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Can't slow her down: Paralyzed from an injury, student wants to change minds

It's safe to assume that anyone with the nickname "Hot Wheels" isn't afraid of attracting attention.

Kristina Shepard figured out a long time ago that she can't avoid drawing curious stares everywhere she goes, so she uses it as an opportunity to educate people.

December 24, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Catholic community observes rare rites

GAINESVILLE - For the first time in the history of Atlanta's Archdiocese, Catholic priests Wednesday crowned the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Father Fabio Sotelo performed the rite at St. Michael Catholic Church in Gainesville, along with priests in 17 other parishes throughout the Atlanta Roman Catholic district.

December 24, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Cookie package causes bomb scare at Buford Dam

These cookies really bombed.

December 24, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Just call him Santa Cronic

He wasn't wearing a white beard or red suit, but Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic got a chance to play Santa Wednesday, giving away bicycles for needy children in a program that will benefit nearly twice the number of families as last year.

December 24, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Breakfast gives Georgia representatives a peek at needs

State representatives will act as Santa's elves Friday and take note of local officials' wish lists for next year's legislative session.

The representatives for legislative districts within Hall County will meet with local council members, commissioners and school board members at Lanier Tech to see what they want to happen in the upcoming legislative session.

December 24, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Authorities: Pair stole debit card

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man and woman they say stole a debit card.

December 23, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Brazilian educators tour area schools

GAINESVILLE - Three secondary school principals from Brazil and the director of a national organization of top Brazilian state educators are touring Northeast Georgia this week, sampling the culture and visiting schools.

December 23, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Realtors want county to keep building

Area Realtors plan to attend the Hall County Board of Commissioners' meeting Thursday to discuss rumblings of a moratorium on residential building permits.

Last month, a suggestion from Hall County Commissioner Bobby Banks that the county place a 90-day moratorium on residential development concerned members of the area's real estate and construction industries.

December 23, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Account set up for victim’s family

An account has been set up to help the children of William Anthony "Andy" Standridge, who died in an automobile wreck recently.

December 23, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood looks to limit illegal immigration

Monday night's Oakwood City Council meeting began looking more like a presidential debate when a hot button issue was raised - illegal immigration.

Oakwood City Councilmember Gary Anderson started a discussion on what he called the depleting effect illegal immigrants have upon Oakwood and Hall County resources.

December 23, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Attorney to seek death for accused: Auburn man indicted for 4 murders, arson

Jackson County's district attorney will seek the death penalty against an Auburn man charged in a 2006 murder-arson that claimed the lives of four people, including the suspect's two young children.

Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Rick Bridgeman filed official notice of intent to seek the death penalty against 34-year-old Henry Lee Stringer on Tuesday in Jackson County Superior Court.

December 23, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville High students wrap up Newtown Florist Club upgrades

When members of the Newtown Florist Club needed a hand refurbishing their new headquarters, they knew who to turn to.

December 23, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Planning board OKs group home

BY ASHLEY FIELDING

December 23, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


CASA holds toy drive

The Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocates program is having a toy drive for the children it helps.

December 23, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


North Hall High principal retiring

Gary Brown, principal of North Hall High School, is retiring after the 2007-08 school year. The Hall County Board of Education voted Monday night in a meeting at Flowery Branch High School to approve his resignation. Brown has served as principal since 1999. He also served as an administrator at Shiloh, Brookwood and Banks County high schools, according to North Hall's Web site.

December 22, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


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Supreme Court advised to delay ruling on water war suit

The U.S. solicitor general believes the Supreme Court should put off hearing a Florida lawsuit that accuses Georgia of consuming too much water.

September 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chapter for Don Carter State Park OK’d

Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites has given its OK to a new chapter representing Don Carter State Park in North Hall County.

September 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Part of Wilshire Trails Park to close Wednesday for concrete maintenance

A portion of Wilshire Trails Park will be closed Wednesday and possibly Thursday, according to Gainesville Parks and Recreation.

September 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Libertarian candidate for governor Hunt addresses UNG students

Libertarian candidate for governor Andrew Hunt spoke Monday to the Politically Incorrect Club at the University of North Georgia, outlining his platform as a third-party candidate.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Change in seasons brings milder weather to area

The fall season officially begins today, bringing cooler temperatures throughout the week. The break from the summer heat has allowed several Hall County residents the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, whether it be a brisk walk through the square or relaxing downtown.

September 22, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall is hotbed for election candidates

Election season is heating up as Republican and Democratic candidates swing through Hall County in the next week.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sandra Deal addresses GOP voters

Republican voters swarmed the clubhouse Monday at the Village at Deaton Creek to welcome U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue, his wife, Bonnie, first lady of Georgia Sandra Deal and State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man pleads guilty to killing Gainesville woman

MINNEAPOLIS - A 25-year-old man was sentenced Monday to life in prison with a chance for parole after admitting he killed a second woman in the Twin Cities and left her body in an abandoned car.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall County looking to reduce employee pay periods

Hall County officials are looking to cut costs by reducing the number of pay periods for employees, but any change is now unlikely before January or February.

September 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County looks to ease growth at overflowing schools

Hall County Schools is planning to make some shifts in facilities and schools near capacity in the southern and eastern parts of the county.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Property owners complain about proposed tax hike in Oakwood

Oakwood property owners, including three from the same neighborhood, criticized a proposed 50 percent hike in the city's property tax rate Monday, saying they believe officials should have eased in increases rather than hit residents all at once.

September 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


North Hall Middle gets all clear after bomb threat

Students at North Hall Middle School have returned to school after evacuating for a bomb threat.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Body of drowning victim found in lake

The drowning victim who fell in Lake Lanier early Sunday has been found.

September 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Times phone voicemail system not working

The Times' phone voicemail system is down, meaning those who call the newspaper will not be able to leave any messages for employees.

September 22, 2014 | | Local


$1.8 million judgment awarded in fraud case

A Buford man accused in May 2013 of misappropriating money from elderly investors must repay $1.8 million, according to a judgment by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

September 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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