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Fathers cut a rug with their little girls

Word of mouth has helped the Daddy Daughter Dance grow in popularity in the ninth year of the event.

March 03, 2008 | By Karina Garcia | Local


Victim of home invasion says ‘justice was served’ with sentences

A victim of a harrowing home invasion robbery on Price Road last July said she was relieved that three defendants were sentenced to lengthy prison terms this week in Hall County Superior Court.

"I had waited for that day," said the woman, who is not being named by The Times because she was the victim of a sexual battery. "I felt relieved that it was over and I didn't have to worry about it anymore. Something like that, you want to see justice served, and I think justice was served."

March 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


A real-life math lesson: City planner teaches students to solve population puzzle

Lisa Plowman's advanced seventh-grade math classes had been learning about proportions, drawing designs of neighborhoods with their prowess.

But Matt Tate, Gainesville's principal planner, taught them a lesson on a much bigger scale.

March 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Two women charged with prostitution

Two women were arrested on prostitution charges Tuesday night in Gainesville in a sting operation, according to Lt. Scott Ware with the Hall County Sheriff's department.

Amanda Perry, 32, of Tulsa, Okla., brokered a deal for her and Michelle Laughrey, 45, of Norcross to have sex for $400 each, according to authorities. Both the women arrived at a predetermined location on Dorsey Street to find undercover agents waiting to arrest them.

March 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Woman who had child with boy groom to be released from prison

DOUGLASVILLE - A woman who married a 15-year-old boy and later bore his child will be released from prison Friday after serving two years for helping her teenage husband flee from Georgia authorities, state officials said.

March 03, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Flowery Branch to buy 'temporary fix' to boost sewer pump capacity on Martin Road

Flowery Branch City Council approved the $12,000 purchase of a new 10,000-gallon storage container Wednesday to ease the strain that development has placed on a sewer pump station on Martin Road.

Recent commercial development on Martin Road in Flowery Branch and on Winder Highway in Oakwood has placed a burden on the Flowery Branch-owned sewer pump station near Martin Road Elementary, Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew said.

March 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Mudhole no more: Silt dredging project kicks off at Longwood Park

After years of planning, local and federal officials kicked off the dredging of Longwood Cove in a celebration they dubbed "DredgeFest '08."

Local officials from various Gainesville departments as well as current and former members of the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority gathered Wednesday in a muddy hole off Longwood Park, envisioning its water-filled future.

March 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lunch line computer stolen at South Hall Middle

GAINESVILLE - A computer used to check students through the lunch line each day at South Hall Middle School has been stolen, Hall County school officials said.

March 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gang task force busts drug deal at school

Three teens were caught in the midst of a pot deal by plainclothes investigators Tuesday in the parking lot of a Hall County alternative school just before the school opened for the day, authorities said Wednesday.

Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad Commander Lt. Scott Ware said gang task force investigators were at Lanier Career Academy on Tumbling Creek Road at about noon Tuesday on an unrelated matter when they saw the marijuana transaction take place in plain view.

March 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Medicare says hospitals must pay for mistakes

Talk about adding insult to injury.

March 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lt. Gov. Cagle’s listening sessions to start Friday in Gainesville

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has announced the first in a series of listening sessions that will be held throughout the state by his field representatives. The first session will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Georgia Mountains Center.

March 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Wife: Fugitive husband is no child molester

When Jerry Norman Jones heard early Friday morning that he was wanted by authorities for allegedly violating the conditions of his bond, he told his estranged wife in a phone conversation that he wanted to read the Bible and pray.

At the time, Jones was free on $40,000 bond after being charged with molesting four of his third-grade students at Gainesville Elementary School.

March 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


DOT open houses give people chance to look at Ga. 365, Ga. 400 plans

The Georgia Department of Transportation has scheduled two open house sessions to share the results of a study of the Ga. 365 and Ga. 400 corridors in Northeast Georgia.

March 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Death penalty defendant accused of defacing jail cell

A man against whom prosecutors are seeking the death penalty appeared in court Tuesday on charges of vandalizing jail property.

March 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Castro's resignation could boost poultry exports to Cuba, helping Georgia

With Cuba as the sixth-largest market for U.S. poultry exports, Georgia's agricultural and poultry community is hopeful that a change in Cuba's leadership is a good sign for growth.

March 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Sergeant breaks record in effort to raise money for youth home

Sgt. Greg Cochran of the Hall County Sheriff's Office beat his own world record Saturday morning when he flipped a 555-pound tire 205 times.

December 13, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Man taken to hospital after fire burns small North Hall home

A man was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation Saturday afternoon after his home on Clarks Bridge Road burned.

December 13, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities find no trace of home invasion suspect

December 13, 2014 | Times regional reorts | Local


Federal nutrition standards don’t affect Hall County’s high-quality lunches

December 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Gainesville law enforcement prohibit profiling

Following a federal expansion of the profiling ban this week, local law enforcement officials said their policies are set to hold their officers to similar standards.

December 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville students to compete in First Lego League contest

Many senior citizens are uncomfortable using a computer, but fifth-graders at Centennial Arts Academy want to help change that.

December 12, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


J.C. Penney submits plans for $1M remodel at Lakeshore Mall

The J.C. Penney Co.'s department store at Lakeshore Mall has submitted plans for review to Gainesville's community development department that call for $1 million in renovations.

December 12, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Local


Missing elderly man found in metro Atlanta

A man who went missing Wednesday from Gainesville was found Thursday at about 7 p.m. in metro Atlanta.

December 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Pulitzer-winning photojournalist with Gainesville ties dies in Liberia

Photojournalist Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who started his career at The Times in the 1970s and more recently captured compelling images of Ebola patients and their caretakers, died in Liberia while on assignment for The Washington Post. He was 58.

December 12, 2014 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Bus service sets schedule for holidays

The Gainesville Connection bus service is offering extended hours in the days before Christmas.

December 12, 2014 | | Local


Third annual memorial blood drive to honor Eagle Scout

The third annual Patrick Kelley Memorial Blood Drive on Saturday will honor an Eagle Scout and Gainesville High School band member.

December 12, 2014 | | Local


Stand Down event offers help

Clothing, blankets and food will be available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John Baptist Church in Gainesville.

December 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


77-year-old Gainesville man reported missing

The Hall County Sheriff's Office put out a notice Thursday afternoon for a missing Gainesville man.

December 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Centennial second-graders raise money for cow for needy family

Schoolchildren in Gainesville are counting their pennies and dimes and pooling their allowances to buy a cow.

December 12, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Questions arise after iPad theft of 6-year-old

December 12, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


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