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Buford man gets prison for odometer scam

It's one of the oldest scams in the auto business: rolling back the mileage on a car's odometer.

October 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville schools name Dyer new superintendent

The Gainesville school board has unanimously named Merrianne Dyer its permanent new superintendent.

Dyer, who has served as interim superintendent since Steven Ballowe was fired from the post July 3, became the school system's superintendent at a called school board meeting at 8 a.m. Friday. The board promoted Dyer from her position as Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School principal and appointed her to the interim superintendent position on July 15.

October 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Whit Powell named to tax assessors' board

The Hall County Board of Commissioners named a fifth member to the board of tax assessors at its meeting Thursday.

Commissioner Billy Powell selected Whit Powell to replace former chief assessor Emory Martin, who resigned last week after District Attorney Lee Darragh and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations closed investigations into some of his actions while on the board.

October 27, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Pedestrian killed on Ga. 60 in Murrayville

A pedestrian was killed while crossing Ga. 60 at the Fieldale Farms Murrayville plant late Wednesday, authorities said.

October 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hard times a boon for the library

For the past week, 25-year-old Travis Loyd has been spending his afternoons at the Gainesville branch of the Hall County Library.

October 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Rabies cases keep coming: 39 so far in Hall

Hall County's rabies epidemic shows no signs of abating. The number of cases reported this year has now reached 39.

October 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


University System of Georgia cuts money for health care

More than 11,000 University System of Georgia employees are reconsidering their top-notch health care plans now that the Board of Regents has pulled $20 million from the system's health insurance program.

The move was part of the Board of Regent's decision to approve a $136 million budget cut for the state's 35 colleges and universities. To cut back on spending, the Board of Regents opted for university system employees who are covered by the indemnity insurance plan, the system's priciest yet most extensive plan, to shoulder more of their own health care costs.

October 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall school bus driver allegedly stole cash during field trip

A Hall County school bus driver was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly went through the purse of a school administrator and stole cash while the administrator was with students on a field trip, police and school officials said.

Sandra Lynn Pace, 51, of Jefferson was charged with theft by taking, Gainesville police Lt. Brian Kelly said Wednesday. The arrest happened at about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday outside Stork Gamco, an Airport Parkway manufacturer of poultry processing machinery.

October 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The Blue Sky Concert Series brings families, friends outside to Gainesville’s downtown square

The air was cool, the leaves were starting to turn and the weather was perfect for an afternoon of music on the square.

People young and old came out Wednesday to see the band Riverside play as part of the Blue Sky Concert Series and enjoy the autumn day on the square in downtown Gainesville.

October 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Some sheriff’s workers take unpaid time off by the hour

When Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic was faced with a county mandate to furlough all 480 of his employees for one day a month, he looked around for other law enforcement agencies in the state that faced the same challenge.

October 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Marina’s 'fall festival' event to benefit businesswoman in battling cancer

Business leaders all around Lake Lanier are pulling together to help one of their own.

A fundraiser is scheduled Saturday at Aqualand Marina to benefit Lesli Smith, a local real estate agent and co-owner of Lake Lanier Lodges Log Cabin and Boat Rentals.

October 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall County to start building boat ramp, ramp extensions soon

Hall County officials say they soon will begin construction on the new Laurel Park boat ramp and build extensions for two others.

October 25, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Grandma: Buses need cameras, but school officials say money is tight

Video cameras are strategically placed in the classrooms, hallways and school yards of Hall County schools.

October 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


SNPA picks gainesvilletimes.com as top Web site

The Times' Web site, gainesvilletimes.com, has been selected as the top Web site in the South among newspapers its size by the Southern Newspapers Publishers Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.

The Times also placed second in the SNPA category for Best Front Page. The contest included material published from August 2007 to this past August.

October 25, 2008 | By staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Woman charged with prostitution

A Gainesville woman was arrested Monday on Georgia Avenue after she allegedly offered sex for cash to an undercover officer.

October 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Browns Bridge Road lane closing during rush hour for water main repair

One lane of Browns Bridge Road will be closed at Watson Circle starting at 5:15 p.m. due to a water main break under ...

August 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man arrested in mountain resort heist

August 20, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


Gainesville council race for Ward 3 draws candidate

Lemuel Betancourt, 47, has announced his candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.

August 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Twins suspected in burglary indicted

A pair of Gainesville twins charged with burglary in November by Gainesville Police were indicted last week by a grand jury.

August 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lakeview kicks off school year with traditional celebration

A bell tolls across Lakeview Academy's grounds, signaling the official start of the school year on Wednesday.

August 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Advocates want state tax credit for low-income workers on the table

Changes to the state tax code are possible when lawmakers convene in January for the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly, but just who ...

August 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jury to decide attempted armed robbery, shooting case

The prosecution and defense closed Wednesday in the case of a Lawrenceville man charged with attempted armed robbery and shooting a man in the side.

August 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Authorities: Macon man charged with aggravated child molestation

A Macon man allegedly sent lewd images of himself to someone he believed to be 14 years old, Hall County Sheriff's Office authorities said.

August 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Verdict in lawsuit against Habersham officials will take time

A verdict in a lawsuit alleging that the Habersham County Board of Commissioners and Habersham County Airport Authority violated open meetings and records laws is ...

August 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New kiosk allows residents to renew car tags at N. Hall community center

North Hall residents now have another way to renew their car tags.

August 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


50 child porn charges added for violin teacher

An 85-year-old violin teacher under investigation for child molestation now faces an additional 50 charges of possession of child pornography.

August 19, 2015 | | Local


Up With People group does community service, hosts musical performances

Nadia is from Switzerland; Dafne is from Mexico; Max is from Sweden; and Andrew is from Wyoming. While coming from all different corners of the ...

August 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Lakeview Academy kicks off school year with tradition

A bell tolls across Lakeview Academy's grounds, signaling the official start of the school year on Wednesday.

August 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Eyes on the Road: New traffic lanes help DOT construct median

Traffic is split on Ga. 347/Friendship Road as part of a Georgia Department of Transportation widening project.

August 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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