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Child molester gets 12 years in prison, 8 more on probation

Jeremy Puckett was caught molesting a 3-year-old girl by a woman he thought was sleeping and later gave a full confession to investigators.

February 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch prepares to carve next year's budget

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council is gearing up for budget season.

February 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Doctor says time was right for free dental clinic

A local dentist who offered free care last Friday for people who are struggling financially said he was overwhelmed by the response.

February 18, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Board hopes to plug leaky school ceilings

While most North Georgians reach for umbrellas on rainy days, the students and teachers of several Gainesville schools reach for buckets to place under leaky roofs.

February 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Grady hospital wants $2 million from Hall

For Hall County, the bad news was receiving a surprise bill for $2 million. The good news was learning it didn't have to pay it.

February 17, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Rabid cat attacks pet owners in Gainesville

Two Gainesville residents will have to undergo preventive rabies treatment after being bitten last week by a rabid cat.

February 17, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Early SPLOST voting draws around 70

Tuesday was the first day of early voting for SPLOST VI but there wasn't much of a rush to get to the polls.

February 17, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT open house will show alternative routes as bridge is repaired

A nearly 50-year-old Jackson County bridge is on the Georgia Department of Transportation's shortlist for replacement.

February 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville to let Brenau seek alcohol permits for special events

The Gainesville City Council changed the rules Tuesday, making it possible for colleges and universities to serve alcohol at campus events and making it unlawful to smoke in city parks.

February 17, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville council to set rules for businesses that want tax money to redevelop

Gainesville officials are gearing up to dole out funds in the city's tax allocation district, and developers of a high-rise hotel and office complex may be the first to use them.

February 17, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Clermont dog wins Best of Breed at Westminster show

A Hall County dog still is basking in the limelight after winning Best of Breed at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City last week.

February 17, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Funeral home unveils presidential room

The faces of all 43 men who have led the United States of America since 1789 are now on display at Memorial Park Funeral Home.

February 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Need a tax aide? AARP can help

With help from the AARP, hundreds of local folks are saving time and money when filing their tax returns this season.

February 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Businesses turn to each other in tough economy

JEFFERSON - Despite tough economic times, businesses in downtown Jefferson are determined to make it.

February 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Man charged in 2-year-old’s beating death

CUMMING - A 39-year-old convicted sex offender was charged in the death of a toddler after preliminary autopsy results showed the child had been beaten to death, Forsyth County authorities said Monday.

February 16, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


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No one hurt in Atlanta Highway house fire

No one was injured in house fire Sunday evening on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, fire officials said.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville center to provide counseling for abused boys

Nearly one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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


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