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Convicted man fights life sentence

A Hall County judge didn't want to sentence Benjamin Horne to life in prison in a domestic violence case, but he had no choice.

January 10, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville crime rate fell in 2008

Amid the daily barrage of gloomy economic reports, a ray of sunshine emerged this week: Crime in Gainesville was down in 2008.

January 10, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


ITBS test scores go up in Hall County

In a test taken around the country, Hall County scores showed improvement over last year, especially on the math portion of the test.

January 10, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Family still down on the farm since 1792

JEFFERSON -- Not many people can look out of a window of their home and observe more than 100 years of their family's history.

January 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Captains' meeting scheduled for Greater Hall chamber’s ‘Get Fit’ run/walk campaign

Though it's still three months away, preparations have already begun for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's second annual Get Fit Stay Fit 5K Corporate Challenge Run/Walk.

January 10, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Early intervention is key to helping autistic children

In the past few years, autism has become one of the most talked about disorders.

January 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Cagle raises $1.5 million to run for governor

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle received significant support from Gainesville and Northeast Georgia in his first financial disclosure on his bid for governor in 2010.

January 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Judge's ruling will keep Deal on death penalty case

A Hall County judge will continue to preside over a death penalty case in which the defendant's lawyers wanted him removed.

Superior Court Judge Jason Deal, however, must recuse himself from any court proceedings that address the mental competency to stand trial of Allan Robert Dickie, a judge has ruled.

January 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two arrested following marijuana sting

Two men who thought they were buying 20 pounds of marijuana instead ended up in jail Thursday, officials said Friday.

January 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Chestatee grad, guardsman saw Iraqi detainees change their views during his tour of duty

When Jon McClelland was growing up in Gainesville, he would play "army" and think to himself that once he grew up, he would be a real army man.

January 09, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Teen’s death probe awaits toxicology test results

HOSCHTON - The investigation surrounding how 14-year-old Brittane Nichole Brown died last month still is pending, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

January 09, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Class size waiver won't affect Gainesville, Hall schools much

Georgia public schools can add two more students to most elementary and middle school classes under a measure passed Thursday by the state school board.

January 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Engineer's tests: Newtown residents could use ear protection

The industrial noise in Gainesville's Newtown community can be so loud that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would require ear protection.

January 09, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hit-and-run case leads to chase and arrest

Three people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, and a man was in police custody following a hit-and-run during the late afternoon rush hour Thursday on Old Oakwood Road.

January 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Long-sought burglary suspect now in Hall jail

One of Hall County's most wanted was arrested at a Commerce motel Wednesday night after more than a year on the run, authorities said.

January 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


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