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Fraud victim tracked suspect to Clermont

It took Robert Hodges eight years to find Wendell Spell and get back the $17,000 he was owed.

October 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Schools cut budgets amid dark economic times

Hall County educators are slashing the school system's budget now to be "better safe than sorry" as the state and national budget pictures continue to darken.

October 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Collins: Being a chaplain in Iraq requires communication

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

October 25, 2008 | Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Flowery Branch City Council to negotiate buyback from developer

The Flowery Branch City Council voted Monday to negotiate buying back sewer and water tap fees from a company that, because of the stalled housing market, has put off plans for a townhome development.

October 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Paying with cash won’t necessarily get you a better deal

Cash on the barrel head.

October 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville property tax bills (almost) are in the mail

Gainesville property owners can expect their tax bills to arrive in the next week.

October 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Changes under way at WNEG-TV

If you tuned in to WNEG-TV, Channel 32 out of Toccoa, on Sunday afternoon expecting to see a football game between the Steelers and the Bengals, you may have been surprised to see the Roughriders take on the Tiger-Cats instead.

October 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Back in the golden days: Dahlonega event attracts hundreds

DAHLONEGA - The annual fall festival "Gold Rush Days," sponsored this year by the Dahlonega Jaycees, drew hundreds to the Northeast Georgia town this past weekend for a mix of arts and crafts and tasty food.

October 23, 2008 | Megan Gill | Local


Help with bills difficult to get when agencies run dry

Volunteers with the Ministry of Caring at First Baptist Church in Gainesville told Jennifer Tanner that because of increased pleas for assistance, it was a fluke that the program had funds available recently when she asked for help paying the power bill.

October 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Man gets 18 months for rolling back used vehicles’ odometers

A Buford man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for rolling back odometers on used cars and trucks to make the vehicles more valuable, the Justice Department announced Friday.

October 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


History center’s Aaron video wins national award

The Northeast Georgia History Center's video documentary on the life of local golf legend Tommy Aaron has won the prestigious Pegasus Award of Excellence for 2008.

October 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Officials hope new design thwarts manhole cover thefts

Thieves always will steal valuable metals like gold and silver, but you know the economy stinks when thieves start taking steel manhole covers.

October 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Meet your government: Sheriff's spokesman wears many hats

Jeff Strickland may be the most-quoted man in The Times.

October 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Area meetings

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

October 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Pedestrian dies after being struck by car

A Gainesville man died after he was struck late Friday by a car as he walked across Browns Bridge Road.

October 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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YMCA-school partnership provides swim lessons for Hall County youth

In Hall County and all along Lake Lanier, it's important to know how to swim.

May 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Medical cannabis commission, patient registry taking shape

The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis is taking shape with Gov. Nathan Deal's appointment this week of Gainesville resident and pharmacist Sara "Mandy" Wilson Reece, and the state's patient registry will soon come online.

May 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Parking, traffic plans made for Gainesville High graduation

Gainesville High School will hold graduation commencement exercises for the class of 2015 Friday at 7 p.m. at City Park Stadium.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


ADA Tour comes to Brenau Downtown Center on Friday

The Americans with Disabilities Act Legacy Tour will make its second visit to Gainesville from noon to 3 p.m. Friday with exhibits on display at Brenau University's Downtown Center at 301 Main St. SW.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local




FBI nabs gang murders suspect in South Hall

A suspected MS-13 gang member was arrested Tuesday in Flowery Branch in connection with the 2011 execution-style deaths of two brothers in New York.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Historic building renovations progressing at Gym of '36

No matter how much his business grows, regardless of how rapidly his mortgage banking company expands, Wes Hunt's past and present will always be inextricably linked.

May 20, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Georgia science, social studies standards up for revision

To be literate in science and social studies, students need the most accurate, updated education possible.

May 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County welcomes businesses to discuss bid process

It's been a struggle for Hall County to drum up competition for its goods, services and capital improvement needs over the last year, and the result could be costly for taxpayers.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


North Georgia Community Foundation Hosts Philanthropy at its Best on June 2

North Georgia Community Foundation is hosting Philanthropy at its Best, an opportunity to learn how the foundation can be a charitable giving resource for professional advisors and their clients.

May 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Local business owner announces candidacy for Gainesville City Council

Gainesville resident Zack Thompson announced Wednesday that he will run against incumbent Bob Hamrick for the Ward 2 seat on the Gainesville City Council this fall.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Accused in taxi cab slaying file for judge recusal, separate trials

Five people indicted in the death of a Taxi El Palmar driver filed motions recently related to a new judge presiding over the case and to have separate trials.

May 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Teen driver sentenced in crash that killed North Forsyth student

The teenage driver in a single-vehicle wreck that killed a rising North Forsyth High School senior last June faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide.

May 20, 2015 | Kayla Robins Times regional staff | Local


Gainesville’s Serra earns certification from UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Alicia Serra earned local finance officer certification in the first quarter of 2015 through the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government's financial management training program.

May 20, 2015 | | Local


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