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Jefferson officer broke no laws, DA says

A Jefferson police officer has been cleared of any criminal misconduct by the district attorney, but he will not return to regular duty just yet.

February 19, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Experts gauge recent rains benefits

If Shakespeare had been around to witness Wednesday night's thunderstorms, he would have described it like this: "Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

February 19, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


4-H team to match its shooting skills against officers

On Saturday, members of the Hall County 4-H BB and rifle team will compete against local law enforcement officers in the 4-H Cops and Kids BB Challenge.

February 19, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Correctional institute escapee captured

A 19-year-old Murrayville armed robbery convict was caught this morning nearly two hours after he escaped from the Hall County Correctional Institute.

February 19, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


State cancels champion tree contest

Gainesville's annual Arbor Day celebration will go on as usual this Friday, but one element of the program will be conspicuously absent.

February 18, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Affidavit: Regions easement was to expire

A sworn statement could be a key document in a lawsuit between the developers of a high-rise hotel and office complex in Midtown Gainesville and Regions Financial Corp.

February 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson schools add bus routes as more opt to ride en masse

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson City School System is noticing something that it hadn't seen prior to students leaving for Christmas break - more bus riders.

February 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Power utilities weakened by fewer customers

For years, Jackson Electric Membership Corp. enjoyed steady growth in both residential and commercial customers.

February 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Local officials relieved at renewal of state homeowner tax grant

Local officials were happy to avoid sending out an additional tax bill this year after Gov. Sonny Perdue signed legislation Tuesday to provide money for the Homeowner Tax Relief Grant.

February 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Local mission group gives away new car

A Gainesville-based mission organization has completed its first fundraising event with the awarding of a new car to a woman who said she really needed one.

February 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Law enforcement hopes video photos help nab smash-and-grab theft suspect

Authorities have released surveillance camera images in hopes of collaring a suspect in a rash of late-night smash-and-grab burglaries.

February 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


7th-graders show they care by helping others

Local middle schoolers are putting down the video games and practicing good deeds to show family, teachers and community residents they care.

February 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Child molester gets 12 years in prison, 8 more on probation

Jeremy Puckett was caught molesting a 3-year-old girl by a woman he thought was sleeping and later gave a full confession to investigators.

February 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch prepares to carve next year's budget

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council is gearing up for budget season.

February 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Doctor says time was right for free dental clinic

A local dentist who offered free care last Friday for people who are struggling financially said he was overwhelmed by the response.

February 18, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Chestatee backers out in support at season opener after faith controversy

Beyond the usual sea of maroon garb under the Friday night lights of the high school football season opener were crosses borne by some of the Chestatee High School faithful.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


County considers closing part of South Hall road

Hall County is considering whether to close part of a dirt and gravel road that links two major South Hall roads in response to resident concerns about dumping in the area.

August 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County firefighters salute injured coworkers

Hall County firefighters stood on Interstate 985 overpasses Friday afternoon as the last of three injured coworkers came home. At Friendship Road, five Station 8 firefighters saluted as the small northbound caravan carrying Will Griffin passed underneath about 3 p.m.Griffin was training July 22 in an aerial ladder bucket with fellow firefighters T.J. Elliott and Stephen Jackson when the truck's ladder malfunctioned, falling an estimated 44 feet and sending the three to hospitals. Griffin, 24, has been recuperating at Shepherd Spinal Center's spinal cord injury unit in Atlanta and will continue rehab as an outpatient ...

August 29, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Stay safe on roads, lake over holiday weekend, law agencies urge

Emergency personnel are encouraging residents to have a fun but safe Labor Day weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Former GHS star Watson makes college debut today in Athens

Fans of Gainesville High, Georgia and Clemson will come together today as the state's record holder in career passing yards and touchdowns returns home for his collegiate debut.

August 29, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


Gainesville officials decided Kelly had to go as chief

Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly resigned Friday morning in a move the mayor said was in the city's best interest.

August 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Football big business for local restaurants, retailers

Football, at every level of competition, is more profitable than ever.

August 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County mum on deal over firetruck involved in July 22 accident

The ladder truck that malfunctioned during a training exercise last month and injured three Hall County firefighters was inspected by an asset protection solutions group and signed off on by a battalion chief, but Hall County officials have declined to share any communication among themselves about the truck.

August 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Road work at Clarks Bridge resumes after 45-day wait

Construction crews have been back at work this week at Clarks Bridge, where a replacement project had stalled for 45 days to ensure the support for a retaining wall had compacted and settled as needed.

August 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside cadet finds support at school

Ben Brewer, a senior at Riverside Military Academy, learned what it means to be a caretaker when his father was stricken with cancer.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Top chef: Food festival brings 3 masters to Gainesville

Three master chefs from Taiwan gave demonstrations Thursday to culinary students at Lanier Career Center in Gainesville as part of the school's international food festival.

August 28, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local




Dock permit process to begin again Sept. 16

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin accepting applications Sept. 16 for the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

August 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Threat leads to brief evacuations at North Georgia Tech

Students at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville have been given the all-clear to re-enter most buildings on campus after a threat was written on the wall of one building.

August 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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