

Hall County firefighters have responded to a house fire at 2911 Cowpoke Lane.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Man gets 11 years in child porn case

A former Gainesville church deacon maintained his innocence of child pornography charges Thursday before being sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison.

Marvin D. Bridges, 37, addressed U.S. District Court Judge William C. O'Kelley in a sentencing hearing on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Bridges was convicted by a federal jury in Gainesville following a three-day trial in October.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Quinlan arts center's new boss is same as the old boss

Amanda Kroll has been named the new executive director of Gainesville's Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Law enforcement targets bad drivers over the holidays

Law enforcement agencies are bracing for a busy holiday travel season on Georgia's highways.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Fulbright scholars from Jordan learn about US schools

A band of four Jordanian school principals have been touring local schools and colleges this week as part of a Fulbright Fellowship cultural exchange program.

December 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Look after your holiday guests

The holiday season can be a time of fun and festivities. Many gatherings are taking place among family and friends. The more people present increases the risk for fire or other injury. Consider these safety tips:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Charter’s struggles shouldn't affect cable customers

The financial woes of Charter Communications should not affect local cable customers in Hall County, a cable TV expert said.

Charter announced last week that it was seeking help in restructuring $21 billion in debt, leading many on Wall Street to speculate the St. Louis-based company could be headed for bankruptcy.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Feds put Hall, 157 other Georgia counties in disaster status over drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a request for a primary disaster designation for 158 counties, including Hall, based on production losses due to the ongoing drought and excessive temperatures.

December 26, 2008 | From staff, wire reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Vacant home fires a ‘sign of the times’

When the smoke cleared after a devastating house fire Dec. 5 on Ridgemont Trace, Gainesville fire investigators had a real mystery on their hands.

Not only were they searching for clues as to how the vacant two-story, three-bedroom home burned, they were searching for an owner. Nearly two weeks later, they still haven't found anyone who will claim the house.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The line for jobs is getting longer

Evelyn Stafford's job with a Christian ministry in Atlanta was cut in July 2007.

Before that, she spent an extensive career as an executive assistant, including a 15-year stint at the highest levels of the Coca-Cola Co., where she accepted a partial job buyout offer in 2000.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lula’s holiday gift: No property taxes, again

Hearing that the Lula City Council decided to eliminate property taxes sounds like a dream to some.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville soldier’s wife pleads not guilty to setting fire that killed 2 kids

PADUCAH, Ky. - The wife of a Gainesville soldier has pleaded not guilty to charges of setting a fire that killed her two young children at their home on a Kentucky military base.

December 26, 2008 | From wire reports | Local


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Agri-entertainment law a bit hazy

As wedding season kicks into high gear, confusion remains about how a county ordinance passed last year to regulate "agri-entertainment" businesses like those that host weddings is being enforced.

April 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Mentorship program introduces students to careers

East Hall High senior Jiovany Reyes plans to be a neurosurgeon, a career goal he's determined thanks to participating in the Honors Mentorship Program.

April 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


2 hurt in McEver Road collision; one charged with DUI

Two women were injured Tuesday in a wreck on McEver Road near Gaines Ferry Road.

April 24, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


50 years later, Brenau celebrates Hall's first nursing class

Fifty years after the first class of nurses in Hall County began learning, Brenau University celebrated the graduation of its first nursing doctoral students.

April 24, 2014 | Savannah King | Local


Hall County extends Glades agreement

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday night to extend a lease management agreement for the proposed Glades Reservoir into July 2015, buying time for the county to acquire the federal permit needed to proceed with the project.

April 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local races on ballots in Northeast Georgia

Banks County

April 24, 2014 | | Local


Where to advance vote

Happening 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through May 16 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Hours vary at some locations.

April 24, 2014 | | Local


Water war lawsuit decision due by fall

Georgia might hear by fall whether the U.S. Supreme Court should take on a Florida legal action alleging Georgia has harmed Apalachicola Bay by using too much water, the head of Georgia's Environmental Protection Division said today.

April 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




State leaders open career opportunities for students

There's a gap between the number of skilled trade professionals leaving career fields and the number of promising youth ready to take the reins.

April 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Health care debate gets middle school take

It's been an issue thoroughly hashed out by grown-ups.

April 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Badge and Bar: May 19 court date set for former Hall jailer accused of battery

An ex-jailer from the Hall County Sheriff's Office charged with violation of oath by a public officer is set to appear before a judge May 19 in Superior Court.

April 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Movie filming scenes at Amicalola Park

Amicalola Falls State Park is the backdrop for a new movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.

April 23, 2014 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Ellis treads tough road in District 3 race

Lifelong Hall County resident Steven Ellis has an uphill battle trying to unseat Scott Gibbs in the District 3 Board of Commissioners race this year.

April 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Dawson jailer fired after arrest

April 23, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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