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Cookie package causes bomb scare at Buford Dam

These cookies really bombed.

December 24, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Just call him Santa Cronic

He wasn't wearing a white beard or red suit, but Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic got a chance to play Santa Wednesday, giving away bicycles for needy children in a program that will benefit nearly twice the number of families as last year.

December 24, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Breakfast gives Georgia representatives a peek at needs

State representatives will act as Santa's elves Friday and take note of local officials' wish lists for next year's legislative session.

The representatives for legislative districts within Hall County will meet with local council members, commissioners and school board members at Lanier Tech to see what they want to happen in the upcoming legislative session.

December 24, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Authorities: Pair stole debit card

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man and woman they say stole a debit card.

December 23, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Brazilian educators tour area schools

GAINESVILLE - Three secondary school principals from Brazil and the director of a national organization of top Brazilian state educators are touring Northeast Georgia this week, sampling the culture and visiting schools.

December 23, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Realtors want county to keep building

Area Realtors plan to attend the Hall County Board of Commissioners' meeting Thursday to discuss rumblings of a moratorium on residential building permits.

Last month, a suggestion from Hall County Commissioner Bobby Banks that the county place a 90-day moratorium on residential development concerned members of the area's real estate and construction industries.

December 23, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Account set up for victim’s family

An account has been set up to help the children of William Anthony "Andy" Standridge, who died in an automobile wreck recently.

December 23, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood looks to limit illegal immigration

Monday night's Oakwood City Council meeting began looking more like a presidential debate when a hot button issue was raised - illegal immigration.

Oakwood City Councilmember Gary Anderson started a discussion on what he called the depleting effect illegal immigrants have upon Oakwood and Hall County resources.

December 23, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Attorney to seek death for accused: Auburn man indicted for 4 murders, arson

Jackson County's district attorney will seek the death penalty against an Auburn man charged in a 2006 murder-arson that claimed the lives of four people, including the suspect's two young children.

Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Rick Bridgeman filed official notice of intent to seek the death penalty against 34-year-old Henry Lee Stringer on Tuesday in Jackson County Superior Court.

December 23, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville High students wrap up Newtown Florist Club upgrades

When members of the Newtown Florist Club needed a hand refurbishing their new headquarters, they knew who to turn to.

December 23, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Planning board OKs group home

BY ASHLEY FIELDING

December 23, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


CASA holds toy drive

The Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocates program is having a toy drive for the children it helps.

December 23, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


North Hall High principal retiring

Gary Brown, principal of North Hall High School, is retiring after the 2007-08 school year. The Hall County Board of Education voted Monday night in a meeting at Flowery Branch High School to approve his resignation. Brown has served as principal since 1999. He also served as an administrator at Shiloh, Brookwood and Banks County high schools, according to North Hall's Web site.

December 22, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Home Town plans to be considered

Although Hall County has undergone staggering growth in recent years, District 2 Commissioner Billy Powell said Monday that North Hall won't see as much development in the near future as originally planned.

December 22, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Plans don’t please parents: Residents disagree with proposed changes to school districts

FLOWERY BRANCH - They came with different perspectives, but none advocated keeping South Hall school district boundary lines as has been proposed by Hall County school officials.

Riverstone Park was one of the most vocal groups at a public hearing on the proposal Monday night.

December 22, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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


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