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Gainesville jury awards $3.5 million in teen’s death

A Gainesville jury on Tuesday found General Motors negligent in a rollover crash that killed a 14-year-old boy, awarding what may be a record amount to the parents who brought a federal lawsuit against the auto maker.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Smokin’ hot rides draw admirers

Saturday's 27th Annual Open Car Show & Swap Meet was a hit, despite the prediction of thunderstorms that did cut the event a bit short.

June 24, 2008 | By Allison Shuler ashuler@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs learn about public safety

Hailey Glasper, 5, doesn't want anyone to get hurt.

June 24, 2008 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Genealogists stay up late researching

Some people stay in on Friday the 13th to avoid bad luck, but a contingent of Gainesville folks choose to spend their evening with the dead.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Red Cross’ Martin retires after 8 years as director

Though has spent much of his life serving others, Jim Martin says he plans to continue doing so in retirement.

June 24, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Conviction upheld for man who hit deputy with car

The Georgia Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of a Gainesville man who struck and severely injured a Hall County deputy with his car during an attempted drug arrest.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Prostitution goes high-tech

Some are paid with playing cards or poker chips for 15-minute allotments in run-down houses.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


No bail for 3 suspects in blue jean caper

DAWSONVILLE - Authorities say they believe at least one suspect arrested after Tuesday's botched burglary at the Dawsonville outlet mall was involved in a similar burglary in Buckhead, during which a female employee was assaulted.

June 24, 2008 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


A starry night of fireworks and music

Gainesville State College took on the atmosphere of a summer picnic Friday evening as thousands turned out for fireworks, fun and, of course, music.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Maple Street building to become parking lot

Gainesville appears ready to tear down the old Greater South Supply building at 320 Maple St.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


State OKs Gainesville charter system plan

The State Board of Education voted 8-2 Thursday to approve the Gainesville school system's application to become a charter school system.

The Charter Systems Act gives school systems freedom from some state restrictions so that they can develop innovative ways to increase student achievement, but it also makes school systems more accountable for academic results.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Village at Deaton Creek involved in nationwide EPA settlement

Four of the nation's largest homebuilders, including one with a major residential development in Hall County, have agreed to pay $4.3 million in fines for failing to control runoff at construction sites in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County budget plan won’t increase tax rates

The Hall County budget for fiscal year 2009 was presented at Thursday afternoon's commission meeting to mixed reviews.

The budget, presented by Hall County Finance Director Michaela Thompson, did not increase the millage, or tax rate - in fact a slight decrease is proposed - and was drafted to make cuts to counteract lower revenues and a slumping economy.

June 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Ingles grocery sprouts in South Hall

The expansion of new retail shopping in South Hall County gains another player on Saturday as Ingles, the North Carolina-based supermarket chain, opens a store at 4260 Winder Highway, near the Martin Road intersection.

"This is an 80,000-square-foot store with a pharmacy, a fuel center and a car wash," said Ron Freeman, chief financial officer of Ingles.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Volunteers help send greetings to soldiers overseas

"Worst-case scenario, if you send a MARSgram to a guy on a ballistic-missile submarine that only surfaces every three months, he probably won't get it for a few months," Chuck Leming said.

Leming, the Georgia MARS training officer, was not talking about the candy bar nor the red planet. Leming was referring to a way of messaging soldiers overseas, the MARSgram.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


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Class Notes: Gainesville uthor has second fantasy novel published

Gainesville native and Brenau University administrative assistant Alison Reeger Cook recently published her second fantasy novel.

December 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Holiday Hope: Challenged Child and Friends benefits all types of students

For sisters Brooke and Bailey Ellis, going to school together is special.

December 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Highlands United Methodist Church brings Christmas fun to community

Weeks of curiosity sparked by random cars around Gainesville sporting a scrawled message of "FX Christmas, An Extreme Family Event" ended Sunday when The Highlands United Methodist Church hosted its first free Christmas event at North Hall Community Center.

December 22, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Wage growth returning as job market expands

The road to economic recovery has not exactly been paved in gold - or even silver, for that matter.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Traffic light planned at new Wal-Mart on Thompson Bridge Road

The new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, along with Taco Bell, on busy Ga. 60/Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville will have something in common next year - a traffic light.

December 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Community garden project acquires new site

A new site has been identified for Jubilee Farm, a community garden project of the Hall Green Alliance that aims to provide food to the hungry and nutritional education to local residents.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clarks Bridge work set for today

The new Clarks Bridge over Lake Lanier continues to take shape as a concrete pour is planned today for two more of the seven spans.

December 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Effect of recession lingers for local charities

When the recession set in, social service charities were hit with a double dose of trouble: Demand for services increased dramatically while donations plummeted.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville man’s 2013 death yields few clues, no suspects

Texts went unanswered and hundreds of phone calls went to voicemail.

December 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State approval of Brenau nursing program is 'conditional'

Although Brenau University now boasts three doctoral programs, including a doctorate of nursing practice, the nursing program's state approval is "conditional."

December 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Mom overcomes a past of drugs, abuse with agency’s aid

December 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Habitat’s Home for a Hero dedicates house to veteran, mother of 3

Charmaine Smith stood in the driveway of her newly constructed home in Flowery Branch and felt "very overwhelmed."

December 20, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Shop with a Cop helps youngsters fill Christmas stockings

It's not every day a fully uniformed, gun-toting officer of the law wanders through the kid's section of a department store, pushing a cart full of "Frozen" toys and taking orders from a 5-year-old in pink sequined boots.

December 20, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Authorities ID Gainesville man killed by train in Oakwood

Hall County Sheriff's Office authorities have identified the victim of Friday's train collision in Oakwood as Shon Morrison of Gainesville.

December 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


3 treated after ammonia leak at poultry plant in Gainesville

Three people were treated for exposure to ammonia on Friday afternoon after a leak at Koch Foods on Industrial Boulevard in Gainesville.

December 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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