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Gainesville home invasion shows need for prevention measures

A home invasion robbery this week in which two women were forced into a closet at gunpoint isn't a common occurrence in Gainesville, but it illustrates the need for common-sense safety measures, police say.

March 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Obesity tests could weigh down schools

Last week, the Georgia Senate passed a bill that would require elementary school students to be screened for obesity. School nurses say it would promote better health, but concerns have been raised about privacy and about how the mandate would be implemented.

March 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Former DA pleads guilty, sentenced to 6 years in prison

HOMER - As district attorney of Northeast Georgia's Piedmont Judicial Circuit for 24 years, Tim Madison spent many hours prosecuting cases in the wood-paneled second-floor courtroom of the Banks County courthouse.

On Tuesday, Madison was the one being prosecuted, as the disgraced former DA for Banks, Jackson and Barrow counties pleaded guilty to stealing taxpayer money and was sentenced to six years in prison.

March 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dahlonega robbery suspect pleads guilty

The second of two suspects in an armed robbery and assault at a Dahlonega convenience store pleaded guilty this week, officials said.

Robert Jacob Mallard, 28, pleaded guilty to armed robbery in Lumpkin County Superior Court and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, Lumpkin County Sheriff's Capt. Jason Stover said.

March 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Southern Catholic names new board member

DAWSONVILLE - Southern Catholic College's Board of Trustees has a new member.

March 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


UGA honors one of its own, ‘Whispering Bill’ Anderson

A half century ago, a country singer wannabe went into an unfinished recording studio at the University of Georgia, and the rest, as they say, is history.

March 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada sworn in

GAINESVILLE - New Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada swore to serve the residents of Gainesville with compassion, courage and integrity to the best of his ability Tuesday.

March 16, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Wanna fish? Don’t count on buying a license at local bait shops

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is getting out of the business of issuing hunting and fishing licenses and boat registrations. That job is being outsourced to a private, out-of-state company, and many people aren't happy about it.

March 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville schools human resources chief gets 15 percent raise, new title

The human resources director for the Gainesville school system is receiving a 15 percent raise, along with a new job title.

March 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Move to change recording of minutes triggers debate in Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch City Council will consider an ordinance this morning that could revamp the style of City Council meetings.

March 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Coming Sunday: In the Eye of the Storm

Ten years ago Thursday, a predawn storm shattered the lives of Northeast Georgian families and took the lives of 12 of our neighbors.

On the morning of March 20, 1998, a tornado ripped through North Hall County and continued into White and Habersham counties. Eleven people were killed in Hall, one in White, and dozens more were left homeless. Lanier Elementary School and North Hall High were damaged by the twister, which caused millions in damages.

March 16, 2008 | | Local


Mixup results in new White County STAR student

CLEVELAND - A banquet was given in Bethany Caywood's honor for being named White County High School's STAR student, an honor that's reserved for the very brightest.

March 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Barnes & Noble to take over Brenau University bookstore

Brenau University has contracted with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers to manage the bookstore on the Gainesville campus and provide broader service to the university's other campuses and online studies program.

March 16, 2008 | | Local


Pendergrass officer investigated on false arrest charge

PENDERGRASS - A police officer in northeast Georgia is suspended without pay as authorities investigate a complaint that he falsely arrested a man during a traffic stop.

Pendergrass Police Chief Rob Russell says Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents are examining evidence against Officer Bill Garner. Russell says the officer is accused of arresting a passenger in a car for having an open container of alcohol when no open container was present.

March 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Grady Young Foundation to focus on student success this weekend

The Grady Young Foundation plans to hold its Fifth Annual Memorial Weekend from Friday to Sunday with the theme "Recognizing Rising STARS (Students Triumphantly Achieving Respect and Success) In Our Communities."

March 16, 2008 | | Local


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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


Brenau waits on state’s OK for nursing program

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




Narcotics squad searches turn up $145K in meth

Some $144,800 in methamphetamine was found between two Hall County locations following searches by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

December 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Middle schoolers make ornaments for kids

Thursday morning members of Gainesville Middle School's Tome Society student literary group visited Challenged Child & Friends in Gainesville. Challenged Child and Friends offers a tailored and integrated experience where children with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities learn and grow in a full inclusion program with children who have typical development. The middle-school students also brought books for the students, along with snowman ornaments.

December 19, 2014 | | Local


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