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Fathers cut a rug with their little girls

Word of mouth has helped the Daddy Daughter Dance grow in popularity in the ninth year of the event.

March 03, 2008 | By Karina Garcia | Local


Victim of home invasion says ‘justice was served’ with sentences

A victim of a harrowing home invasion robbery on Price Road last July said she was relieved that three defendants were sentenced to lengthy prison terms this week in Hall County Superior Court.

"I had waited for that day," said the woman, who is not being named by The Times because she was the victim of a sexual battery. "I felt relieved that it was over and I didn't have to worry about it anymore. Something like that, you want to see justice served, and I think justice was served."

March 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


A real-life math lesson: City planner teaches students to solve population puzzle

Lisa Plowman's advanced seventh-grade math classes had been learning about proportions, drawing designs of neighborhoods with their prowess.

But Matt Tate, Gainesville's principal planner, taught them a lesson on a much bigger scale.

March 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Two women charged with prostitution

Two women were arrested on prostitution charges Tuesday night in Gainesville in a sting operation, according to Lt. Scott Ware with the Hall County Sheriff's department.

Amanda Perry, 32, of Tulsa, Okla., brokered a deal for her and Michelle Laughrey, 45, of Norcross to have sex for $400 each, according to authorities. Both the women arrived at a predetermined location on Dorsey Street to find undercover agents waiting to arrest them.

March 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Woman who had child with boy groom to be released from prison

DOUGLASVILLE - A woman who married a 15-year-old boy and later bore his child will be released from prison Friday after serving two years for helping her teenage husband flee from Georgia authorities, state officials said.

March 03, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Flowery Branch to buy 'temporary fix' to boost sewer pump capacity on Martin Road

Flowery Branch City Council approved the $12,000 purchase of a new 10,000-gallon storage container Wednesday to ease the strain that development has placed on a sewer pump station on Martin Road.

Recent commercial development on Martin Road in Flowery Branch and on Winder Highway in Oakwood has placed a burden on the Flowery Branch-owned sewer pump station near Martin Road Elementary, Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew said.

March 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Mudhole no more: Silt dredging project kicks off at Longwood Park

After years of planning, local and federal officials kicked off the dredging of Longwood Cove in a celebration they dubbed "DredgeFest '08."

Local officials from various Gainesville departments as well as current and former members of the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority gathered Wednesday in a muddy hole off Longwood Park, envisioning its water-filled future.

March 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lunch line computer stolen at South Hall Middle

GAINESVILLE - A computer used to check students through the lunch line each day at South Hall Middle School has been stolen, Hall County school officials said.

March 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gang task force busts drug deal at school

Three teens were caught in the midst of a pot deal by plainclothes investigators Tuesday in the parking lot of a Hall County alternative school just before the school opened for the day, authorities said Wednesday.

Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad Commander Lt. Scott Ware said gang task force investigators were at Lanier Career Academy on Tumbling Creek Road at about noon Tuesday on an unrelated matter when they saw the marijuana transaction take place in plain view.

March 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Medicare says hospitals must pay for mistakes

Talk about adding insult to injury.

March 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lt. Gov. Cagle’s listening sessions to start Friday in Gainesville

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has announced the first in a series of listening sessions that will be held throughout the state by his field representatives. The first session will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Georgia Mountains Center.

March 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Wife: Fugitive husband is no child molester

When Jerry Norman Jones heard early Friday morning that he was wanted by authorities for allegedly violating the conditions of his bond, he told his estranged wife in a phone conversation that he wanted to read the Bible and pray.

At the time, Jones was free on $40,000 bond after being charged with molesting four of his third-grade students at Gainesville Elementary School.

March 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


DOT open houses give people chance to look at Ga. 365, Ga. 400 plans

The Georgia Department of Transportation has scheduled two open house sessions to share the results of a study of the Ga. 365 and Ga. 400 corridors in Northeast Georgia.

March 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Death penalty defendant accused of defacing jail cell

A man against whom prosecutors are seeking the death penalty appeared in court Tuesday on charges of vandalizing jail property.

March 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Castro's resignation could boost poultry exports to Cuba, helping Georgia

With Cuba as the sixth-largest market for U.S. poultry exports, Georgia's agricultural and poultry community is hopeful that a change in Cuba's leadership is a good sign for growth.

March 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | 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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