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Four arrested on drug trafficking charges

Four people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday after law officers raided a trailer on Athens Highway, authorities said Friday.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County school system recognized by state

The Hall County school system was recognized as a leader in the state for outstanding efforts to improve the performance of students with disabilities at the annual fall conference of the Georgia Council for Administrators of Special Education.

December 27, 2008 | | Local


North Hall High teacher earns national honor

North Hall High School biology and chemistry teacher Rebecca Hartfield has been named a 2008 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Illegal immigrant gets federal sentence

A Mexican national who illegally entered the United States twice after being deported was sentenced to six years and seven months in a federal prison Friday.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Four arrested on cocaine trafficking charges

Four people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday after law officers raided a trailer on Athens Highway, authorities said Friday.

Lt. Scott Ware of the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad said officers developed information that crack cocaine and marijuana was being sold out of a trailer at Lot 44, 2335 Athens Highway and a search warrant was obtained.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville may curtail smoking in parks, recreation areas

The advisory board for Gainesville's parks has asked the City Council to consider limiting smoking in recreation areas.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Woman gets four years for embezzlement

Dianne Ray was nearly speechless Thursday when asked by a judge how she spent half a million dollars she embezzled from her employer of 26 years.

Ray, 50, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in Hall County Superior Court to two counts of felony theft by taking and 27 counts of felony theft by deception. The thefts occurred over a nine-year span at Gastroenterology Associates of Gainesville and Gainesville Endoscopy Center, where she worked as an office manager.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Firefighters respond to blaze off Gillsville Highway

Hall County firefighters have responded to a house fire at 2911 Cowpoke Lane.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Man gets 11 years in child porn case

A former Gainesville church deacon maintained his innocence of child pornography charges Thursday before being sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison.

Marvin D. Bridges, 37, addressed U.S. District Court Judge William C. O'Kelley in a sentencing hearing on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Bridges was convicted by a federal jury in Gainesville following a three-day trial in October.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Quinlan arts center's new boss is same as the old boss

Amanda Kroll has been named the new executive director of Gainesville's Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Law enforcement targets bad drivers over the holidays

Law enforcement agencies are bracing for a busy holiday travel season on Georgia's highways.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Fulbright scholars from Jordan learn about US schools

A band of four Jordanian school principals have been touring local schools and colleges this week as part of a Fulbright Fellowship cultural exchange program.

December 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Keep decorations away from heat; don’t block escapes

Holiday decorations add to the festive nature of the season but can also add to the fire risk in homes. Remember these safety tips when decorating your home for the holidays:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville wants law to cover unpaid utility bills

What if landlords were held accountable for their tenants' sins?

Last week, Gainesville officials asked state legislators to consider amending state law to hold landowners responsible for unpaid utility bills their tenants leave behind.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Winder home helps victims of domestic abuse

It may appear to be an office, but a simple brick building on Jackson Street in Winder is the place where victims of domestic abuse can go to get a fresh start.

December 26, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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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


Woman killed in Sardis Road wreck

A Gainesville woman was ejected from her vehicle and killed Tuesday afternoon after a wreck on Sardis Road.

January 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County Board of Education approves spending $70,000 for calculators

The Hall County Board of Education approved $70,000 Tuesday at its regular meeting for the purchase of classroom calculators.

January 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville City Council OKs tax district funding

Gainesville City Council approved three requests Tuesday for tax allocation district funding.

January 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legacy Link shows off new Oakwood offices

Legacy Link celebrated its grand opening Tuesday in Oakwood with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the building, which offers more space than its predecessor in Gainesville.

January 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local




Lanier Islands in talks to draw second hotel

Lanier Islands is hoping to draw a second hotel to the South Hall County resort within 18 months, sales director Mike DiLeone said Tuesday.

January 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


MLK Day renews spirit of activism

'I go to the movie and I go downtown

January 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall County Commissioners to discuss SPLOST, Gateway Centre

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution this week to formally approve a special purpose local option sales tax voter referendum.

January 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville couple discovers decapitated animal on Leach Road

It was the usual Monday morning drive to work on Jan. 12 for Alice Brock down Leach Road, when something caught her eye that made her turn around.

January 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Economic Outlook Breakfast Jan. 27 at Forsyth Conference Center

Ticket sales have begun for one of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce's most popular annual events.

January 19, 2015 | | Local


Area pastor Stephen Samuel says Martin Luther King Jr.'s call for justice was from God

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made a call for justice that can be heard across generations.

January 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Car break-in foils proposal for Gainesville couple

Jonathan Cochran had planned last Friday night over the last few months.

January 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall Solicitor-General Woodard named to family violence commission

Hall County Solicitor-General Stephanie D. Woodard has been appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal as a new member of the state Commission on Family Violence.

January 19, 2015 | | Local


Georgia denies Florida's allegations in water wars lawsuit

Georgia denies that Florida's Apalachicola region is "suffering serious harm" because of Georgia's increasing storage and consumption of water from the Chattahoochee and Flint river basins, according to a document filed in the U.S. Supreme Court.

January 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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