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Teen arrested near Skelton Road

A 17-year-old Gainesville man was arrested Monday after allegedly spray-painting gang graffiti on Victory Baptist Church. Hall County sheriff's officers saw Victoriano Lopez-Hernandez fighting with two individuals who bound his arms and legs and carried him into a residence on Skelton Road. The individuals were Lopez-Hernandez' brothers, who were trying to keep him from continuing to vandalize the church, officers said. Officers found that Lopez-Hernandez had been drinking, and charged him with underage consumption of alcohol, disorderly conduct, vandalism of a place of worship and violation of the street gang and terrorism act, according to the Hall County Sheriff ...

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


US 129 construction closes inside lanes

The inside shoulders and inside lanes of U.S. 129 will be closed in each direction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday. The closures will start at Ridge Road and run to Athens Street for construction of the new curb and gutter.

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Officials release sketch of robbery suspect

The Gainesville Police Department is continuing its investigation into the armed robbery that occurred March 12 at the Waffle House on Pentee Drive. During the robbery, three black males entered the business. One of them brandished a handgun and demanded cash from the clerk.

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia budget leaves Gainesville State College pleased, Lanier Tech 'cautiously optimistic'

Pardon Michael Moye for not getting overly excited about the state legislature's approval of funding for two needed construction projects.

April 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Amicalola, Unicoi go green to save money

Georgia's state parks already have a reputation for being "green," but now they're taking it a step further.

April 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


UGA student claims he was profiled

Jim Diffly says he was questioned by the FBI for taking pictures of a Gainesville poultry plant because of how he looks.

Local and federal authorities say Diffly was questioned because of what he was doing.

April 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Despite rain, Lanier still far from full

Recent rains have boosted Lake Lanier levels up by half a foot in the past week, according to the National Weather Service.

Gainesville received four-tenths of an inch of rain during the last two days of March, and lake levels continued to creep upward. On Friday and Saturday, about 1.5 inches fell in the area, raising water levels from 1,056.57 feet above sea level on March 30 to 1,057.03 feet on Sunday.

April 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Iraqi boy to have surgery in the US

All indications are that another Iraqi child has made it the United States to receive life-saving heart surgery thanks to the intervention of a Gainesville native.

Maj. Kevin Jarrard, a Marine from Gainesville who is currently in Iraq, has worked closely with the father of little Ammar Haddad Muhammad, a 5-year-old Iraqi boy. Jarrard has been clearing IEDs with father Hammad, who is an Iraqi police captain.

April 17, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Gainesville police, fire budgeting for growth

Two of the most expensive city-funded departments have asked the Gainesville City Council to consider the effects of city growth when tightening the belt on their departments' budgets.

April 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Bike races in downtown Gainesville lure hundreds of spectators, racers

Hundreds of cyclists turned out Sunday to wheel through the streets of downtown Gainesville for the third leg of the Georgia Cup racing series.

April 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Forest Service plans to assess trail conditions in the Jake and Bull Mountain area

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input on the future of a popular trail system near Dahlonega.

April 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Bikers play hand of poker for a good cause

The Association of Recovering Motorcyclists rode through North Georgia on Saturday for a poker run, but the big prize was giving back.

April 17, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Want a check? You need to file a tax return

Reuben Ivey, 63, sat patiently among 18 others Saturday in Gainesville's Senior Life Center, waiting to get help with paperwork to file an income tax return.

April 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Iraqi boy lands safely in U.S.

Ammar Haddad Muhammad, a 5-year-old Iraqi boy, and his father landed on time Saturday night in Charleston, S.C., to begin the process of getting life-saving surgery thanks to help from a Gainesville Marine.

Maj. Kevin Jarrard, a Marine from Gainesville who is currently in Iraq, identified little Ammar, whose father, Hammad, is an Iraqi police captain. Jarrard, a 35-year-old history teacher at Riverside Military Academy, commands Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, a Marine Corps Reserve unit.

April 17, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Northeast Georgia History Center wraps up annual estate sale

The Northeast Georgia History Center held its third annual Antiques Show and Estate Sale on Saturday, giving local folks a chance to invest in antiques or find out if they already owned a treasure.

The antique show featured tables of local and out-of-state antique dealers specializing in a variety of items. Many other items donated to the history center for the sale ranged from sets of wine glasses to a Chinese wall hanging donated by former Sen. Zell Miller.

April 17, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


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Credit union tallies $15K for injured firefighters’ fund

In nearly a month since a ladder truck fell, residents of Hall County have raised more than $15,000 for three injured Hall County firefighters.

August 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County moving on health clinic without Gainesville

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to proceed with opening a pharmacy and health clinic to serve county employees.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man sentenced to 6 months in Social Security benefit thefts

Federal prosecutors said a South Georgia man has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing children's Social Security benefits.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Handgun training event looks to put a stop to human trafficking

A handgun training event, "Taking Aim at Human Trafficking," will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in Gainesville.

August 14, 2014 | Times staff | Local


The Medical Center Foundation seeks golf tourney beneficiary

Plans are in the works to select a beneficiary for the 2015 Medical Center Open Golf Tournament.

August 14, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Population may not grow as fast, new estimates show

Hall County's population might double by 2040, not triple, as is forecast in Hall's current long-term transportation plan.

August 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safety work set on Union Church Road

Plans are moving forward to improve safety on a short but treacherous stretch of Union Church Road in South Hall County.

August 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside confers first entrepreneurial leadership award

Riverside Military Academy took the first step Thursday in establishing a scholarship fund for families who cannot afford tuition without financial assistance.

August 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville: 4th side of downtown square for sale

Plans to develop the fourth side of the downtown Gainesville square have fallen through and the property owner is now looking to sell the site.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Schools struggle with religious expression on campus

For faculty at public schools, there is a fine line between the right to express personal religious belief and the need to respect the range of beliefs held by students.

August 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Helmet giveaway promotes bike safety

Five area organizations teamed up to make a safer community Wednesday in Clermont. The main attraction under the Clay E. Gailey Park pavilion was free bicycle helmets for kids from Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County. Safe Kids coordinator Kim Martin said the organizations gave away about 50 helmets between 4 and 6 p.m. Clermont parent Jonathan Sargent was driving by with his daughters and spotted the event. "They love to ride bikes, almost every day," Sargent said of daughters Brooklyn, 9, and London, 6. "Brooklyn was so excited to get a new one because she's outgrown hers." Six ...

August 13, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Vandals strike neighborhood

Hall County investigators are asking for community help after vandalism was reported in a South Hall County neighborhood.

August 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Dawson County jailer to lose post

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


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