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White Sulphur Elementary joins Riverbend in closing early Wednesday for Tour de Georgia

White Sulphur Elementary School in East Hall will have to close early Wednesday for the Tour de Georgia, a 600-mile bicycle race that started Monday.

May 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials aim to keep road closures brief as Tour de Georgia rides through Hall

As more than 100 cyclists ride in Wednesday for one of the nation's premier cycling events, area motorists will have to pump the brakes - or at least take a detour.

May 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Students take a different test: Officials say random drug screens get results in Hall

In the professional ranks, athletes often are put on pedestals. But in Hall County, when it comes to dealing with drugs and alcohol, athletes are put under a microscope.

Currently, only student athletes in Hall County schools are subjected to mandatory, random drug tests, and school officials say it seems to be working.

May 01, 2008 | Jonathan Zopf | Local


Dahlonega's Bear on the Square Mountain Festival brings out the banjos and fiddles

Break out your banjo 'cause the 12th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega this weekend proved that old time mountain music is still alive and kicking.

May 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kids get bird’s-eye view of Earth Day

They're so soft!" Emily McGarr said as Rebecca Nelson nodded in agreement about the caterpillar the two had been holding moments before.

May 01, 2008 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Businesses find the green in going green

Earth Day began as a grassroots movement, but these days it's become a marketing opportunity.

May 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch celebrates Georgia Cities Week

Flowery Branch will celebrate Georgia Cities Week next week by offering tours of the City Administration Building, located across from City Hall, from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday.

May 01, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Authorities report that prescriptions are the drug of choice for teens

The investigator sees it. The paramedic sees it. The coroner sees it.

Teen substance abuse, particularly of prescription drugs and alcohol, leads to arrests, overdoses and deaths each year in Hall County. And while alcohol remains the most common substance abused by kids in middle school and high school, pharmaceuticals have overtaken marijuana as the so-called "gateway drug" in today's drug culture,

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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


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Gainesville High graduation to take place at City Park

The Gainesville City Board of Education on Tuesday night recognized students for their presentations during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula planning meeting hinges on councilwoman’s recovery

Lula City Council has put off a Jan. 28 planning session until Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, who was seriously injured in a Jan. 10 wreck, can participate.

January 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Roads: Roads planning group to get 2040 plan update today

The consultant helping the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Hall County area's lead transportation planning agency, is set to give an MPO committee a status report this morning on the 2040 plan update.

January 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs receives 40 laptops from UnitedHealthcare

For an underserved youth, practicing mathematics or reading skills outside the classroom can be difficult.

January 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Career Coach plans visits to 2 Hall County sites

The Workforce Development Career Coach plans visits within the next week to two sites in Hall County.

January 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Former Gainesville police commander Harold Black dies at 86

After serving his country as a Marine in Korea, Harold G. Black came back to Gainesville and served the community for 32 years.

January 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman killed in Sardis Road wreck

A Gainesville woman was ejected from her vehicle and killed Tuesday afternoon after a wreck on Sardis Road.

January 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County Board of Education approves spending $70,000 for calculators

The Hall County Board of Education approved $70,000 Tuesday at its regular meeting for the purchase of classroom calculators.

January 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville City Council OKs tax district funding

Gainesville City Council approved three requests Tuesday for tax allocation district funding.

January 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legacy Link shows off new Oakwood offices

Legacy Link celebrated its grand opening Tuesday in Oakwood with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the building, which offers more space than its predecessor in Gainesville.

January 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local




Lanier Islands in talks to draw second hotel

Lanier Islands is hoping to draw a second hotel to the South Hall County resort within 18 months, sales director Mike DiLeone said Tuesday.

January 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


MLK Day renews spirit of activism

'I go to the movie and I go downtown

January 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall County Commissioners to discuss SPLOST, Gateway Centre

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution this week to formally approve a special purpose local option sales tax voter referendum.

January 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville couple discovers decapitated animal on Leach Road

It was the usual Monday morning drive to work on Jan. 12 for Alice Brock down Leach Road, when something caught her eye that made her turn around.

January 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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