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Child molester gets 12 years in prison, 8 more on probation

Jeremy Puckett was caught molesting a 3-year-old girl by a woman he thought was sleeping and later gave a full confession to investigators.

February 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch prepares to carve next year's budget

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council is gearing up for budget season.

February 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Doctor says time was right for free dental clinic

A local dentist who offered free care last Friday for people who are struggling financially said he was overwhelmed by the response.

February 18, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Board hopes to plug leaky school ceilings

While most North Georgians reach for umbrellas on rainy days, the students and teachers of several Gainesville schools reach for buckets to place under leaky roofs.

February 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Grady hospital wants $2 million from Hall

For Hall County, the bad news was receiving a surprise bill for $2 million. The good news was learning it didn't have to pay it.

February 17, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Rabid cat attacks pet owners in Gainesville

Two Gainesville residents will have to undergo preventive rabies treatment after being bitten last week by a rabid cat.

February 17, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Early SPLOST voting draws around 70

Tuesday was the first day of early voting for SPLOST VI but there wasn't much of a rush to get to the polls.

February 17, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT open house will show alternative routes as bridge is repaired

A nearly 50-year-old Jackson County bridge is on the Georgia Department of Transportation's shortlist for replacement.

February 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville to let Brenau seek alcohol permits for special events

The Gainesville City Council changed the rules Tuesday, making it possible for colleges and universities to serve alcohol at campus events and making it unlawful to smoke in city parks.

February 17, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville council to set rules for businesses that want tax money to redevelop

Gainesville officials are gearing up to dole out funds in the city's tax allocation district, and developers of a high-rise hotel and office complex may be the first to use them.

February 17, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Clermont dog wins Best of Breed at Westminster show

A Hall County dog still is basking in the limelight after winning Best of Breed at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City last week.

February 17, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Funeral home unveils presidential room

The faces of all 43 men who have led the United States of America since 1789 are now on display at Memorial Park Funeral Home.

February 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Need a tax aide? AARP can help

With help from the AARP, hundreds of local folks are saving time and money when filing their tax returns this season.

February 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Businesses turn to each other in tough economy

JEFFERSON - Despite tough economic times, businesses in downtown Jefferson are determined to make it.

February 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Man charged in 2-year-old’s beating death

CUMMING - A 39-year-old convicted sex offender was charged in the death of a toddler after preliminary autopsy results showed the child had been beaten to death, Forsyth County authorities said Monday.

February 16, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


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Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Headmaster kisses pig following school's high reading scores

Lakeview Academy Headmaster John Kennedy kissed Purdy the Tamworth pig Wednesday at the Gainesville school as a reward for first- through fifth-grade students, who exceeded their goal in the Scholastic Reading Counts challenge.

October 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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