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Truett-McConnell student found dead

A 20-year-old Truett-McConnell College student was discovered dead Thursday morning in her dorm room in Cleveland from what authorities believe were natural causes.

September 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Mike Kelley wins mayoral race in city of Baldwin

Mike Kelley captured 60 percent of the vote in a four-man special election for mayor of Baldwin Tuesday.

In complete, but unofficial results, Kelley received 122 votes, Jerry Neace was second with 57. Former Mayor Mike Reed had 14 votes and Thomas Loudermilk had 11 votes.

September 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Cagle’s exploratory committee has statewide flair

An official registration of his campaign for governor filed last week reveals that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has tapped business leaders from central and coastal Georgia for the top campaign positions.

September 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville charities hurry to help those affected by recent hurricane

Though Texas is hundreds of miles from Gainesville, local residents are nevertheless heading out to help those devastated by Hurricane Ike.

September 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Heating help could become scarce this winter

Autumn hasn't officially arrived yet, but some people already are wondering how they can afford to heat their homes this winter.

September 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Group lobbies to turn on sprinklers around general

The grass in Gen. James Longstreet's front yard is dry and crunchy, and those who take care of it have asked for the city's help.

September 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tutors wanted: GEDs in demand

A little bit of sweat and elbow grease once qualified as viable job skills in America. Now, knowing your ABCs and having a high school diploma are required just to get by.

September 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Humane Society holds contest for new name, logo

As it prepares to cut its ties to county government, the Humane Society of Hall County is seeking a new identity.

September 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Booths open to early voters in Hall County

Voters in Hall County can begin early voting for the Nov. 4 general election today.

September 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Recognizing the recovering: Group brings focus to National Recovery Month

When Lisa Carson entered the Hall County Drug Court in February 2004 after being caught forging prescriptions for Lortab, she felt lost and overwhelmed by the system. She needed a friend.

September 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


New cancer clinic makes chemotherapy more comfortable for patients

Nobody wants to go through chemotherapy. But when it's necessary, the Longstreet Clinic is trying to make the experience as pleasant as possible.

September 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Collins reflects on first week in Iraq

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force reserve chaplain. He began his service there last week, and in an e-mailed report on his first Sunday in Iraq, he discussed his first worship service conducted for military personnel at his location.

September 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Price of gas may stay high for now

Gas prices likely will stay up this week, even though Hurricane Ike didn't wreak as much havoc on Texas oil refineries as some expected.

September 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Lean times force local Red Cross to cut four positions, restructure

The Northeast Georgia chapter of the National Red Cross is tightening its belt in reaction to the downturn in the local and national economy, restructuring its staff and eliminating four staff positions.

September 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Few residents speak up about Gainesville schools tax increase

Following a summer in which the community was up in arms over a proposed 14 percent property tax increase, only a handful of residents showed up at a Gainesville school board public hearing to discuss the tentatively adopted 12 percent tax increase.

September 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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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


Renovations moving along

Work has been underway since January on the conversion of the old Sam's Club building on Mundy Mill Road at Interstate 985 in Oakwood into Northeast Georgia Health System's corporate support service center. The building is being renovated to make it more conducive to office functions. According to Hall County records, the building's size is 107,826 square feet with a 2,072-square-foot "service repair garage." The building was built in 1992. A furniture store and flea market previously occupied the old Sam's building.

August 26, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


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