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Abandoned homes become an 'American dream wasted'

At the end of a cul-de-sac in a tidy North Hall subdivision sits one house that doesn't match the others.

A tangle of weeds and grass has grown waist high, obscuring all but the top of the home from view.

June 28, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Pilot fitness program comes to Hall schools

It's time for Hall County students to get healthy.

The state board of education passed a new physical education requirement earlier this month, and Hall County Schools is one of five systems chosen to pilot the program this fall.

June 28, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local


ICE announces strategic plans that could affect deportations

The federal agency that enforces immigration law has announced changes that may ultimately play a role in determining when people are deported for being in the country illegally.

This month officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a realignment of its removal and detention divisions and a new strategic priority plan for the next four years.

June 28, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Property valuation appeals increase

The number of Hall County residents requesting appraisals of their homes this year was not a record number. But of those who got new appraisals, an unusually large number of them didn't like them and have appealed.

The Hall County Tax Assessors Office is processing a lot of property tax appeals this year - and officials expect appeals will continue to increase in coming years.

June 28, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville man arrested on murder charge

A Saturday night house party in Gainesville spun out control when a fight broke out and moved into the street, where a man was shot to death.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office, still investigating the incident, has charged Valentin Garcia, 39, of Gainesville, with murder.

June 27, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Troops get job direction after homecoming celebration

After the patriotic music and fanfare around their return had faded, Charlie Company soldiers could get down to the business of finding jobs.

June 27, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ceremony welcomes Charlie Company returning from Afghanistan

Having already spent nearly three months back on U.S. soil didn't seem to spoil Saturday's homecoming celebration for Gainesville-based Charlie Company.

June 27, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Development council works to increase retail options in Hall County

According to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, Hall County's population grew from about 139,000 in 2000 to more than 187,000 in 2009.

June 26, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Payment schedule slow in Ga. special needs voucher plan

Georgia private schools are feeling a bit misunderstood.

June 26, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Ham radio operators talk to world, visitors, at field day event

"Amateur radio is almost like magic," said Larry Tyson, a club member of the Lanierland Amateur Radio Club. "You can talk into this electronic box with a microphone and a piece of wire strung up between trees and talk all across the world - that is amazing."

June 26, 2010 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Woman struck by car, killed after falling out of vehicle

A Gainesville woman was ejected from a Jeep, run over by another car and killed late Friday on Ga. 400 in Dawson County, officials said.

June 26, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Murder for hire an act of desperation

As murder for hire cases in Georgia go, Stacey Schoeck's arrest in the shooting death of her husband came quickly.

June 26, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Immigration facility may get softer look

A privately operated midtown Gainesville facility that holds illegal immigrants prior to deportation could soon have a less jail-like environment.

June 26, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Medical center awarded for its care

Out of all the hospitals in Georgia, Northeast Georgia Medical Center was selected as one of 80 recipients of a top-quality award from the Georgia Hospital Association.

June 26, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Parade honors Charlie Company

A parade and ceremony recognizing Gainesville's Charlie Company is set for today.

June 25, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Blossman Gas shows off 178-square-foot all-propane house in Oakwood

Inside a 178-square-foot house were wood-paneled walls, stainless steel appliances, a full-sized washer and dryer and small but comfortable furnishings.

August 18, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Officers offer active shooter response techniques

Starting as an officer at 21, Cpl. Drew Reed said he thought everybody loved police.

August 18, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville looks to acquire insurance office for future downtown parking deck

Gainesville officials are looking to spend about $1.52 million to acquire a property along a central downtown corridor, with a parking lot in mind ...

August 17, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family of slain Flowery Branch man offers $5,000 reward for information

The family of a Flowery Branch man killed at the front door of his home is offering a $5,000 reward for information on who ...

August 17, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Baby’s broken bones lead to charges for Gillsville woman

A Gillsville woman was arrested Wednesday in connection with a 5-month-old girl who, in the course of a month, fractured three leg bones and an ...

August 17, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Suspect in White County fatal shooting arrested overnight in Athens

A man wanted on a murder warrant out of White County was captured by a SWAT team Wednesday morning.

August 17, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Religious education, counseling center seeks to raise $1.1 million for new South Hall facility

A nearly 50-year-old organization providing education, counseling and services to young people in Hall County is finally beginning a much-needed expansion.

August 17, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


University of North Georgia expects enrollment of more than 18,000 this fall

The University of North Georgia expects more than 18,000 students at its five campuses next week, and the increase will bring 70 new faculty ...

August 16, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Changes continue at Gainesville airport with new public, private investment

Big changes continue at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville thanks to public and private investments in a hoped-for future that lures bigger and more ...

August 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pizza, beer businesses planned where historic home stood in Flowery Branch

Pizza and beer businesses will take the place of a historic home torn down recently in downtown Flowery Branch.

August 16, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Study: Hope Scholarship funding could be in jeopardy

A new study of the Hope Scholarships program, which is funded by the Georgia lottery, contends the program could run out of money for the ...

August 16, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


IRS office in Gainesville plans to implement appointments after complaints

Complaints about long lines and poor customer service at the local Internal Revenue Service office prompted U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, to recently visit ...

August 16, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


School chats planned with Gainesville superintendent

Wanda Creel, superintendent for Gainesville schools, will host chats with parents and community members Thursday and Tuesday at the Panera Bread located at 625 Dawsonville ...

August 16, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Schofield rated highly by county school board

Hall County Board of Education members rate their superintendent between good and excellent, according to the most recent evaluation of Will Schofield.

August 16, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Hall Sheriff’s Office to step up patrols on Ga. 347

The Hall County Sheriff's Office will be stepping up patrols on the Friendship Road and Lanier Islands Parkway portions of Ga. 347 at various ...

August 16, 2016 | | Local


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