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Child molester gets 30 years

A Gainesville man convicted of aggravated child molestation was sentenced to 30 years in prison this week in a case that took two trials and 30 hours of jury deliberations to decide.

March 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Federal grant gives some areas new hope

Hall County is slated to receive nearly $2.3 million for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

March 20, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Bad behavior beware: the ‘Supernanny’ is here

CLEVELAND - It's an idyllic neighborhood, filled with neighbors who get together once a week for dinner. There's even a sweet red barn at the foot of the street where horses and a donkey roam.

March 20, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Former Hall County official named Forsyth County manager

CUMMING - A former Hall County official has been named manager of Forsyth County.

March 19, 2009 | Frank Reddy Times regional staff | Local


Silver Sneakers classroom lures dedicated exercisers

Without fail, 25 devotees gather Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings in the Jefferson Parks and Recreation's gym.

March 19, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Today's vernal equinox signifies seasonal warming

Spring officially begins at 7:44 a.m. today. But as far as Georgia state climatologist David Stooksbury is concerned, the season started three weeks ago.

March 19, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Buford couple charged in child's drowning

A couple has been arrested after a 2-year-old drowned in the pool at their Buford home.

March 19, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Officials say text message about gang initiation is a hoax

If you get a text message warning you about a gang initiation at Wal-Mart tonight, delete it. It is a hoax.

The text message, which has reportedly circulated nationwide, warns of a gang initiation to shoot multiple people and urges recipients to forward the message to all girls. Hall County Sheriff's Office Col. Jeff Strickland said the agency received multiple reports of the text message Thursday.

March 19, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Murder or suicide? Jury deliberations continue today

Only God, Allison Brownell and Solomon "Troy" Hester know what happened the day Brownell was shot to death, Hester's lawyer told a jury Thursday.

March 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two women hit by car when crossing road

Two women were hit by a car when they attempted to cross Browns Bridge Road Wednesday evening.

March 19, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Farm owners don’t wish to continue disputes with church

An old wound was opened Wednesday when the Hall County Planning Commission heard a zoning request from a Gillsville church.

March 19, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson police officer fired over policy violations

Although an external inquiry cleared Jefferson police Officer Robert Fehr of any criminal wrong-doing, Chief Joseph Wirthman has found probable cause to fire the officer.

March 19, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Federal tobacco tax to go up in April

On April 1, the federal tax on cigarettes will jump from 39 cents per pack to $1.01. Not surprisingly, many smokers would like to stock up on cigarettes now, to save a little money before the price increase goes into effect.

March 19, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jury to get murder case today

Hall County jurors will be asked today to decide whether a woman killed by a gunshot to the head committed suicide or was murdered.

March 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch council clashes over inspections contract

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council has OK'd a contract with a local company to provide building and soil erosion inspections, as well as construction management and minor construction work.

March 19, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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The circus came to town

Titus Smith, 6, pets "Runaway" on Saturday after riding her at the Loomis Bros. Circus at Chicopee Agricultural Center. David and Ashley Smith of Buford, with youngest son Gage, 1, are in the background. The circus featured acrobats, clowns, aerialists, thrill acts and animal acts including elephants and Bengal and white Siberian tigers. "We hope to come back next year," said spokesperson Erik Scott. "The response was pretty good."

July 13, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Hall's price tag mounting for Glades Reservoir

With the delay of a draft environmental impact statement, costs continue mounting with no end in sight for the proposed Glades Reservoir.

July 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


1 week left to vote early in runoff

With one week of advance voting left, more than 1,000 Hall County voters have cast ballots in the runoff set for July 22.

July 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Tears, smiles when girl with Williams syndrome sees new room

Stepping out of the limousine, Callie Truelove greeted the "paparazzi" trying to catch a glimpse of her. More than 100 people, armed with smartphones and digital cameras, waited as the 11-year-old emerged.

July 12, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


After first year, drug-monitoring program needs new funds to stay alive

As the Georgia painkiller-monitoring system became a year old, there is uncertainty as to whether it will be around to see its second birthday.

July 12, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Tax on lake vacation rentals still a problem

Hall County is still having difficulty collecting the hotel/motel tax due from vacation rental properties on Lake Lanier.

July 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall authorities seek missing 9-year-old

Hall County law enforcement authorities are seeking a missing 9-year-old boy.

July 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local




Women learn to construct a new life

Donning pink and yellow hard hats, a group of 11 women sported a distinctly different look than most graduating classes at commencement.

July 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Kids learn healthy habits, swimming at day camp

For 11-year-old Ethan Payne, the best part of day camp is getting to "move and groove."

July 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Costs rising to replace 2 Hall County bridges

Costs have increased more than 20 percent in two key Hall County bridge replacement projects.

July 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Full scholarships expand to 14 programs at Lanier Tech

Eleven programs have been added to a 100 percent tuition scholarship grant at Lanier Technical College.

July 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall day care’s license revoked over burned toddler

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning issued a license revocation Friday for a Clermont day care center accused of burning a toddler as three of the day care workers' criminal cases move to Superior Court.

July 11, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville man expecting call from Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks will announce the first stop of his world tour on Monday, but it won't be at a press conference.

July 11, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Hall County Democrats have a new mission and headquarters

Hoping to rebrand their image and credentials in a politically conservative community, liberals and progressives celebrated the grand opening Thursday night of the new Hall County Democratic Party headquarters on Athens Street in Gainesville.

July 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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