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Marijuana grower faces life sentence

A Blairsville man faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole for growing marijuana on National Forest land.

Andrew N. Cox, 45, was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court in Gainesville this week on charges of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and attempting to manufacture marijuana, officials said.

November 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deal: GOP in opposition mode

The 110th Congress appears headed toward a partisan close, with Senate Democrats backing legislation that would direct some of the money in the $700 billion Wall Street bailout to the auto industry, and the White House and Republicans saying help for automakers should not come from the rescue plan.

November 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cleveland volunteers renovate building for free clinic

For months, a storefront on Cleveland's downtown square has had its doors painted with the message, "Coming soon: White County free clinic."

November 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Pioneering Camp Fire Girls leader Martha Hope dies

Martha Hope, who devoted much of her life to programs for girls of Northeast Georgia, has died following a period of declining health.

November 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


First woman to serve on Jefferson City Council dies

JEFFERSON - The first woman to serve on the Jefferson City Council passed away Monday.

November 22, 2008 | | Local


GBI investigates Jackson County inmate’s death

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department are both still investigating the hanging death of a Winder resident who died seven hours after being transported to the Jackson County Jail.

November 22, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ninth District Opportunity Inc. announces dates for 2009 Heating Program

The Georgia Department of Human Resources will help pay heating costs for natural gas, electricity, heating oil or liquid propane. One time payments will be made by checks issued to the home energy suppliers on behalf of eligible households.

November 22, 2008 | | Local


Some residents say annexation is just a bailout for Gainesville

Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras tried to assure about 80 affected property owners Monday that a proposed annexation of their properties will eliminate confusion when it comes to emergency calls.

November 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville schools low on cash, might extend tax note to keep paying bills

The Gainesville school board is considering extending its current tax anticipation note because the school system has collected only 26.3 percent of expected revenues so far this year.

November 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Plans for mixed-retail development head to Oakwood City Council

OAKWOOD - The Oakwood Planning Commission gave its OK Monday night to rezonings and annexations for a proposed mixed-retail development that may someday feature a big-box anchor and high-rise hotel.

November 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia Municipal Association worries about trauma care, taxes

COMMERCE - With the start of the 2009 legislative session just around the corner, Georgia Municipal Association officers are warning local officials to keep a watchful eye on state legislation.

November 22, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


East Hall basketball team drives and dishes for Meals on Wheels

The East Hall High School boys basketball team took a break from school Tuesday morning to go as a team and deliver meals to senior citizens in Hall County with Meals on Wheels.

November 22, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Banks-Jackson-Commerce Medical Center will leave the baby business

Banks-Jackson-Commerce (BJC) Medical Center has announced it will stop delivering babies as of Dec. 9.

November 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


2009 Gainesville water rates still uncertain

Hamrick said the council has asked Randall's staff to look at the feasibility of postponing a rate change or calculating a different rate increase.

Gainesville water customers may not know until next month what they will be paying for water and sewer in 2009.

November 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


South Hall home destroyed in Tuesday night blaze

Firefighters from four Hall County fire stations responded to a South Hall blaze that destroyed a home on Thompson Mill Road Tuesday night.

November 22, 2008 | | Local


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1,100 run in annual Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce race

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce hosted the eighth annual Chamber Chase 5-kilometer race Thursday at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. Kenneth Slavik of Flowery Branch was the race winner. Race coordinator Megan Martin estimated more than 1,100 runners participated in the race, which marks an increase from last year's 1,000.

March 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


NASA scientist tells North Hall sixth-graders they could go to Mars

Sixth-graders in North Hall County spent Thursday morning dreaming of walking on Mars.

March 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Fundraiser names celebrity dancers for August event

Local celebrity dancers expected at this year's Dance for a Cause have been announced.

March 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


New Braselton hospital holds preview event in advance of grand opening

Smoked salmon was in the emergency department and apple cake squares were in the surgery waiting area at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

March 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Friendship Road name restored to part of Ga. 347

In a surprising move, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to restore the Friendship Road name for a stretch of Ga. 347 between Interstate 985 and Ga. 211.

March 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wayne Vickery's time as Gainesville High athletic director ending

Gainesville City Schools is changing its director of athletics position, a move that appears to leave longtime AD, coach and local sports icon Wayne Vickery out of his job.

March 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


GSP: Man in serious condition after Dawsonville Highway wreck

Authorities transported a man in serious condition to the hospital after a wreck on Dawsonville Highway at Ga. 306.

March 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


GBI: Two dead from gunshot wounds in Mount Airy

Two men were found with gunshot wounds at their neighboring Mount Airy homes on Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville man arrested after authorities say he stabbed brother

Authorities say an 18-year-old Gainesville man stabbed his older brother after an early morning argument on Marlow Drive.

March 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lake Lanier Olympic Venue could help area businesses thrive

Lake Lanier's blue waters could mean greenbacks for area businesses.

March 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch man gets 22-year prison sentence in Christmas Day 2013 slaying of brother

Synthetic mushrooms and other drugs played a role in the Christmas Day 2013 death of Flowery Branch man Alan Scott Fyfe, according to testimony Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

March 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall County Fire Services raises most in statewide fundraiser

Topping last year's showing, Hall County Fire Services raised the most money for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

March 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville native recognized as nation's top Army cadet

The No. 1 Army cadet in the U.S. is from Gainesville, and Gov. Nathan Deal couldn't be prouder of the University of North Georgia's Cadet Capt. Jonathan "Chase" Strickland.

March 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County population tops 190,000

Hall County's population surpassed the 190,000 mark last year, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates released today.

March 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


School takeover amendment heads to voters in 2016

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" won Georgia House approval Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016 and accomplishing the Republican's top priority kicking off his second term.

March 25, 2015 | BY KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


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