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Former prosecutor gets probation

A judge who viewed a former Banks County prosecutor as a victim spared him from serving time behind bars in connection with a theft scheme that netted former District Attorney Tim Madison six years in prison.

April 05, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Frozen fears: Farmers hope peach buds remain alive Tuesday morning

With acres of peach trees in bloom, a visit from Old Man Winter is about the last thing Drew Echols wanted Monday night.

April 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Girl Scouts confirm: Emily 'Sissy' Lawson is a Woman of Distinction

Emily Lawson has always been known as a woman of distinction.

April 05, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lanes will close in 3 road projects

U.S. 129: The inside shoulders will be closed daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday starting at Ridge Road to Athens Street for removal of curb and gutter. The inside lane of U.S. 129 may also be closed for equipment to work in the area.

April 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


At Lake Lanier Islands, PineIsle Resort's walls come tumbling down

A few well-worn mattresses piled in a parking lot were among the last signs of PineIsle Resort at Lake Lanier Islands.

April 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall may help Gainesville pay for sewer

Hall County government may consider assisting the city of Gainesville in funding the $11.5 million sewer project along Ga. 129, Hall County Administrator Jim Shuler said Monday.

Gainesville Public Utilities Director Kelly Randall updated the Hall County Board of Commissioners Monday on the progress of the city's Athens Highway sewer project that is divided into three phases, virtually all of which are located within Hall County.

April 05, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville woman living with end-stage melanoma warns that skin cancer is potentially deadly

It seems hard to believe that what looks like a small discoloration on your skin could kill you.

Maybe that's why people tend to think skin cancer is no big deal, if they even think about it at all.

April 05, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville ranks in Forbes list

The Southeast is home to half of the top 10 best places for business and careers for a third straight year in Forbes annual ranking.

April 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Ideas differ on success of women in workplace

Gainesville State College students squared off Monday afternoon to debate the existence of barriers for women in the workplace as part of the school's Great Gender Debate.

Five Gainesville State College students - three women and two men - comprised a student panel that debated the realities of the theorized "glass ceiling" and affirmative action, as well as the effect Mattel's unrealistically proportioned Barbie doll has on young girls.

April 05, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Health care faces crisis, Deal says

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, told members of the Rotary Club of Gainesville on Monday that a financial crisis looms in the federally funded Medicare program a decade from now.

Deal, ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Health, told the civic club that a significant population in the 9th Congressional District, which he represents, is already dependent on government health care programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. The 9th District includes Hall County and 14 other counties in Northeast Georgia.

April 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


PineIsle Resort to be leveled to make room for $100 million hotel

BUFORD - When it opened 34 years ago, the PineIsle Resort was the crown jewel of Lake Lanier. The hotel was the first major venue at Lake Lanier Islands and continued to be a popular destination for both tourists and conventions.

The 254-room hotel went through a succession of owners. The final one, Marriott Corp., closed the hotel on Nov. 4, 2005. The terms of the lease of the remaining portion of the islands gave control of the closed PineIsle to Gwinnett businessman Virgil Williams, who holds the 50-year lease of the islands.

April 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Facing foreclosure? Nonprofit group gets federal grant to offer support

In eight years with Home Development Resources, Mary Ledbetter, the organization's executive director, said she has never experienced a foreclosure rate as high as the one that plagues Hall County.

April 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Homer Easter hunt boasts 100,000 eggs

HOMER - What does it take to assemble Georgia's Largest Easter Egg Hunt?

How about 100,000 individually wrapped candy eggs, 100 plastic prize eggs, volunteers and 10 acres of prime egg-hunting real estate.

April 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Navigators help guide cancer patients at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Being diagnosed with cancer is like being thrown into a maze and not knowing how to find your way out.

April 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Pews will fill with holiday faithful

Drive by any church in the Gainesville area today and you're likely to see a lot more cars than usual.

April 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Judge won’t restrict hearings access in murder case

A Hall County judge denied a defense motion to restrict public access to the pretrial hearings for an upcoming murder trial.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gibbs signs on as new Dawson schools chief

After a 14-day waiting period, the Dawson County school system officially has a new superintendent.

April 16, 2014 | By David Renner Times regional staff | Local


Tuition to rise for all students at state colleges

DAHLONEGA - Tuition is going up for Georgia students at all 31 state colleges and universities under a budget plan approved Tuesday by the state Board of Regents, including the largest increase of $372 more per semester for Georgia Tech undergraduates.

April 16, 2014 | By Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Local


Justus approved as West Hall High principal

Eight years ago, while coaching a summer baseball game, Scott Justus got the call to see if he was interested in pursuing an assistant principal's job at West Hall High School.

April 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Renovated downtown building open for business

An old red brick building in downtown Lula is once again open for business after decades of neglect.

April 14, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council may ease pawnshop rules

A second reading and final vote on easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located will be heard when Gainesville City Council meets tonight.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Basin group moves forward on water plan

A private group with a vested interest in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin has asked its consultants to begin drafting a water management plan for the basin.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gateway to Hope plans night of fun for good cause

The annual Gateway to Hope fundraiser set for Friday aims tobenefit victims of domestic violence.

April 14, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Plane ran out of gas before landing on U.S. 441

A single-engine Cessna plane that had to make an emergency landing on U.S. 441 in Commerce on Sunday morning appears to have run out of gas.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall school board moves forward on bonus pay plan

A draft plan featuring educator bonuses as part of the federal Race to the Top program was approved Monday night by the Hall County Board of Education.

April 14, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville City Schools lowers graduation requirement

Gainesville High School students now need only 23 credits to graduate, down from 24 last year and 28 just a few years ago.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Woman charged in hit-and-run at school bus stop

A Dahlonega woman has been charged in a hit-and-run at a school bus stop that resulted in minor injuries to two Hall County schoolchildren.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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