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Vergara jurors hear details of fatal drug deal

Hall County jurors got a glimpse into the shady underworld of cocaine trafficking Friday in the death penalty trial of Ignacio Vergara.

August 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall Honor Band raising funds for Hawaii trip

More than 100 students and parents from Hall County are fundraising like never before, hoping to collect enough money to get the Honor Band of Southern Hall County to Hawaii to play at Pearl Harbor for the state's 50th anniversary.

August 27, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


My Sister's Place helps homeless women, kids get on their feet

Last October, Chermayne Crosdale found herself in a desperate situation. Her brother, her closest relative, had died in September, and she discovered her ex-boyfriend had been abusing her then 5-year-old daughter.

August 27, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fundraiser brings bayou to Gainesville

A taste of New Orleans was brought to Gainesville Saturday night at the second annual "Boogie in the Bayou."

August 27, 2008 | By Megan Gill news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Cell phone records led to arrest

Cell phone records of a Gwinnett county man gunned down for 2 kilograms of cocaine helped investigators unravel the mystery of who killed him, according to testimony Saturday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


3 arrested in connection with prostitution

Three people were arrested in a raid on a suspected house of prostitution this week, authorities said.

August 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Buford woman wins millions

A Buford resident has received an early birthday gift worth millions. Lorie Scarbrough, who will celebrate her 54th birthday Aug. 30, won a $5 million top prize playing the Georgia Lottery's 15th Anniversary Millionaire Extravaganza.

August 26, 2008 | | Local


Local projects could get left in a lurch if funds are cut

In the state budget, they are called Local Assistance Grants, however, those who oppose them call them "pork."

August 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall gets a pat on back for earning grant

Hall County recently received nearly $500,000 of competitive grant money - part of which was awarded to continue the revitalization of the Black and Cooley drives area - making it the only county in the state to receive the revitalization grant.

August 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fay’s promised rain didn’t show up

What many local residents had hoped would be a week full of rain has turned out to be exactly the opposite.

Based on the original trajectory of Tropical Storm Fay, meteorologists were predicting that North Georgia could be in for a large soaking at the beginning of the week.

August 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


College holds open house for new MBA degree

It was a toss-up when Amy Davidson was narrowing her graduate school options.

August 26, 2008 | By Jennifer Sami Times regional staff | Local


Mom charged after fight with cheer coach

A Forsyth County cheerleader's mom is going to court over a dispute with a local youth cheer association president that reportedly got a little bit rowdy.

August 26, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Green Street Pool to close for season Sunday

Is this the last splash for the Green Street Pool?

August 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Longtime art collector, James Mathis, to sell art collection

For a few days, the clock has been set back 30 years as James Mathis Sr. reclaims his role as the great promoter.

In his heyday, Mathis would serve cherry pie at his bank to commemorate George Washington's birthday. He gave out piggy banks with the likeness of cowboy star Hopalong Cassidy to encourage young people to save. He seemed to never run out of new ideas to bring customers and their money into the bank.

August 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gunman: Vergara told me to shoot men

The admitted triggerman in a drug-related double homicide told a jury that the man on trial this week in Hall County Superior Court told him to pull the trigger.

August 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Cookout gathers community to support injured firefighters

Smoke rose Saturday from the Lowe's parking lot, but the Hall County fire department was already on the scene.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Laurel Fest says goodbye to summer

Though we may be reluctant to bid summer farewell, visitors to Saturday's Laurel Summer Fest did so in style.

August 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man injured in stabbing at Gainesville mobile home park

A man has been transferred for medical treatment after being stabbed in Gainesville.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Chestatee backers out in support at season opener after faith controversy

Beyond the usual sea of maroon garb under the Friday night lights of the high school football season opener were crosses borne by some of the Chestatee High School faithful.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


County considers closing part of South Hall road

Hall County is considering whether to close part of a dirt and gravel road that links two major South Hall roads in response to resident concerns about dumping in the area.

August 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County firefighters salute injured coworkers

Hall County firefighters stood on Interstate 985 overpasses Friday afternoon as the last of three injured coworkers came home. At Friendship Road, five Station 8 firefighters saluted as the small northbound caravan carrying Will Griffin passed underneath about 3 p.m.Griffin was training July 22 in an aerial ladder bucket with fellow firefighters T.J. Elliott and Stephen Jackson when the truck's ladder malfunctioned, falling an estimated 44 feet and sending the three to hospitals. Griffin, 24, has been recuperating at Shepherd Spinal Center's spinal cord injury unit in Atlanta and will continue rehab as an outpatient ...

August 29, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Stay safe on roads, lake over holiday weekend, law agencies urge

Emergency personnel are encouraging residents to have a fun but safe Labor Day weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Former GHS star Watson makes college debut today in Athens

Fans of Gainesville High, Georgia and Clemson will come together today as the state's record holder in career passing yards and touchdowns returns home for his collegiate debut.

August 29, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


Gainesville officials decided Kelly had to go as chief

Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly resigned Friday morning in a move the mayor said was in the city's best interest.

August 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Football big business for local restaurants, retailers

Football, at every level of competition, is more profitable than ever.

August 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County mum on deal over firetruck involved in July 22 accident

The ladder truck that malfunctioned during a training exercise last month and injured three Hall County firefighters was inspected by an asset protection solutions group and signed off on by a battalion chief, but Hall County officials have declined to share any communication among themselves about the truck.

August 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Road work at Clarks Bridge resumes after 45-day wait

Construction crews have been back at work this week at Clarks Bridge, where a replacement project had stalled for 45 days to ensure the support for a retaining wall had compacted and settled as needed.

August 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside cadet finds support at school

Ben Brewer, a senior at Riverside Military Academy, learned what it means to be a caretaker when his father was stricken with cancer.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Top chef: Food festival brings 3 masters to Gainesville

Three master chefs from Taiwan gave demonstrations Thursday to culinary students at Lanier Career Center in Gainesville as part of the school's international food festival.

August 28, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


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