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Convicted man fights life sentence

A Hall County judge didn't want to sentence Benjamin Horne to life in prison in a domestic violence case, but he had no choice.

January 10, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville crime rate fell in 2008

Amid the daily barrage of gloomy economic reports, a ray of sunshine emerged this week: Crime in Gainesville was down in 2008.

January 10, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


ITBS test scores go up in Hall County

In a test taken around the country, Hall County scores showed improvement over last year, especially on the math portion of the test.

January 10, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Family still down on the farm since 1792

JEFFERSON -- Not many people can look out of a window of their home and observe more than 100 years of their family's history.

January 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Captains' meeting scheduled for Greater Hall chamber’s ‘Get Fit’ run/walk campaign

Though it's still three months away, preparations have already begun for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's second annual Get Fit Stay Fit 5K Corporate Challenge Run/Walk.

January 10, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Early intervention is key to helping autistic children

In the past few years, autism has become one of the most talked about disorders.

January 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Cagle raises $1.5 million to run for governor

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle received significant support from Gainesville and Northeast Georgia in his first financial disclosure on his bid for governor in 2010.

January 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Judge's ruling will keep Deal on death penalty case

A Hall County judge will continue to preside over a death penalty case in which the defendant's lawyers wanted him removed.

Superior Court Judge Jason Deal, however, must recuse himself from any court proceedings that address the mental competency to stand trial of Allan Robert Dickie, a judge has ruled.

January 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two arrested following marijuana sting

Two men who thought they were buying 20 pounds of marijuana instead ended up in jail Thursday, officials said Friday.

January 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Chestatee grad, guardsman saw Iraqi detainees change their views during his tour of duty

When Jon McClelland was growing up in Gainesville, he would play "army" and think to himself that once he grew up, he would be a real army man.

January 09, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Teen’s death probe awaits toxicology test results

HOSCHTON - The investigation surrounding how 14-year-old Brittane Nichole Brown died last month still is pending, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

January 09, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Class size waiver won't affect Gainesville, Hall schools much

Georgia public schools can add two more students to most elementary and middle school classes under a measure passed Thursday by the state school board.

January 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Engineer's tests: Newtown residents could use ear protection

The industrial noise in Gainesville's Newtown community can be so loud that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would require ear protection.

January 09, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hit-and-run case leads to chase and arrest

Three people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, and a man was in police custody following a hit-and-run during the late afternoon rush hour Thursday on Old Oakwood Road.

January 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Long-sought burglary suspect now in Hall jail

One of Hall County's most wanted was arrested at a Commerce motel Wednesday night after more than a year on the run, authorities said.

January 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Seniors team with food bank to give free meals weekly

A group of women all dressed in yellow serve fruit, bacon and grits to anyone who walks through their doors.

June 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Beatty, Kriews head into runoff for Flowery Branch council seat

Flowery Branch voters chose one new council member in Tuesday's special election, but they aren't quite done yet as they'll head back to the polls for a runoff on July 14.

June 16, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Medical marijuana registry, commission now up and running

Tuesday was a landmark day in Georgia for supporters of medical marijuana.

June 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Longtime resident wins Lula council seat

In a low-key special election that didn't rouse much voter interest, 25-year Lula resident Marvin Moore was elected Tuesday night to serve on the City Council.

June 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Atlanta St. shooting victim remembered as skilled Gainesville athlete, good friend

Mario Bush drove back from Stockbridge to his childhood home on Atlanta Street as soon as he saw the news on social media.

June 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | 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


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Broken Bonds: Longtime foster parents share their stories

When Wendy Boswell said goodbye to her foster daughter last month, she literally ached with grief.

October 15, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: DFCS caseworkers face obstacles

As she talks about the joys of working with foster children, Tyne Jackson can't help crying a little.

October 14, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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