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Drug court turns a life around

Cruise Dill admits he's an unlikely person to represent the successes of drug court.

Dill reluctantly entered Hall County's felony drug court program in early 2006, only after much persuasion by his lawyer and parents. Once he was in, by his own admission, he cheated on drug tests, lied to his counselors, even lied to the judge. He missed other drug screens, was late to group therapy and didn't pay his fees on time. His required sponsor was little more than a name on a piece of paper.

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Q&A: Drug court judge says program helps those who want to quit

Superior Court Judge Jason Deal has presided over Hall County drug court since 2006. Deal has served on the Hall County Superior Court bench since 2005. He was previously district attorney and prior to that assistant district attorney in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. Deal sat down with Times reporter Stephen Gurr to talk about the younger participants in drug court.

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Citizenship drive set for today in Gainesville

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is sponsoring a nationwide Citizenship Day today aimed at starting citizenship paperwork for legal immigrants. Gainesville is one of five metro Atlanta areas participating.

April 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Under the influence: One family's ordeal with a teen and substance abuse

In three days, Amy Smith went from relief and hope for her teenage son's future to complete, utter despair over his senseless death.

April 30, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chambliss backs McCain's gas tax holiday

SAUTEE - U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said Friday night that he will support a bill by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that would create a holiday on the federal portion of the fuel tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

April 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Breaking the cycle: Pinwheels depict number of child abuse cases in Hall County

They may add a colorful, springlike appearance to the front lawn of the First Baptist Church on Green Street, but the pinwheels placed there Friday afternoon signify a subject that is far from lighthearted: child abuse.

"These pinwheels represent the 630 substantiated cases of abuse and neglect for 2006 here in Hall County," said Dee Dee Mize, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Gainesville. "What we're trying to do is make everybody understand that we have a lot of work to do and the numbers speak for themselves."

April 30, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Area political parties pick delegates

The Democratic and Republican parties will hold district conventions today to select delegates to their respective national conventions.

April 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Counselor's recovery from addiction help him better treat teens

When Mike Nixon counsels teenagers at his residential drug treatment program, he can say he's lived their lives.

April 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Prescription drug abuse is growing among teens

Addiction experts say they're alarmed at the growing number of teens who are abusing prescription drugs.

April 30, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Political sparring partners visit Gainesville

James Carville and Mary Matalin never play on the same team - except when it comes to their personal lives.

April 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Riverbend to close early for bike race

Riverbend Elementary School will release students at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday for the Tour de Georgia, a 600-mile bicycle race starting Monday and traveling through Gainesville that day.

April 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


14-year-old boy faces rape charge

A Hall County grand jury returned a felony indictment against a 14-year-old boy this week on charges of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

The defendant, who is not being named by The Times because of his age and his relationship with the alleged victim, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years without parole if convicted of rape. He is also charged with aggravated child molestation and child molestation in the alleged assault, which occurred in a Hall County home on Feb. 29, according to court documents. The boy was arrested March 28 and booked at the Hall County jail ...

April 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Political activists to serve as delegates at national party conventions

Some local people will be representing Northeast Georgia at their respective party's national conventions to be held later this year, and at least three first-time delegates are excited over the opportunity.

April 30, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Vision Capital Partners in no hurry to develop big land tract

There's a new landowner in Gainesville - claiming to be the largest - and they have big plans for nearly 1,000 acres on Old Cornelia Highway.

April 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville High considers random drug screenings

Gainesville High School is beginning to look at starting random drug screening for students who participate in athletics or extracurricular activities or drive to school.

April 30, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Water district councils seek Hall residents

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water District is seeking Hall County residents to serve on the Lake Lanier and Oconee basin advisory councils.

April 17, 2014 | | Local


Lanier Village Estates holds fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends

The young and old, two humans dressed as a biddy and a bunny, some dogs for petting and a U.S. representative turned out Wednesday for the fifth annual Lanier Village Estates Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends.

April 17, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Panel publicly upholds firing of Hall fire official

The Hall County Civil Service Board publicly voted 4-2 Wednesday to affirm the termination of an ex-Hall County Fire Department battalion chief.

April 17, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Cattle farmer honored for conservation efforts

Some say the agricultural industry in Hall County, worth $298 million to the area economy, is the backbone of the community.

April 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge and Bar: Motions set for man accused of assaulting deputies

Motions are scheduled for May 2 in the case of a man indicted in December on obstruction and terroristic threat charges.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


United Way raised $1.5 million in 2013

Raising more than $1.5 million in this economy is reason enough to celebrate.

April 16, 2014 | Savannah King | Local


Schools, manufacturing industry want to entice more young workers

Local manufacturers, business leaders and school officials gathered Wednesday at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood for a forum to address how skilled, educated and motivated workers can be developed, recruited and funneled into burgeoning career paths.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth bank robbery suspect caught

April 16, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville man resentenced after pleading to molestation

After a tumultuous ending more than a year ago, a child molestation case closed on calmer terms Tuesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville eases pawnshop restrictions

Gainesville City Council has given its nod to easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located after a second reading and final vote Tuesday.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


365 corridor beginning to take shape

Government officials, business leaders and developers gathered Tuesday at the Brenau Downtown Center to discuss progress along the Ga. 365 corridor in northeast Hall County.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Freezing temperatures expected overnight

So much for winter being over.

April 16, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood ready to abandon part of road

A road that used to connect downtown Oakwood to Atlanta Highway in South Hall County is fading more and more into history.

April 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials seek Clermont armed bank robbery suspect

Hall County and federal authorities are investigating an armed robbery Tuesday morning at a North Hall bank.

April 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Judge won’t restrict hearings access in murder case

A Hall County judge denied a defense motion to restrict public access to the pretrial hearings for an upcoming murder trial.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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