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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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Oakwood mulls major tax hike as debt, bills pile up

For 15 years, one of the things Oakwood residents and businesses could count on was a mostly steady tax rate.

October 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Times yard sale raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a yard sale in its parking lot Saturday. All proceeds from the semi-annual event went to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

October 11, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


It's off to Market for Gainesville festival

The second weekend in October marks the beginning of Mule Camp Market, the three day festival that fills Gainesville's downtown square with a wide variety of tents, food vendors and entertainment for the whole family.

October 11, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Special Olympians fill fields with smiles

Even a bit of wet weather couldn't douse the sunshine found on the fields and in the stands at Saturday's State Fall Games by Special Olympics Georgia.

October 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Tumbling Circle railroad crossing to close

The Georgia Department of Transportation is closing the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing near Old Oakwood Road.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water issues not a big focus in state races

Two decades of "water wars" between Georgia, Florida and Alabama are barely registering as a skirmish in political races leading up to the Nov. 4 election.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fifth annual Giant Book Sale benefits local organizations

The fifth annual Giant Book Sale opened Friday, benefitting Our Neighbor Inc. and The Next Chapter Bookstore. It continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 111 Spring St. More than 10,000 books are available, categorized by subject and most sold for $3 or less.

October 11, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


2 challenge Deal in governor’s race

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal faces a stiff challenge in his re-election bid this year as state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, rallies Democrats to his candidacy and Libertarian Andrew Hunt works to make inroads for an increasingly popular third party.

October 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Candidate profiles: Georgia governor

Jason Carter

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


On the ballot Nov. 4

Statewide

October 02, 2014 | | Local


Candidate profiles: U.S. House

Doug Collins

September 28, 2014 | | Local


War, economy top U.S. House 9th District issues

Incumbent Republican Doug Collins of Gainesville will square off against Democrat David Vogel of Hull in the 9th District U.S. House race this November.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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