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Growing Hall County heads toward 200,000

Gainesville is among the fastest growing areas in the nation and many local residents are not surprised.

March 21, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Spell’s ex-employees say they didn’t know about scheme

Three people who worked for accused Ponzi schemer Wendell Spell say they had no idea he was bilking investors in his heavy equipment company and should not be named as defendants in a lawsuit against him.

March 21, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Peace Corps volunteers affected by Forsyth woman’s death

Peace Corps volunteer JP Banks said the untimely death of 24-year-old Kate Puzey in West Africa earlier this month is a reminder of his own service and risks abroad.

March 21, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Three Hall roads on state’s stimulus project list

Three Hall County roads are included on a list of 135 Georgia Department of Transportation projects that may be funded with federal stimulus money.

March 21, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall commissioner believes annexation is for speed trap

Hall County Commissioner Bobby Banks alleges that the only reason the Gainesville Police Department is interested in annexing property along Interstate 985 near Oakwood is to set up speed traps as a revenue source.

March 21, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall spelling champ places 7th in state bee

Parker Ramey proved he could hang with the big dogs Friday at the state championship spelling bee in Atlanta.

March 21, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Sixth rabies case confirmed in Hall County

Another case of rabies has been confirmed in Hall County, bringing the 2009 total to six.

March 20, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Redevelopment authority attorney replaced

Emily Bagwell was chosen as new attorney for the Gainesville-Hall County Redevelopment Authority at its Friday meeting.

March 20, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson School Board retreat touches on class success

Members of the Jefferson City Schools Board of Education spent the first day of their annual retreat reflecting on the past and planning for the future.

March 20, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Troy Hester found guilty of murder

Troy Hester said his girlfriend shot herself, but a Hall County jury didn't buy it.

March 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Local company’s gadget nets $10,000 award

A pair of engineers who have developed an automated system for retrieving individual items in warehouses were honored Friday with a $10,000 award from an Ohio-based firm.

March 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Anna Ruby Falls construction delayed

The reopening of the Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area near Helen, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed until April 4.

March 20, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Sawnee Mountain Preserve opens second year with shindig

CUMMING - To commemorate the start of its second year, officials are inviting the public to a special event today at the Sawnee Mountain Visitor Center.

March 20, 2009 | By Frank Reddy Times regional staff | Local


Clarks Bridge Park public boat ramp closed today

March 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Woman charged after pot delivery

A Gainesville woman was charged with drug trafficking after she signed for a special postal delivery of 12 pounds of marijuana, authorities said.

March 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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


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