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Court system changes mean faster pleas for immigration detainees

On a Friday morning in the Hall County jail, two dozen jumpsuit-clad inmates lined up in handcuffs and leg irons to plead guilty to the misdemeanor crimes that landed them there.

After being led by deputies into a plain cinder block room converted into a courtroom with a pair of flags and a judge's desk at one end, the inmates quietly sat in rows of metal and plastic chairs. They waited to enter their pleas before Hall County Senior State Court Judge Charles Wynne, many with the aid of a Spanish-language interpreter.

October 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The great pumpkins are on sale at First United Methodist Church

Gainesville First United Methodist Church kicked off its annual pumpkin sale on Sunday afternoon.

October 09, 2008 | BY MEGAN GILL news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Cleveland post office named for fallen soldier

CLEVELAND - The wall of the Cleveland post office now bears the name of Sgt. Jason Robert Harkins, who was killed in Iraq in 2007.

October 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Area meetings

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

October 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville police seeking armed robbery suspect

Gainesville police are investigating an armed robbery Saturday night at Super Mercado Carrillo El Guero.

October 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tax-free sales lure shoppers to save energy and water

Several times in the 32 years since his home in the Sardis area was built, Bradley Martin has replaced parts on toilets.

October 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Residents run, ride to raise money for wounded deputy

Hall County police officers and community members gathered early Saturday morning at Blackshear Place Baptist Church for the 5K Fun Run & Bike Ride for Deputy Joe Groover.

October 08, 2008 | By Megan Gill news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Soon, Chestatee High students can go outdoors, with class

If you can't bring Mother Nature to the classroom, take the classroom to Mother Nature.

October 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fans approve of alternative fuels at Petit Le Mans

BRASELTON - When the flag flew Saturday morning for the start of the 11th Annual Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta's signature race went green in more ways than one.

October 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Economy has frozen some residential developments in S. Hall

FLOWERY BRANCH - The sign says that Starboard Townhomes will be available in the spring of 2006.

October 08, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Thrifty shoppers descend on Junior League sale

Bargain-hunters by the hundreds - some 900 in the first hour alone - packed the Georgia Mountains Center Saturday morning for the Junior League's annual Harvest Thrift Sale.

October 08, 2008 | From staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


See you at Petit Le Mans

Some 100,000 people are expected to converge on Road Atlanta in Braselton this morning for the 11th running of the Petit Le Mans, a mini version of France's 24 hours of Le Mans. The race starts at 11:15 a.m. and usually goes about 10 hours.

Though the race includes a international cadre of competitors and fans, local favorite Johnny O'Connell of Flowery Branch will be competing again this year.

October 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Bush OKs historic $700 billion bailout

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal and his six fellow House Republicans from Georgia were not swayed by arm-twisting and steadfastly voted against a historic $700 billion government bailout of the battered financial industry on Friday.

October 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Motorsports resort proposed in Dawsonville

DAWSONVILLE - Golf resorts haven't fared well in recent months in Dawson County, but developers hope a new concept in country club living will motor past the competition.

Jeremy Porter, a Forsyth County resident and longtime racing enthusiast, has submitted plans to develop a motorsports country club in Dawsonville.

October 07, 2008 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Wells Fargo to buy Wachovia; Citigroup objects

NEW YORK --Wachovia says it agreed to be acquired by San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. in a $15.1 billion all-stock deal. But Citigroup now demands that Wachovia abide by the terms of its earlier deal to buy Wachovia's banking operations.

October 07, 2008 | | Local


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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


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Headmaster kisses pig following school's high reading scores

Lakeview Academy Headmaster John Kennedy kissed Purdy the Tamworth pig Wednesday at the Gainesville school as a reward for first- through fifth-grade students, who exceeded their goal in the Scholastic Reading Counts challenge.

October 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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