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Newtown residents battle air and noise pollution

Although she never sets it, Christine Young's alarm usually goes off at 5 in the morning - not beeping, but banging metal against metal.

January 11, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Wheelchair soccer lets players demonstrate competitive spirit

Tyler Farmer raised his arms triumphantly after scoring a goal in the second half of the North Georgia Screamin' Eagles' soccer game against the Charlotte Power Surge.

January 10, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Discussion of signs, rezoning on Jefferson City Council agenda

The Jefferson City Council is looking to keep up with the signs of the times.

January 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Chairman: Hall County has bright future

Hall County is poised for continued growth despite the problems it will face over the next year, Board of Commissioners chairman Tom Oliver said Saturday.

January 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Convicted man fights life sentence

A Hall County judge didn't want to sentence Benjamin Horne to life in prison in a domestic violence case, but he had no choice.

January 10, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville crime rate fell in 2008

Amid the daily barrage of gloomy economic reports, a ray of sunshine emerged this week: Crime in Gainesville was down in 2008.

January 10, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


ITBS test scores go up in Hall County

In a test taken around the country, Hall County scores showed improvement over last year, especially on the math portion of the test.

January 10, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Family still down on the farm since 1792

JEFFERSON -- Not many people can look out of a window of their home and observe more than 100 years of their family's history.

January 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Captains' meeting scheduled for Greater Hall chamber’s ‘Get Fit’ run/walk campaign

Though it's still three months away, preparations have already begun for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's second annual Get Fit Stay Fit 5K Corporate Challenge Run/Walk.

January 10, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Early intervention is key to helping autistic children

In the past few years, autism has become one of the most talked about disorders.

January 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Cagle raises $1.5 million to run for governor

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle received significant support from Gainesville and Northeast Georgia in his first financial disclosure on his bid for governor in 2010.

January 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Judge's ruling will keep Deal on death penalty case

A Hall County judge will continue to preside over a death penalty case in which the defendant's lawyers wanted him removed.

Superior Court Judge Jason Deal, however, must recuse himself from any court proceedings that address the mental competency to stand trial of Allan Robert Dickie, a judge has ruled.

January 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two arrested following marijuana sting

Two men who thought they were buying 20 pounds of marijuana instead ended up in jail Thursday, officials said Friday.

January 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Chestatee grad, guardsman saw Iraqi detainees change their views during his tour of duty

When Jon McClelland was growing up in Gainesville, he would play "army" and think to himself that once he grew up, he would be a real army man.

January 09, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Teen’s death probe awaits toxicology test results

HOSCHTON - The investigation surrounding how 14-year-old Brittane Nichole Brown died last month still is pending, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

January 09, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


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Threat leads to brief evacuations at North Georgia Tech

Students at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville have been given the all-clear to re-enter most buildings on campus after a threat was written on the wall of one building.

August 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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


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