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Norton's yearly report offers sunny economic outlook in dark times

In his annual Native Intelligence report, Gainesville real estate executive Frank Norton Jr. used that age old adage, "When life give you lemons, make lemonade."

January 22, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Suspect charged in string of break-ins

Gainesville police today arrested a man suspected in a string of auto break-ins in the southeast part of town.

Milton Grant, 40, was arrested on a charge of loitering on Fair Street this morning, Gainesville Police Lt. Brian Kelly said.

January 22, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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


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Low gas prices leave more cash left for convenience items

As gas prices hit a record low for the year Saturday morning at $2.48 a gallon average in Gainesville, the steady decline in gas prices across the country has everyone excited - not just customers.

December 14, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Sergeant breaks record in effort to raise money for youth home

Sgt. Greg Cochran of the Hall County Sheriff's Office beat his own world record Saturday morning when he flipped a 555-pound tire 205 times.

December 13, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Man taken to hospital after fire burns small North Hall home

A man was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation Saturday afternoon after his home on Clarks Bridge Road burned.

December 13, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities find no trace of home invasion suspect

December 13, 2014 | Times regional reorts | Local


Federal nutrition standards don’t affect Hall County’s high-quality lunches

December 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Gainesville law enforcement prohibit profiling

Following a federal expansion of the profiling ban this week, local law enforcement officials said their policies are set to hold their officers to similar standards.

December 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville students to compete in First Lego League contest

Many senior citizens are uncomfortable using a computer, but fifth-graders at Centennial Arts Academy want to help change that.

December 12, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


J.C. Penney submits plans for $1M remodel at Lakeshore Mall

The J.C. Penney Co.'s department store at Lakeshore Mall has submitted plans for review to Gainesville's community development department that call for $1 million in renovations.

December 12, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Local


Missing elderly man found in metro Atlanta

A man who went missing Wednesday from Gainesville was found Thursday at about 7 p.m. in metro Atlanta.

December 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Pulitzer-winning photojournalist with Gainesville ties dies in Liberia

Photojournalist Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who started his career at The Times in the 1970s and more recently captured compelling images of Ebola patients and their caretakers, died in Liberia while on assignment for The Washington Post. He was 58.

December 12, 2014 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Bus service sets schedule for holidays

The Gainesville Connection bus service is offering extended hours in the days before Christmas.

December 12, 2014 | | Local


Third annual memorial blood drive to honor Eagle Scout

The third annual Patrick Kelley Memorial Blood Drive on Saturday will honor an Eagle Scout and Gainesville High School band member.

December 12, 2014 | | Local


Stand Down event offers help

Clothing, blankets and food will be available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John Baptist Church in Gainesville.

December 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


77-year-old Gainesville man reported missing

The Hall County Sheriff's Office put out a notice Thursday afternoon for a missing Gainesville man.

December 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Centennial second-graders raise money for cow for needy family

Schoolchildren in Gainesville are counting their pennies and dimes and pooling their allowances to buy a cow.

December 12, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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