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Woman pleads guilty after string of jewelry thefts across South

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Authorities say a 25-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to charges arising from a string of jewelry store heists across the South, including at the outlet mall in Dawsonville.

December 29, 2016 | Times regional staff, Associated Press reports | Local


Gillsville man free after plea deal in fatal April shooting

One of three men accused in an April shooting in Gainesville has pleaded guilty to lesser charges, and he will not be prosecuted for felony murder.

December 29, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Facebook ‘Dwellers’ group serves as common ground for lake residents

As one of Georgia's top attractions, Lake Lanier draws visitors every year from everywhere - boaters, campers or just general fun-seekers.

December 29, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local




Charges added against Gainesville man accused in South Hall armed robbery

More charges were added Wednesday against a Hall County man accused of stealing an elderly woman's purse at gunpoint Tuesday, authorities said.

December 28, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


4 members of alleged drug ‘cartel’ plead guilty

Four of 12 co-defendants in a group suspected by Hall County authorities of trafficking some 8,800 pounds of methamphetamine have pleaded guilty in federal court.

December 28, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville boy battling leukemia will be honorary Falcons captain Sunday

When Riley Johnson's parents get discouraged over their 6-year-old son's illness, he jumps in their laps and tells them everything is going to be OK.

December 28, 2016 | Clark Leonard | Local


GO VIDEO: Our 2017 Georgia Bucket List

December 28, 2016 | | Local


Volunteers find community in taking care of humane society’s dogs

Sometimes a family is unconventional.

December 27, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Local


Authorities seek to ID woman they say stole from front porches in Reunion neighborhood

Hall County authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying a woman they say stole items off front porches in the Reunion subdivision in South Hall.

December 27, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville Police equipping officers with tool to stop bleeding

A moment of makeshift medical assistance led Gainesville Police to arm the department's officers with emergency equipment to help stop bleeding.

December 27, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Fireworks sales expected to sizzle after ban on shooting them off lifted

A popular fireworks retailer in Gainesville is gearing up for brisk sales in the wake of Gov. Nathan Deal's recent decision to lift a ban on shooting them off.

December 27, 2016 | By Carlos Galarza cgalarza@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Officer will ‘be shocked’ if alleged sucker punch death goes to trial

The arresting officer says the case looks so strong against a man accused of murder in the alleged sucker punch death of an unsuspecting victim at a Braselton bar earlier this month that he'd "be shocked" if the case goes to trial.

December 27, 2016 | By Carlos Galarza cgalarza@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Authorities: Man stole elderly woman’s purse at gunpoint

A Hall County man is accused of entering an elderly woman's South Hall home and stealing her purse at gunpoint Tuesday, as well as illegally entering multiple vehicles at nearby residences.

December 27, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


New Holiday Inn Express planned in Gainesville

Grading is underway on a Holiday Inn Express & Suites hotel planned off Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 in Gainesville, beside Buffalo Wild Wings and behind Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen.

December 27, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


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New Year’s DUI arrests up from last holiday

Law enforcement patrolling the streets over the New Year's holiday made 17 DUI arrests, according to the Hall County jail log.

January 03, 2017 | Nick Watson | Local


Authorities: Almost $21K of meth found in diaper bag near infant

Authorities say two Gainesville parents tried to hide $20,900 of methamphetamine and needles in a diaper bag with their 4-month-old child in their car.

January 03, 2017 | Times staff reports | Local


Dog rescued from Murrayville well

When Hall County Fire Services Lt. Nathan Crowe ascended on a rope pulley with a dog in his arms, Carolyn Smith said her "prayers were ...

January 03, 2017 | Nick Watson | Local


Mercer takes over as Gainesville City Schools board chairman

Elected school officials in Gainesville started the new year by shuffling leadership roles.

January 03, 2017 | Carlos Galarza-Veve | Local


Immigrants who challenged in-state tuition policy win case

Some students at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus celebrated Tuesday after a judge ruled the Georgia university system must allow immigrants to ...

January 03, 2017 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Search intensifies for Gainesville superintendent

Gainesville school board members are wasting little time turning their attention to what new Chairman Brett Mercer calls their No. 1 priority - hiring a new ...

January 03, 2017 | Carlos Galarza-Veve | Local


National Bank of Georgia now part of Atlanta-based State Bank Financial

Athens-based The National Bank of Georgia, which has a Gainesville office, is now part of State Bank Financial Corporation of Atlanta.

January 03, 2017 | Times staff reports | Local


Man accused of shooting dog with air rifle

A Gainesville man is accused of shooting a 10-pound Chihuahua with an air rifle, wounding the animal.

January 03, 2017 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County gets bond rating boost

Hall County's bond rating has been upgraded to AA from AA- following a clean audit report released last month.

January 03, 2017 | Times staff reports | Local


YMCA works to make wellness easy

Change is hard.

January 03, 2017 | Shannon Casas | Local




Man accused of trying to sell fake gold bars

An Anderson, S.C., man is accused of trying to sell fake gold bars at a Gainesville pawn shop, according to authorities.

January 03, 2017 | Nick Watson | Local


Coroner IDs kids killed in Sunday wreck

Hall County Coroner Marion Merck has identified the two children killed Sunday afternoon in a southeast Hall County wreck.

January 03, 2017 | Nick Watson | Local


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