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Fraud victim tracked suspect to Clermont

It took Robert Hodges eight years to find Wendell Spell and get back the $17,000 he was owed.

October 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Schools cut budgets amid dark economic times

Hall County educators are slashing the school system's budget now to be "better safe than sorry" as the state and national budget pictures continue to darken.

October 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Collins: Being a chaplain in Iraq requires communication

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 in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

October 25, 2008 | Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Flowery Branch City Council to negotiate buyback from developer

The Flowery Branch City Council voted Monday to negotiate buying back sewer and water tap fees from a company that, because of the stalled housing market, has put off plans for a townhome development.

October 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Paying with cash won’t necessarily get you a better deal

Cash on the barrel head.

October 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville property tax bills (almost) are in the mail

Gainesville property owners can expect their tax bills to arrive in the next week.

October 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Changes under way at WNEG-TV

If you tuned in to WNEG-TV, Channel 32 out of Toccoa, on Sunday afternoon expecting to see a football game between the Steelers and the Bengals, you may have been surprised to see the Roughriders take on the Tiger-Cats instead.

October 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Back in the golden days: Dahlonega event attracts hundreds

DAHLONEGA - The annual fall festival "Gold Rush Days," sponsored this year by the Dahlonega Jaycees, drew hundreds to the Northeast Georgia town this past weekend for a mix of arts and crafts and tasty food.

October 23, 2008 | Megan Gill | Local


Help with bills difficult to get when agencies run dry

Volunteers with the Ministry of Caring at First Baptist Church in Gainesville told Jennifer Tanner that because of increased pleas for assistance, it was a fluke that the program had funds available recently when she asked for help paying the power bill.

October 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Man gets 18 months for rolling back used vehicles’ odometers

A Buford man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for rolling back odometers on used cars and trucks to make the vehicles more valuable, the Justice Department announced Friday.

October 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


History center’s Aaron video wins national award

The Northeast Georgia History Center's video documentary on the life of local golf legend Tommy Aaron has won the prestigious Pegasus Award of Excellence for 2008.

October 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Officials hope new design thwarts manhole cover thefts

Thieves always will steal valuable metals like gold and silver, but you know the economy stinks when thieves start taking steel manhole covers.

October 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Meet your government: Sheriff's spokesman wears many hats

Jeff Strickland may be the most-quoted man in The Times.

October 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Area meetings

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

October 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Pedestrian dies after being struck by car

A Gainesville man died after he was struck late Friday by a car as he walked across Browns Bridge Road.

October 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | 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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