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Growing Hall County heads toward 200,000

Gainesville is among the fastest growing areas in the nation and many local residents are not surprised.

March 21, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Spell’s ex-employees say they didn’t know about scheme

Three people who worked for accused Ponzi schemer Wendell Spell say they had no idea he was bilking investors in his heavy equipment company and should not be named as defendants in a lawsuit against him.

March 21, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Peace Corps volunteers affected by Forsyth woman’s death

Peace Corps volunteer JP Banks said the untimely death of 24-year-old Kate Puzey in West Africa earlier this month is a reminder of his own service and risks abroad.

March 21, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Three Hall roads on state’s stimulus project list

Three Hall County roads are included on a list of 135 Georgia Department of Transportation projects that may be funded with federal stimulus money.

March 21, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall commissioner believes annexation is for speed trap

Hall County Commissioner Bobby Banks alleges that the only reason the Gainesville Police Department is interested in annexing property along Interstate 985 near Oakwood is to set up speed traps as a revenue source.

March 21, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall spelling champ places 7th in state bee

Parker Ramey proved he could hang with the big dogs Friday at the state championship spelling bee in Atlanta.

March 21, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Sixth rabies case confirmed in Hall County

Another case of rabies has been confirmed in Hall County, bringing the 2009 total to six.

March 20, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Redevelopment authority attorney replaced

Emily Bagwell was chosen as new attorney for the Gainesville-Hall County Redevelopment Authority at its Friday meeting.

March 20, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson School Board retreat touches on class success

Members of the Jefferson City Schools Board of Education spent the first day of their annual retreat reflecting on the past and planning for the future.

March 20, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Troy Hester found guilty of murder

Troy Hester said his girlfriend shot herself, but a Hall County jury didn't buy it.

March 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Local company’s gadget nets $10,000 award

A pair of engineers who have developed an automated system for retrieving individual items in warehouses were honored Friday with a $10,000 award from an Ohio-based firm.

March 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Anna Ruby Falls construction delayed

The reopening of the Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area near Helen, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed until April 4.

March 20, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Sawnee Mountain Preserve opens second year with shindig

CUMMING - To commemorate the start of its second year, officials are inviting the public to a special event today at the Sawnee Mountain Visitor Center.

March 20, 2009 | By Frank Reddy Times regional staff | Local


Clarks Bridge Park public boat ramp closed today

March 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Woman charged after pot delivery

A Gainesville woman was charged with drug trafficking after she signed for a special postal delivery of 12 pounds of marijuana, authorities said.

March 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Georgia denies Florida's allegations in water wars lawsuit

Georgia denies that Florida's Apalachicola region is "suffering serious harm" because of Georgia's increasing storage and consumption of water from the Chattahoochee and Flint river basins, according to a document filed in the U.S. Supreme Court.

January 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Community activism group undergoes change in leadership

Now, if she wants, Faye Bush doesn't have to walk across the street to work anymore.

January 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: UNG selects chief research officer

The University of North Georgia has a new head of research and engagement.

January 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Georgia infant mortality rate higher than national average

The Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel report on 2013 deaths found the state has an above-average infant mortality rate.

January 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula councilwoman Vicky Chambers still in ICU as City Council looks ahead

Lula City Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, as of Sunday night, is still in the intensive care unit at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

January 18, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Gainesville's downtown square bigger draw than ever

While it's no secret the downtown square is Gainesville's centerpiece, the last year has proven what a major draw it is for residents and tourists alike.

January 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cumming response sends state attorney general to sidelines

January 18, 2015 | BY KELLY WHITMIRE Times regional staff | Local


Meeting set to bridge 'dividing line' between community, law enforcement

A group of church and community leaders plans to talk this week with area law enforcement on ways to improve relations and "build partnerships."

January 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hundreds of Boy Scouts gather at Scoutland for Winter Camporee event

This weekend, Boy Scout Troops from Hall, Jackson and Barrow have come together at Scoutland campgrounds north of Gainesville for the 2015 Chattahoochee District Winter Camporee.

January 18, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


The 2 police families of Carol Martin

A math teacher, an accountant or a police chief - of those career options, Carol Martin said she never imagined herself becoming the third.

January 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | 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


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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