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Lifetime of ill effects: Drugs can stunt brain growth

This is your brain on drugs.

May 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school system may face deficit

The Gainesville school system could end the fiscal year with expenses exceeding revenue, the district's finance chief told the city Board of Education on Monday night.

But when board member David Syfan pressed on how much the deficit might be, Janet Allison declined to give an amount.

May 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Parents often in denial about teens’ drug use

When teens get involved in drug abuse, it alters their behavior in ways that are usually fairly obvious.

May 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Rumors of Evans-Abraham DOT romance surfaced in November, Rep. Carl Rogers says

State Rep. Carl Rogers began hearing it in November.

May 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall officials say water restrictions are slowing new developments

A drought response resolution passed by the Gainesville City Council last November is now causing new development in Hall County to slow to a trickle, county officials say.

In response to state recommendations, Gainesville council members passed a resolution making water unavailable for new development until the drought situation improves and the state loosens its water-use restrictions.

May 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Health department expects loss in revenue

A doctor from the Hall County Health Department divulged a staggering statistic to county officials Monday - the department is estimating a $866,208 loss in revenue this year.

During the fourth round of county budget hearings, Dr. David Westfall, District 2 public health director, said the health department is slated to receive significantly less revenues from Medicaid payments since the state adopted a managed health care form of Medicaid, similar to HMOs, in 2006.

May 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Man charged with fatal shooting

One Gainesville resident is dead and another is in jail in the first homicide case of 2008 for the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Hugo M. Tepanca is being held in the Hall County Jail without bond on accusations of shooting 23-year-old Jose Vargas to death Sunday evening.

May 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Change of heart: Pearson will seek re-election

State Sen. Eugene "Chip" Pearson, R-Dawsonville, said Monday that he would seek a third term to the state Senate.

Pearson was said to be eyeing a bid to fill the 9th District seat on the State Transportation Board. Mike Evans, a former state representative, resigned the post last week.

May 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Sources for more information or help in dealing with substance abuse

  • Avita Community Partners (formerly Georgia Mountains Community Services): 678-207-1800 (receives state funding; charges on a sliding scale based on income)
  • Center Point: 770-535-1050
  • Family Recovery: 770-535-1073
  • Laurelwood at Northeast Georgia Medical Center: 770-531-3800 (insurance or self-pay; no state subsidies available)
  • LifeWorks Counseling Services: 770-503-7999
  • New Hope Cimarron Counseling: 770-539-9669
  • Also, for more information, visit www.theantidrug.com.

May 02, 2008 | | Local


White Sulphur Elementary joins Riverbend in closing early Wednesday for Tour de Georgia

White Sulphur Elementary School in East Hall will have to close early Wednesday for the Tour de Georgia, a 600-mile bicycle race that started Monday.

May 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials aim to keep road closures brief as Tour de Georgia rides through Hall

As more than 100 cyclists ride in Wednesday for one of the nation's premier cycling events, area motorists will have to pump the brakes - or at least take a detour.

May 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Students take a different test: Officials say random drug screens get results in Hall

In the professional ranks, athletes often are put on pedestals. But in Hall County, when it comes to dealing with drugs and alcohol, athletes are put under a microscope.

Currently, only student athletes in Hall County schools are subjected to mandatory, random drug tests, and school officials say it seems to be working.

May 01, 2008 | Jonathan Zopf | Local


Dahlonega's Bear on the Square Mountain Festival brings out the banjos and fiddles

Break out your banjo 'cause the 12th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega this weekend proved that old time mountain music is still alive and kicking.

May 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kids get bird’s-eye view of Earth Day

They're so soft!" Emily McGarr said as Rebecca Nelson nodded in agreement about the caterpillar the two had been holding moments before.

May 01, 2008 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Businesses find the green in going green

Earth Day began as a grassroots movement, but these days it's become a marketing opportunity.

May 01, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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2 Hall schools named finalists for winter jingle contest

Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy was one of six schools statewide to win the Winter Weather Jingle Contest, along with another Hall County school, Tadmore Elementary.

December 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County officials offer legislative wish list

With a new Georgia General Assembly session around the corner, Hall County commissioners and officials met with state legislators Friday morning at the Gainesville Civic Center to present their concerns.

December 05, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville police warn of warrant scam

Gainesville police are warning citizens of a scam involving police impersonators over the phone.

December 05, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood toasts up Christmas cheer

A drizzly, cool evening Friday didn't keep a solid crowd from visiting downtown Oakwood for the city's annual Christmas celebration.

December 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Flu shot less potent? Get one anyway, experts say

With the winter weather moving in and cold season upon us, many people are rushing to get their flu vaccine before they need to use a single sick day.

December 05, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Deal names Dec. 10 ‘Day of Code’

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has named December 10 the first "Day of Code," aimed at encouraging students to develop computing skills and consider careers in computer science.

December 04, 2014 | Wire reports | Local


State tax revenue totals $1.46B for November

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the state collected about $1.46 billion in net taxes during the month of November. Deal says the total is up roughly $60.5 million from November of 2013.

December 04, 2014 | Wire reports | Local


Authorities in Cumming say shoplifters took $1,000 in goods

Authorities are searching for two suspects who reportedly shoplifted at least $1,000 of merchandise from the Cumming Walmart late Wednesday night.

December 04, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Lanier Tech named state’s top technical college

When it comes to performance, education and development at technical colleges, Lanier Tech is ranked as the best in Georgia.

December 04, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville Police Department equips officers with body cameras

In her 25-year career with the Gainesville Police Department, interim chief Carol Martin watched the evolution of police technology. Gone are the days of VHS car camera videos, with everything now becoming digitized and downloaded.

December 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Miller aiming to ‘tend the garden’ planted

Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle joined in honoring state Sen. Butch Miller at a fundraiser Thursday night at the Robson Event Center.

December 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Green Street closing today for holiday event

The busy traffic on Green Street today will be people instead of cars as Gainesville celebrates its annual Christmas on Green festivities.

December 04, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch cuts liquor license fees

The fee for Flowery Branch businesses to sell distilled spirits has been lowered after local restaurant owners complained the original rates were too high.

December 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville airport move could boost area economy

Planes four times larger than previously allowed now can land at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, a move that some believe could boost economic development.

December 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




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