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Arrest made in Barrow County pot-growing operation

Narcotics investigators from the Barrow County Sheriff's Office have arrested and charged Lonnie Jones, 55, of Statham in connection with growing marijuana at his residence.

The sheriff's office received information about Jones manufacturing marijuana, which led to an undercover operation in which narcotics investigators were able to develop enough evidence to obtain a search warrant.

April 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County, Gainesville officials bicker over old jail

In a highly combative board meeting Thursday, the Hall County Board of Commissioners couldn't seem to agree on anything, much less with the handful of Gainesville officials present.

April 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Enota installs new water tower for outdoor garden classroom

What started out as a basic, green field has blossomed into an outdoor learning experience for Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy students.

April 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Celebration of Passover recalls Jewish exodus from Egypt

Early Wednesday morning, Janice and Steve Liederman began their trip to west Florida to celebrate the first night of Jewish Passover with their son and 4-year-old granddaughter.

April 10, 2009 | Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson school board submits letter to be charter

The Jefferson City Board of Education unanimously voted Thursday to move forward with possibly transitioning to a charter school system

April 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


United Community Bank robbed in Commerce

Commerce police are investigating a bank robbery Thursday morning.

The suspect, a black man wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, entered United Community Bank on Homer Road at about 9:30 a.m.

April 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville student is first runner-up in youth of year contest

Gainesville High School junior Teryan Rucker was selected as the first runner-up for the statewide Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year competition.

April 10, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Holy Week: Christians reflect on Jesus’ last days

Today is Good Friday, the most solemn day of Holy Week leading up to Easter.

April 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville unemployment claims up 249% over last year

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that 96,306 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for state unemployment insurance benefits in March, an increase of 126.3 percent from March 2008.

April 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Council rejects charging fire sprinkler fees to Gainesville businesses

Some members of the Gainesville City Council are not having an easy time swallowing proposed fees from the Public Utilities Department.

April 09, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Forsyth arson suspect found in Commerce hospital

CUMMING - An arson suspect sought for more than a week after she apparently skipped town was hospitalized today in Commerce for a possible drug overdose, authorities said.

April 09, 2009 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Former loan officer gets prison for mortgage fraud scheme

Andrew John Smith, 29, of Cleveland, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William C. O'Kelley in Gainesville to serve more than three years in prison on a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bank, wire and mail fraud arising from a mortgage fraud scheme.

April 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Perdue certifies list of stimulus road projects

Gov. Sonny Perdue said today that he has submitted the required certification on 67 road projects around Georgia that will be financed by the $787 billion federal stimulus bill signed by President Barack Obama in February.

April 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Forsyth commissioners OK funds for 2 lake groups

CUMMING - Forsyth County plans to fund two organizations that advocate for Lake Lanier.

April 08, 2009 | By Frank Reddy Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson will hold ‘kindergarten roundup’

This day has been five years in the making, and now it's time for parents to register their children for kindergarten for the 2009-10 school year.

April 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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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


Lula planning meeting hinges on councilwoman’s recovery

Lula City Council has put off a Jan. 28 planning session until Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, who was seriously injured in a Jan. 10 wreck, can participate.

January 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Roads: Roads planning group to get 2040 plan update today

The consultant helping the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Hall County area's lead transportation planning agency, is set to give an MPO committee a status report this morning on the 2040 plan update.

January 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs receives 40 laptops from UnitedHealthcare

For an underserved youth, practicing mathematics or reading skills outside the classroom can be difficult.

January 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Career Coach plans visits to 2 Hall County sites

The Workforce Development Career Coach plans visits within the next week to two sites in Hall County.

January 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Former Gainesville police commander Harold Black dies at 86

After serving his country as a Marine in Korea, Harold G. Black came back to Gainesville and served the community for 32 years.

January 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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