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Missing Norcross woman found safe in Habersham

Authorities in Habersham County have found a 65-year-old Norcross woman with undiagnosed dementia and memory loss who was reported missing by Gwinnett County police. She was unharmed and is back with her family.

July 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Arts Council postpones tonight's movie

Tonight's scheduled showing of "Waterhorse," sponsored by The Arts Council, has been postponed until Friday.

July 14, 2008 | | Local


Crane accident spills fuel into Lake Lanier

A small amount of diesel fuel spilled into the south end of Lake Lanier on Wednesday after a construction crane slipped under water.

July 14, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Rally honors former superintendent

A celebration of singing and rousing speeches was held in honor of former Gainesville city schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe on Thursday.

About 40 people gathered at St. Paul United Methodist Church on Sumter Street to thank the former superintendent for the contributions he made to Gainesville students. The event was hosted by the Newtown Florist Club and the Gainesville-Hall County Chapter of the NAACP.

July 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Citizens take complaints to Hall County Commission

It seems it was residential versus commercial at Thursday's Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting.

The commission heard from a number of angry citizens and their lawyers who don't want businesses in their neighborhoods.

July 14, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


New classes help those getting ready to marry

In 2006, 1,119 couples walked down the aisle in Hall County. That same year, 872 county residents filed for divorce.

July 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


2 arrested in connection with burglary

Two North Georgia men were arrested this week on charges of burglarizing a Dahlonega convenience store and cashing in winning scratch-off tickets they stole there.

July 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Proposed Flowery Branch historic district debated

FLOWERY BRANCH - Local residents and property owners pleaded Thursday night for Flowery Branch City Council to leave them out of a proposed historic district for the town or kill plans for the district altogether.

"What this town needs is construction, not preservation," said Dan Puckette during a public hearing at the Historic Depot on Railroad Avenue. "I don't think you need to ram this down people's throats. It's their property - let them do what they want."

July 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville looks at starting ‘happy hour’

Gainesville may soon see happier hours.

The Gainesville City Council has asked city staff to find a way to allow for "happy hours" in the city's alcoholic beverage ordinances.

July 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Grant puts undergraduates in field for hands-on study

A professor at North Georgia College & State University is trying to lure students out of the classroom and into research laboratories.

July 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Falling tree kills Gillsville man

An elderly Banks County man was killed Tuesday night when a large tree fell into his bedroom during a thunderstorm, though his wife survived because she had decided to sleep in the living room.

Lloyd Echols, 70, was asleep in bed when he suffered a fatal head injury at about 10 p.m., said Gene Hart, chairman of the Banks County Board of Commissioners.

July 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Judge: Child molester must face 15 years in prison

A judge said she felt sympathy for the mother of a 20-year-old man serving a 15-year prison term for molesting a 4-year-old girl, but wouldn't budge on the sentence.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


How safe is Lanier?

After a disastrous Fourth of July weekend in which four people died in Lake Lanier within 48 hours, officials are examining whether anything could have been done to prevent the tragedies.

July 13, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New Chestnut Mountain Elementary is ready for its close-up

The newest and biggest Hall County elementary school will hear its first pitter-patter of little feet Friday as students and parents get a sneak peek of the new Chestnut Mountain Elementary School.

July 13, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall woman accused of embezzling $1 million

Peggy Leigh Walker, who worked in the accounting department of Buford toolmaker Makita USA for nearly 20 years, owes her former employer $3 million.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Local, state leaders reflect on legislative session

Transportation and education dominated much of the debate and media coverage coming out of this year's state legislative session, which ended April 2, but what about those rabid raccoons populating Hall County?

April 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Healan’s Mill may get restored with SPLOST funding

A historic gristmill may get new life after years of decaying off a dusty road in rural East Hall County.

April 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville prepares for upcoming budget adoption

The Gainesville City Council will meet for a work session Thursday to discuss setting the property tax rate for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1, as well as adopting the proposed budget.

April 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Trial starts in child sex trafficking case

Jury selection began Monday in the case of two Gainesville residents charged with the sex trafficking of a girl.

April 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville Police: Man charged with murder in drug death case

A Winder man was arrested and charged with felony murder for allegedly distributing a drug that caused another Winder man's death, according to Gainesville Police.

April 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Challenged Child and Friends using $25,000 grant for scholarships

More children in the Gainesville-Hall County area will have access to specialized services at Challenged Child and Friends, thanks to the Harris Products Group.

April 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


No bond set for teen charged in nephew’s death

No bond was set for a 19-year-old Gainesville man charged with DUI and vehicular homicide in the death of his 2-year-old nephew Sunday.

April 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


New senior living community opening in Gainesville

A ribbon cutting will be held 11 a.m. Friday for an independent senior living community in Gainesville.

April 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Qualifying begins for open seats on Flowery Branch council

Two people qualified Monday to run for one of two open seats on the Flowery Branch City Council.

April 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Cleveland man accused of wire fraud files to suppress seized documents

A Cleveland man accused of making fictional real estate deals has filed through his attorney a motion to suppress documents seized recently by FBI agents.

April 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Newtown Florist Club renames girls program in late member’s honor

The Newtown Florist Club has been a key player in the Gainesville-Hall area for decades, and Mozetta Whelchel was one of its hardest-working, founding members.

April 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Work underway on Central Hall trail link

In the making for nearly a decade, a major link in the Central Hall Multi-use Trail is now under construction.

April 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Animal Shelter puppies provide stress relief to Brenau students

While Brenau University students spent the last week in final exams, the Hall County Animal Shelter provided them with some on-campus stress relief.

April 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2-year-old hit by car, killed in East Hall

A 2-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle Sunday and a teen charged with DUI and vehicular homicide in the incident, according to authorities.

April 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County gets clean sweep

The Great American Cleanup has swept through Hall County.

April 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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