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Meth costs Georgia $1.3 billion

Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal can see the price of methamphetamine abuse in the faces of the people in his courtroom.

April 02, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


U-verse expanding to include Hall residents

AT&T announced Wednesday that its video service, U-verse, was being introduced in Hall County.

April 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Good News Clinic needs to match gift of $95,000

An anonymous donor has given Good News Clinics $95,000, but there's a catch.

April 02, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Challenged Child and Friends revels in Falcons' visit

Screams of excitement filled the air Wednesday afternoon at Challenged Child and Friends.

April 02, 2009 | By Hannah Plummer news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Local state colleges’ economic impact is $344 million

According to a recent study local colleges and universities are doing more than educating students, they are also helping to boost local economies.

April 02, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Immigrant gives medals to Korean War veterans

As young men in the 1950s, they wore a variety of uniforms in white, navy blue and green.

April 02, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Forsyth restaurants cited over underage alcohol sales

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office has cited four restaurants for selling alcoholic drinks to underage customers.

April 02, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Times reporter contributed to award-winning coverage

Times reporter Melissa Weinman was part of the team awarded a top investigative prize for coverage of faculty sexual harassment while working for the University of Georgia's independent student newspaper.

April 02, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall's animal control services set for renewal in Flowery Branch

The Flowery Branch City Council gave its first OK on Wednesday morning to allowing Hall County to continue animal control services in the city.

April 02, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Green Street Pool will be closed in 2009

Lovers of Gainesville's Green Street Pool may have had their last day in the sun.

April 02, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


5th Street armed robbery investigated

Authorities are investigating an early-morning armed robbery at a home on 5th Street.

April 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Judge fines business in trade secret dispute

Saying he believed a Gainesville tax preparation company willfully misappropriated trade secrets of H&R Block and ignored a court order not to use them, a judge fined Paramount Tax Services more than $12,000 Tuesday for contempt of court.

March 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ruling lets sex offenders volunteer in churches

Georgia's 16,000-plus registered sex offenders can sing in church choirs, take up collection plates and help out in church kitchens, at least for now.

March 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson gets to upgrade its status

The city of Jefferson has recently been upgraded from a Better Hometown to a Main Street community by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

March 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall may have to ‘mothball’ new sewer pump station

The sewage pump station on Winder Highway should be complete by June, but county officials don't plan on using it much then.

March 31, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Gainesville may increase service fee instead of water rate

After deadlocking earlier this month on whether to raise water rates 1 percent, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote to try and end the stalemate Tuesday night.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Glades Reservoir: County holds off on seeking loans as project delays mount

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $26 million in loans this week for three reservoir projects, but the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County was not one of them.

While county officials have requested about $14.5 million in direct investment from the state - which does not require any payback - through the Governor's Water Supply Program, they did not apply for a loan.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family honors Keaton Coker with charity

When Keaton Coker was struggling with brain cancer, his positivity was so persistent his family found it almost hard to believe.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bricks help build memorial

Area veterans replaced old sidewalk with new bricks Wednesday at a war memorial in Gainesville's Rock Creek Park. The bricks are inscribed with the names of people who have donated money for improvements to the park's memorials, including a planned archway. More than 200 inscribed bricks were installed.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Commissioner of DJJ appointed to state council

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to be chairman of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

August 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman arrested at rally

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


One person qualifies for Clermont council seat

Eric Thomas is the lone candidate in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Carter picks up support from state's teachers' group

ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter picked up the endorsement of one of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia on Wednesday, a move that was largely expected but helped him underscore a central message of his campaign against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Humanist group not satisfied with school system’s response on religious activity

A humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of leading students in prayer is not backing down after receiving a letter on behalf of the school district stating it will ensure all staff, students' and residents' rights are protected.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, responded to the letter by alleging that religious activity is continuing at the school and in fact "these practices have been ongoing, pervasive and longstanding."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


District responds to letter: Prayers occurred a year ago

Hall County Schools' response to a letter from a humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of illegally leading students in prayer during football games and practices says the alleged offenses happened "almost a year ago."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


No candidates yet in special election

Today's the last chance for candidates to emerge in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Loan to boost Oakwood sewer plans

Braselton received a state loan Tuesday that will enable Oakwood to tap into a long-anticipated sewer project involving the two cities.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall GOP unveils new headquarters

Local officials, state representatives and conservative voters turned out Tuesday night for the grand opening of the Hall County Republican Party's headquarters in Gainesville.

August 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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