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Hester gets life in prison for murder

Troy Hester apologized Wednesday to the family of murder victim Allison Brownell but stopped short of admitting he shot her, while his attorney continued to maintain the convicted killer's innocence.

March 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Spell’s former employees exonerated

Three people who worked for Ponzi schemer Wendell Spell's heavy equipment company have been dropped as defendants in a lawsuit filed by 16 former investors.

March 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Tax allocation district amendment likely will sail to approval

School tax money may be available for redevelopment projects in Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Oakwood this year if a constitutional amendment passes through the state Senate as easily as it did the House.

March 25, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville breaks ground on its future public safety building

About a week after county voters agreed to a 1 percent sales tax to fund its construction, Gainesville officials broke ground Wednesday on the city's future public safety facility.

March 25, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Flowery Branch gets a TAD busy

FLOWERY BRANCH - The first order of business for Flowery Branch's new tax allocation district advisory committee was lending a hand with a $15 million downtown project that has been in the works for more than two years.

March 25, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rain cancels Saturday kids events, live music

Kids events and live music planned as part of the fifth annual Downtown Gainesville Gran Prix Criterium have been canceled due to the forecast of rain.

March 25, 2009 | | Local


Flood watch issued as heavy rain moves in

Keep your umbrella handy. You're going to need it for the next four days.

Heavy rain is moving into the region today, and by the time it stops raining Saturday night, forecasters are saying up to 4 inches of rain could fall. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of north and central Georgia -- including Gainesville -- until Saturday night.

March 25, 2009 | Mitch Clarke | Local


Banks will drop complaint if city gives up radar

Hall County Commissioner Bobby Banks said Tuesday he is willing to drop his complaint against the city of Gainesville's annexation requests if the police department will verify that it will not apply for a radar permit.

March 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville, Dahlonega receive grants to help preserve history

Gainesville and Dahlonega are on their way to preserving pieces of history after receiving federal historical preservation grants.

March 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Attorney: Spell is ‘absolutely broke’

Victims of a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors for as much as $60 million may have a hard time getting any money back.

March 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


School nurse takes quick action to aid ill student

A West Hall Middle School nurse's quick medical attention may have saved the life of a seventh-grader Tuesday.

March 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Precious cargo requires tough school bus driver rules

Two weeks ago, there was a minor accident in Cleveland involving a White County school bus. No one was injured, and no students were on the bus.

March 24, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Need help paying for prescriptions? Visit Thursday's bus tour

Local residents who have lost their insurance and need help paying for prescription medications can find help Thursday.

March 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Group plans tribute for National Guard unit headed abroad

A two-hour celebration filled with patriotic tributes is planned as a send-off Thursday for Charlie Company, a Gainesville-based Army National Guard unit headed to Afghanistan.

March 24, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lula hopes federal stimulus money will help with wastewater plant

Lula's City Council voted Tuesday to forge ahead with its proposed wastewater treatment facility, a likely frontrunner to receive federal stimulus funds.

March 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Local bank launches new website

Independence Bank of Georgia has launched a new website, mobile application and Facebook page.

July 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Former Habersham deputy charged in raid pleads not guilty

A former Habersham County Sheriff's Office deputy has pleaded not guilty after she was indicted last week for allegedly giving false information to obtain ...

July 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Chamber gives upbeat economic report to area leaders

Jobs seem to be breaking out all over, thanks to industry expansions, new construction and an apparently recharged Hall County economy.

July 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Domestic violence experts warn to keep pointed finger away from victim

Why didn't she just leave? Why didn't she let police help?

July 27, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


State lawmakers expecting contentious 2016 session

It's still the dog days of summer, but state lawmakers are already anticipating a heated session of the Georgia General Assembly beginning in January ...

July 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Alleged road rage case moves to Superior Court

A driver passed a truck on Harmony Church Road July 11 and then heard two shots, according to a Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy ...

July 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County AP scores have both 'bright spots, disappointments'

Advanced Placement scores from the 2014-2015 school year are in for the Hall County School District, and the results varied vastly by subject.

July 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Council to review one-way street proposals, Catholic Church campus

Gainesville officials are looking at ways to ease traffic and congestion for public safety vehicles on some residential streets, including making Hillcrest Avenue and Dyer ...

July 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities: Father, 2 sons charged with attacking man, killing his dog

Three men are accused by the Hall County Sheriff's Office of striking a man in the head and shooting his bull mastiff Sunday, authorities ...

July 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Logging truck overturned injuring one; fuel leaking and power lines down

The driver of a logging truck was injured after his vehicle overturned Monday morning on Belton Bridge Road in North Hall County, authorities said.

July 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: UNG summer commencement set for Saturday

University of North Georgia graduating seniors will toss their caps Saturday at the Dahlonega campus.

July 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Wounded veteran Sean Adams embraces Alaskan excursion

During dark times, retired Lance Cpl. Sean Adams will relive the moments that led to the loss of his legs.

July 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Stench stirs alliances in Latino area

The putrid stench parading through one Latino neighborhood in Gainesville had become too much for local residents to sniff and bear.

July 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hibachi Express opens on Thompson Bridge Road

A Georgia-based, fast Japanese hibachi chain is now open in Gainesville.

July 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


New South Hall interchange on I-985 hung up by federal funding uncertainty

A new Interstate 985 interchange between Flowery Branch and Oakwood is behind schedule because of uncertainty over federal highway funding - a debate that's expected ...

July 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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