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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: Keep decorations away from heat; don’t block escapes

Holiday decorations add to the festive nature of the season but can also add to the fire risk in homes. Remember these safety tips when decorating your home for the holidays:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville wants law to cover unpaid utility bills

What if landlords were held accountable for their tenants' sins?

Last week, Gainesville officials asked state legislators to consider amending state law to hold landowners responsible for unpaid utility bills their tenants leave behind.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Winder home helps victims of domestic abuse

It may appear to be an office, but a simple brick building on Jackson Street in Winder is the place where victims of domestic abuse can go to get a fresh start.

December 26, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lula shooting results in injury, arrest

LULA - A man was taken into custody early Thursday afternoon and charged with shooting his nephew in the leg, Hall County sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland said.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | 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


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A dark day in history

For Betty Martin, Thursday's dedication of the Cooper Pants Factory historic marker hit home in a very personal way.

October 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lanier Tech to host 1st job fair in 6 years

The job search has changed dramatically over the years. Advances in technology and the decline in the economy have changed the way people get hired.

October 31, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Schools prepare Ebola plan

Hall County Schools is choosing to err on the side of caution when it comes to Ebola.

October 31, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Dance and auction will benefit child welfare group

A night of dinner and dancing will help raise tens of thousands of dollars to save and protect North Georgia children.

October 31, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Millions in Hall County road funds evaporate

The Hall County area is expected to receive about $1.4 billion for road projects through 2040 from local, state and federal sources, government officials learned Thursday.

October 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents looking for compromise on Ahaluna development

Residents fighting the development of a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, are readying for compromise as the City Council prepares to vote on the matter next week.

October 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Graduation rates decrease for local school districts

Both Hall and Gainesville schools saw slight drops in their graduation rates in 2014, according to data released by the Georgia Department of Education this morning.

October 30, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight

October 30, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Dawsonville man killed in logging incident

October 30, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


More than 600K voters cast ballots in Georgia

More than 600,000 early ballots have been cast in Georgia, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

October 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Badge & Bar: Man pleads not guilty in West Avenue slaying

One of the men indicted in a June 5 West Avenue fatal shooting has waived formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

October 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gov. Deal compares Democrat Carter to Obama

October 30, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


North Georgia Community Foundation lauds local couple’s generosity

Woodrow "Woody" Stewart was known for his passion, his leadership and his generosity.

October 30, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Schools in Hall County battle bus driver shortage

Hall County Schools is looking for a creative solution to a chronic problem in school districts - a shortage of substitute bus drivers.

October 30, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tri-state water management group being explored

A private group trying to positively influence a protracted water war is edging forward with plans for a possible "transboundary" water management institute.

October 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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