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Officials aim to keep road closures brief as Tour de Georgia rides through Hall

As more than 100 cyclists ride in Wednesday for one of the nation's premier cycling events, area motorists will have to pump the brakes - or at least take a detour.

May 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Students take a different test: Officials say random drug screens get results in Hall

In the professional ranks, athletes often are put on pedestals. But in Hall County, when it comes to dealing with drugs and alcohol, athletes are put under a microscope.

Currently, only student athletes in Hall County schools are subjected to mandatory, random drug tests, and school officials say it seems to be working.

May 01, 2008 | Jonathan Zopf | Local


Dahlonega's Bear on the Square Mountain Festival brings out the banjos and fiddles

Break out your banjo 'cause the 12th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega this weekend proved that old time mountain music is still alive and kicking.

May 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kids get bird’s-eye view of Earth Day

They're so soft!" Emily McGarr said as Rebecca Nelson nodded in agreement about the caterpillar the two had been holding moments before.

May 01, 2008 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Businesses find the green in going green

Earth Day began as a grassroots movement, but these days it's become a marketing opportunity.

May 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch celebrates Georgia Cities Week

Flowery Branch will celebrate Georgia Cities Week next week by offering tours of the City Administration Building, located across from City Hall, from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday.

May 01, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Authorities report that prescriptions are the drug of choice for teens

The investigator sees it. The paramedic sees it. The coroner sees it.

Teen substance abuse, particularly of prescription drugs and alcohol, leads to arrests, overdoses and deaths each year in Hall County. And while alcohol remains the most common substance abused by kids in middle school and high school, pharmaceuticals have overtaken marijuana as the so-called "gateway drug" in today's drug culture,

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The message gets through: Authorities see fewer drugs on campus

Bo the drug dog sniffed along the lockers of his second home, East Hall High School, but when he came up empty, it was to no one's great surprise.

Fewer drug seizures are made in Hall County schools these days, after the county school system and Hall County Sheriff's Office entered into an agreement last year authorizing unannounced drug searches.

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Busy week of activities rolls in with Tour de Georgia

More than 160 cyclists will be sweeping through Gainesville on Wednesday for the sixth annual Tour de Georgia, one of the nation's elite cycling events.

May 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


St. Michael Catholic Church contingent thrilled by witnessing papal Mass in New York

"I don't think anything of this nature has ever happened in Yankee Stadium," Father Kizito Okeke said as he waited to see the popemobile pass by after the papal Mass held in New York on Sunday afternoon.

May 01, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Drug court turns a life around

Cruise Dill admits he's an unlikely person to represent the successes of drug court.

Dill reluctantly entered Hall County's felony drug court program in early 2006, only after much persuasion by his lawyer and parents. Once he was in, by his own admission, he cheated on drug tests, lied to his counselors, even lied to the judge. He missed other drug screens, was late to group therapy and didn't pay his fees on time. His required sponsor was little more than a name on a piece of paper.

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Q&A: Drug court judge says program helps those who want to quit

Superior Court Judge Jason Deal has presided over Hall County drug court since 2006. Deal has served on the Hall County Superior Court bench since 2005. He was previously district attorney and prior to that assistant district attorney in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. Deal sat down with Times reporter Stephen Gurr to talk about the younger participants in drug court.

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Citizenship drive set for today in Gainesville

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is sponsoring a nationwide Citizenship Day today aimed at starting citizenship paperwork for legal immigrants. Gainesville is one of five metro Atlanta areas participating.

April 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Under the influence: One family's ordeal with a teen and substance abuse

In three days, Amy Smith went from relief and hope for her teenage son's future to complete, utter despair over his senseless death.

April 30, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chambliss backs McCain's gas tax holiday

SAUTEE - U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said Friday night that he will support a bill by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that would create a holiday on the federal portion of the fuel tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

April 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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North Hall Middle gets all clear after bomb threat

Students at North Hall Middle School have returned to school after evacuating for a bomb threat.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Body of drowning victim found in lake

The drowning victim who fell in Lake Lanier early Sunday has been found.

September 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Times phone voicemail system not working

The Times' phone voicemail system is down, meaning those who call the newspaper will not be able to leave any messages for employees.

September 22, 2014 | | Local


$1.8 million judgment awarded in fraud case

A Buford man accused in May 2013 of misappropriating money from elderly investors must repay $1.8 million, according to a judgment by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

September 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Lanier Tech seeks to expand campus

Lanier Technical College leaders are hoping to kill two birds with one stone when they apply to build a new allied health facility on the school's Oakwood campus.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Blood drive to honor former GHS student

Averi Lane would be a senior at Gainesville High School this year, had she not lost a long battle with cancer in April.

September 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


High-end subdivision planned near Dawsonville Highway

West Ahaluna LLC, a local developer with ties to America's Home Place, is looking to build a 219-lot upscale subdivision along Lake Lanier.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


NGMC takes steps to guard against Ebola

With heightened concerns about the Ebola virus spreading beyond West Africa, Northeast Georgia Medical Center is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations about controlling the disease.

September 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Library’s annual book sale attracts a crowd

The Gainesville library was full of people Sunday as the Friends of the Hall County Library System's biggest annual book sale in years came to a close.

September 22, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


US Census reports states income drops to 5-year low in Hall

The median household income in Hall County is at its lowest level in five years and is below both the Georgia and national averages, according to recent numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

September 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Hall schools to celebrate signing of US Constitution

Hall schools are celebrating the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with patriotic contests and displays.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall dive team seeks possible Lanier drowning victim

A 28-year-old man fell into Lake Lanier and did not resurface in a probable drowning over the weekend, law enforcement officials said.

September 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


It’s wait-and-see for physicians over Hall County’s planned clinic

Representatives of local retail pharmacies have expressed concern about Hall County's plans to open a clinic and pharmacy for employees next year, arguing local government should not compete unfairly with the private sector.

September 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Missing videotape cuts murder trial short

Prosecutors and Hall County Sheriff's Office officials do not know what happened to a videotaped 2006 interview that was involved in a murder case years later.

September 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Drivers wanted to help seniors

Seniors in Hall County will have a new transportation method available in 2015.

September 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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