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Fraud victim tracked suspect to Clermont

It took Robert Hodges eight years to find Wendell Spell and get back the $17,000 he was owed.

October 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Schools cut budgets amid dark economic times

Hall County educators are slashing the school system's budget now to be "better safe than sorry" as the state and national budget pictures continue to darken.

October 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Collins: Being a chaplain in Iraq requires communication

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

October 25, 2008 | Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Flowery Branch City Council to negotiate buyback from developer

The Flowery Branch City Council voted Monday to negotiate buying back sewer and water tap fees from a company that, because of the stalled housing market, has put off plans for a townhome development.

October 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Paying with cash won’t necessarily get you a better deal

Cash on the barrel head.

October 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville property tax bills (almost) are in the mail

Gainesville property owners can expect their tax bills to arrive in the next week.

October 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Changes under way at WNEG-TV

If you tuned in to WNEG-TV, Channel 32 out of Toccoa, on Sunday afternoon expecting to see a football game between the Steelers and the Bengals, you may have been surprised to see the Roughriders take on the Tiger-Cats instead.

October 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Back in the golden days: Dahlonega event attracts hundreds

DAHLONEGA - The annual fall festival "Gold Rush Days," sponsored this year by the Dahlonega Jaycees, drew hundreds to the Northeast Georgia town this past weekend for a mix of arts and crafts and tasty food.

October 23, 2008 | Megan Gill | Local


Help with bills difficult to get when agencies run dry

Volunteers with the Ministry of Caring at First Baptist Church in Gainesville told Jennifer Tanner that because of increased pleas for assistance, it was a fluke that the program had funds available recently when she asked for help paying the power bill.

October 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Man gets 18 months for rolling back used vehicles’ odometers

A Buford man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for rolling back odometers on used cars and trucks to make the vehicles more valuable, the Justice Department announced Friday.

October 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


History center’s Aaron video wins national award

The Northeast Georgia History Center's video documentary on the life of local golf legend Tommy Aaron has won the prestigious Pegasus Award of Excellence for 2008.

October 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Officials hope new design thwarts manhole cover thefts

Thieves always will steal valuable metals like gold and silver, but you know the economy stinks when thieves start taking steel manhole covers.

October 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Meet your government: Sheriff's spokesman wears many hats

Jeff Strickland may be the most-quoted man in The Times.

October 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Area meetings

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

October 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Pedestrian dies after being struck by car

A Gainesville man died after he was struck late Friday by a car as he walked across Browns Bridge Road.

October 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Officials: West Hall Middle administrators manipulated test data

Two former administrators at West Hall Middle School were censured for manipulating Adequate Yearly Progress numbers in 2010, officials confirmed this month.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class Notes: UNG partners with neurological facility

Students at the University of North Georgia will soon have internship opportunities at a special facility for patients with neurological disorders.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$750K grant to fund Department of Juvenile Justice service program

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice received a $750,000 federal grant for a re-entry program, with the intent to have a pilot program identified by next month.

October 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


No one hurt in Atlanta Highway house fire

No one was injured in house fire Sunday evening on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, fire officials said.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville center to provide counseling for abused boys

Nearly one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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