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Court rules statement in, cocaine out

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled this week that a Hall County death penalty defendant's initial statement to investigators about a drug-related double murder is admissible in court, but a large amount of cocaine seized two days later is not.

The split decision left both the prosecution and defense in the long-pending case of Ignacio Vergara, 26, with rulings in their favor.

March 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Strong storms hit Forsyth County

Rita David said she's ready to move into a house without a tree in sight after an early morning squall Tuesday sent a large oak crashing through the bedroom of her home in south Forsyth County.

March 09, 2008 | By Jim Dean Times regional staff | Local


Residents warm up to transit agency’s proposed changes

GAINESVILLE - Most of the people who attended Tuesday's public transit meeting indicated that they can get behind the proposed changes to Hall Area Transit.

March 09, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Women’s health clinic reopens

Despite a few setbacks, a small clinic is continuing to provide women's health services at a Gainesville housing project.

March 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


STAR students name their influences

GAINESVILLE - Students from Brenau and Riverside Military academies were honored today as Gainesville-Hall County winners in the state Student Teacher Achievement Recognition Program.

March 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


United Way volunteers celebrate 60 years of service

More than 340 people arrived at the Gainesville Civic Center for a luncheon Wednesday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of United Way of Hall County and to honor the thousands of Hall County volunteers who have contributed their time and money to the agency since its inception in 1948.

March 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Stork delivers more jobs

Stork Gamco, the Gainesville-based manufacturer of food processing equipment, primarily for the poultry industry, has announced an expansion at its Gainesville plant.

March 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Pamphleteer wins legal fight against Cumming

Fred Baumann said he was stunned when he was arrested for distributing comic book-style gospel tracts of the life of Jesus Christ outside the Taste of Forsyth festival at the Cumming fairgrounds last April.

March 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


College to bring MBA program to Cumming city hall

CUMMING - North Georgia College & State University plans to start a master of business administration degree program in August at Cumming City Hall.

The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents approved the business program last spring based on a growing need in the region for a graduate-level business program.

March 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Schools set kindergarten registration

GAINESVILLE - Registration for children entering kindergarten in the Hall County school system next fall is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 through April 2 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 3.

Parents should register their children at the school where the child will attend and bring the child with them.

March 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County appoints utilities, public works director

Hall County Administrator Jim Shuler appointed Ken Rearden as Hall County's new director of Public Works and Utilities on Friday.

March 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Longtime shelter director moves on

GAINESVILLE - After 13 years as executive director, Brenda Cook is turning over the key to the Gateway Domestic Violence Center.

But Cook is quick to tell you she is not retiring.

March 09, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Home destroyed when toddler plays with lighter

A child playing with a cigarette lighter accidentally set a house on fire Wednesday morning, leaving a Gainesville family homeless.

March 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Woman charged with embezzling from Gainesville plant

A former bookkeeper for ZF Industries has been indicted on charges of embezzling more than a half-million dollars from the Gainesville company.

A Hall County grand jury returned the 30-count indictment against Charlotte Jo Baghose, 65, on Thursday. She was indicted on one count of felony theft by taking and 29 counts of forgery.

March 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville airport needs update

The city of Gainesville's Aviation Advisory Committee recommended Tuesday the paving of a new parking area for tied-down airplanes to make way for an instrument landing system at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

The open space beside the airport's longest runway is required for the system, an electronic guidance system used by pilots during periods of low visibility.

March 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Ga. governor candidates spar over ethics during 2nd debate

October 20, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Officials: West Hall Middle administrators manipulated test data

Two former administrators at West Hall Middle School were censured for manipulating Adequate Yearly Progress numbers in 2010, officials confirmed this month.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class Notes: UNG partners with neurological facility

Students at the University of North Georgia will soon have internship opportunities at a special facility for patients with neurological disorders.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$750K grant to fund Department of Juvenile Justice service program

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice received a $750,000 federal grant for a re-entry program, with the intent to have a pilot program identified by next month.

October 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


No one hurt in Atlanta Highway house fire

No one was injured in house fire Sunday evening on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, fire officials said.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville center to provide counseling for abused boys

Nearly one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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