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Soldier's wife charged in deaths of children

The wife of a soldier from Gainesville faced a federal judge Tuesday after tearfully proclaiming her innocence to intentionally killing two of her children in an arson fire.

November 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two Hall County schools earn state honors

Two Hall County schools are among more than 275 Georgia public schools recognized Wednesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue and state Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox for improvement and achievement during the 2007-2008 school year.

November 23, 2008 | From staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Lean Cuisine frozen chicken meals recalled

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is alerting consumers to the recall of some Lean Cuisine frozen chicken meals manufactured by Nestlé Prepared Foods Co. of Springville, Utah.

November 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Transfer will cover Flowery Branch's budget shortfall

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday to transfer $71,697 from this year's budget to cover a shortfall in the 2007-08 budget.

November 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hagen Creek community may get new neighbors

North Hall could see another mega development built alongside the future Hagen Creek, the planned community approved by Hall County in January.

The development, called Cane Creek, would be a commercial and residential development sitting next to Hagen Creek near Lula.

November 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Organization plans fundraising gala to offset state budget cuts

Rebecca Davis hopes a certain puppy will bring in some much needed funding and attention for abused children at the Hope & Healing Harvest Fest Saturday.

The gala, which will feature a silent auction, food and live music, aims to raise money for the Children's Center for Hope and Healing. The center, formerly called the Family Relations Program, provides counseling to children who are the victims of sexual abuse.

November 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mayor mistaken on claims about emergency response during August tornadoes

During at least two meetings in the last week, Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras incorrectly told audiences that county "islands" within the city limits caused a problem with emergency responses to the Office Depot shopping center when a tornado hit it in late August.

Figueras twice told audiences that the city's emergency responders were the first to arrive on the scene when a tornado hit the Office Depot shopping center - a county island - on Aug. 26, and then had to wait for permission from the county to begin relief efforts.

November 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Retired teachers praise decision

ATLANTA - More than 300,000 active and retired educators across the state heaved a collective sigh of relief Wednesday after the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia board of trustees voted to keep retired educators' guaranteed semi-annual cost-of-living adjustments intact.

November 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Group announces dates for heating program

The Georgia Department of Human Resources will help pay heating costs for natural gas, electricity, heating oil or liquid propane. One-time payments will be made by checks issued to the home energy suppliers on behalf of eligible households.

November 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Traffic signal project may ease driving woes

Navigating Jesse Jewell Parkway or Browns Bridge Road can test the patience of any motorist, especially during rush hour and other busy times of the day.

November 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Judge nixes new trial for ex-fiance

A judge refused to grant a new trial Wednesday in the much-publicized case of the jilted bride.

November 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Marijuana grower faces life sentence

A Blairsville man faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole for growing marijuana on National Forest land.

Andrew N. Cox, 45, was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court in Gainesville this week on charges of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and attempting to manufacture marijuana, officials said.

November 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deal: GOP in opposition mode

The 110th Congress appears headed toward a partisan close, with Senate Democrats backing legislation that would direct some of the money in the $700 billion Wall Street bailout to the auto industry, and the White House and Republicans saying help for automakers should not come from the rescue plan.

November 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cleveland volunteers renovate building for free clinic

For months, a storefront on Cleveland's downtown square has had its doors painted with the message, "Coming soon: White County free clinic."

November 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Pioneering Camp Fire Girls leader Martha Hope dies

Martha Hope, who devoted much of her life to programs for girls of Northeast Georgia, has died following a period of declining health.

November 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal wants more education opportunities for inmates

January 22, 2015 | BY KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Dawsonville teen Hunter Hicks charged as adult in molestation case

January 22, 2015 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Lula councilwoman dies following Jan. 10 wreck

Longtime Lula Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, who was injured in a Jan. 10 wreck in East Hall County, died Thursday.

January 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Savannah port officials watching transportation debate in legislature

Port of Savannah officials have their hands full with an ambitious deepening project, but they're also watching how the transportation funding debate plays out in the Georgia General Assembly.

January 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hospital celebrates its 2,000th robotic surgery procedure

Some milestones come with age - others with the advent of technology.

January 22, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall hopes to dismiss excessive force lawsuit

Hall County's representation in a civil suit brought by a former Hall County Jail inmate hopes to dismiss the case, saying the county can't be held liable for a jailer's actions.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County reviewing Gateway Centre marketing plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is likely to sign off tonight on an updated marketing plan for the Gateway Industrial Centre in hopes the business park is finally ready for build-out.

January 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville wants peek under Green Street to fix traffic, drainage problems

Everybody knows what's on top of Green Street in Gainesville: cars and more cars.

January 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County, Lumpkin County narcotics squads seize $120K in marijuana, meth

Authorities said a 62-year-old man has allegedly distributed 2 pounds of illegal narcotics a week in Hall County and three neighboring counties.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New website to help Hall parents assist kids with math homework

Hall County parents who are unsure how to help their children with math homework will soon have a tool to make it easier.

January 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Will Schofield, Dick Yarbrough named to education reform commission

Gov. Nathan Deal has named 33 state education experts, including Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield and columnist Dick Yarbrough, to the state Education Reform Commission.

January 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch woman charged with arson, insurance fraud

A Flowery Branch woman was charged Tuesday with first-degree arson and insurance fraud in connection with allegedly setting a fire at her home.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Tax criticism grows as agreement nears in Hall County

Criticisms are growing as Hall County and area city officials prepare to sign off on an agreement about what projects to fund if voters approve a special purpose local option sales tax in March.

January 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Russell McMurry named new DOT commissioner

Longtime Georgia Department of Transportation executive Russell McMurry was elected Tuesday to be its new commissioner, effective immediately.

January 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville High graduation to take place at City Park

The Gainesville City Board of Education on Tuesday night recognized students for their presentations during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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