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GED honor grad leaves crime, drugs behind, turns life around

Most days around lunchtime, Brandon Martin flashes a winning smile to customers from behind a counter of deli meats, cheeses and veggies.

August 21, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local

‘Crown Royal Bandit’ pleads guilty

A Blairsville man pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Gainesville to a string of bank robberies over 11 years that netted him more than $300,000.

August 21, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Cable outage affecting nearly 200 homes

Nearly 190 area homes are without telephone, internet or cable television service today as a result of problems at a Charter Communications cable plant in Gainesville, said a Charter representative.

August 21, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

Gainesville State continues to boom

OAKWOOD - You don't have to tell John Schmidt that Gainesville State College is in the midst of an ongoing growth explosion.

August 20, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local

Local utilities warn of possible scams

Local utilities are warning customers to be wary of giving out personal and financial information to just anyone.

August 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

Area colleges rank high in report

Brenau University, North Georgia College & State University and Piedmont College ranked among the nation's best in higher education, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2010 edition of America's Best Colleges.

August 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local

How does work affect you? Get your story in the paper

The Times is planning a series of stories during Labor Day weekend on how we work in Northeast Georgia. To help with our coverage, we'd like input from our readers. How has your work status changed in the last year? Have you been laid off or changed what do you for a living? Are you holding down extra jobs to pick up more money? Are recent graduates finding it tough to land a job in today's labor market? Drop us a line at (with "work" in the subject line) or send to Work, Times Newsroom ...

August 20, 2009 | | Local

Defendants ask judge to dismiss motorsports park lawsuit

DAWSONVILLE - The parties named in a lawsuit aimed at blocking plans for a motorsports country club in western Dawson County hope a judge will dismiss the case next month.

The city of Dawsonville, EHK (Ernie Elliott) Investments and Jeremy Porter, founder of Atlanta Motorsports Park, have filed motions to dismiss the civil suit.

August 20, 2009 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local

Probe continues in shooting death of robbery suspect

CUMMING - The investigation continues into the fatal shooting of a suspected bank robber at a south Forsyth gas station.

August 20, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local

Conference aims to help those who help kids

The Children's Center for Hope & Healing will hold its first educational conference today for people who work with young victims of sexual abuse.

August 20, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Rain, lower temperatures help stabilize Lake Lanier

At last, rain has returned to summer in Hall County, bringing with it slightly lower and more bearable temperatures.

August 20, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Jobless rate shows glimmer of hope for economy

Unemployment rates may be higher now than they were at this time last year, but labor officials are optimistic that things are starting to turn around.

August 20, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Ponzi schemer Spell gets a dozen years in federal prison

A self-described "master of deceit" who bilked dozens of investors out of at least $16 million in the largest fraud in Hall County history was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in federal prison.

August 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Four lanes now open on Ga. 13 across I-985 in South Hall

Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway in South Hall is now open to four lanes of travel - two lanes in each direction - between Frontage Road and Blackshear Place Baptist Church.

August 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

Rabid skunk in North Hall is county's 15th case this year

The Gainesville-Hall County Animal Control Department today confirmed the county's 15th rabies case of the year involving a skunk in North Hall.

The rabid skunk came in contact with three dogs Monday in the Green Drive area. The animal was shipped the next day to the Georgia Public Health Lab-Virology Section in Decatur, where it was confirmed to be rabid.

August 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

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Shore Sweep set for Saturday on Lake Lanier

The Lake Lanier Association and volunteers from the community will pick up trash along the lake's shores in the group's 27th annual Shore ...

September 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Body found Wednesday in Lake Lanier identified as Flowery Branch man

A body found earlier this week in a shallow area of Lake Lanier has been identified as that of a Flowery Branch man. Exactly how ...

September 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

UGA political expert: Boehner got ‘tired of fighting’ right wing

Ultra-conservatives celebrating House Speaker John Boehner's departure from Congress might want to tap the brakes a bit, University of Georgia political science professor Charles ...

September 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Commerce man killed in Friday morning wreck

A Commerce man died following a two-car wreck Friday morning near the intersection of Shirley and Mount Vernon roads in North Hall, according to Sgt ...

September 25, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Hall Commission OKs rezoning for disabled adults community

"Just" People scored a big victory Thursday night at the Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting.

September 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Gainesville council candidates share thoughts on transportation, taxes, voting districts

It was seen as a win for the city of Gainesville.

September 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Ask The Times: Schools have parking security guards

I read that a security guard at a local school contacted the school resource officer about a man on West Hall High School's campus ...

September 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Authorities: Family thought man's BB gun was real gun

A man driving with his family told Hall County authorities he was afraid a fellow driver had a real gun pointed at him, according to ...

September 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Planned Savannah port expansion could affect Hall

Gainesville may be nearly 300 miles from the Port of Savannah, but the impact of a planned $142 million expansion and improvement project could hit ...

September 24, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Indictments: Prisoners used cellphones to run crime rings

ATLANTA - Gangs at some Georgia prisons have been using cellphones to traffic drugs, smuggle in contraband, steal identities and, in at least one case, to ...

September 24, 2015 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press | Local

Wood’s Mill, Gainesville students get lifelong skills through joint class

There's a class at Wood's Mill High School in Gainesville that teaches a variety of job readiness skills, including resume building, professionalism and ...

September 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Former Cumming police sergeant focus of FBI probe

September 24, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local

Demolition is underway on old Clarks Bridge

Demolition of the old Clarks Bridge on Lake Lanier in Gainesville has started, but the work shouldn't affect traffic flow across the new bridge ...

September 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Hall County unemployment rate drops below 5 percent

The jobless rate in Hall County is headed back in the right direction.

September 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

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