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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


Lula shooting results in injury, arrest

LULA - A man was taken into custody early Thursday afternoon and charged with shooting his nephew in the leg, Hall County sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland said.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Look after your holiday guests

The holiday season can be a time of fun and festivities. Many gatherings are taking place among family and friends. The more people present increases the risk for fire or other injury. Consider these safety tips:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Charter’s struggles shouldn't affect cable customers

The financial woes of Charter Communications should not affect local cable customers in Hall County, a cable TV expert said.

Charter announced last week that it was seeking help in restructuring $21 billion in debt, leading many on Wall Street to speculate the St. Louis-based company could be headed for bankruptcy.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Feds put Hall, 157 other Georgia counties in disaster status over drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a request for a primary disaster designation for 158 counties, including Hall, based on production losses due to the ongoing drought and excessive temperatures.

December 26, 2008 | From staff, wire reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Vacant home fires a ‘sign of the times’

When the smoke cleared after a devastating house fire Dec. 5 on Ridgemont Trace, Gainesville fire investigators had a real mystery on their hands.

Not only were they searching for clues as to how the vacant two-story, three-bedroom home burned, they were searching for an owner. Nearly two weeks later, they still haven't found anyone who will claim the house.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Hall 911 systems getting upgrades

Hall County's emergency 911 systems will soon get some long-awaited improvements, beginning with upgrades to the main phone network.

July 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police: Victim in armed robbery stabbed in arm; 4 suspects arrested

An armed robbery victim suffered a minor stab wound to the arm when he was approached by a group that stole his car, police said ...

July 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Coroner: Fieldale Farms death was accidental electrocution

A Fieldale Farms employee died of "low-voltage electrocution," according to Hall County Coroner Marion Merck's office, where an autopsy was performed.

July 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall school system settles prayer-in-school case

The Hall County School District will provide First Amendment training to its staff and its insurance carrier is negotiating the payment of legal fees to ...

July 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville Police announce new deputy chief

The role of deputy chief at the Gainesville Police Department will soon be filled once again.

July 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Hall media specialist named region’s best of the year

A Hall County Schools media specialist was recently named the best in her field in this region of the state.

July 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville council members supporting local school drive

Families shopping for school supplies over the next month might consider picking up a box of pencils or extra notebook for a child in need.

July 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


North Georgia Community Foundation recognizes couple for service

A local couple that has supported more than 30 nonprofit organizations throughout the years has been named the North Georgia Community Foundation's 2015 Philanthropists ...

July 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Housing in ‘huge demand’

Inventory is short and competition is fierce for affordable rental housing in Hall County's urban cores, according to local real estate professionals.

July 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch to upgrade drainage along railroad line

A bit of a snafu in design plans for the Lights Ferry connector project actually ended up bringing some good luck to both Flowery Branch ...

July 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Seaplane pilots group wants right to land on Lanier

A group of area pilots is still pushing to get the Army Corps of Engineers' permission to land their seaplanes on Lake Lanier.

July 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


New Hall Sheriff’s Headquarters takes shape

Steel bars stretch upward into the sky and set the framework for the new Hall County Sheriff's Headquarters.

July 19, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


LGBT community looks to educate, break free from red tape after landmark ruling

Dianna and Cher Singleton of Flowery Branch married in 2012. Now, that union is recognized in Georgia.

July 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


CASA moving forward in the face of three losses

Instead of his usual yard work, retired Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff walked inside The Little House on Washington Street in Gainesville a month ago ...

July 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


State behavioral program serving Gainesville, Hall students under federal scrutiny

Each year, students with behavioral or psychological disabilities are sent from local public schools to the Futures Program.

July 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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