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Man gets two years for Wal-Mart bomb threat

A Rabun County man was sentenced to two years in prison today in federal court in Gainesville for phoning a bomb threat to a Wal-Mart store.

Thomas Narron, Sr., 44, of Rebecca pleaded guilty to making threatening communications.

January 22, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson elementary schools focus on getting students caught up

Officials at the two elementary schools within the Jefferson school system realize that most students aren't magicians.

January 22, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Invasive species eating up Georgia, but DNR has a plan

Any living thing that's in a place where it's not supposed to be can cause trouble.

January 22, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Judges take turns on bench in death-penalty hearing

The death penalty case of Allan Robert Dickie will have had four different superior court judges presiding before it gets close to coming to trial.

January 22, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville business owner becomes a US citizen

President Barack Obama made history by taking an oath on Tuesday, but the oath Jose Covarrubias took Wednesday in Atlanta made Jan. 21 a big day for him.

January 22, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tax collections are down in Hall County this year

The Hall County Board of Commissioners requested an update on tax collections from Tax Commissioner Keith Echols at its work session Wednesday.

January 22, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch closer to adding traffic light at crossroads

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch appears closer to getting a traffic light installed at the busy intersection of Thurmon Tanner Parkway and Phil Niekro Boulevard.

January 21, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville State gets $100,855 from Wal-Mart

OAKWOOD - The Wal-Mart State Giving Foundation has made a $100,855 donation to Gainesville State College to create a Wal-Mart Scholars program for male and minority students seeking a degree in early childhood education.

January 21, 2009 | | Local


Locals who made the trip endured lines to see history made

WASHINGTON - More than a handful of Hall Countians can now legitimately flaunt the "I was there" buttons vendors were hawking up and down the streets of Washington.

January 21, 2009 | By Jessica Jordan and Harris Blackwood The Times | Local


Local retailers pulling peanut butter products

The FDA's growing list of recalled products containing peanut butter connected to a salmonella outbreak is changing daily, and grocers expect more foods to be pulled from shelves as the probe into a Blakely processing plant continues.

January 21, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lila Cooley: Cold and crowds worth the effort

I'm tired. I'm still cold and shivering despite the fact that I'm sitting in the warmth of a heated house. My nose is running uncontrollably. My voice is hoarse due to a combination of excessive talking and a lack of sleep.

January 21, 2009 | By Lila Kate Cooley For The Times | Local


Jefferson schools consider becoming a charter system

The Jefferson City School System is thinking about leaving tradition behind and joining a growing group of charter school systems.

January 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Fire marshal won’t confirm racial motivations behind blaze at Obama supporter's house

CUMMING - William Morrow still is in disbelief, struggling to come to grips with the suspicious fire that destroyed his daughter's house Sunday morning.

January 21, 2009 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


No one injured when smoke fills nursing home

A fire alarm Tuesday night at a nursing home turned out to be just an electrical problem that caused some smoke, according to a fire official.

January 21, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Police: Suwanee man tried to sell marijuana to undercover officers

Gainesville authorities arrested a Suwanee man who tried to sell two pounds of marijuana to undercover officers Friday, police said Tuesday.

The arrest occurred on McEver extension, Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad commander Lt. Scott Ware said.

January 21, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Almost 400 jobs available between Wal-Mart, Lanier Islands hiring

Gainesville's jobless rate took a big drop in September, and with Lake Lanier Islands Resort and Wal-Mart hiring for new operations, it's likely to continue falling.

October 23, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


Halloween haunts: Area attractions focus on fun and safety

Some corn mazes are supposed to be scary. But corn maze operators want customers scared for the right reasons and say they invest time and money to ensure safety.

October 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Deal promises review of Georgia's school funding

October 23, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall SWAT takes part in child porn seizure

Hall County SWAT team worked with 28 local, state and federal agencies in a three-month child pornography investigation, leading to 18 arrests Wednesday.

October 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Forsyth releases more courthouse attack details

By the time Dennis Marx drove onto the Forsyth County Courthouse plaza June 6 and started a gunbattle with sheriff's deputies, he had already shot himself in the leg, according to information authorities released Tuesday.

October 23, 2014 | BY JIM DEAN Times regional staff | Local


Lanier Tech upgrades dental lab

As an educator, David Byers is full of enthusiasm and pride.

October 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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


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