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Man gets two years for Wal-Mart bomb threat

A Rabun County man was sentenced to two years in prison today in federal court in Gainesville for phoning a bomb threat to a Wal-Mart store.

Thomas Narron, Sr., 44, of Rebecca pleaded guilty to making threatening communications.

January 22, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson elementary schools focus on getting students caught up

Officials at the two elementary schools within the Jefferson school system realize that most students aren't magicians.

January 22, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Invasive species eating up Georgia, but DNR has a plan

Any living thing that's in a place where it's not supposed to be can cause trouble.

January 22, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Judges take turns on bench in death-penalty hearing

The death penalty case of Allan Robert Dickie will have had four different superior court judges presiding before it gets close to coming to trial.

January 22, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville business owner becomes a US citizen

President Barack Obama made history by taking an oath on Tuesday, but the oath Jose Covarrubias took Wednesday in Atlanta made Jan. 21 a big day for him.

January 22, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tax collections are down in Hall County this year

The Hall County Board of Commissioners requested an update on tax collections from Tax Commissioner Keith Echols at its work session Wednesday.

January 22, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch closer to adding traffic light at crossroads

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch appears closer to getting a traffic light installed at the busy intersection of Thurmon Tanner Parkway and Phil Niekro Boulevard.

January 21, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville State gets $100,855 from Wal-Mart

OAKWOOD - The Wal-Mart State Giving Foundation has made a $100,855 donation to Gainesville State College to create a Wal-Mart Scholars program for male and minority students seeking a degree in early childhood education.

January 21, 2009 | | Local


Locals who made the trip endured lines to see history made

WASHINGTON - More than a handful of Hall Countians can now legitimately flaunt the "I was there" buttons vendors were hawking up and down the streets of Washington.

January 21, 2009 | By Jessica Jordan and Harris Blackwood The Times | Local


Local retailers pulling peanut butter products

The FDA's growing list of recalled products containing peanut butter connected to a salmonella outbreak is changing daily, and grocers expect more foods to be pulled from shelves as the probe into a Blakely processing plant continues.

January 21, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lila Cooley: Cold and crowds worth the effort

I'm tired. I'm still cold and shivering despite the fact that I'm sitting in the warmth of a heated house. My nose is running uncontrollably. My voice is hoarse due to a combination of excessive talking and a lack of sleep.

January 21, 2009 | By Lila Kate Cooley For The Times | Local


Jefferson schools consider becoming a charter system

The Jefferson City School System is thinking about leaving tradition behind and joining a growing group of charter school systems.

January 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Fire marshal won’t confirm racial motivations behind blaze at Obama supporter's house

CUMMING - William Morrow still is in disbelief, struggling to come to grips with the suspicious fire that destroyed his daughter's house Sunday morning.

January 21, 2009 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


No one injured when smoke fills nursing home

A fire alarm Tuesday night at a nursing home turned out to be just an electrical problem that caused some smoke, according to a fire official.

January 21, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Police: Suwanee man tried to sell marijuana to undercover officers

Gainesville authorities arrested a Suwanee man who tried to sell two pounds of marijuana to undercover officers Friday, police said Tuesday.

The arrest occurred on McEver extension, Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad commander Lt. Scott Ware said.

January 21, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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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


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


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