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Man gets 20 years in kidnapping case

A Flowery Branch man avoided a life sentence but still received a lengthy prison term for holding a former girlfriend against her will and beating her.

October 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Assault trial alleges witness tampering

A Gainesville man with a long history with local law enforcement was convicted Friday of an armed home invasion burglary, despite the victims' reluctance to point him out in court.

Prosecutors said that reluctance may have stemmed from efforts by the defendant to influence their testimony.

October 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


2008 tax bills on their way to a home near you

It's that time of year again.

October 01, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


The fishing's great, and today it's free

If you like the great outdoors, thank a hunter or a fisherman.

October 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rezoning could mean new Flowery Branch hotel

Another hotel in Flowery Branch?

October 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Short gas supplies won't nip North Georgians' travel bug

Gasoline may be in short supply, but that isn't changing people's plans to travel this weekend and filling up their tanks in preparation, according to AAA.

October 01, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Local doctor prepares for third tour in Iraq

At age 59, Dr. Philip Marler is being deployed to Iraq for the third time.

October 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


State Patrol post to get a new home

When Gainesville's Georgia State Patrol Post 6 first opened, Carl Sanders was governor and Ford Galaxie patrol cars pulled out onto Cleveland Highway.

Today, in the era of Sonny Perdue and Dodge Chargers, the 20-plus troopers and support staff who work out of the 42-year-old building are looking forward to getting newer, larger facilities that will increase the profile for local state patrol operations.

October 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Where does SPLOST money go?

Hall County government officials addressed the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce at its Thursday meeting about capital projects on the upcoming SPLOST VI referendum.

September 30, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


16 Northeast Georgia schools awarded grants

Sixteen area high schools received a total of $98,000 in grant funding Wednesday from North Georgia College & State University's Georgia Appalachian Center for Higher Education. The funds were awarded to help encourage students to finish high school and pursue a college degree.

September 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Assault defendant could face life in prison

A Hall County man faces the possibility of a mandatory sentence of life in prison as a jury continues to deliberate his case today.

September 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Wrigley gets OK to merge with Mars

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. announced Thursday that its stockholders have overwhelmingly approved the adoption of a merger agreement with Mars Inc.

September 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Baldwin appointed state court judge

Hall County Solicitor-General Larry Baldwin was named to a newly-created third state court judgeship Thursday by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

September 30, 2008 | | Local


Hall commission approves building South Hall community center

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to begin construction on the Mulberry Creek Community Center in South Hall and to approve a lease agreement with Northeast Georgia Health Systems to operate the county's primary care clinic at a board meeting Thursday morning.

September 30, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Man found dead after mobile home fire

Authorities spent Thursday afternoon investigating a fire at a singlewide mobile home where the body of a man was found.

September 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Gainesville may increase service fee instead of water rate

After deadlocking earlier this month on whether to raise water rates 1 percent, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote to try and end the stalemate Tuesday night.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Glades Reservoir: County holds off on seeking loans as project delays mount

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $26 million in loans this week for three reservoir projects, but the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County was not one of them.

While county officials have requested about $14.5 million in direct investment from the state - which does not require any payback - through the Governor's Water Supply Program, they did not apply for a loan.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family honors Keaton Coker with charity

When Keaton Coker was struggling with brain cancer, his positivity was so persistent his family found it almost hard to believe.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bricks help build memorial

Area veterans replaced old sidewalk with new bricks Wednesday at a war memorial in Gainesville's Rock Creek Park. The bricks are inscribed with the names of people who have donated money for improvements to the park's memorials, including a planned archway. More than 200 inscribed bricks were installed.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Commissioner of DJJ appointed to state council

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to be chairman of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

August 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman arrested at rally

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


One person qualifies for Clermont council seat

Eric Thomas is the lone candidate in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Carter picks up support from state's teachers' group

ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter picked up the endorsement of one of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia on Wednesday, a move that was largely expected but helped him underscore a central message of his campaign against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Humanist group not satisfied with school system’s response on religious activity

A humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of leading students in prayer is not backing down after receiving a letter on behalf of the school district stating it will ensure all staff, students' and residents' rights are protected.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, responded to the letter by alleging that religious activity is continuing at the school and in fact "these practices have been ongoing, pervasive and longstanding."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


District responds to letter: Prayers occurred a year ago

Hall County Schools' response to a letter from a humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of illegally leading students in prayer during football games and practices says the alleged offenses happened "almost a year ago."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


No candidates yet in special election

Today's the last chance for candidates to emerge in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Loan to boost Oakwood sewer plans

Braselton received a state loan Tuesday that will enable Oakwood to tap into a long-anticipated sewer project involving the two cities.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall GOP unveils new headquarters

Local officials, state representatives and conservative voters turned out Tuesday night for the grand opening of the Hall County Republican Party's headquarters in Gainesville.

August 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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