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14-year-old boy faces rape charge

A Hall County grand jury returned a felony indictment against a 14-year-old boy this week on charges of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

The defendant, who is not being named by The Times because of his age and his relationship with the alleged victim, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years without parole if convicted of rape. He is also charged with aggravated child molestation and child molestation in the alleged assault, which occurred in a Hall County home on Feb. 29, according to court documents. The boy was arrested March 28 and booked at the Hall County jail ...

April 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Political activists to serve as delegates at national party conventions

Some local people will be representing Northeast Georgia at their respective party's national conventions to be held later this year, and at least three first-time delegates are excited over the opportunity.

April 30, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Vision Capital Partners in no hurry to develop big land tract

There's a new landowner in Gainesville - claiming to be the largest - and they have big plans for nearly 1,000 acres on Old Cornelia Highway.

April 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville High considers random drug screenings

Gainesville High School is beginning to look at starting random drug screening for students who participate in athletics or extracurricular activities or drive to school.

April 30, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


DOT couple takes center stage at GOP dinner

SAUTEE -- It wasn't your typical Friday night date.

April 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Perdue lends his support to Abraham

ATLANTA - Governor Sonny Perdue said he still has "absolute confidence" in state transportation commissioner Gena Abraham.

April 29, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Abduction suspect appears in Hall court

A judge heard testimony Thursday in the case of a Flowery Branch man charged with trying to abduct a woman in a grocery store parking lot last month.

April 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


What does the DOT board do? A look at responsibilities

Evans' replacement would be responsible for helping oversee state roads. Here is more about what the board does and its responsibilities:

April 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Evans-Abraham: What's next for the DOT?

The most immediate question for the State Transportation Board is the future of Gena Abraham.

April 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Judges thank retiring director of animal control, Rick Phillips, for years of service

The accolades continued Thursday for retiring Hall County Animal Control

April 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lake owners, Florida doubt corps’ Lanier plan

The proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an interim operating agreement on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system was met with lukewarm enthusiasm by the president of the Lake Lanier Association.

"At least the corps is listening," said Jackie Joseph, who heads the advocacy group. "Of course this is going to have to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and I assume we may hit a roadblock."

April 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Budget hearings: Administrators say prison work camp needs big fixes

The warden of Hall County's Correctional Institution spent much of Wednesday morning justifying his request for more than $3 million at the third round of county budget hearings.

April 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Catholics from St. Michael church are going to see Pope Benedict

About 25 people from St. Michael Catholic Church in Gainesville will travel to New York today to attend one of the first papal ceremonies with Pope Benedict XVI in the United States.

April 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


2-year-old burn victim flown to Ohio hospital

A 2-year-old Gainesville girl was flown from Grady Memorial Hospital to a specialized hospital in Ohio for young burn victims Wednesday.

April 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville man charged with raping teens during psychotherapy sessions

A Gainesville man is being held in the Gwinnett County jail on charges that he raped two female teenagers during psychotherapy sessions at his former Lawrenceville home.

April 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Signal light planned at new Wal-Mart on Thompson Bridge

The new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market and 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


Man in Habersham County wins $1 million in Georgia Lottery

A man from Habersham County has rounded up a $1 million prize from the Georgia Lottery just in time for the holidays. Tommy Bell of Demorest won his prize playing the instant game $10 Million Cash Spectacular.

December 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gray, drizzly weekend ahead for holiday shopping

Those of you hitting the stores for last-minute Christmas gifts or getting in a little caroling will need to brace for a soggy weekend.

December 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


There’s still time: Christmas shipping hasn’t sailed yet

With Christmas just a few days away, the scramble for last-minute gifts is matched only by the rush to ship them.

December 19, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Hall County teacher builds student a prosthetic hand

A boy bends his wrist and watches his blue metal fingers curl.

December 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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