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Court rules statement in, cocaine out

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled this week that a Hall County death penalty defendant's initial statement to investigators about a drug-related double murder is admissible in court, but a large amount of cocaine seized two days later is not.

The split decision left both the prosecution and defense in the long-pending case of Ignacio Vergara, 26, with rulings in their favor.

March 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Strong storms hit Forsyth County

Rita David said she's ready to move into a house without a tree in sight after an early morning squall Tuesday sent a large oak crashing through the bedroom of her home in south Forsyth County.

March 09, 2008 | By Jim Dean Times regional staff | Local


Residents warm up to transit agency’s proposed changes

GAINESVILLE - Most of the people who attended Tuesday's public transit meeting indicated that they can get behind the proposed changes to Hall Area Transit.

March 09, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Women’s health clinic reopens

Despite a few setbacks, a small clinic is continuing to provide women's health services at a Gainesville housing project.

March 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


STAR students name their influences

GAINESVILLE - Students from Brenau and Riverside Military academies were honored today as Gainesville-Hall County winners in the state Student Teacher Achievement Recognition Program.

March 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


United Way volunteers celebrate 60 years of service

More than 340 people arrived at the Gainesville Civic Center for a luncheon Wednesday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of United Way of Hall County and to honor the thousands of Hall County volunteers who have contributed their time and money to the agency since its inception in 1948.

March 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Stork delivers more jobs

Stork Gamco, the Gainesville-based manufacturer of food processing equipment, primarily for the poultry industry, has announced an expansion at its Gainesville plant.

March 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Pamphleteer wins legal fight against Cumming

Fred Baumann said he was stunned when he was arrested for distributing comic book-style gospel tracts of the life of Jesus Christ outside the Taste of Forsyth festival at the Cumming fairgrounds last April.

March 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


College to bring MBA program to Cumming city hall

CUMMING - North Georgia College & State University plans to start a master of business administration degree program in August at Cumming City Hall.

The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents approved the business program last spring based on a growing need in the region for a graduate-level business program.

March 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Schools set kindergarten registration

GAINESVILLE - Registration for children entering kindergarten in the Hall County school system next fall is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 through April 2 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 3.

Parents should register their children at the school where the child will attend and bring the child with them.

March 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County appoints utilities, public works director

Hall County Administrator Jim Shuler appointed Ken Rearden as Hall County's new director of Public Works and Utilities on Friday.

March 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Longtime shelter director moves on

GAINESVILLE - After 13 years as executive director, Brenda Cook is turning over the key to the Gateway Domestic Violence Center.

But Cook is quick to tell you she is not retiring.

March 09, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Home destroyed when toddler plays with lighter

A child playing with a cigarette lighter accidentally set a house on fire Wednesday morning, leaving a Gainesville family homeless.

March 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Woman charged with embezzling from Gainesville plant

A former bookkeeper for ZF Industries has been indicted on charges of embezzling more than a half-million dollars from the Gainesville company.

A Hall County grand jury returned the 30-count indictment against Charlotte Jo Baghose, 65, on Thursday. She was indicted on one count of felony theft by taking and 29 counts of forgery.

March 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville airport needs update

The city of Gainesville's Aviation Advisory Committee recommended Tuesday the paving of a new parking area for tied-down airplanes to make way for an instrument landing system at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

The open space beside the airport's longest runway is required for the system, an electronic guidance system used by pilots during periods of low visibility.

March 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Brenau, top Chinese university agree to joint program

Brenau University has struck an agreement with a top Chinese university to bring a steady flow of Chinese students to Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officers train on simulator for dangers on the road

A call for a carjacking comes over the radio, and Sgt. Steve Carey with the Hall County Sheriff's Office turns on the siren. Negotiating quick turns in following the suspect, Carey tails the perpetrator without ever leaving the Allen Creek Training Center.

October 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Strong home sales, new construction trending in local real estate market

October 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Election polls open today in Hall County

Early Saturday voting will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hall County Elections Office, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


‘Aloha spirit’ meets Southern hospitality

When deciding where to build an expansion of the King's Hawaiian facilities, the initial thought was to place the second building outside of Georgia.

October 25, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Accused gunman indicted in Gainesville apartment shooting

The accused gunman in the Aug. 15 shooting of two women at Atlanta Street Apartments was indicted Wednesday on nine counts.

October 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Man accused of killing cellmate will undergo mental evaluation

A Dawsonville man accused of murdering his cellmate in the Hall County Jail will be evaluated for mental competency.

October 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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


How Gainesville schools are changing 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


Hall officials want more info on rail crossing before making next move

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


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