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Pastor’s son-in-law takes over at Harmony Street Baptist Church

Willard Thomas stepped down Sunday as pastor of Harmony Street Baptist Church after what he described as nearly 27 years of "preaching, practicing and promoting old-time religion."

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


A refresher on watering rules

It's summertime, the living's easy, but it may not be so easy to remember the rules for outdoor watering.

Although Gainesville officials returned to observing the state's level 4 drought restrictions several months ago, the City Council did not make the move official until Tuesday.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Alleged gang member arrested after graffiti painted

Authorities charged a Gainesville teen with violation of Georgia gang laws after he was allegedly seen spray-painting gang-related graffiti in a mobile home park Wednesday.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Georgia Police & Fire Games draw hundreds of participants to Hall County

Pushing cars. Climbing walls. Shooting with pinpoint accuracy.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Split vote raises sewer, water rates

New Flowery Branch residents will shell out more money for city water and sewer services than residents who have lived in the city before June 2000.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Forsyth County deputy among 3 charged with human trafficking

ATLANTA - A Forsyth County deputy, his wife and his father, who is a part-time Fulton County magistrate, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that they lured a nanny from India and forced her to work in their home without pay.

Deputy Russell Garrett of Woodstock, his wife, Malika Garrett, of Woodstock and his father, D. William Garrett Jr., 72, of Alpharetta were indicted on charges including human trafficking, alien harboring and witness tampering.

June 24, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


School budget: Proposal cuts utilities, custodial services

The Gainesville city schools is proposing a tentative 2008-09 budget of $53.2 million, nearly $1.9 million less than last year's budget, according to documents obtained by The Times.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Walker is new Hall County parks director

Hall County's new director of Parks and Leisure Services said the job was an opportunity that he couldn't refuse.

June 24, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Official: Clermont house fires are arson

Hall County's fire marshal said Friday that three separate house fires that burned at different times earlier this year in unoccupied homes in Clermont were acts of arson.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall County’s solicitor seeks new judgeship

Hall County Solicitor-General Larry Baldwin will seek an interview with Gov. Sonny Perdue in hopes of being appointed to a newly created third State Court judgeship, the prosecutor announced Saturday.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Georgia DOT’s lane closures this week

The Georgia DOT has announced lane closures on Interstate 985 at Exit 16, Ga. 13, Ga. 332 and Ga. 11, starting today and going through Thursday. The closures are needed for barrier removal, paving and guardrail work and are weather permitting and subject to change.

June 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Like father, like son

For most of us there is that moment in adulthood when we find ourselves sounding like our parents.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


South Hall man complains of marina’s noise

BUFORD - Robert Davis is not a fan of the amplified music played at loud volumes from an open-air pavilion some 300 feet from his house in the Holiday Point subdivision.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


School board has yet to see tentative budget

Time is running out for Gainesville school board members to give thoughtful review to a tentative $50 million-plus budget for next year that carries a potential increase in the property tax rate of nearly 21 percent.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Sales of Hayes plant will keep wheel factory in business

BBS International, a maker of lightweight wheels for higher-end sports and passenger cars, has acquired the Hoboken, Belgium, operation of Hayes Lemmerz International and has signed a deal to buy the real estate and some equipment of the Hayes Lemmerz subsidiary located in Gainesville.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Sinkhole repairs nearly done

Repairs to a sinkhole that developed earlier this month in a Gainesville shopping center should be complete today, depending on weather.

August 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Rabid raccoon found in North Hall County

A rabies alert has been issued for the Looper Circle area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with two dogs.

August 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge & Bar: Trial date set for jailer accused of hitting inmate

The former Hall County Sheriff's Office employee accused of striking a handcuffed inmate is scheduled for trial next week.

August 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Injured firefighter pays special visit to wife, school

Injured Hall County firefighter Stephen Jackson made his way down school hallways Wednesday morning, past hundreds of cheering students lined against the wall, into the arms of his wife, Misty.

August 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man pleads guilty to bludgeoning woman to death

ANOKA, Minn. - Speaking in a soft voice with his hands cuffed in front of him, a man accused of killing a Gainesville woman told a court how he came to know and eventually murder a Minnesota woman.

August 20, 2014 | By Sarah Horner Pioneer Press | Local


Storms leave frightened residents thankful damage was not worse

When the sky went black and wind kicked up, all Barbara Dunson could do was grab her dog, Max, and pray.

August 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Sinkhole repairs may be complete Thursday

Repairs to a sinkhole that developed earlier this month in a Gainesville shopping center should be complete Thursday, depending on weather.

August 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Candidates for Ga. superintendent debate standards

August 20, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Young at heart: Group takes plunge down zip line

At the sprightly age of 83, Claude Schneider dismisses the suggestion that he's experiencing his midlife crisis.

August 20, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Universities not immune to religious controversy

The issue of religion in schools doesn't end with the 12th grade. Public universities also have to tread carefully when it comes to expressions of faith.

August 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Suspect faces additional charges in shooting of 2 women

The Gainesville man charged in the shooting of two women Friday at Atlanta Street Apartments in Gainesville is now facing additional charges in the incident.

Antwan Xavier Earls, 24, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault related to the attack on Sheena Mattox and Angelene Hall, who were both believed to have been shot in the upper torso. They were shot outside the apartment complex near the First Congregational Holiness Church.

August 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State GOP responds to racial discrimination suit

The Georgia Republican Party and its chairman, John Padgett, filed their response Tuesday in the racial discrimination suit filed by a Gainesville woman.

August 19, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Vogel turns out Democrats in Gainesville

Area Democrats gathered at the Gainesville Convention Center on Tuesday night to welcome and support U.S. Ninth Congressional District candidate David Vogel.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the road: Gainesville hopes to restart its tree project

Gainesville hopes to restart efforts 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.

August 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Storm doesn’t mar Brenau’s 1st day

Damage from a Monday afternoon storm won't affect the first day of school at Brenau University, but students can expect to see some other changes as they begin the school year today.

August 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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