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Troy Hester found guilty of murder

Troy Hester said his girlfriend shot herself, but a Hall County jury didn't buy it.

March 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Local company’s gadget nets $10,000 award

A pair of engineers who have developed an automated system for retrieving individual items in warehouses were honored Friday with a $10,000 award from an Ohio-based firm.

March 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Anna Ruby Falls construction delayed

The reopening of the Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area near Helen, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed until April 4.

March 20, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Sawnee Mountain Preserve opens second year with shindig

CUMMING - To commemorate the start of its second year, officials are inviting the public to a special event today at the Sawnee Mountain Visitor Center.

March 20, 2009 | By Frank Reddy Times regional staff | Local


Clarks Bridge Park public boat ramp closed today

March 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Woman charged after pot delivery

A Gainesville woman was charged with drug trafficking after she signed for a special postal delivery of 12 pounds of marijuana, authorities said.

March 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


'Jailbirds' get locked up; bail money raised for MDA

Some Gainesville business and community leaders were taken to "jail" Thursday, but to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, not face criminal charges.

March 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Child molester gets 30 years

A Gainesville man convicted of aggravated child molestation was sentenced to 30 years in prison this week in a case that took two trials and 30 hours of jury deliberations to decide.

March 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Federal grant gives some areas new hope

Hall County is slated to receive nearly $2.3 million for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

March 20, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Bad behavior beware: the ‘Supernanny’ is here

CLEVELAND - It's an idyllic neighborhood, filled with neighbors who get together once a week for dinner. There's even a sweet red barn at the foot of the street where horses and a donkey roam.

March 20, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Former Hall County official named Forsyth County manager

CUMMING - A former Hall County official has been named manager of Forsyth County.

March 19, 2009 | Frank Reddy Times regional staff | Local


Silver Sneakers classroom lures dedicated exercisers

Without fail, 25 devotees gather Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings in the Jefferson Parks and Recreation's gym.

March 19, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Today's vernal equinox signifies seasonal warming

Spring officially begins at 7:44 a.m. today. But as far as Georgia state climatologist David Stooksbury is concerned, the season started three weeks ago.

March 19, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Buford couple charged in child's drowning

A couple has been arrested after a 2-year-old drowned in the pool at their Buford home.

March 19, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Officials say text message about gang initiation is a hoax

If you get a text message warning you about a gang initiation at Wal-Mart tonight, delete it. It is a hoax.

The text message, which has reportedly circulated nationwide, warns of a gang initiation to shoot multiple people and urges recipients to forward the message to all girls. Hall County Sheriff's Office Col. Jeff Strickland said the agency received multiple reports of the text message Thursday.

March 19, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Hall County Schools prepare for new direction

If the Hall County School District becomes a charter system, Superintendent Will Schofield said the change will cost more in time than in dollars, requiring a large amount of training and professional development.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County officials finalizing SPLOST project list

Hall County officials are finalizing a category list for projects to be funded by a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax. They hope to present that list to voters during public input meetings later this fall.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Meth charge dropped after only spaghetti sauce found on spoon

Drug charges have been dropped against a Commerce woman after crime lab analysis confirmed her claim that a spoon she had in a vehicle leading to her arrest did not contain methamphetamine residue but spaghetti sauce.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Police ID suspect in death of woman found in Hall park

An Oakwood woman is accused of murder in the death of a Flowery Branch woman whose remains were found last October in a Hall County park.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County seeks reimbursement for faulty firetruck

Hall County is threatening legal action against Sutphen, manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July 22 accident that seriously injured three firefighters, if the company does not reimburse the county for the full cost of the truck, according to documents obtained by The Times through an open records request.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fair Street students march for peace

Fair Street School neighbors watched waves of excited children march by Friday as the entire school paraded with signs, flags and giant, handmade doves chanting "We want peace! We want peace!"

September 19, 2014 | By Tyler Bennett intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Warning lifted after threat at UGA campus

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall County schools committee finds social studies curriculum lacking

Social studies coursework may give students more to remember than to learn, according to findings by a Hall County Schools committee on curriculum for the subject.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Georgia congressman sponsors bill to demilitarize police

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from DeKalb County, has introduced legislation that would dial back a federal program that transfers military equipment and resources to local law enforcement agencies.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Truck in Lake Lanier reported missing Sept. 11

A truck submerged in Lake Lanier at Little River Park on Wednesday was reported missing on Sept. 11 from Loganville, according to a Gwinnett County police report.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


High occupancy toll lanes may creep toward Hall

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to hold open house meetings on a project that would bring high occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County.

September 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fishing tournament to raise funds for 3 injured firefighters

A fishing tournament will be held Saturday at Laurel Park in Gainesville to raise funds to benefit three injured Hall County firefighters.

September 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hundreds flock to food bank benefit

More than 48,000 meals will be provided to food-insecure Georgians, thanks to the hundreds Thursday who attended the Empty Bowl Lunch benefiting the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

September 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County mails first batch of revised tax notices

Hall County has mailed revised tax assessments to about 3,800 property owners, the first sign the appeals process is ending for some residents.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch rebids flood project

Flowery Branch officials continue searching for a permanent solution to damage on Spring Street from 2013 flooding.

September 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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