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Man gets 11 years in child porn case

A former Gainesville church deacon maintained his innocence of child pornography charges Thursday before being sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison.

Marvin D. Bridges, 37, addressed U.S. District Court Judge William C. O'Kelley in a sentencing hearing on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Bridges was convicted by a federal jury in Gainesville following a three-day trial in October.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Quinlan arts center's new boss is same as the old boss

Amanda Kroll has been named the new executive director of Gainesville's Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Law enforcement targets bad drivers over the holidays

Law enforcement agencies are bracing for a busy holiday travel season on Georgia's highways.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Fulbright scholars from Jordan learn about US schools

A band of four Jordanian school principals have been touring local schools and colleges this week as part of a Fulbright Fellowship cultural exchange program.

December 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Keep decorations away from heat; don’t block escapes

Holiday decorations add to the festive nature of the season but can also add to the fire risk in homes. Remember these safety tips when decorating your home for the holidays:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville wants law to cover unpaid utility bills

What if landlords were held accountable for their tenants' sins?

Last week, Gainesville officials asked state legislators to consider amending state law to hold landowners responsible for unpaid utility bills their tenants leave behind.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Winder home helps victims of domestic abuse

It may appear to be an office, but a simple brick building on Jackson Street in Winder is the place where victims of domestic abuse can go to get a fresh start.

December 26, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lula shooting results in injury, arrest

LULA - A man was taken into custody early Thursday afternoon and charged with shooting his nephew in the leg, Hall County sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland said.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Look after your holiday guests

The holiday season can be a time of fun and festivities. Many gatherings are taking place among family and friends. The more people present increases the risk for fire or other injury. Consider these safety tips:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Charter’s struggles shouldn't affect cable customers

The financial woes of Charter Communications should not affect local cable customers in Hall County, a cable TV expert said.

Charter announced last week that it was seeking help in restructuring $21 billion in debt, leading many on Wall Street to speculate the St. Louis-based company could be headed for bankruptcy.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Feds put Hall, 157 other Georgia counties in disaster status over drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a request for a primary disaster designation for 158 counties, including Hall, based on production losses due to the ongoing drought and excessive temperatures.

December 26, 2008 | From staff, wire reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Vacant home fires a ‘sign of the times’

When the smoke cleared after a devastating house fire Dec. 5 on Ridgemont Trace, Gainesville fire investigators had a real mystery on their hands.

Not only were they searching for clues as to how the vacant two-story, three-bedroom home burned, they were searching for an owner. Nearly two weeks later, they still haven't found anyone who will claim the house.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The line for jobs is getting longer

Evelyn Stafford's job with a Christian ministry in Atlanta was cut in July 2007.

Before that, she spent an extensive career as an executive assistant, including a 15-year stint at the highest levels of the Coca-Cola Co., where she accepted a partial job buyout offer in 2000.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lula’s holiday gift: No property taxes, again

Hearing that the Lula City Council decided to eliminate property taxes sounds like a dream to some.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville soldier’s wife pleads not guilty to setting fire that killed 2 kids

PADUCAH, Ky. - The wife of a Gainesville soldier has pleaded not guilty to charges of setting a fire that killed her two young children at their home on a Kentucky military base.

December 26, 2008 | From wire reports | Local


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Barriers placed at White County bridge where teens died

Family members of two fatal wreck victims in White County said Thursday they were thankful that White County had placed temporary concrete barriers at the scene of the crash, a bridge on Gene Nix Road.

April 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Badge & Bar: Gainesville Police awarded $10,000 traffic safety grant

A $10,000 grant for traffic safety has been awarded to the Gainesville Police Department.

April 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Problem-solving, team-building on an international level

Six teams of Hall County students will use artistry and creative thinking in an international competition this May.

April 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Parks budget bolstered by SPLOST passage

In March, Hall County voters approved a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, to fund $158 million in infrastructure projects.

April 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tuition increases to affect Northeast Georgia students

Despite the average Georgia college graduate's $24,517 in student-loan debt, tuition at state colleges and universities is going up in the fall.

April 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


FBI warns that investment fraud scheme may have Gainesville area victims

The FBI believes there may be numerous victims in the Gainesville area of an investment fraud scheme.

April 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Council urges Congress to keep historic tax credit

The Gainesville City Council has joined other municipalities across the state in signing a letter of support for the federal historic tax credit, which offers incentives for the reuse of historic buildings to drive economic development and create new jobs.

April 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Missing Lumpkin County 3-year-old found dead in pond

A child has been found dead after having been reported missing from the Hemlock Trail area of Lumpkin County today, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office.

April 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Health system plans Dawson expansion

Officials with Northeast Georgia Health Systems last week confirmed the hospital has purchased a building on Ga. 400 with plans to expand medical services in Dawson County.

April 15, 2015 | By Michelle Hester The Times regional staff | Local


Cheerleading coach accused of molesting student

A Gainesville man and cheerleading coach has been charged with molesting one his students.

April 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities see rise in identity theft in last days of tax season

In the past eight days, potential victims of identity fraud filed in to the Hall County Sheriff's Office in droves to make a report.

April 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Medical campus planned across from new hospital

The newly opened Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton in South Hall will have a large healthcare neighbor across the street in the next year or so.

April 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cancer survivors attend annual Relay for Life dinner

A teenage girl and an elderly man may not have much in common.

April 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Eyes on the Road: North Hall passing lane to become left-turn lane

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to convert a northbound passing lane on U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway at Jess Helton Road in North Hall County into a northbound left turn lane.

April 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Papa’s Pizza To-Go owner resubmits deannexation request

Businessman Chris Nonnemaker has reapplied for deannexation from Clermont, fulfilling a pledge he made at the April 7 Town Council meeting.

April 14, 2015 | Times Staff Reports | Local


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