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 ...
Flowery Branch is moving toward a fiscal 2013-14 budget with the tax rate remaining the same, but with local option sales taxes remaining an unknown factor because of an ongoing dispute between Hall County and the cities.
The 2013 graduating class of Gainesville High School has many accomplished students who are destined to do something meaningful with their lives.
Gainesville High School's broadcast journalism class will be streaming live coverage of the school's graduation ceremony tonight.
The Powerball jackpot is at an estimated $562 million, the second highest in the game's history. Like with all big jackpots, that means many people are thinking about what they could do with that huge chunk of change, which can be doled out over 29 years or paid in a cash option of about $352.1 million. So, let's hear it. What would you do with the money?
In conjunction with National Police Week and the honoring of fallen officers, the Gainesville Police Department is lit up blue at night.
Hall County held a public budget open house Thursday evening, and one resident came.
The city of Gainesville is moving forward to create a land bank, and the next step is talking to Hall County.
Dawson County's chief tax appraiser has resigned following his arrest last week on misdemeanor drug charges.
A Dawsonville man was arrested Monday morning after he reportedly attempted to set fire to his home on Duck Thurmond Road last week.
Laurel Park's boat ramp will be closed Saturday during the Hawgin' on Lanier barbecue event.
ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Wednesday putting in place restrictions on a set of academic standards adopted by the state that have faced growing opposition in recent months by tea party and conservative groups.
Law enforcement officers joined Gov. Nathan Deal at the Laurel Park Boat Ramp on Wednesday to deliver the message that a blood alcohol content of .08 is the law of the land and the water.
Gainesville school officials and police were still working Wednesday to determine the identity of the third person involved in vandalism at Gainesville High School.
An icon of Southern style helped a Gainesville elementary school boost its aesthetic appeal Wednesday morning.
SAVANNAH - A water-projects bill approved Wednesday by the U.S. Senate contains a provision that would remove a bureaucratic obstacle to deepening the Savannah harbor if the measure becomes law.