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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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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


New South Hall interchange on I-985 hung up by federal funding uncertainty

A new Interstate 985 interchange between Flowery Branch and Oakwood is behind schedule because of uncertainty over federal highway funding - a debate that's expected ...

July 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cherokee Bluffs park to open "sometime this fall"

South Hall residents looking forward to the opening of a long-anticipated area park have a few more months of waiting.

July 26, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall seeks flexibility in state school standards

As class resumes in Hall County next week, school leaders are seeking more flexibility from state rules.

July 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Toddler recovered from burns allegedly suffered at day care

At age 2, Damon Gaddis is graduating. And his family is ecstatic.

July 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Workers comp claims keep governments on their toes

There is a certain trust that comes with workers' compensation claims.

July 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Disabilities act at 25: ‘That was our moment’

Emilie Angle struggles to speak and her movements are dictated by the effects of mitochondrial disease, a genetic disorder that is both progressive and incurable.

July 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Johnny’s BBQ is still smokin’ after all these years

Step inside the little building behind Johnny's BBQ and you'll find yourself squinting through a dense, hickory-flavored fog. There's a rotisserie oven ...

July 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Cancer survivor paddles circumference of Lake Lanier

Paddling the circumference of Lake Lanier - roughly 350 accessible miles in total - Dana Richardson has seen a lot of water and a lot of parks.

July 25, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Gainesville teens stress how ‘lives matter’ at justice form

Teenagers of Generation Inspiration came together Saturday morning at the Beulah Rucker Museum to ask Gainesville's government and law enforcement officials some tough questions ...

July 25, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Local


Military recruiters try to rein in armed supporters

Armed residents have taken to guarding military recruitment centers across the nation, including in Gainesville, after a deadly attack on Marines at a recruiting office ...

July 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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