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Charcoal from grill sparks fire, destroying home

A small, smoldering piece of charcoal caused the total loss of a 1,400-square-foot home Tuesday night in Hall County.

May 04, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Registration begins for citizens’ academy

Registration has started for the ninth annual Citizens' Police Academy held by the Gainesville Police Department.

May 04, 2008 | | Local


Warden says correctional institute is not safe, needs serious repair or replacing

When it rains, the roof leaks. When the roof leaks, the fire alarm system might go off. And in the summer, sheriff's deputies work in stifling temperatures.

May 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Youth leadership class announced

This year's class for Youth Leadership Hall has been selected.

May 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Northeast Georgia has scanty drug treatment options for abusers

When parents determine that their child has a substance abuse problem, they've just taken the first step on what could be a long and difficult road.

May 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lifetime of ill effects: Drugs can stunt brain growth

This is your brain on drugs.

May 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school system may face deficit

The Gainesville school system could end the fiscal year with expenses exceeding revenue, the district's finance chief told the city Board of Education on Monday night.

But when board member David Syfan pressed on how much the deficit might be, Janet Allison declined to give an amount.

May 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Parents often in denial about teens’ drug use

When teens get involved in drug abuse, it alters their behavior in ways that are usually fairly obvious.

May 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Rumors of Evans-Abraham DOT romance surfaced in November, Rep. Carl Rogers says

State Rep. Carl Rogers began hearing it in November.

May 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall officials say water restrictions are slowing new developments

A drought response resolution passed by the Gainesville City Council last November is now causing new development in Hall County to slow to a trickle, county officials say.

In response to state recommendations, Gainesville council members passed a resolution making water unavailable for new development until the drought situation improves and the state loosens its water-use restrictions.

May 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Health department expects loss in revenue

A doctor from the Hall County Health Department divulged a staggering statistic to county officials Monday - the department is estimating a $866,208 loss in revenue this year.

During the fourth round of county budget hearings, Dr. David Westfall, District 2 public health director, said the health department is slated to receive significantly less revenues from Medicaid payments since the state adopted a managed health care form of Medicaid, similar to HMOs, in 2006.

May 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Man charged with fatal shooting

One Gainesville resident is dead and another is in jail in the first homicide case of 2008 for the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Hugo M. Tepanca is being held in the Hall County Jail without bond on accusations of shooting 23-year-old Jose Vargas to death Sunday evening.

May 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Change of heart: Pearson will seek re-election

State Sen. Eugene "Chip" Pearson, R-Dawsonville, said Monday that he would seek a third term to the state Senate.

Pearson was said to be eyeing a bid to fill the 9th District seat on the State Transportation Board. Mike Evans, a former state representative, resigned the post last week.

May 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Sources for more information or help in dealing with substance abuse

  • Avita Community Partners (formerly Georgia Mountains Community Services): 678-207-1800 (receives state funding; charges on a sliding scale based on income)
  • Center Point: 770-535-1050
  • Family Recovery: 770-535-1073
  • Laurelwood at Northeast Georgia Medical Center: 770-531-3800 (insurance or self-pay; no state subsidies available)
  • LifeWorks Counseling Services: 770-503-7999
  • New Hope Cimarron Counseling: 770-539-9669
  • Also, for more information, visit www.theantidrug.com.

May 02, 2008 | | Local


White Sulphur Elementary joins Riverbend in closing early Wednesday for Tour de Georgia

White Sulphur Elementary School in East Hall will have to close early Wednesday for the Tour de Georgia, a 600-mile bicycle race that started Monday.

May 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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It’s wait-and-see for physicians over Hall County’s planned clinic

Representatives of local retail pharmacies have expressed concern about Hall County's plans to open a clinic and pharmacy for employees next year, arguing local government should not compete unfairly with the private sector.

September 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Missing videotape cuts murder trial short

Prosecutors and Hall County Sheriff's Office officials do not know what happened to a videotaped 2006 interview that was involved in a murder case years later.

September 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Drivers wanted to help seniors

Seniors in Hall County will have a new transportation method available in 2015.

September 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Area experts warn against rising Islamic State terror

Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard believes those wondering whether the Islamic State's reach could extend into middle America should remember or learn what happened in Beslan, Russia, in September 2004.

September 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


World Language Academy immerses students in languages, culture

September 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Harvest of Hope’s message: Living with cancer, not dying from it

Cancer patients came together with other survivors, doctors and vendors Saturday at the annual Harvest of Hope at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville.

September 20, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Artists share works at annual Art in the Square

A picture-perfect Saturday greeted visitors as area artists set up shop in the downtown Gainesville square for the 11th annual Art in the Square festival.

September 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Schools prepare for new direction

If the Hall County School District becomes a charter system, Superintendent Will Schofield said the change will cost more in time than in dollars, requiring a large amount of training and professional development.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County officials finalizing SPLOST project list

Hall County officials are finalizing a category list for projects to be funded by a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax. They hope to present that list to voters during public input meetings later this fall.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Meth charge dropped after only spaghetti sauce found on spoon

Drug charges have been dropped against a Commerce woman after crime lab analysis confirmed her claim that a spoon she had in a vehicle leading to her arrest did not contain methamphetamine residue but spaghetti sauce.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Police ID suspect in death of woman found in Hall park

An Oakwood woman is accused of murder in the death of a Flowery Branch woman whose remains were found last October in a Hall County park.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County seeks reimbursement for faulty firetruck

Hall County is threatening legal action against Sutphen, manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July 22 accident that seriously injured three firefighters, if the company does not reimburse the county for the full cost of the truck, according to documents obtained by The Times through an open records request.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fair Street students march for peace

Fair Street School neighbors watched waves of excited children march by Friday as the entire school paraded with signs, flags and giant, handmade doves chanting "We want peace! We want peace!"

September 19, 2014 | By Tyler Bennett intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Warning lifted after threat at UGA campus

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall County schools committee finds social studies curriculum lacking

Social studies coursework may give students more to remember than to learn, according to findings by a Hall County Schools committee on curriculum for the subject.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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