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Murder trial testimony: Suspect left for Mexico after stabbing

Witnesses testifying in a murder trial Wednesday morning told the jury about Ofelia Barrera-Rodriguez's movements and comments in the days after the death of Iris Romero-Banegas, 43.

September 15, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local




Hall firefighter raising money for another Louisiana flood relief trip

A Hall County firefighter who is originally from Louisiana went back to his hometown of Central to help flood victims last month. Now Lt. Damon Migliore and Hall County Fire Services are partnering with Straight Street Revolution Ministries to raise funds for another flood relief trip.

September 14, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


IRS to add staff at Gainesville office

Staffing shortages at a Gainesville taxpayer assistance office will be remedied next month, according to an announcement from the Internal Revenue Service.

September 14, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lawsuit: Georgia voter registration process violates the law

A federal lawsuit claims Georgia's voter registration process violates the Voting Rights Act and has prevented tens of thousands of people from being able to register to vote - many of them minorities.

September 14, 2016 | From Times staff, wire reports | Local


Millie’s opens temporary location on Thompson Bridge Road after fire

It's still overwhelming for June Kinsey to think about all the community support she has received in the five-plus weeks since an Aug. 9 fire at Millie's Drapery & Decorating.

September 14, 2016 | Clark Leonard | Local


Search continues for UGA student missing on Lake Lanier

Search efforts continued Wednesday for a 19-year-old University of Georgia student who went missing while kayaking on Lake Lanier last week.

September 14, 2016 | By Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | Local


WomenSource’s annual Power of the Purse draws crowd

A neurosurgeon, a single mother, a nurse and a high school student walked a catwalk Tuesday evening at the Chattahoochee Country Club.

September 14, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Prosecutors describe 'grisly, ghastly, horrific' crime as murder trial begins

Two storylines emerged Tuesday morning as attorneys laid out how Iris Romero-Banegas, 43, was stabbed repeatedly.

September 13, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


University of North Georgia among top regional schools

The University of North Georgia ranked 24th among public regional universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report.

September 13, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local




Advocates look to Atlanta homeless program for answers

Gainesville resident Doug Hanson has a passion for helping the homeless.

September 13, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood’s partnership with YMCA coming to an end

The Georgia Mountains YMCA's 5-year stay in Oakwood appears to be ending.

September 13, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Business ‘owners’ pitch ideas to ‘sharks’ at seminar

Three "owners" of businesses received financing offers from the Lake Lanier Sharks on Tuesday morning, but only two accepted the offers.

September 13, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Bear cub killed by car on Ga. 400 in North Forsyth

September 13, 2016 | By Isabel Hughes ihughes@forsythnews.com | Local


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Annual downtown event to benefit childhood tumor research

The Owenby family wants to provide Gainesville residents with a fun night out while raising funds for children's tumor research.

September 28, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local




New retail, hotel, high-rise tower planned in Mall of Georgia area

The already commercially crowded Mall of Georgia area near Buford is poised to get a lot busier over the next few years.

September 28, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Racing knowledge translates to road cars, Corvette Racing manager says

Doug Fehan, program manager for Corvette Racing, talked like an evangelist for endurance racing Tuesday evening at Lanier Technical College's motorsports vehicle technology class.

September 28, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Hall sheriff pens letter in support of state law officer pay raises

Going against the "skepticism" of other law enforcement leaders, Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch expressed his support Tuesday for the state law enforcement officer pay ...

September 28, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Decatur man acquitted of Lanier Islands shooting, but convicted on gun charge

A jury returned a not guilty verdict for a Decatur man claiming self-defense in a shooting last year at a Lanier Islands lake house birthday ...

September 27, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


For sale: Old DOT maintenance shop in South Hall

Long before Spout Springs Road gets widened, the Georgia Department of Transportation would like to unload a nearly 50-year-old, long-abandoned maintenance shop that sits in ...

September 27, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Group seeks help to help young women transition from foster care

Community members can learn how they might help young women move from foster care to independent living at a community meeting at 7 p.m ...

September 27, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Annual Empty Bowl Lunch draws a crowd

First Baptist Church's banquet hall was once again overflowing with people clamoring over soup, salad and empty bowls.

September 27, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall, Gainesville SAT scores up, still below state average

Gainesville and Hall County students scored higher on the SAT exam in 2016 than 2015, but local scores still trailed the state average in both ...

September 27, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Old Reunion entrance in South Hall gets nod to be part of 800-home subdivision

A 35-acre tract that was the old entrance to Reunion Country Club in South Hall is a step closer to becoming part of a planned ...

September 27, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eight Hall students named REACH scholars

Eight Hall County middle school students left a "launching pad" Monday night when the school district's first group of REACH scholars was announced.

September 26, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Man charged with aggravated child molestation

A 28-year-old man has been charged with molesting a girl, who disclosed the alleged incident to police years later, police said.

September 26, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Jury selection underway in sexual battery case

Jury selection continues Tuesday in the case of a Gainesville man accused by police of performing a medical exam on a man that led to ...

September 26, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Lanier Islands resort seeking fresh look at old hotel site

More than a decade after closing the old PineIsle Resort, Lanier Islands resort in South Hall County is trying to get a feel for development ...

September 26, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


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