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Man forced to wait to plead guilty

A Blairsville man who authorities say fatally shot his ex-girlfriend was ready to admit to the murder in court just two days later, but a Georgia law prevented the swift guilty plea.

August 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson school board won’t alter millage rate

JEFFERSON - Despite budget cuts at the state level and a reduction in local sales-tax collections, the Jefferson City Schools Board of Education plans to keep its millage rate the same in 2010 and keep its expenditures down.

August 13, 2009 | By CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson's mayor serves up cold treats for good cause

JEFFERSON - Within his first half hour behind the counter at Dairy Queen, Jefferson Mayor Jim Joiner had the steps to making a Blizzard down pat.

August 13, 2009 | By CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


U.S. Attorney appointed to fill state Supreme Court vacancy

The top federal prosecutor for a region of the state that includes Gainesville was named on Thursday to the Georgia Supreme Court.

August 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville council wants to double Cedar Creek reservoir's capacity

The city of Gainesville plans to speed up plans for a new water treatment plant in light of the recent federal court ruling that limits how much drinking water can be pulled from Lake Lanier.

August 13, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Property could become park as part of land exchange

About 29 acres near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport could become a park with trails that also could serve as a protection area from some headwaters in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.

August 13, 2009 | | Local


White Sulphur water service will be interrupted Monday

Water service will be interrupted approximately from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday in the White Sulphur area of Gainesville in order to complete water main improvements.

August 13, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Missing woman likely in danger, GBI says

An army of searchers in the North Georgia mountains came up empty in a second day of looking for a Blairsville woman they believe was abducted and in imminent danger.

August 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rally gets teens thinking about future

The Hall County Boys & Girls Clubs held a rally Wednesday to get teenagers excited about starting school.

August 12, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Alleged gang members arrested at Gainesville High School

Two juveniles with gang affiliations were arrested Tuesday at Gainesville High School on disorderly conduct charges, but the incident appears unrelated to a fatal gang shooting that happened Sunday, authorities said Wednesday.

August 12, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deal says rushing of bill has led to misinformation, anger

Times reporter Ashley Fielding conducted a brief one-on-one interview with U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal immediately after Wednesday morning's health care discussion. She spoke with him about health care reform.

August 12, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Helen’s fire chief cleared by jury

A White County jury cleared Helen's fire chief of any wrongdoing in a 2008 traffic incident that led to his arrest.

August 12, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


School system will stagger schedules to alleviate GMS traffic snarl

After traffic issues Tuesday at Gainesville Middle School, school officials met Wednesday morning to discuss how to better direct buses and parents through the property.

August 12, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


McEver intersection to get traffic light, turn lanes

OAKWOOD - The last in a string of key intersections on McEver Road is getting a traffic light, with other improvements being thrown in for good measure.

August 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Braselton traffic light set to be up, running

A new traffic signal is expected to be operating today at Ga. 211 and Liberty Church Road in Braselton.

August 12, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Police: Elderly man in electric scooter, others arrested in alleged Wal-Mart TV theft

An elderly man on an electric scooter allegedly aided two other suspects in stealing a 50-inch flat screen television from Wal-Mart early Monday, Oakwood Police said.

June 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Free meals will still be available at some schools through July

June is coming to a close, and so are many lunchrooms in Hall County and Gainesville schools.

June 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Bill in Congress would boost Amtrak funding

Amtrak, which has had a longtime presence in Hall County, could get a serious funding boost if a bill now moving through Congress eventually passes.

June 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Clarks Bridge could open Wednesday afternoon

The new Clarks Bridge could open Wednesday afternoon but no later than Thursday, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

June 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man escapes smoking passenger van

A man smelled smoke Tuesday afternoon while driving and exited the van before it was in flames, fire officials said.

June 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Coroner: Atlanta Street man killed by gunshot wound to head

A Gainesville man killed at the Atlanta Street Apartments June 15 suffered a gunshot wound to the head, Hall County Coroner Marion Merck said Tuesday.

June 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall board set to vote on development, Civil Service change

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote on several items Thursday that have been materializing for awhile, including a proposed mixed-use development on Friendship Road and changes to the Civil Service Act.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lot could alleviate UNG parking problems at Gainesville campus

Students have been complaining about the parking options at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia for several years, but their troubles may soon be over thanks to an existing park-and-ride lot off Exit 17 of Interstate 985.

June 22, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Four indicted in case involving Buford man’s death

Four people accused by Gwinnett County Police of racing down a Buford road in April 2014 were indicted Wednesday in the death of a 24-year-old Buford man.

June 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gillsville street improvements now underway

An eye cast toward busy Ga. 52, which cuts through tiny Gillsville on the Hall-Banks County line, Melissa Grizzle said the heavy sidewalk construction in front of her restaurant hasn't hurt business.

June 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County school board approves final 2016 budget

The Hall County school board approved its fiscal year 2016 budget at its meeting Monday night, including a slight increase in the millage rate.

June 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall officials looking at bigger budget plan

Hall County officials are now considering a $93.6 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, with two options on the table.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Search on for driver who struck pedestrian north of Cumming

June 22, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Teacher interns at UGA genetics lab this summer

Laurie Brown, a science teacher at World Language Academy in Flowery Branch, is spending her summer in someone else's science lab.

June 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Another historic Lula building gets face-lift

Downtown Lula is getting another makeover, thanks in large part to an Atlanta native who has become endeared by the northeast Hall County city's past.

June 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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