In the professional ranks, athletes often are put on pedestals. But in Hall County, when it comes to dealing with drugs and alcohol, athletes are put under a microscope. Currently, only student athletes in Hall County schools are subjected to mandatory, random drug tests, and school officials say it seems to be working.
Break out your banjo 'cause the 12th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega this weekend proved that old time mountain music is still alive and kicking.
They're so soft!" Emily McGarr said as Rebecca Nelson nodded in agreement about the caterpillar the two had been holding moments before.
Earth Day began as a grassroots movement, but these days it's become a marketing opportunity.
Flowery Branch will celebrate Georgia Cities Week next week by offering tours of the City Administration Building, located across from City Hall, from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday.
The investigator sees it. The paramedic sees it. The coroner sees it. Teen substance abuse, particularly of prescription drugs and alcohol, leads to arrests, overdoses and deaths each year in Hall County. And while alcohol remains the most common substance abused by kids in middle school and high school, pharmaceuticals have overtaken marijuana as the so-called "gateway drug" in today's drug culture, officials say. "For the first time ...
Bo the drug dog sniffed along the lockers of his second home, East Hall High School, but when he came up empty, it was to no one's great surprise. Fewer drug seizures are made in Hall County schools these days, after the county school system and Hall County Sheriff's Office entered into an agreement last year authorizing unannounced drug searches. The drug dogs, two of whom make their ...
More than 160 cyclists will be sweeping through Gainesville on Wednesday for the sixth annual Tour de Georgia, one of the nation's elite cycling events.
"I don't think anything of this nature has ever happened in Yankee Stadium," Father Kizito Okeke said as he waited to see the popemobile pass by after the papal Mass held in New York on Sunday afternoon.
Cruise Dill admits he's an unlikely person to represent the successes of drug court. Dill reluctantly entered Hall County's felony drug court program in early 2006, only after much persuasion by his lawyer and parents. Once he was in, by his own admission, he cheated on drug tests, lied to his counselors, even lied to the judge. He missed other drug screens, was late to group therapy and didn't pay ...
Superior Court Judge Jason Deal has presided over Hall County drug court since 2006. Deal has served on the Hall County Superior Court bench since 2005. He was previously district attorney and prior to that assistant district attorney in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. Deal sat down with Times reporter Stephen Gurr to talk about the younger participants in drug court.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association is sponsoring a nationwide Citizenship Day today aimed at starting citizenship paperwork for legal immigrants. Gainesville is one of five metro Atlanta areas participating.
In three days, Amy Smith went from relief and hope for her teenage son's future to complete, utter despair over his senseless death.
SAUTEE - U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said Friday night that he will support a bill by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that would create a holiday on the federal portion of the fuel tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
They may add a colorful, springlike appearance to the front lawn of the First Baptist Church on Green Street, but the pinwheels placed there Friday afternoon signify a subject that is far from lighthearted: child abuse. "These pinwheels represent the 630 substantiated cases of abuse and neglect for 2006 here in Hall County," said Dee Dee Mize, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Gainesville. "What we're trying to do is ...
Fishing line was wrapped around a Canada gosling's leg, digging close to the bone when the bird was brought to Denise Funk's veterinarian office.
The Lake Lanier Olympic Center could soon see a rebirth if current discussions about restoring the site to its past glory bear fruit.
The work week begins with - you guessed it - a chance for more rain.
A couple of organizations that sprang out of last summer's Lake Lanier tragedies still are forging ahead, notwithstanding successes during the past Georgia General Assembly.
When the new teacher evaluation system first rolled out, there was a lot of apprehension as state leaders talked about tying the evaluations to how teachers are paid.
If your spring cleaning has stalled because you don't know what to do with piles of documents, Shred Away Cancer may be able to help.
The rain has eased up for now, but more may be on the way.
Gainesville Rotary Club Derby Party chair Chris Slate, center, greets Jerry and Leslie Williams at the Elks Club on Riverside Drive Saturday afternoon. Leslie Williams would later win the best woman's hat award at Saturday's event coinciding with the Kentucky Derby. The party, the first of a possible annual event, helped raise money for the Rotary's various charitable causes, Slate said. Partygoers paid $50 each at the door, bid on auction items such as gift ...
You might think giving away a kidney would slow 57-year-old athlete Kelly Parham down a little, but it hasn't.
While construction is rolling along on most of Ga. 347 in South Hall, the last link of that project - between McEver Road and Lake Lanier Islands - is in the throes of design.
One month after David Sanchez was killed, his family and friends said they would wear black until his killer was brought to justice.
Evelyn Franklin, co-owner of gift shop Cozy Corner on Gainesville's downtown square, said Internet retailers that don't charge sales tax on online purchases hurt her business.
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