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The message gets through: Authorities see fewer drugs on campus

Bo the drug dog sniffed along the lockers of his second home, East Hall High School, but when he came up empty, it was to no one's great surprise.

Fewer drug seizures are made in Hall County schools these days, after the county school system and Hall County Sheriff's Office entered into an agreement last year authorizing unannounced drug searches.

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Busy week of activities rolls in with Tour de Georgia

More than 160 cyclists will be sweeping through Gainesville on Wednesday for the sixth annual Tour de Georgia, one of the nation's elite cycling events.

May 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


St. Michael Catholic Church contingent thrilled by witnessing papal Mass in New York

"I don't think anything of this nature has ever happened in Yankee Stadium," Father Kizito Okeke said as he waited to see the popemobile pass by after the papal Mass held in New York on Sunday afternoon.

May 01, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Drug court turns a life around

Cruise Dill admits he's an unlikely person to represent the successes of drug court.

Dill reluctantly entered Hall County's felony drug court program in early 2006, only after much persuasion by his lawyer and parents. Once he was in, by his own admission, he cheated on drug tests, lied to his counselors, even lied to the judge. He missed other drug screens, was late to group therapy and didn't pay his fees on time. His required sponsor was little more than a name on a piece of paper.

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Q&A: Drug court judge says program helps those who want to quit

Superior Court Judge Jason Deal has presided over Hall County drug court since 2006. Deal has served on the Hall County Superior Court bench since 2005. He was previously district attorney and prior to that assistant district attorney in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. Deal sat down with Times reporter Stephen Gurr to talk about the younger participants in drug court.

May 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Citizenship drive set for today in Gainesville

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is sponsoring a nationwide Citizenship Day today aimed at starting citizenship paperwork for legal immigrants. Gainesville is one of five metro Atlanta areas participating.

April 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Under the influence: One family's ordeal with a teen and substance abuse

In three days, Amy Smith went from relief and hope for her teenage son's future to complete, utter despair over his senseless death.

April 30, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chambliss backs McCain's gas tax holiday

SAUTEE - U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said Friday night that he will support a bill by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that would create a holiday on the federal portion of the fuel tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

April 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Breaking the cycle: Pinwheels depict number of child abuse cases in Hall County

They may add a colorful, springlike appearance to the front lawn of the First Baptist Church on Green Street, but the pinwheels placed there Friday afternoon signify a subject that is far from lighthearted: child abuse.

"These pinwheels represent the 630 substantiated cases of abuse and neglect for 2006 here in Hall County," said Dee Dee Mize, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Gainesville. "What we're trying to do is make everybody understand that we have a lot of work to do and the numbers speak for themselves."

April 30, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Area political parties pick delegates

The Democratic and Republican parties will hold district conventions today to select delegates to their respective national conventions.

April 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Counselor's recovery from addiction help him better treat teens

When Mike Nixon counsels teenagers at his residential drug treatment program, he can say he's lived their lives.

April 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Prescription drug abuse is growing among teens

Addiction experts say they're alarmed at the growing number of teens who are abusing prescription drugs.

April 30, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Political sparring partners visit Gainesville

James Carville and Mary Matalin never play on the same team - except when it comes to their personal lives.

April 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Riverbend to close early for bike race

Riverbend Elementary School will release students at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday for the Tour de Georgia, a 600-mile bicycle race starting Monday and traveling through Gainesville that day.

April 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


14-year-old boy faces rape charge

A Hall County grand jury returned a felony indictment against a 14-year-old boy this week on charges of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

The defendant, who is not being named by The Times because of his age and his relationship with the alleged victim, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years without parole if convicted of rape. He is also charged with aggravated child molestation and child molestation in the alleged assault, which occurred in a Hall County home on Feb. 29, according to court documents. The boy was arrested March 28 and booked at the Hall County jail ...

April 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Four charged with trafficking meth in Hall

Four people were charged with methamphetamine trafficking in three incidents this week in Hall County, including one that authorities say involved a couple bringing an infant to a drug deal.

August 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


SafeKids plans bike helmet giveaway in Clermont

Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County will host a bike helmet giveaway for kids ages 5-10 from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Hall County Sheriff's Office North Precinct in Clermont.

August 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville apartment fire displaces 4 people

An apartment fire Thursday night in Gainesville displaced four people, according to the Gainesville Fire Department.

August 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Boy hit by vehicle and dies in Commerce

An 8-year-old boy riding a bicycle Wednesday in Commerce died after being hit by a vehicle, according to authorities.

August 08, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Georgia House Speaker David Ralston: Dismiss State Bar complaint

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Flowery Branch water rates to go up 10 percent

August 08, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Retired Gainesville police major clashed with chief

The retirement of Maj. Paul Sherman from the Gainesville Police Department in January, less than two years after being promoted to No. 2 in command, appears to have been the result of infighting and reveals growing concerns about employee morale, according to documents obtained by The Times.

August 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Smokey Bear’s icon brought to Smithsonian

August 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


A year after ATV accident, teen returns to school

August 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bus incident puts minor dent in first day of school

A Gainesville City Schools bus was involved in a minor accident Thursday afternoon outside New Holland Core Knowledge Academy at the intersection of Barn Street and Jesse Jewell Parkway.

August 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local




Ag commissioner: Diverse poultry market will soften Russian ban’s blow

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said he's "saddened" by Russia placing a one-year ban on U.S. food imports but believes the move could backfire, with Russian consumers being the ones hurt the most.

August 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Workers determine depth of Gainesville sinkhole

Heavy digging has started on a Gainesville sinkhole that workers have determined is 22 feet deep.

August 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




Schools gear up for students' arrival

From students to principals to bus drivers, everyone has had a busy week preparing for the first day of school, which is today in the Gainesville district and Friday in Hall County.

August 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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