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Cumming bomb scare turns out to be just a toolbox

A three-block area of downtown Cumming was cleared for a couple hours Thursday morning as authorities examined a suspicious toolbox.

February 27, 2009 | | Local


Lottery sales keep rising, but the recession keeps them in check

Anticipation may be high for tonight's drawing of the multistate Mega Millions lottery, with a jackpot that has grown to $171 million.

February 27, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Narcotics officer hurt in undercover drug operation

Two people are facing drug charges Thursday night after a Gainesville undercover operation that sent one narcotics officer to the hospital with superficial injuries.

February 27, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Perdue condemns firing of DOT chief

The State Transportation Board voted Thursday to fire Commissioner Gena Evans, citing a need for change at the top.

February 27, 2009 | Board votes 9-3 to oust Gena Evans | Local


New arrest made in BB gun vandalism

A third person has been arrested in connection with an early-morning BB gun shooting spree that left nearly 40 cars damaged.

February 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Group puts focus on joys of wedlock

Matrimony, proponents say, does more than a couple good.

February 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Drivers services to extend hours starting next week

The folks at the Department of Driver Services have noticed something about their customers: They don't like spending much time waiting to get their license.

February 27, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


County board discusses recycling

The Hall County Board of Commissioners talked a lot of trash at its board meeting Thursday.

February 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Judge issues injunction in tax preparer lawsuit

A tax-season tussle between a Gainesville income tax preparation office and the biggest company in the business prompted a judge to order the local company to keep its hands and pencils off the W2s of H&R Block's customers.

February 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville council debate: Promote city or save?

Gainesville City Council members were faced today with the question of whether to invest in the future or save every penny to deal with current financial duress.

February 27, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hospital system’s phone numbers will change Sunday

Northeast Georgia Health System will change its phone numbers beginning Sunday.

February 27, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New I-985 ramp opens from Mundy Mill Road

The entrance ramp to Interstate 985 north from Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood opened Thursday, two days ahead of schedule, Georgia Department of Transportation officials said.

February 27, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man killed in Ga. 365 wreck

A Lula man died in a two-vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon that left one lane of Ga. 365 closed for several hours.

February 27, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Lecturer delivers financial recovery wisdom

A retired French diplomat said the world economy is in need of treatment before the effects of the worldwide recession will begin to subside.

February 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Christians mark Ash Wednesday as start of Lent

Although not everyone knows exactly what it means to observe Lent, most people understand that most followers choose to give up something until the season is over.

February 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Headmaster kisses pig following school's high reading scores

Lakeview Academy Headmaster John Kennedy kissed Purdy the Tamworth pig Wednesday at the Gainesville school as a reward for first- through fifth-grade students, who exceeded their goal in the Scholastic Reading Counts challenge.

October 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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