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Former Gainesville police dog trainer denies improper use of shock collar

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating police dog training methods used by former Gainesville police officer and senior K-9 handler Angel Vargas to determine whether his alleged technique of using a shock collar on an aggressive dog's genitals could be criminal.

July 14, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Local officials don't know how much flu-fighting federal funds they'll receive

Extra funding to prepare for the upcoming flu season would be welcome, but local officials say they are not making any plans just yet.

July 14, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Lower gas prices delight government budget officials

Dropping gas prices may be the best fiscal news that local government services have heard lately.

July 14, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Praise continues to pour in for the late James Mathis Sr.

Tributes continued to pour in Monday for James Mathis Sr., the longtime Hall County businessman who died Sunday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

July 14, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lumpkin officials discover suspected meth lab

A Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office deputy discovered what is believed to be one of the largest methamphetamine labs in the state after responding to a call this weekend.

July 13, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


First regional road stimulus project starts Monday in White County

Construction is set to begin Monday on the first highway project funded through federal stimulus money in Northeast Georgia.

July 13, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Buford man faces rape, child molestation charges

Buford resident Kevin Charles New was arrested for rape and child molestation and is in custody at the Hall County Detention Center, according to a Hall County Sheriff's Office news release.

July 13, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Organizers say camp smaller due to economy, but it still has its spark

Line of movement, preparation, pretty lines - not the words you'd normally equate with slapping someone.

July 13, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Some state funds may be available for Jefferson road work

JEFFERSON - The city of Jefferson will have to look a little closer to home to cover the costs of some road projects.

July 13, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Jefferson road work will force traffic rerouting

If you normally travel along John B. Brooks Road in Jefferson to reach U.S. 129 or Ga. 332, you will want to find an alternate route beginning Friday.

July 13, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Oakwood's La Parrilla gets to keep alcohol license

OAKWOOD - La Parrilla will get to continue operating with an alcohol license but not before getting some admonition from Oakwood City Council on Monday night.

July 13, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverkeeper follows through with lawsuit

CUMMING - An environmental watchdog group has followed through on its pledge to sue the city of Cumming.

July 12, 2009 | By Jennifer Sami Times regional staff | Local


Rare fish make a home in Northeast Georgia

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are turning their attention to 23 endangered and threatened species in the Southeast.

July 12, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Life on Cash Road, Credit Drive raises eyebrows

It's the big punchline in Joel Trigg's household.

July 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood City Council to firm up Nov. 3 election

Oakwood City Council is expected to take actions tonight toward setting its general election on Nov. 3.

July 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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3 people escape East Hall fire unharmed

Three people escaped uninjured from an early Sunday house fire in East Hall.

February 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Area high schools excel in AP courses

Some of the most advanced students in the state are from Hall County and Gainesville schools.

February 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lessons learned directed response to ice storm

With only a dusting of snow and warming temperatures, Hall County dodged another round of treacherous winter weather Friday night and Saturday morning, days after a major ice storm toppled trees, ripped down street lights and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes.

February 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Power failure led to medical issues for some

When the power goes out, the time on the air supply ticks down for those dependent on in-home oxygen.

February 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Cleaning chimneys can reduce fire risk

As cold weather continues to grip North Georgia, homeowners forced inside may begin to notice more how their homes could use a good sweep or vacuuming.

February 21, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Local Disabled American Veterans’ chapter gives back

Electric wheelchairs are scattered through an area of the Gainesville warehouse, some intact and some clearly needing parts.

February 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


No more ice, just rain in forecast for weekend

North Georgia was braced for a second winter storm Friday night, but forecasts of ice accumulation didn't materialize in most areas.

February 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Oakwood, Buford to use sales tax for routine projects

For some of the smaller cities in Hall County, sales tax revenue means assistance in routine infrastructure maintenance.

February 21, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Challenged Child and Friends school holding open houses to welcome community, boost awareness

February 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Study says the poor bear the brunt of sales tax hikes

Georgia's poorest residents will pay a larger share of their income this year in state and local taxes than the wealthiest earners, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, a nonprofit Washington think tank.

February 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth County man indicted, charged with making homemade explosive devices

A 24-year-old Forsyth County man has been indicted on one count of unlawful handling of explosive devices for a November incident at his parents' home.

February 20, 2015 | By Kayla Robins Forsyth County News | Local


Gainesville approves $50K for ice storm cleanup

The Gainesville City Council voted Friday to allocate $50,000 from the general fund contingency budget to support continued cleanup efforts in the wake of this week's ice storm, which sent trees and limbs crashing onto homes and power lines.

February 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall man convicted of shooting teenager in leg

A Hall County man was convicted Friday in Superior Court for firing four times at another man at City Park.

February 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Downed tree, explosions delayed firefighters’ efforts at large house fire

Firefighters had to clear a downed tree, shuttle water, work in frigid temperatures and beware of exploding ammunition as they battled a large house fire late Thursday night.

February 20, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Case moves forward for man accused of shooting at police

The case against an Oakwood man accused of firing a sawed-off shotgun in the direction of Oakwood Police moved on to Superior Court on Friday morning.

February 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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