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Arrest made in Barrow County pot-growing operation

Narcotics investigators from the Barrow County Sheriff's Office have arrested and charged Lonnie Jones, 55, of Statham in connection with growing marijuana at his residence.

The sheriff's office received information about Jones manufacturing marijuana, which led to an undercover operation in which narcotics investigators were able to develop enough evidence to obtain a search warrant.

April 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County, Gainesville officials bicker over old jail

In a highly combative board meeting Thursday, the Hall County Board of Commissioners couldn't seem to agree on anything, much less with the handful of Gainesville officials present.

April 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Enota installs new water tower for outdoor garden classroom

What started out as a basic, green field has blossomed into an outdoor learning experience for Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy students.

April 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Celebration of Passover recalls Jewish exodus from Egypt

Early Wednesday morning, Janice and Steve Liederman began their trip to west Florida to celebrate the first night of Jewish Passover with their son and 4-year-old granddaughter.

April 10, 2009 | Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson school board submits letter to be charter

The Jefferson City Board of Education unanimously voted Thursday to move forward with possibly transitioning to a charter school system

April 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


United Community Bank robbed in Commerce

Commerce police are investigating a bank robbery Thursday morning.

The suspect, a black man wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, entered United Community Bank on Homer Road at about 9:30 a.m.

April 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville student is first runner-up in youth of year contest

Gainesville High School junior Teryan Rucker was selected as the first runner-up for the statewide Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year competition.

April 10, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Holy Week: Christians reflect on Jesus’ last days

Today is Good Friday, the most solemn day of Holy Week leading up to Easter.

April 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville unemployment claims up 249% over last year

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that 96,306 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for state unemployment insurance benefits in March, an increase of 126.3 percent from March 2008.

April 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Council rejects charging fire sprinkler fees to Gainesville businesses

Some members of the Gainesville City Council are not having an easy time swallowing proposed fees from the Public Utilities Department.

April 09, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Forsyth arson suspect found in Commerce hospital

CUMMING - An arson suspect sought for more than a week after she apparently skipped town was hospitalized today in Commerce for a possible drug overdose, authorities said.

April 09, 2009 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Former loan officer gets prison for mortgage fraud scheme

Andrew John Smith, 29, of Cleveland, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William C. O'Kelley in Gainesville to serve more than three years in prison on a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bank, wire and mail fraud arising from a mortgage fraud scheme.

April 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Perdue certifies list of stimulus road projects

Gov. Sonny Perdue said today that he has submitted the required certification on 67 road projects around Georgia that will be financed by the $787 billion federal stimulus bill signed by President Barack Obama in February.

April 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Forsyth commissioners OK funds for 2 lake groups

CUMMING - Forsyth County plans to fund two organizations that advocate for Lake Lanier.

April 08, 2009 | By Frank Reddy Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson will hold ‘kindergarten roundup’

This day has been five years in the making, and now it's time for parents to register their children for kindergarten for the 2009-10 school year.

April 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Turnout sporadic in first week of early voting for Hall County SPLOST

Turnout during the first week of early voting on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, was sporadic, with snowy weather and government closings likely limiting the number who showed up to the polls.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Business-led committee behind push for SPLOST

The Hall Progress 2015 Committee, a group of local business leaders, is spearheading a campaign to pass SPLOST VII.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


5 people arrested in what authorities call a North Ga. meth trafficking ring

Five people from across North Georgia were arrested Tuesday in the continued "dismantling of a local methamphetamine trafficking network," authorities said, that is suspected of handling more than 10 pounds of the drug.

February 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Fathers and daughters dance the night away

A popular song started blaring and girls screamed, starting to move to the music.

February 27, 2015 | | Local


'Tale of two cities’ makes decision to close schools tough

In Gainesville and Flowery Branch on Thursday, the overnight snow quickly turned to slush and what little ice remained on the pavements had melted by mid-morning.

February 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Man charged with stealing cash from sub shop, ID for shopping spree

An Ellijay man faces charges of robbery by intimidation, theft, fraud and forgery following multiple incidents in Gainesville, Oakwood and Gwinnett County.

February 26, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Georgia House passes $44.6B budget for Senate review

A $44.6 billion 2016 fiscal year state budget approved Thursday by the Georgia House would close previous cuts to public education spending, slash funding for low-interest student loans and ask local school districts to make $103 million more in employer contributions to keep state insurance coverage for some part-time school employees.

February 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's snow is so-so, then it goes

If you were expecting Snowmageddon 2015 on Thursday, what you got in Gainesville was more like Snow-meh.

February 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Students out of school fashion makeshift sleds for a fun day in snow

School was out and snow was on the ground, so people in Hall County were ready to have some fun Thursday.

February 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Regulators OK tougher rules for Internet providers

Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

February 26, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Winter storm downgraded; black ice possible on roads

A winter storm that dropped a slushy mix Wednesday on North Georgia was downgraded overnight, though light snow and black ice may still cover some roadways, making travel dangerous early in the day.

February 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Shoppers stock up as storm approaches

A quick drive on Wednesday morning down Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville revealed just how seriously local residents were taking the prospect of a major snowstorm bearing down on the region.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Lake Lanier DNR officer gets award

An officer patrolling Lake Lanier earned the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

February 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Papa’s Pizza To-Go seeks to leave Clermont, convert to sports bar

In a rare request, a North Hall County pizzeria is seeking to leave Clermont so it can convert to a sports bar and serve alcohol.

February 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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