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Judge: Child molester must face 15 years in prison

A judge said she felt sympathy for the mother of a 20-year-old man serving a 15-year prison term for molesting a 4-year-old girl, but wouldn't budge on the sentence.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


How safe is Lanier?

After a disastrous Fourth of July weekend in which four people died in Lake Lanier within 48 hours, officials are examining whether anything could have been done to prevent the tragedies.

July 13, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New Chestnut Mountain Elementary is ready for its close-up

The newest and biggest Hall County elementary school will hear its first pitter-patter of little feet Friday as students and parents get a sneak peek of the new Chestnut Mountain Elementary School.

July 13, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall woman accused of embezzling $1 million

Peggy Leigh Walker, who worked in the accounting department of Buford toolmaker Makita USA for nearly 20 years, owes her former employer $3 million.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ga. delegation checks on Army corps manual updates for Lanier

A delegation from the Georgia General Assembly, including state Sen. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, was in Washington on Wednesday to meet with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding Lake Lanier.

The delegation was led by state Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, and included Hawkins; Sen. Ross Tolleson, R-Perry; Rep. Tom Knox, R-Cumming; Rep. John Heard, R-Lawrenceville; and Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming.

July 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Enota's Meadors named High Performance Principal

The principal of Enota Elementary School is among 112 named Wednesday as High Performance Principals in an announcement by Gov. Sonny Perdue and state school Superintendent Kathy Cox.

July 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Dawsonville marsupials appearing on 'Today' show

The directors of the Kangaroo Conservation Center hopped on a plane to New York City with four of their marsupials Tuesday to make an appearance on NBC's "Today" show.

July 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Judicial nominee charged with family violence battery

A Gainesville lawyer who was nominated for a state court judgeship to be appointed by the governor has a misdemeanor domestic violence case pending in state court.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Judge ponders lawsuit over teen’s hanging

Lawyers for a Gainesville special-needs school where a troubled teen hanged himself in 2004 say his parents have no grounds to sue under a federal law.

The attorney representing the parents of 13-year-old Jonathan King said the case is important to the futures of "countless other severely behaviorally disordered children across the state" and what policies will be in place to protect them from themselves and others.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


City planners take no action on neighborhood zoning

Gainesville's Planning and Appeals board left unresolved an issue that has divided city residents and forced board members to question the boundaries of their powers to rezone property in the city.

July 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


High court contemplates Hall sex offender case

Three-time sex offender William James Santos couldn't register his home with local authorities because he had no home, his lawyers told Georgia's highest court this week.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


After months on the lam, ex-Riverside star caught

A former prep football star who was named as The Times 2005 Player of the Year remained in the Gwinnett County Jail on Tuesday in connection with last year's fatal shooting of a teenager.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Public hearing set on proposed Flowery Branch historic district

The second and final public hearing on Flowery Branch's proposed new historic district boundaries is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Historic Depot on Railroad Avenue.

July 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


United Way hopes kickoff campaign raises $510,000

United Way of Hall County kicked off its annual Cornerstone Campaign on Tuesday at the Guest House in Gainesville.

July 12, 2008 | | Local


3 stabbings, 4 injured, 1 arrested, 1 on the loose

Hall County sheriff's deputies and Gainesville police officers are investigating three separate stabbings during the July Fourth weekend that resulted in serious injuries to four people, one arrest and the search for one suspect.

Roommates Lalo Gomez, 35, and Henry Velasquez Pineda, 36, began arguing at 2:52 a.m. Sunday in their home in the 300 block of Lee Street in Gainesville, said Lt. Brian P. Kelly of the Gainesville Police Department on Monday.

July 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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The Local Agenda: Local government to have closures this week

Hall County's administrative offices, courts and community centers will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New Sugar Hill Elementary program to help children focus on talents, future

Elementary school students aren't always thinking about their future careers, but Sugar Hill Elementary School wants to help its students do so.

November 25, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Dawsonville man killed in weekend shooting

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting Saturday that killed a popular coach and father off Dawson Forest Road in southern Dawson County.

November 24, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Former Hall County Jail clerk arrested on theft charges

After a monthlong investigation, a former Hall County Sheriff's Office clerk has been charged with transaction card theft.

November 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Body found in Lake Lanier at Mary Alice Park

CUMMING - The body of a man was found Monday morning on the Lake Lanier shoreline at Mary Alice Park, authorities said.

November 24, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


Two men found with 7 pounds of marijuana

Two Gainesville men accused of carrying 7 pounds of marijuana totaling $14,000 were arrested Friday night, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

November 24, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Gainesville High School seeks graduation input

Gainesville High School wants parents and families of upcoming graduates to help plan the 2015 graduation.

November 24, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Intersections targeted for upgrades in spring

Nine Hall County intersections are set for upgrades in the spring, including work that addresses federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

November 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville planning board to hear more development requests

While new home permits have hit a record high this year in Gainesville, the city's planning board will soon hear a few requests to develop more residential housing.

November 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall clinic to be finished by early December

A few weeks before Christmas, Brett Jockell and his team hope to be out of the old East Hall library branch turned Hall County clinic.

November 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Two Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets prepare to open

Two big-name markets providing the community with new pharmacies, fresh groceries and household merchandise will open at the start of the new year.

November 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


9 Hall intersections targeted for improvements in spring

Nine Hall County intersections are set for upgrades in the spring, including work that addresses federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Wind damages Flowery Branch gas station

No one was hurt Sunday when high winds and heavy rains brought down the awning at a Flowery Branch gas station.

November 23, 2014 | | Local


State park lodge renovations mostly complete

A multimillion-dollar project to renovate two longtime Northeast Georgia state park lodges is largely finished, with guests already taking advantage of the new rooms.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Divisive immigration debate takes a new turn

President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday night that he would act unilaterally to allow about 5 million undocumented immigrants to work legally in the United States without fear of deportation was met with both personal and political responses in Hall County and across the state and nation.

November 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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