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Arrest made in Barrow County pot-growing operation

Narcotics investigators from the Barrow County Sheriff's Office have arrested and charged Lonnie Jones, 55, of Statham in connection with growing marijuana at his residence.

The sheriff's office received information about Jones manufacturing marijuana, which led to an undercover operation in which narcotics investigators were able to develop enough evidence to obtain a search warrant.

April 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County, Gainesville officials bicker over old jail

In a highly combative board meeting Thursday, the Hall County Board of Commissioners couldn't seem to agree on anything, much less with the handful of Gainesville officials present.

April 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Enota installs new water tower for outdoor garden classroom

What started out as a basic, green field has blossomed into an outdoor learning experience for Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy students.

April 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Celebration of Passover recalls Jewish exodus from Egypt

Early Wednesday morning, Janice and Steve Liederman began their trip to west Florida to celebrate the first night of Jewish Passover with their son and 4-year-old granddaughter.

April 10, 2009 | Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson school board submits letter to be charter

The Jefferson City Board of Education unanimously voted Thursday to move forward with possibly transitioning to a charter school system

April 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


United Community Bank robbed in Commerce

Commerce police are investigating a bank robbery Thursday morning.

The suspect, a black man wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, entered United Community Bank on Homer Road at about 9:30 a.m.

April 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville student is first runner-up in youth of year contest

Gainesville High School junior Teryan Rucker was selected as the first runner-up for the statewide Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year competition.

April 10, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Holy Week: Christians reflect on Jesus’ last days

Today is Good Friday, the most solemn day of Holy Week leading up to Easter.

April 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville unemployment claims up 249% over last year

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that 96,306 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for state unemployment insurance benefits in March, an increase of 126.3 percent from March 2008.

April 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Council rejects charging fire sprinkler fees to Gainesville businesses

Some members of the Gainesville City Council are not having an easy time swallowing proposed fees from the Public Utilities Department.

April 09, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Forsyth arson suspect found in Commerce hospital

CUMMING - An arson suspect sought for more than a week after she apparently skipped town was hospitalized today in Commerce for a possible drug overdose, authorities said.

April 09, 2009 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Former loan officer gets prison for mortgage fraud scheme

Andrew John Smith, 29, of Cleveland, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William C. O'Kelley in Gainesville to serve more than three years in prison on a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bank, wire and mail fraud arising from a mortgage fraud scheme.

April 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Perdue certifies list of stimulus road projects

Gov. Sonny Perdue said today that he has submitted the required certification on 67 road projects around Georgia that will be financed by the $787 billion federal stimulus bill signed by President Barack Obama in February.

April 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Forsyth commissioners OK funds for 2 lake groups

CUMMING - Forsyth County plans to fund two organizations that advocate for Lake Lanier.

April 08, 2009 | By Frank Reddy Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson will hold ‘kindergarten roundup’

This day has been five years in the making, and now it's time for parents to register their children for kindergarten for the 2009-10 school year.

April 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Jingle Mingle brings chicken lighting, celebration to downtown Gainesville

A family-filled event included kiddie train rides and free horse-drawn carriage rides with the evening culminating in the lighting of the Main Street Market's Holiday Chicken, which sits atop the building. This year's lighting was accompanied by a sound and light show by Deb and Don Harkrider. Adults could also marvel at the beautifully lit trees adorning the square. Stores on the square decorated for the season and extended their hours, allowing shoppers extra time to find and purchase Christmas gifts.

November 21, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Hall County man reported missing

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man reported missing since Tuesday afternoon.

November 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Concerns emerge as Kubota deal moves forward

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has approved a rezoning needed for the estimated $100 million expansion of Kubota Manufacturing of America into the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man killed in West Avenue shooting in Gainesville

Gainesville police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting on West Avenue that led to a 21-year-old's death.

November 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Foundation honors two couples for philanthropy

Two area couples were honored Thursday for their generosity and service to the community at an annual philanthropy luncheon.

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man surrenders following standoff at Laurel Park

A man suspected of child enticement surrendered to authorities following an hour-and-a-half standoff Thursday at Laurel Park.

November 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County Schools projector installations underway

The traditional classroom setting, with students poring over notes and teachers scribbling on chalkboards, is a thing of the past.

November 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville approves new guidelines for tax district funding

Gainesville City Council has approved new policies and procedures for the ways redevelopment projects seeking Tax Allocation District financing are evaluated and approved.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula hopes to restore its caboose, a downtown fixture

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annual deer hunt closes southern corps’ parks

November 20, 2014 | Times regional staff | 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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