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Despite new state law, there's no merlot to go in Gainesville

More than 100 new laws took effect in Georgia at the stroke of midnight. However, there are administrative hurdles to be cleared for one law and a needed change of Gainesville ordinance for another.

July 04, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood and Ashley Fielding | Local


First female trooper sues state patrol

Francis Bennett made headlines nearly 30 years ago as a pioneer in the Georgia State Patrol.

July 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville school budget won’t be ready for Monday’s deadline

Despite weeks of wrestling with numbers, members of the Gainesville school board determined Saturday that they will not be able to finalize a fiscal year 2009 budget by the time the new budget year begins Tuesday.

July 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


American Legion post marks 60 years at ball

In the weekend before the Fourth of July, 125 members of the Gainesville community came together Saturday evening to honor and remember those who served in the armed forces.

July 03, 2008 | By Allison Shuler ashuler@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Equipment helps find Alzheimer's, other patients who wander away

FLOWERY BRANCH - Authorities searched for three hours before they found the autistic child, the grandson of a Gainesville-Hall County Pilot Club member, who had gone missing.

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Church celebrates USA with 'God and Country' event

Wearing patriotic costumes and with flags fluttering on their little vehicles, the children circled the parking lot of First United Methodist Church in Gainesville.

The "Trike-tilla" parade of tricycles and little red wagons served as a main attraction at Sunday's God and Country Patriotic Day at the church at 2780 Thompson Bridge Road.

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hard work by Hall's school resource officers earns national honor

New public safety programs in Hall County's schools, from drug dogs to driver education, have earned the Hall County Sheriff's Office a national distinction.

July 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Healthy Monday: MRI-friendly pacemaker is being tested at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

For people with heart problems, having an implanted cardiac pacemaker can be a lifesaver. But there's a big disadvantage: If you need a magnetic resonance imaging test to diagnose an illness or injury, you can't have it.

And it's not for the reason you might think.

July 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Race becomes issue in Gainesville school dispute

Men's faces beaded with sweat as they loosened their ties to escape the humidity lingering after the summer afternoon's storm. And one mother's face carried warnings for her children squirming in the church pews.

July 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


From novice to expert, women take on triathlon for health, not glory

Early Sunday morning, at the sound of a quack, more than 750 women filled Lake Lanier for the 2nd Annual Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta Triathlon. The participants, ages 13-67, came from dozens of states across the country.

Held at the Lake Lanier Islands resort, the race consisted of swimming one-third of a mile, biking 18 miles and running three miles.

July 03, 2008 | By Allison Shuler | Local


North Hall teen travels around the world to work with dolphins, whales

Tabitha Phillips does not remember the day she gained her affection for killer whales, but she knows the 1993 hit "Free Willy" had something to do with it.

The film came out in movie theaters before Phillips was a year old, but made it to cable television by the time she was 3, and Phillips saw the flick for the first time with her dad.

July 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Man in critical condition after fight at South Hall home

A man was in critical condition at an Atlanta hospital after a fight at a South Hall home Sunday morning.

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Spontaneous combustion sparks fire

A Winder Highway liquor store under construction caught fire as a result of spontaneous combustion late Thursday, a fire official said.

July 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Death defendant wants judge recused

Lawyers for a teen facing the possibility of the death penalty want the presiding judge off the case, though their reasons remain unknown to the public.

July 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Bear hit in Cumming came from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

CUMMING - Shane Mullins and his brother, Mark, were driving along Canton Highway just before 11 a.m. Friday when they noticed something unusual lying in the middle of the road - a female black bear.

July 02, 2008 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


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Local business leaders see upside in new U.S.-Cuba relations

The controversial move Wednesday by the Obama administration to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was met with approval from business leaders in Hall County who said they believe the economic benefit could be substantial for local industries.

December 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


H&R Block pros to offer tax tips

Two H&R Block tax professionals will present a free Tax Talk from 6-8 p.m. today at Blackshear Place Library in Gainesville.

December 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville police make transition to digital records

At the Gainesville Police Department, some of the new school is showing a thing or two to the old school.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Nominations open for 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of Year

The Gainesville Jaycees are accepting nominations for the 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of the Year Award.

December 18, 2014 | | Local


Poultry firm donates 23 tons of meat to food bank

Georgia Mountain Food Bank in Gainesville got an early Christmas gift Wednesday when Perdue Farms delivered 46,000 pounds of frozen chicken and meat products.

December 18, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall 911 staff raises $1K for kids’ wish lists

Four local families are getting help from the Hall County 911 Communications in a different way this Christmas.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cuba policy shift sparks differing local responses

After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

December 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Juvenile in custody after man stabbed Tuesday night

A 16-year-old fled on foot after allegedly stabbing his stepfather Tuesday on East Ridge Road, authorities said Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Local moviegoers have mixed reactions to canceling of film's release

Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview," a comedy movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about a slapstick assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

December 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville High alumni replace missing elephant art

Counte Cooley was tired of driving by Gainesville High School and not seeing his elephant.

December 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Defense bill calls for Army control of Camp Merrill

Camp Frank D. Merrill outside Dahlonega has long been Army strong. With President Barack Obama's signature, it will be Army controlled.

December 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall schools score higher in performance rating

Most Hall County schools and some Gainesville schools performed better than the state average on the College and Career Ready Performance Index, the latest tool used to measure how well schools are doing.

December 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hanukkah: Faith burning brightly

Tuesday marked the first day of Hanukkah. The Jewish Festival of Lights celebrates the victory of the Jewish army, the Maccabees, over Syrian forces. It also celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been ruined during battle.

December 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Roads: DOT suspends lane closures during holidays

In giving motorists some holiday relief, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to suspend construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from 5 a.m. Tuesday through 10 p.m. Dec. 28.

December 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside seeks new commandant of cadets

Following the abrupt departure of its commandant of cadets, Riverside Military Academy is refilling the position.

December 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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