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17-month-old ingests meth; father is charged

A Buford man was arrested on charges related to his 17-month-old daughter accidentally ingesting methamphetamine, police said.

Heriberto Benitez-Perez, 28, was charged with third-degree cruelty to children and possession of a controlled substance, Gwinnett police Cpl. David Schiralli said.

January 21, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville votes to build pump station; sewer lines may not come soon

Sewer service is coming to the south side of Gainesville - one day.

January 21, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Woman run over by vehicle is in stable condition Tuesday

A woman who was run over on Brown Street while she laid on the road Monday night was in stable condition at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's intensive care unit Tuesday.

January 21, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Local residents tune in to historic inauguration

As required by the U.S. Constitution, the swearing-in of President Barack Obama took place around noon today.

January 20, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


READ: Text of President Obama's inaugural address

Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Tuesday, as prepared for delivery and released by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

My fellow citizens:

January 20, 2009 | | Local




Obama's inauguration 'a major watershed in global history'

Today, we all become part of history.

January 20, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Serving selflessly: Even in DC, Hall is active

WASHINGTON - As the nation's capital teemed with millions of men, women and children hungry for change Monday, thousands of people showed up at Washington's RFK Stadium to be the change they seek.

January 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Local Democrats savor victory with trip to DC

WASHINGTON - After months of campaigning for the Democratic presidential candidate, who was the underdog in conservative Hall County, local Democrats will have their heyday today.

January 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


West Hall students get hands-on learning in DC

WASHINGTON - More than a dozen West Hall Middle School students are spending this week in the Washington area learning about the history of America's civil rights movement and our nation's progressive leaders.

January 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


State's Democrats might help Georgia get stimulus money

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has heard the promises of help from Washington, but is not waiting on an influx of federal dollars to begin working on the state's projected $2.2 billion budget shortfall.

January 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Despite economy, industrial park likely to proceed

In spite of the economic downturn, Gainesville and Hall County will likely move forward with the construction of a planned industrial park.

January 20, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Racial graffiti found at fire

CUMMING - Authorities are investigating a suspicious weekend house fire they say occurred while the homeowner, a single mother of three, was in Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration.

January 19, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Expect another day of frigid cold

If you were looking for a reprieve from the biting cold weather Tuesday, you are out of luck, but there is still hope that warmer temperatures will arrive Wednesday.

January 19, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall deputies search for escaped inmate

The Hall County Sheriff's Office of Internal Affairs is investigating why jail officials failed to realize an inmate of the Hall County Jail had escaped until 24 hours after the inmate went missing.

Police believe 24-year-old Obiel Pineda-Pardo escaped when he was allowed to take out the trash around 7 a.m. Friday, but he was not reported missing until after a Saturday morning head count.

January 19, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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How Gainesville schools are changing grading practices

Gainesville schools have changed the way they grade middle school students, but the change is not a drastic one, according to Sarah Bell, the district's chief academic officer.

October 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville Civic Center hosts mother-son Halloween dance

From pirates to rock stars and everything in between, area mothers and sons donned their best Halloween costumes Thursday for a night of dancing at the Gainesville Civic Center. The mother-son dance served as a way for family members to bond with one another, while also continuing a tradition that has gone on for the past 11 years. Every costume from the funny to the scary was seen, as attendees showed off their dance moves for all to see.

October 24, 2014 | Alison Marchman | Local


Hall officials want more info on rail crossing before making next move

The controversy over whether to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing continues unabated after the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday night delayed a decision on abandoning the road.

October 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


First ladies reminisce about time in Governor's Mansion

Some people might expect life in the Governor's Mansion to be stuffy or formal, but Georgia's first ladies say it was filled with laughter and family.

October 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville workshop to focus on starting a business

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in Gainesville will offer the following workshop for individuals who are interested in either starting or growing a new venture.

October 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Morning wreck injures 4 in North Forsyth

Two adults and two children were hospitalized Thursday morning after a near head-on collision at the entrance to Silver City Elementary School by the Forsyth-Dawson County line.

October 23, 2014 | | Local


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


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