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Court system changes mean faster pleas for immigration detainees

On a Friday morning in the Hall County jail, two dozen jumpsuit-clad inmates lined up in handcuffs and leg irons to plead guilty to the misdemeanor crimes that landed them there.

After being led by deputies into a plain cinder block room converted into a courtroom with a pair of flags and a judge's desk at one end, the inmates quietly sat in rows of metal and plastic chairs. They waited to enter their pleas before Hall County Senior State Court Judge Charles Wynne, many with the aid of a Spanish-language interpreter.

October 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The great pumpkins are on sale at First United Methodist Church

Gainesville First United Methodist Church kicked off its annual pumpkin sale on Sunday afternoon.

October 09, 2008 | BY MEGAN GILL news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Cleveland post office named for fallen soldier

CLEVELAND - The wall of the Cleveland post office now bears the name of Sgt. Jason Robert Harkins, who was killed in Iraq in 2007.

October 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Area meetings

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

October 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville police seeking armed robbery suspect

Gainesville police are investigating an armed robbery Saturday night at Super Mercado Carrillo El Guero.

October 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tax-free sales lure shoppers to save energy and water

Several times in the 32 years since his home in the Sardis area was built, Bradley Martin has replaced parts on toilets.

October 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Residents run, ride to raise money for wounded deputy

Hall County police officers and community members gathered early Saturday morning at Blackshear Place Baptist Church for the 5K Fun Run & Bike Ride for Deputy Joe Groover.

October 08, 2008 | By Megan Gill news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Soon, Chestatee High students can go outdoors, with class

If you can't bring Mother Nature to the classroom, take the classroom to Mother Nature.

October 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fans approve of alternative fuels at Petit Le Mans

BRASELTON - When the flag flew Saturday morning for the start of the 11th Annual Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta's signature race went green in more ways than one.

October 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Economy has frozen some residential developments in S. Hall

FLOWERY BRANCH - The sign says that Starboard Townhomes will be available in the spring of 2006.

October 08, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Thrifty shoppers descend on Junior League sale

Bargain-hunters by the hundreds - some 900 in the first hour alone - packed the Georgia Mountains Center Saturday morning for the Junior League's annual Harvest Thrift Sale.

October 08, 2008 | From staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


See you at Petit Le Mans

Some 100,000 people are expected to converge on Road Atlanta in Braselton this morning for the 11th running of the Petit Le Mans, a mini version of France's 24 hours of Le Mans. The race starts at 11:15 a.m. and usually goes about 10 hours.

Though the race includes a international cadre of competitors and fans, local favorite Johnny O'Connell of Flowery Branch will be competing again this year.

October 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Bush OKs historic $700 billion bailout

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal and his six fellow House Republicans from Georgia were not swayed by arm-twisting and steadfastly voted against a historic $700 billion government bailout of the battered financial industry on Friday.

October 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Motorsports resort proposed in Dawsonville

DAWSONVILLE - Golf resorts haven't fared well in recent months in Dawson County, but developers hope a new concept in country club living will motor past the competition.

Jeremy Porter, a Forsyth County resident and longtime racing enthusiast, has submitted plans to develop a motorsports country club in Dawsonville.

October 07, 2008 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Wells Fargo to buy Wachovia; Citigroup objects

NEW YORK --Wachovia says it agreed to be acquired by San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. in a $15.1 billion all-stock deal. But Citigroup now demands that Wachovia abide by the terms of its earlier deal to buy Wachovia's banking operations.

October 07, 2008 | | Local


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Husband won’t be charged in fatal car wreck that killed community leader

No charges will be filed against William Robert "Bob" Johnson, who the Georgia State Patrol said failed to yield in a Sept. 30 wreck that killed his wife, Nola "Erice" Johnson.

October 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Behind the scenes of Kelly’s ouster as police chief

Concerns about employee morale and a silent mutiny within the Gainesville Police Department were on the minds of city management and human resources officials when they interviewed candidates to fill the role of major in mid-August, just weeks before Chief Brian Kelly resigned.

October 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jarrard left Riverside over 'management decision'

Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard left Riverside Military Academy over a managerial disagreement, according to an email sent Wednesday to parents.

October 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Chamber discusses, addresses health at expo

People took advantage of free health screenings Wednesday at the HealthSmart Expo in Gainesville.

October 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Two juvenile judges appointed to Hall, Dawson circuit

Two Hall County attorneys have been announced as the new juvenile court judges serving the Northeastern Judicial Circuit.

October 08, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Ga. signs agreement to deepen Savannah harbor

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Officers practice for active shooter scenarios

October 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Improvements to start at Ramsey Road, Ga. 365

Some work is starting on improvements, including a traffic light, at Ramsey Road and Ga. 365 in northeast Hall County.

October 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Clermont eyeing Nov. 13 vote on electoral wards

Clermont is moving forward on proposed changes to the North Hall County city's charter that would divide the town into four voting wards.

October 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cellmate accused of slamming inmate’s head into concrete floor

A man incarcerated in the Hall County jail allegedly slammed his cellmate's head against the concrete floor, killing him, according to warrants.

October 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Commandant Jarrard steps down at Riverside

Riverside Military Academy announced Tuesday night the resignation of its commandant, Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard.

October 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


SAT scores inch up locally

Hall County and Gainesville schools have seen a slight uptick in their SAT scores this year, but scores remain lower than state and national averages.

October 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville City Council gives first approval for brewery

Gainesville City Council has given the initial go-ahead for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal prosecutors review Habersham raid that injured toddler

October 07, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


A second rabies alert issued for one South Hall neighborhood

The Marsh Creek Court area of South Hall County has its second rabies case this month after a dog came in contact with a rabid raccoon.

October 07, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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