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Officials name slaying suspect

Authorities arrested Donnie G. Poland just after 10 p.m. Saturday and charged him with one count of felony murder in the home invasion shooting death of a West Hall retiree.

On Thursday afternoon, Hall County Sheriff's deputies arrived at a home on Monroe Circle and discovered that 69-year-old Max Eugene "Gene" Baggett was killed by a gunshot to the head. Baggett's wife had discovered his body at about 5 p.m. that day.

May 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Show at Holiday Marina draws hundreds of boats, many hopeful owners

If it floats, it was there.

May 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Canadian Olympic Trials wrap up

Dreams of competing in the upcoming Olympics in Beijing spurred more than 70 Canadian paddlers and 35 officials to race the waters at the Lake Lanier Olympic venue over the weekend.

Athletes from Canoe Kayak Canada paddled 500-meter and 1,000-meter sprints in kayaks and skinny canoes Saturday and Sunday at Clarks Bridge Park.

May 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Search to resume Tuesday for Ellenwood man who fell from personal watercraft

Members of the Hall County Sheriff's Office Dive Team still have not found a 46-year-old Ellenwood man who is presumed drowned after he fell from a personal watercraft near Aqualand Marina.

May 16, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Superheroes abound at INK: Kids learn while taking part in costume contest

Nearly 100 people attended Sunday's Community Superhero Extravaganza to celebrate local citizens as heroes and see children compete in a superhero costume contest.

May 16, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Marine's two worlds forever linked

Maj. Kevin Jarrard is finally home.

May 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville man charged in home invasion slaying of retiree

The prime suspect in the slaying of a West Hall retiree was arrested after a high-speed chase Saturday night in Gwinnett County, authorities said.

May 15, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Alpharetta motorcyclist dies in wreck

John Ante, 37, of Grovehurst Drive in Alpharetta died shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday when a car collided with the motorcycle he was driving on U.S. 19.

May 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


83-year-old man killed in Hoschton collision

An 83-year-old man was killed Saturday morning in downtown Hoschton in a collision between his car and a tractor-trailer, authorities said.

May 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Rain doesn’t dampen Murrayville’s parading spirit

A little rain Saturday morning didn't stop local residents from showing their small-town spirit during the annual Murrayville Day Parade.

May 14, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Newest library geared toward lifetime of learning

Doors to the new Spout Springs Library soon will open to reveal an imaginative world of princesses, frogs and castles for Hall County children.

May 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Chamber turns 100 with 'Celebration of the Century'

For those driving by on the street, it was just another night. But five stories up, an open parking deck was transformed into the setting for a lavish celebration.

May 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


No leads in slaying of West Hall man in home

A home invasion slaying remained unsolved Friday, some 24 hours after a retiree was found shot and killed inside his West Hall home.

May 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Water use increases but revenue is still down

As city officials expected them to do in the warmer months, Gainesville water customers have started using more water. That means Gainesville Public Utilities is making a little more money selling it, but water customers likely still face a rate increase in 2009.

May 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


An Olympic legacy: Canadian teams keep the torch burning on Lanier

In the beginning, the Lake Lanier Olympic venue was meant for great things, the most important being the legacy that creating an Olympic venue would leave for rowing and sprint canoe and kayak sports.

May 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Republican party remains optimistic

October 24, 2014 | Bill Barrow Associated Press | Local


Rehabilitation organization celebrates 45 years

It's not easy to get a job these days, but the task is considerably more difficult for people with disabilities.

October 24, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville schools change grading practices

Gainesville schools have changed the way they grade middle school students, but the change is not a drastic one, according to Sarah Bell, the district's chief academic officer.

October 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville Civic Center hosts mother-son Halloween dance

From pirates to rock stars and everything in between, area mothers and sons donned their best Halloween costumes Thursday for a night of dancing at the Gainesville Civic Center. The mother-son dance served as a way for family members to bond with one another, while also continuing a tradition that has gone on for the past 11 years. Every costume from the funny to the scary was seen, as attendees showed off their dance moves for all to see.

October 24, 2014 | Alison Marchman | Local


Tumbling Circle rail crossing controversy continues

The controversy over whether to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing continues unabated after the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday night delayed a decision on abandoning the road.

October 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


First ladies reminisce about time in Governor's Mansion

Some people might expect life in the Governor's Mansion to be stuffy or formal, but Georgia's first ladies say it was filled with laughter and family.

October 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville workshop to focus on starting a business

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in Gainesville will offer the following workshop for individuals who are interested in either starting or growing a new venture.

October 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Morning wreck injures 4 in North Forsyth

Two adults and two children were hospitalized Thursday morning after a near head-on collision at the entrance to Silver City Elementary School by the Forsyth-Dawson County line.

October 23, 2014 | | Local


More hiring in pipeline as jobless rate drops

Gainesville's jobless rate took a big drop in September, and with Lake Lanier Islands Resort and Wal-Mart hiring for new operations, it's likely to continue falling.

October 23, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


Halloween haunts: Area attractions focus on fun and safety

Some corn mazes are supposed to be scary. But corn maze operators want customers scared for the right reasons and say they invest time and money to ensure safety.

October 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Deal promises review of Georgia's school funding

October 23, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall SWAT takes part in child porn seizure

Hall County SWAT team worked with 28 local, state and federal agencies in a three-month child pornography investigation, leading to 18 arrests Wednesday.

October 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Forsyth releases more courthouse attack details

By the time Dennis Marx drove onto the Forsyth County Courthouse plaza June 6 and started a gunbattle with sheriff's deputies, he had already shot himself in the leg, according to information authorities released Tuesday.

October 23, 2014 | BY JIM DEAN Times regional staff | Local


Lanier Tech upgrades dental lab

As an educator, David Byers is full of enthusiasm and pride.

October 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tumbling Circle controversy brings 1968 tragedy to mind

Controversial railroad crossings are nothing new in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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