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Florida man acquitted of child molestation

A 20-year-old Florida man who faced a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years and lifetime registry as a sex offender if convicted of child molestation was acquitted by a Hall County jury Friday.

Joshua Stewart, who was 17 when he was accused of molesting a 4-year-old girl he was baby-sitting in an Athens Highway mobile home, wept after the jury found him not guilty on two counts of aggravated child molestation, his lawyer said.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


No connection between chaplain and murder suspects, police say

CLEVELAND - A chaplain who was robbed, stabbed and run over in a Cleveland neighborhood Sunday apparently had no connection to his killers other than the gesture of kindness he extended to them, authorities confirmed Thursday.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Family of suspect charged in chaplain's murder offers condolences

Family members of a Cleveland man charged in the murder of a youth minister reached out Friday with condolences.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shelters share holiday wish lists

While most shoppers are busy compiling their lists of gifts that need to be purchased for loved ones this holiday season, many area shelters are hoping they will add a few items for those who are less fortunate.

"With the economy being so bad, we are seeing more and more women in need of our services than ever before," said Sylvia Stoltzfus, executive director of My Sisters' Place.

December 13, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lobbyist: $2.5 billion state shortfall makes money tight for cities

City officials in Northeast Georgia are going to have to be prepared for what may come out of a state legislative session in which lawmakers are walking in facing a $2.5 billion budget shortfall, a municipal lobbyist said Thursday.

December 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Got your flu shot? Less than half of health care workers do

You've probably seen the public service announcements on TV recently about "the faces of influenza." These commercials urge you to get a flu shot if you're at risk for flu, or if you're a caregiver for someone who is.

December 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Skaggs: Grant helps scientists study soybean genes

For millennia, people have grown soybeans and turned them into useful products like oil and livestock feed. But when it comes to understanding why a soybean grows, blooms or produces like it does, researchers are left with unanswered questions.

December 12, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Local


Jilted bride case over as ex-fiance pays judgment of $150,000

The case of the jilted bride is officially over.

December 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Schools get $3.1 million grant for career academy

Hall County schools and Lanier Technical College finally received the green light for a joint $3.1 million state grant to fund Lanier Charter Career Academy, which will include a culinary arts school and public restaurant.

The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia awarded six charter grants Thursday totaling $16.7 million to public school system and technical college partnerships statewide.

December 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Emergency-kit shoe boxes may save some lives

Sometimes a shoe box is more than a shoe box. Sometimes, it can be a lifeline during an emergency.

December 12, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Work contracts OK’d to improve appearance, roadwork at Lake Lanier Islands

BUFORD - The Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority has approved contracts for additional roadwork and cosmetic enhancements to the primary bridge at the 1,100-acre resort.

December 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cleveland couple charged; minister's death shakes hospice

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland couple remained jailed Tuesday on charges of murdering a hospice chaplain, while authorities released little additional information about the case.

December 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gillsville mobile home blaze likely started in fireplace

A doublewide mobile home near Gillsville was deemed a total loss after a fire early Wednesday morning.

December 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville police seek confirmation of reported bridge jumper

Gainesville police are asking for the public's help in confirming a report of a person jumping off Thompson Bridge late Monday.

December 11, 2008 | | Local


McEver intersection improvements on hold

Hall County knows where the money will come from for the work, but it's waiting on state decisions concerning road projects before it moves ahead with its part in improving five intersections along McEver Road.

The county and Georgia Department of Transportation have planned to complete the project for several years, with Hall County paying its share from its 1-cent sales tax program.

December 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Challenged Child and Friends names fundraising coordinator

Challenged Child and Friends has named Joseph "Joey" Tripp its fundraising coordinator.

July 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Local bank launches new website

Independence Bank of Georgia has launched a new website, mobile application and Facebook page.

July 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Former Habersham deputy charged in raid pleads not guilty

A former Habersham County Sheriff's Office deputy has pleaded not guilty after she was indicted last week for allegedly giving false information to obtain ...

July 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Chamber gives upbeat economic report to area leaders

Jobs seem to be breaking out all over, thanks to industry expansions, new construction and an apparently recharged Hall County economy.

July 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Domestic violence experts warn to keep pointed finger away from victim

Why didn't she just leave? Why didn't she let police help?

July 27, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


State lawmakers expecting contentious 2016 session

It's still the dog days of summer, but state lawmakers are already anticipating a heated session of the Georgia General Assembly beginning in January ...

July 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Alleged road rage case moves to Superior Court

A driver passed a truck on Harmony Church Road July 11 and then heard two shots, according to a Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy ...

July 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County AP scores have both 'bright spots, disappointments'

Advanced Placement scores from the 2014-2015 school year are in for the Hall County School District, and the results varied vastly by subject.

July 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Council to review one-way street proposals, Catholic Church campus

Gainesville officials are looking at ways to ease traffic and congestion for public safety vehicles on some residential streets, including making Hillcrest Avenue and Dyer ...

July 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities: Father, 2 sons charged with attacking man, killing his dog

Three men are accused by the Hall County Sheriff's Office of striking a man in the head and shooting his bull mastiff Sunday, authorities ...

July 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Logging truck overturned injuring one; fuel leaking and power lines down

The driver of a logging truck was injured after his vehicle overturned Monday morning on Belton Bridge Road in North Hall County, authorities said.

July 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: UNG summer commencement set for Saturday

University of North Georgia graduating seniors will toss their caps Saturday at the Dahlonega campus.

July 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Wounded veteran Sean Adams embraces Alaskan excursion

During dark times, retired Lance Cpl. Sean Adams will relive the moments that led to the loss of his legs.

July 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Stench stirs alliances in Latino area

The putrid stench parading through one Latino neighborhood in Gainesville had become too much for local residents to sniff and bear.

July 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hibachi Express opens on Thompson Bridge Road

A Georgia-based, fast Japanese hibachi chain is now open in Gainesville.

July 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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