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Cocaine seized in South Hall worth $500,000, official says

Hall County authorities seized more than 10 pounds of cocaine worth half a million dollars Monday in a "buy-bust" operation, officials announced Tuesday.

April 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ex-worker says Gainesville retaliated by eliminating his job

The city's Public Works Department eliminated its engineering services administrator position Thursday, a move that City Manager Kip Padgett said was an effort to cut costs.

April 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Academy day could become good investment for military hopefuls

Students who are considering applying to a military academy may want to think about attending the upcoming Military Academy Day at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Atlanta.

April 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lanier Park ER to shut its doors at midnight tonight

At midnight tonight, something will happen at the emergency room at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park campus that hasn't happened since it opened: The doors will be locked.

April 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Purple Passion: Wednesday sales, paint campaign raise money to fight and awareness about cancer

You may not need an excuse to shop or eat dinner out Wednesday, but the American Cancer Society will reap the benefits if you partake.

April 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Can you spell literacy? This bee helps raise money for reading classes

Put on your thinking caps and get ready to spell. The 18th annual spelling bee for the Gainesville/Hall Alliance for Literacy is 7 tonight at Pearce Auditorium.

April 27, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Gainesville Fire Department rules chicken-cooking contest

Gainesville Fire Department cleaned up at Saturday's Spring Chicken Festival, winning three awards and taking home the Grand Champion prize for its finger-licking chicken cooking.

April 27, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Jackson County eases watering restrictions

Recent rains have spurred the Jackson County Water and Sewer Authority to update previous outdoor watering restrictions.

April 27, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Official: Northeast Ga. is prepared for a flu pandemic

Local officials said though there haven't been any confirmed cases of swine flu in Georgia, they are prepared for a pandemic.

April 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Rep. Deal may join 2010 governor's race

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal is seriously considering a bid for governor and could make an announcement as early as this week, sources close to the nine-term congressman said Monday.

April 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Surgeon: Cagle’s surgery a ‘success’

The surgeon who operated on Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle says the procedure was a success and that his patient's prognosis is good.

April 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Working from home can be good when business is blue

When times get tough, the tough get creative, at least that is the case with local entrepreneurs.

April 27, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Official wants governments to prepare now for 2010 census

A senior partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau told officials gathered Monday at the Frances Meadows center that although the 2010 Census is months away, the time to prepare is now.

April 27, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Joan Sheffield to retire from Gainesville after 9 years

Gainesville Human Resources Director Joan Sheffield announced her retirement Monday.

"I appreciate the opportunity and job fulfillment my position has provided me. After much thoughtful contemplation, however, I have decided to retire from public service effective Friday, June 26th," Sheffield said. "Gainesville is a great place to be, and I will certainly miss the many relationships I have acquired over these past nine years."

April 27, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Cleveland traffic upgrades up and running

Traffic and pedestrian improvements to the Cleveland square are finally completed.

April 27, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Tumbling Circle controversy brings 1968 tragedy to mind

Controversial railroad crossings are nothing new in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Accident history of railroad crossing in dispute

Accident reports obtained by The Times contradict a 2013 Georgia Department of Transportation assertion that five fatalities have occurred as a result of collisions between automobiles and trains at the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hospital must pay $8.4 million after boy’s injury at birth

A jury has ruled Northeast Georgia Medical Center must award $8.4 million to the family of a boy who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy following an injury at his 2008 birth.

October 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ report calls out governor’s Water Supply Program

An environmental watchdog group's annual "Dirty Dozen" report criticizes Gov. Nathan Deal's $300 million Water Supply Program, which includes an undetermined amount for the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Cleveland Bypass set for end of April completion

The Cleveland Bypass is now slated for an April 30 completion, with the Tucker-based contractor facing fines for missing the original July 31 deadline.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students learn from business pros

Business students at North Hall High School did some job shadowing Tuesday at what may sound like an unusual place - Memorial Park Funeral Home.

October 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Volunteers clear area for nature preserve

Ricoh Americas employees removed non-native invasive plants as part of the company's volunteer day in conjunction with the upcoming USA Weekend's Make A Difference Day, which is Saturday. Ricoh Americas employees volunteered to clear the future parking lot site of the Linwood Nature Preserve. Headquartered in Japan, the Ricoh company has a Gainesville branch about 1 mile from the 30-acre site off Thompson Bridge Road. The company used its volunteer day to help Hall County Master Gardeners and members of The Redbud Project prepare the preserve for future use. Another work day at the preserve will be held ...

October 22, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


‘The Rookie’ shares his tale at gala

Jim Morris was a slightly overweight, 35-year-old high school teacher with a bad arm when he reluctantly tried out for a professional baseball team.

October 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Spout Springs project bumped to No. 2 on priority list

Transportation planners have reshuffled priorities in a long-range plan for Gainesville-Hall County, now making Spout Springs Road widening its No. 2 project.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Politics of Ebola: Nunn, Perdue make virus part of campaign rhetoric

The few diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States are no longer simply a public health issue.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sheriff's office has 30 days to appeal civil service ruling

Sheriff Gerald Couch will have 30 days to appeal the Hall County Civil Service Board decision regarding two former deputies, County Attorney Bill Blalock said.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Driver charged with DUI in Athens Highway crash

One of the drivers in the Monday crash on Athens Highway has been charged with driving under the influence and failure to yield, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to craft brewery

Gainesville City Council gave the final go-ahead Tuesday night for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County fighting closing of Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

Hall County officials are fighting a Georgia Department of Transportation order to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing, though it appears state law may supersede the county's wishes.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT readies for winter with ‘salt barn’

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of some sunny, fall days to better respond as needed to frigid, snowy winter days.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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