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Hester gets life in prison for murder

Troy Hester apologized Wednesday to the family of murder victim Allison Brownell but stopped short of admitting he shot her, while his attorney continued to maintain the convicted killer's innocence.

March 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Spell’s former employees exonerated

Three people who worked for Ponzi schemer Wendell Spell's heavy equipment company have been dropped as defendants in a lawsuit filed by 16 former investors.

March 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Tax allocation district amendment likely will sail to approval

School tax money may be available for redevelopment projects in Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Oakwood this year if a constitutional amendment passes through the state Senate as easily as it did the House.

March 25, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Gainesville breaks ground on its future public safety building

About a week after county voters agreed to a 1 percent sales tax to fund its construction, Gainesville officials broke ground Wednesday on the city's future public safety facility.

March 25, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Flowery Branch gets a TAD busy

FLOWERY BRANCH - The first order of business for Flowery Branch's new tax allocation district advisory committee was lending a hand with a $15 million downtown project that has been in the works for more than two years.

March 25, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local

Rain cancels Saturday kids events, live music

Kids events and live music planned as part of the fifth annual Downtown Gainesville Gran Prix Criterium have been canceled due to the forecast of rain.

March 25, 2009 | | Local

Flood watch issued as heavy rain moves in

Keep your umbrella handy. You're going to need it for the next four days.

Heavy rain is moving into the region today, and by the time it stops raining Saturday night, forecasters are saying up to 4 inches of rain could fall. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of north and central Georgia -- including Gainesville -- until Saturday night.

March 25, 2009 | Mitch Clarke | Local

Banks will drop complaint if city gives up radar

Hall County Commissioner Bobby Banks said Tuesday he is willing to drop his complaint against the city of Gainesville's annexation requests if the police department will verify that it will not apply for a radar permit.

March 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Gainesville, Dahlonega receive grants to help preserve history

Gainesville and Dahlonega are on their way to preserving pieces of history after receiving federal historical preservation grants.

March 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Attorney: Spell is ‘absolutely broke’

Victims of a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors for as much as $60 million may have a hard time getting any money back.

March 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

School nurse takes quick action to aid ill student

A West Hall Middle School nurse's quick medical attention may have saved the life of a seventh-grader Tuesday.

March 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local

Precious cargo requires tough school bus driver rules

Two weeks ago, there was a minor accident in Cleveland involving a White County school bus. No one was injured, and no students were on the bus.

March 24, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local

Need help paying for prescriptions? Visit Thursday's bus tour

Local residents who have lost their insurance and need help paying for prescription medications can find help Thursday.

March 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

Group plans tribute for National Guard unit headed abroad

A two-hour celebration filled with patriotic tributes is planned as a send-off Thursday for Charlie Company, a Gainesville-based Army National Guard unit headed to Afghanistan.

March 24, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local

Lula hopes federal stimulus money will help with wastewater plant

Lula's City Council voted Tuesday to forge ahead with its proposed wastewater treatment facility, a likely frontrunner to receive federal stimulus funds.

March 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

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Hall officials aim to build $3.4M bridge on Tumbling Creek Road

Hall County wants to build a $3.4 million bridge on Tumbling Creek Road in the same area where the Georgia Department of Transportation ordered ...

September 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Authorities: Ellenwood man charged with attempted aggravated child molestation

An Ellenwood man allegedly sent "pornographic photos and had sexually explicit conversations" with an investigator he believed to be a child, according to authorities.

September 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Analysis: National news shapes local perceptions of gun ownership

The frequency of mass shootings in recent years has revealed two cyclical patterns in the nation's response to such tragedies: Renewed calls for gun ...

September 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

DNR officer on Lake Lanier wins national award

When announced Tuesday night as the national boating officer of the year, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Cpl. Jason Roberson said it's his family ...

September 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Proposed disability community in South Hall has many foes

Opposition, including an online petition with hundreds of names, is growing to plans for a 21-acre South Hall County community serving developmentally disabled adults.

September 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Kids safety event happening in Buford

A digital fingerprinting unit will be available Monday through Saturday at Operation Kidsafe Safety Week in Buford.

September 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Townhomes planned across from Johnson High School

Plans for up to 105 townhouses are proposed across from Johnson High School in Oakwood on a site considered for condominiums before a bad economy ...

September 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Flowery Branch graduate starts successful jewelry line

Haley Dunigan is trying to balance being a freshman in college and the owner of a booming business.

September 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Colleges now graded on students' debt burden

Colleges and universities typically have been ranked on their academic achievements, social life and postgraduate offerings.

September 19, 2015 | By Joshua Silavent and Kristen Oliver, | Local

West Hall graduate gets national acclaim for children’s books

A 2001 graduate of West Hall High School is getting national attention with her series of imaginative, illustrated children's books geared at igniting young ...

September 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Water manual update still due out this month

A draft of the Army Corps of Engineers' long-expected water management update governing the tri-state basin including Lake Lanier is still due out this month ...

September 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Schools offer services for kids with specific needs

In one classroom, you might find a child with dyslexia, another with autism and another with a physical disability.

September 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Clermont Days Festival celebrates family, community

Clermont celebrated its 15th annual Clermont Days Festival on Saturday, and people from north Georgia gathered for the activities throughout the day.

September 19, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local

3 arrested after guns, synthetic pot seized

Three Gainesville men were arrested Friday and charged with intent to distribute more than $3,000 in synthetic marijuana as the result of a drug ...

September 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Art in the Square draws artists, onlookers

Two-year-old Annabella Santa Cruz of Flowery Branch skipped around a car in downtown Gainesville on Saturday, dousing it with bright-colored paint.

September 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

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