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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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Local ceremonies honor veterans’ sacrifices

Tuesday was a day for tributes, tears and - in the case of one Veterans Day ceremony - some serious toe-tapping.

November 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




Area honors military service on Veterans Day

Ron Kellner's appreciation for Veterans Day began long before he served in the U.S. military or helped lead - as he is today - a Veterans Day program for the American Legion.

November 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rehabilitated dogs traveling north to new homes

As Amber Highfield opened the crate, two tiny paws jumped up and pulled on her heartstrings.

November 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: City planning board takes up Thompson Bridge-Virginia Circle proposal

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will meet today to vote on a proposed drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County clinic, pharmacy closer to opening

With the help of inmate labor, Hall County is progressing with renovations that will turn the old East Hall library branch in Rabbittown into a clinic and pharmacy serving county employees.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cost, cause of tennis court damage remain undetermined

The latest estimate to repair a crack in a tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek stands at about $12,000, but it remains unclear if this amount will bring the fix needed to finally put the matter to rest.

November 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police seize nearly $20K in drugs in separate arrests

Two recent investigations by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad have led to almost $20,000 of methamphetamine and other drugs being seized.

November 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood OKs 2015 budget with 50 percent tax increase

Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to OK a budget that keeps the city solvent but is supported by a tax rate increase of about 50 percent.

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


West Hall seeking IB career certificate program

West Hall High School hopes to offer the International Baccalaureate career certificate for students who aren't pursuing the full IB diploma.

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deputy, two others hurt in South Hall crash

Three people, including a Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy, suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle wreck in South Hall today.

November 10, 2014 | | Local


Korean War vets given quilts as show of thanks

As Paul Scroggs tugged at the quilt wrapped around his shoulders, he said with a wry smile, "I wish I had this in Korea."

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Schools go big for Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a big deal to area schools.

November 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Year-round trout fishing up for discussion

On Thursday, anglers hooked on having a year-round trout season may have their voices heard.

November 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville hopes to add turn lanes at major intersection

Gainesville is looking to move forward with major improvements at Queen City and Jesse Jewell parkways, a project the city has wanted to pursue for years.

November 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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