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Drug court turns a life around

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 his fees on time. His required sponsor was little more than a name on a piece of paper.

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Q&A: Drug court judge says program helps those who want to quit

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.

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Citizenship drive set for today in Gainesville

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.

April 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Under the influence: One family's ordeal with a teen and substance abuse

In three days, Amy Smith went from relief and hope for her teenage son's future to complete, utter despair over his senseless death.

April 30, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chambliss backs McCain's gas tax holiday

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.

April 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Breaking the cycle: Pinwheels depict number of child abuse cases in Hall County

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 make everybody understand that we have a lot of work to do and the numbers speak for themselves."

April 30, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Area political parties pick delegates

The Democratic and Republican parties will hold district conventions today to select delegates to their respective national conventions.

April 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Counselor's recovery from addiction help him better treat teens

When Mike Nixon counsels teenagers at his residential drug treatment program, he can say he's lived their lives.

April 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Prescription drug abuse is growing among teens

Addiction experts say they're alarmed at the growing number of teens who are abusing prescription drugs.

April 30, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Political sparring partners visit Gainesville

James Carville and Mary Matalin never play on the same team - except when it comes to their personal lives.

April 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Riverbend to close early for bike race

Riverbend Elementary School will release students at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday for the Tour de Georgia, a 600-mile bicycle race starting Monday and traveling through Gainesville that day.

April 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


14-year-old boy faces rape charge

A Hall County grand jury returned a felony indictment against a 14-year-old boy this week on charges of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

The defendant, who is not being named by The Times because of his age and his relationship with the alleged victim, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years without parole if convicted of rape. He is also charged with aggravated child molestation and child molestation in the alleged assault, which occurred in a Hall County home on Feb. 29, according to court documents. The boy was arrested March 28 and booked at the Hall County jail ...

April 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Political activists to serve as delegates at national party conventions

Some local people will be representing Northeast Georgia at their respective party's national conventions to be held later this year, and at least three first-time delegates are excited over the opportunity.

April 30, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Vision Capital Partners in no hurry to develop big land tract

There's a new landowner in Gainesville - claiming to be the largest - and they have big plans for nearly 1,000 acres on Old Cornelia Highway.

April 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville High considers random drug screenings

Gainesville High School is beginning to look at starting random drug screening for students who participate in athletics or extracurricular activities or drive to school.

April 30, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Hall County looks to alter contract bid process

Hall County officials met last week to discuss possible changes to the way bids are solicited and contracts are awarded, particularly in regards to purchasing orders.

August 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wrestlers dive into Hall County for youth fundraising event

Hall County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chad Mann traded his khakis for a tuxedo as the emcee for the "Brawl in the Hall" benefit Saturday night in the North Hall Community Center.

August 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flash flood warning in effect overnight as storms move through

Evening thunderstorms in Northeast Georgia could bring floods, heavy winds and hail, the National Weather Service warns.

August 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Church honors slain man in school supply giveaway

In an effort to reunite the community, Voices of Faith North church is honoring a slain Gainesville man today in a school supply giveaway.

August 09, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville Legion to dedicate pavilion on Lanier

The American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post 7 is dedicating its refurbished pavilion at 11 a.m. today at 2343 Riverside Drive, Gainesville.

August 09, 2014 | | Local


Schools weather stormy conditions

August 09, 2014 | BY CARLY SHAREC AND GREG BREAZEALE | Local


Gainesville officials balk over clinic’s expansion

An area real estate firm is asking the city of Gainesville to abandon a portion of Broad Street between Prior and Spring streets so it can connect the properties it owns there, including The Longstreet Clinic building, and pave the way for potential future expansion.

August 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Special education senior relies on hard work, competitiveness

August 09, 2014 | Carly Sharec | 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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