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The message gets through: Authorities see fewer drugs on campus

Bo the drug dog sniffed along the lockers of his second home, East Hall High School, but when he came up empty, it was to no one's great surprise.

Fewer drug seizures are made in Hall County schools these days, after the county school system and Hall County Sheriff's Office entered into an agreement last year authorizing unannounced drug searches.

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Busy week of activities rolls in with Tour de Georgia

More than 160 cyclists will be sweeping through Gainesville on Wednesday for the sixth annual Tour de Georgia, one of the nation's elite cycling events.

May 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


St. Michael Catholic Church contingent thrilled by witnessing papal Mass in New York

"I don't think anything of this nature has ever happened in Yankee Stadium," Father Kizito Okeke said as he waited to see the popemobile pass by after the papal Mass held in New York on Sunday afternoon.

May 01, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Drug court turns a life around

Cruise Dill admits he's an unlikely person to represent the successes of drug court.

Dill reluctantly entered Hall County's felony drug court program in early 2006, only after much persuasion by his lawyer and parents. Once he was in, by his own admission, he cheated on drug tests, lied to his counselors, even lied to the judge. He missed other drug screens, was late to group therapy and didn't pay his fees on time. His required sponsor was little more than a name on a piece of paper.

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Q&A: Drug court judge says program helps those who want to quit

Superior Court Judge Jason Deal has presided over Hall County drug court since 2006. Deal has served on the Hall County Superior Court bench since 2005. He was previously district attorney and prior to that assistant district attorney in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. Deal sat down with Times reporter Stephen Gurr to talk about the younger participants in drug court.

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Citizenship drive set for today in Gainesville

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is sponsoring a nationwide Citizenship Day today aimed at starting citizenship paperwork for legal immigrants. Gainesville is one of five metro Atlanta areas participating.

April 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Under the influence: One family's ordeal with a teen and substance abuse

In three days, Amy Smith went from relief and hope for her teenage son's future to complete, utter despair over his senseless death.

April 30, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chambliss backs McCain's gas tax holiday

SAUTEE - U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said Friday night that he will support a bill by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that would create a holiday on the federal portion of the fuel tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

April 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Breaking the cycle: Pinwheels depict number of child abuse cases in Hall County

They may add a colorful, springlike appearance to the front lawn of the First Baptist Church on Green Street, but the pinwheels placed there Friday afternoon signify a subject that is far from lighthearted: child abuse.

"These pinwheels represent the 630 substantiated cases of abuse and neglect for 2006 here in Hall County," said Dee Dee Mize, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Gainesville. "What we're trying to do is make everybody understand that we have a lot of work to do and the numbers speak for themselves."

April 30, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Area political parties pick delegates

The Democratic and Republican parties will hold district conventions today to select delegates to their respective national conventions.

April 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Counselor's recovery from addiction help him better treat teens

When Mike Nixon counsels teenagers at his residential drug treatment program, he can say he's lived their lives.

April 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Prescription drug abuse is growing among teens

Addiction experts say they're alarmed at the growing number of teens who are abusing prescription drugs.

April 30, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Political sparring partners visit Gainesville

James Carville and Mary Matalin never play on the same team - except when it comes to their personal lives.

April 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Riverbend to close early for bike race

Riverbend Elementary School will release students at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday for the Tour de Georgia, a 600-mile bicycle race starting Monday and traveling through Gainesville that day.

April 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


14-year-old boy faces rape charge

A Hall County grand jury returned a felony indictment against a 14-year-old boy this week on charges of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

The defendant, who is not being named by The Times because of his age and his relationship with the alleged victim, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years without parole if convicted of rape. He is also charged with aggravated child molestation and child molestation in the alleged assault, which occurred in a Hall County home on Feb. 29, according to court documents. The boy was arrested March 28 and booked at the Hall County jail ...

April 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Governor’s race ads drive campaign spending

ATLANTA - Georgia voters who are tired of political advertising this year should count small blessings: It could always be worse.

September 25, 2014 | By Bill Barrow Associated Press | Local


No death penalty for dad charged in toddler death

September 25, 2014 | KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Local


Hospital, BlueCross still negotiating insurance contract

It seems like an annual or biennial ritual: Contract talks between a hospital and a major health insurer break down, and customers and patients are warned of looming deadlines.

September 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lakefront property owners plan 2nd appeal of tax bills

Some lakefront property owners are still unhappy with their tax assessments after revised notices were mailed last week, and promise to appeal once more, this time to the state Board of Equalization.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Newly widened section of Ga. 347 set to open

Four lanes of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between Interstate 985 and McEver Road are expected to be open to motorists today, nearly two months earlier than expected.

September 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County likely to rescind vote on prison steel contract

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners meets tonight, it will likely rescind a vote made two weeks ago awarding a contract to Scroggs & Grizzel Contracting of Gainesville to provide structural steel and other construction materials for the new correctional institute.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


All lanes of Ga. 347 stretch set to open Thursday

Four lanes of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between Interstate 985 and McEver Road are expected to be open to motorists by 5 p.m. Thursday, nearly two months earlier than expected.

September 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville police prepare for digital system

Two weeks before Christmas, the Gainesville Police Department will ditch pen and paper and begin the process of digital reporting.

September 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall hopes to improve rundown areas by purchasing vacant property

Hall County officials are considering creating a new agency that aims to revitalize tax-foreclosed, vacant and abandoned property.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the Road: Lane shift scheduled on Ga. 347 project

Traffic is scheduled to shift Monday on Ga. 347 in Braselton as the Georgia Department of Transportation continues work on widening the South Hall County road.

September 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Disability advocates to hold meeting

The public is invited to take part in "Conversations that Matter," a town hall meeting addressing employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

September 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


North Forsyth woman charged with taking $33K for legal services she couldn’t provide

A Forsyth County grand jury handed down an indictment last week of a North Forsyth woman arrested as part of an investigation into possible fraudulent legal practices.

September 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man indicted on murder charges Forsyth child’s death

A 25-year-old Butts County man has been indicted on several charges in connection with the February beating death of a 3-year-old North Forsyth County boy.

September 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Supreme Court advised to delay taking on water war case

The U.S. solicitor general said he believes the Supreme Court should put off accepting a Florida lawsuit that accuses Georgia of consuming too much water.

September 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chapter for Don Carter State Park OK’d

Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites has given its OK to a new chapter representing Don Carter State Park in North Hall County.

September 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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