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Gunman: Vergara told me to shoot men

The admitted triggerman in a drug-related double homicide told a jury that the man on trial this week in Hall County Superior Court told him to pull the trigger.

August 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Assistant principal, critically injured in wreck, recovers slowly

An assistant principal at Johnson High School is stable but remains in critical condition at an Atlanta hospital two weeks after surviving a one-car wreck on his way to work.

Mike Adcock is still in the intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital, recovering from broken bones in both legs, a broken ankle, pelvis and rib, which contributed to a collapsed lung, said Hall County school system spokesman Gordon Higgins.

August 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Injured Hall deputy undergoes third surgery

A deputy who was injured in a standoff with a 65-year-old Lula man last week is recovering from his third surgery, a spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputy Joe Groover, 35, underwent a surgical procedure that repaired some of the skin on his right forearm Thursday, Hall County Maj. Jeff Strickland said.

August 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hospitality High gives students hands-on experience in resort industry

Seven Hall County high school students will be spending three days a week this semester at Lake Lanier Islands Resort fielding guests' requests at the front desk, creating gourmet cuisine, making beds and even scrubbing bathrooms.

Hall County school system is partnering with Lake Lanier Islands Resort this year to create Hospitality High, a hands-on program in which students from various Hall County high schools get firsthand experience in the hospitality industry.

August 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood plans to revive development authority

Oakwood is working to revive its development authority, which had become dormant with all members' terms expired in 2002.

"We're just trying to get it up and running again and get the proper appointments in place," City Manager Stan Brown said Thursday.

August 25, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Perdue targets commodities pricing

Gov. Sonny Perdue took direct aim Wednesday at institutional investors he believes are falsely driving up the cost of corn and other commodities.

August 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville might increase tuition for out-of-district students

Tuition for out-of-district Gainesville school system students could go up this school year.

August 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County earns grant to boost housing

Hall County has received a federal grant for close to $500,000 to continue revitalizing and building affordable housing.

August 25, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Register soon for Gainesville's Business Police Academy

The Gainesville Police Department is set to kick off its sixth annual Business Police Academy on Sept. 9.

August 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Man charged with armed robbery

Gainesville police have charged a man in connection with an early Wednesday morning robbery at a convenience store on West Ridge Road.

August 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Death penalty trial commences for Ignacio Vergara

Ignacio "Nacho" Vergara didn't fire the hail of gunshots that took the lives of two drug traffickers on a gravel road in South Hall, his lawyer told a jury Wednesday in his death penalty trial.

August 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


East Hall rabies case marks No. 32 for Hall

Hall County's 32nd rabies case of the year was confirmed Wednesday.

August 25, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Drug trial will resume Monday

The trial of a reputed gang leader has been continued until next week.

Charles Douglas Graham, 22, who authorities allege is the leader of Gainesville's BOE-23 street gang, was on trial this week in Hall County Superior Court on felony charges of sale of cocaine and sale of the designer drug Ecstasy.

August 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Former Forsyth County sheriff candidate, deputy indicted for child porn

A former Forsyth County sheriff's deputy and unsuccessful candidate for sheriff was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges.

August 25, 2008 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Authorities identify drowning victim

Authorities have identified a man who drowned Wednesday morning in Lake Lanier.

Capt. Frank Huggins, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, said 30-year-old Jose Jimenez was wading in the water at about 11:45 a.m. with a friend when he disappeared. Huggins was not sure where Jimenez lived.

August 25, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


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Georgia lawmakers working out kinks in cannabis oil bill

While regulations governing the production and distribution of cannabis oil in Georgia are now absent from proposed medical marijuana legislation, state lawmakers are pushing forward with remedies to the problem.

January 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia leaders seek changes to AP US History to celebrate ‘positive aspects’

Teachers shouldn't emphasize the negative aspects of U.S. history.

January 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Read the resolution on AP History

Senate Resolution 80

January 31, 2015 | | Local


Brenau vice president appointed to Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

A Brenau University vice president was sworn in Thursday to serve on the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

January 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County food, shelter agencies can apply for additional funding

Food and shelter programs in Hall County can apply for additional funding after the county was chosen to receive national Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program funds.

January 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Redevelopment plan is road map for Flowery Branch's future

With more retail shops open for business downtown, new homes being built and upcoming plans for more accommodating roads, it's safe to say Flowery Branch is a bustling town.

January 31, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


New Year's Eve road rage incident led to gunfire, authorities say

Being cut off in traffic led to road rage between two men in Hall County and ended with a gunshot, said Hall County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mike Lusk said Friday at a committal hearing.

January 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Drug case against 2 headed to Superior Court; 100K in narcotics, cash seized

A methamphetamine trafficking case involving a Gainesville man whom authorities said is a documented SUR13 gang member and an alleged associate was moved on to Superior Court on Friday.

January 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County deputy indicted on bribery, drug charges

A former Hall County deputy was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges of accepting bribes and conspiring to possess and distribute marijuana.

January 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Changes likely coming to Gainesville's alcohol ordinance

Gainesville City Council will vote when it meets Tuesday on several proposed changes to Gainesville's alcohol ordinance, which are meant to promote new businesses and mirror state regulations.

January 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Senate passes bill requiring coverage for autism therapy

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | Local


Drug agents try to dismantle probably meth lab in Dawson County

Drug agents were on the scene Wednesday of what they are calling a methamphetamine lab at a home on Hanging Dog Road in southeastern Dawson County.

January 30, 2015 | Times regional staff | Local


Katrina Holbrook joins elections board

Chief Registrar and Chairwoman Glenda Ferguson is no longer the only woman in Dawson County on the Board of Elections and Voter Registration board.

January 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Sheriff’s Office asks public for help in returning military items, jewelry

Investigators with the Hall County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's help to hopefully get some pieces of jewelry back to the rightful owners.

January 30, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Riverbrook Village finally breaking ground

After years of court battles, a stagnant economy and other delays, more than $1 million in site improvements - including runoff protection fencing and road preparation - are beginning for the Riverbrook Village mixed-use development on Thompson Bridge Road at Ga. 136/Price Road.

January 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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