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Emerson fundraiser nets more than $8,500

A fundraising event in memory of slain hiker Meredith Emerson collected more than $8,500 on June 25.

July 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lula woman sentenced to federal prison

A Lula woman was sentenced Monday in Gainesville to four years and nine months in federal prison on tax-related fraud charges.

Molly A. Smith, 50, also was placed on three years of supervised release and ordered by U.S. District Judge William C. O'Kelley to pay restitution of $413,847 to the IRS and $777,901 to North Carolina.

July 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Brenau’s Firespark! camp pairs talented teens with professionals

For the next two weeks, young people from across the globe will learn about a variety of art forms while living at Brenau University's campus for Firespark! summer camp.

Monday was the first day at Firespark! for the campers, who range in age from 13-18 and can take classes on everything from hip-hop to journalism to medicine.

July 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fair helps families with transition

For most children, their 18th birthday is an exciting time as they look forward to college, careers and living on their own.

But if the child has a disability, turning 18 is a milestone fraught with uncertainty.

July 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall residents could split tax payments

An old law could be brought back to life if the Hall County Board of Commissioners decides to authorize collecting taxes twice a year.

If the commission approves it, Hall County residents will have the option to pay taxes in two increments or continue to pay once at the end of the year.

July 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Harrington, a champion for technical schools, dies at 82

James Harrington, a driving force in the modernization of Georgia's system of technical colleges, has died following an extended illness. He was 82.

Harrington, who also served as a Forsyth County commissioner, was among the first members named to the State Board of Technical and Adult Education by then-Gov. Joe Frank Harris.

July 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


684 homes planned near Lake Lanier Islands

A company owned by Gwinnett businessman Virgil Williams and his family has filed an application for approval of a mixed-use resort community off Friendship Road in South Hall County.

July 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City aims to bring in more carnivals

Gainesville officials are looking for ways to bring a little more fun into Gainesville.

July 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Georgia gets leeway for No Child rules

Local educators say the new flexibility Georgia was granted in implementing the No Child Left Behind Act is a step in the right direction, but won't do enough to distinguish between nearly adequate schools and grossly inadequate schools.

July 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Another teen drowns in Lake Lanier

A 14-year-old boy has become the second teen to drown on Lake Lanier this holiday weekend, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Both drownings happened after the teens fell into drop-offs in otherwise shallow water and a Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman stressed warnings made to the public before the beginning of the holiday weekend: Be extremely careful in the waters of Lake Lanier because the lowered lake level makes the terrain unpredictable.

July 10, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Healthy Monday: Longstreet Clinic's Cancer Center is expanding

Construction is under way on a $1.2 million project that will almost double the capacity of the Longstreet Clinic's Cancer Center.

July 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board focused on ‘moving forward’

The Gainesville City Board of Education will convene for the first time tonight since it fired its superintendent of seven years and could identify candidates for the interim superintendent position.

Newly elected chairman of the board David Syfan said other than completing the superintendent's evaluation, there's not much on tonight's agenda regarding any unfinished business with Steven Ballowe, former superintendent of Gainesville city schools, who the board fired Thursday with a 3-2 vote.

July 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Busy weekend for authorities closes quietly

The Merriman family searched for a fishing spot on their way home to Decatur from a relaxing holiday weekend in the Northeast Georgia mountains.

They ended up stopping at Hall County's Clarks Bridge Park, where Bob Merriman and sons Campbell, 9, and Collier, 6, played in the water while Dana tended to the family dog, a Boston terrier named Buster.

July 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Wife trying to get husband back in U.S. from Mexico

With a voice that resonates both defiant and despondent, Linda Gonzalez will tell you what's troubling her. Her husband, Innencinco, was flown to Mexico by the United States government after five years of calling America home.

July 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Number of drownings in Lanier climbs to 4 for holiday weekend

The number of drownings in Lake Lanier during the holiday weekend rose to four this morning with the discovery of the bodies of two Alpharetta men who drowned late Saturday when their pontoon boat wrecked in Forsyth County.

July 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Camp helps kids face loss

Camp Braveheart, founded in 1996 by the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, is a weeklong summer camp designed to help children who have experienced a significant loss in their family. The camp is free of charge. Volunteer camp counselors are joined by licensed social workers and an art therapist to help the grieving campers at Cedar Hill Enrichment Center in Gainesville.

July 18, 2014 | | Local


Plans for new school in Mundy Mill neighborhood still on track

With two elementary schools near capacity, Gainesville City Schools is going forward with plans to build a new elementary school in the Mundy Mill neighborhood.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Museum to be first of its kind in Georgia

A museum dedicated to education is one step closer to reality in Flowery Branch.

July 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


New test designed to allow for more truck drivers, improve safety

Georgians will be seeing more trucks on the highway in coming years - at least, if economic development plans pan out as the governor's office expects.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Jumping right in: A swimmer at last

Until my adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, there was no way I would go into a pool past my shoulders.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State jobless patterns are not felt locally

The rising jobless rate in Georgia doesn't reflect the local employment picture, area business leaders say.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Early voting for runoff ends today

Today is the last day to vote early for Tuesday's runoff election.

July 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


2nd man arrested in West Avenue shooting

The case involving a June 5 shooting death at a West Avenue apartment has moved to Superior Court, and a second man connected to the case has been brought into police custody.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cockfighting suspicion leads to man's arrest on pot charges

A Hall County man arrested Wednesday in relation to growing marijuana also is suspected of being involved in cockfighting, Hall County officials said in a news release.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch approves property tax increase

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved the city's first millage rate increase since 2006.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

No one was hurt Thursday when a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 985 southbound shut down the highway for a time.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to life without parole for rape

A Gainesville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday on charges of rape and false imprisonment, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man convicted of attempted murder

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of attempted murder in connection with an October 2012 knife attack, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lesson seven: Kick, hands, kick, hands

Wednesday marked my second-to-last adult swim lesson at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. It also marked my first time swimming across the pool, a full 25 yards, from the three-foot side of the pool to the six-foot side.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


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