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17-month-old ingests meth; father is charged

A Buford man was arrested on charges related to his 17-month-old daughter accidentally ingesting methamphetamine, police said.

Heriberto Benitez-Perez, 28, was charged with third-degree cruelty to children and possession of a controlled substance, Gwinnett police Cpl. David Schiralli said.

January 21, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville votes to build pump station; sewer lines may not come soon

Sewer service is coming to the south side of Gainesville - one day.

January 21, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Woman run over by vehicle is in stable condition Tuesday

A woman who was run over on Brown Street while she laid on the road Monday night was in stable condition at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's intensive care unit Tuesday.

January 21, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Local residents tune in to historic inauguration

As required by the U.S. Constitution, the swearing-in of President Barack Obama took place around noon today.

January 20, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


READ: Text of President Obama's inaugural address

Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Tuesday, as prepared for delivery and released by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

My fellow citizens:

January 20, 2009 | | Local




Obama's inauguration 'a major watershed in global history'

Today, we all become part of history.

January 20, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Serving selflessly: Even in DC, Hall is active

WASHINGTON - As the nation's capital teemed with millions of men, women and children hungry for change Monday, thousands of people showed up at Washington's RFK Stadium to be the change they seek.

January 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Local Democrats savor victory with trip to DC

WASHINGTON - After months of campaigning for the Democratic presidential candidate, who was the underdog in conservative Hall County, local Democrats will have their heyday today.

January 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


West Hall students get hands-on learning in DC

WASHINGTON - More than a dozen West Hall Middle School students are spending this week in the Washington area learning about the history of America's civil rights movement and our nation's progressive leaders.

January 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


State's Democrats might help Georgia get stimulus money

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has heard the promises of help from Washington, but is not waiting on an influx of federal dollars to begin working on the state's projected $2.2 billion budget shortfall.

January 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Despite economy, industrial park likely to proceed

In spite of the economic downturn, Gainesville and Hall County will likely move forward with the construction of a planned industrial park.

January 20, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Racial graffiti found at fire

CUMMING - Authorities are investigating a suspicious weekend house fire they say occurred while the homeowner, a single mother of three, was in Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration.

January 19, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Expect another day of frigid cold

If you were looking for a reprieve from the biting cold weather Tuesday, you are out of luck, but there is still hope that warmer temperatures will arrive Wednesday.

January 19, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall deputies search for escaped inmate

The Hall County Sheriff's Office of Internal Affairs is investigating why jail officials failed to realize an inmate of the Hall County Jail had escaped until 24 hours after the inmate went missing.

Police believe 24-year-old Obiel Pineda-Pardo escaped when he was allowed to take out the trash around 7 a.m. Friday, but he was not reported missing until after a Saturday morning head count.

January 19, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | 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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