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Hall company investigated for fraud

A Gainesville business is the focus of a wide-reaching criminal investigation that could involve dozens of victims and losses in the millions.

Hall County Sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland confirmed Friday that officials are conducting a financial crimes investigation into North Georgia Equipment Sales, an Aviation Boulevard business that deals in heavy equipment.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two merchants arrested on charges of gambling at convenience store

Two merchants were arrested at a Flowery Branch convenience store Thursday on charges of making cash payouts for video gambling machines.

October 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


North Hall rabies case marks No. 38 this year

Hall County has recorded its 38th case of rabies this year, continuing an unprecedented epidemic of the fatal disease in wild animals.

October 21, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall tax assessor resigns

The chairman of Hall County's Board of Tax Assessors resigned Friday after the district attorney wrote a scathing letter that stopped short of bringing criminal charges for misuse of taxpayer money.

Emory Martin Jr., who served on the board since the late 1980s, was accused of misappropriating more than $60,000 by padding per diem time sheets and taking $100 per day payment for days when he did not work.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson school board approves more room for schools

The Jefferson City Schools Board of Education has approved the removal of the annex building at Jefferson High School in exchange for more classroom space and a larger cafeteria.

"Jefferson High School only has three classrooms available for future growth," said John Jackson, school system superintendent. "There is also a kitchen problem (at the high school). It's the smallest one in the entire school system."

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Unemployment rate steady in Gainesville, increases statewide

While statewide employment hit a 16-year high in September, Gainesville's jobless rate remained the same. While the state has not released localized percentages for September, in August Gainesville's rate of unemployment was 5.5 percent, up 0.2 percent from July.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Park stings net range of suspects

From all walks of life, they have come to tiny Lula Park.

Men seeking anonymous, casual sexual encounters in the woods repeatedly have propositioned undercover officers there over the course of a six-month sting operation that was prompted by complaints.

October 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Emergency helicopter is coming to Gainesville

Considering that Hall County is home to the region's largest hospital, many people are surprised to learn there has never been an air ambulance service stationed in Gainesville.

But that will change later this month. LifeNet Georgia, which currently operates a helicopter out of a base in Jefferson, is leasing the helipad at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park campus.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jackson County residents can get rid of tires for free

If you have old tires lying around, you may want to load them up and head over to the Jackson County Transfer Station.

On Saturday, Keep Jackson County Beautiful and the Jackson County Solid Waste Department will be sponsoring a scrap tire collection day.

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gang members charged in confrontation

Three teenage gang members were arrested Wednesday night in connection with a confrontation involving a knife at a Georgia Avenue home.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lacking state money, Gainesville trims resurfacing projects

A slightly slimmer version of the street resurfacing project that the Gainesville City Council took off the table last week will go forward with or without funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

October 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Humane Society of Hall County: Fewer strays, fewer euthanizations

As of July 1, the number of animals accepted by the Humane Society of Hall County will drop drastically. That's when the nonprofit organization will end its contract with Hall County Animal Control and will no longer take in strays brought to the shelter by officers.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Luncheon puts focus on facing breast cancer

It was a day to think pink.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Used bookstore holds 24-hour Read-A-Thon to boost Alliance for Literacy

Roughly 60 teenagers from Lanier Career Academy and Gainesville State College will be spending tonight reading quietly. And these teens aren't on restriction this weekend. They're participating in Hall Book Exchange's first Read-A-Thon fundraiser to benefit the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy.

October 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Church holds fundraiser for North Georgia food bank

People went to First Baptist Church in Gainesville on Thursday to fill their bowls to raise money and awareness for hunger in the community at the second annual Empty Bowls Luncheon.

The luncheon is a localization of a national fundraiser, which combines pottery and philanthropy to raise awareness of hunger and raise funds for food banks. Proceeds from the event benefit the Georgia Mountain Food Bank Fund at the North Georgia Community Foundation.

October 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Divisive immigration debate takes a new turn

President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday night that he would act unilaterally to allow about 5 million undocumented immigrants to work legally in the United States without fear of deportation was met with both personal and political responses in Hall County and across the state and nation.

November 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Recovering couple’s marriage, success made possible through Drug Court

November 23, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Changes coming to Common Core Standards

The state seems to want to please the public when it comes to the controversial Common Core education standards.

November 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Christmas in the Cabbage Patch

Christmas officially came to North Georgia on Saturday when BabyLand General Hospital kicked off its 36th annual Appalachian Christmas Celebration.

November 22, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


From Web to table: Grant helps farmers market reach customers

An Internet-based farmers market was awarded a grant Wednesday to help get the word out and expand in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Vets chip in to help homeless comrades with food, clothing, advice

Just over a week ago, churches, businesses and schools gathered to thank local veterans for their service in celebration of Veterans Day.

November 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Rain moves in tonight with storms in some areas of state

A few days after shivering through January-like cold, Northeast Georgians now are looking at a Sunday of springlike rain.

November 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville home permits hit record high this year

Gainesville has set a new record this year for the number of home permits issued, according to Community Development Director Rusty Ligon.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Affordable housing plan awaits OK from church

While the plan has been downsized, city officials and many members of the local community believe a better project is now in the works to build five homes on land between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mill Street in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


West Hall students practice job interview ‘soft skills’

High school students don't usually wear dresses and heels or shirts and ties to school.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Suspect pleads not guilty to June shooting in Gainesville

One of the men charged in a Gainesville shooting June 5 pleaded not guilty in a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Missing Gainesville man’s family offers reward

The family of a missing Gainesville man is offering a reward for any information into his disappearance.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Homeless man pleads not guilty to August slaying

A Gainesville homeless man accused of killing another homeless man and assaulting others pleaded not guilty at a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gas prices drop and family travel rises during holidays

Georgia residents are in luck this holiday season, as gas prices hang well below $3 just in time for family travels.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


House Study Committee voices support of Common Core

Parents, teachers, superintendents and state legislators are warily supportive of Common Core standards.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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