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Guest Column: Scoutmaster taught ways of the mountains

If you have lived in North Georgia for any amount of time, you probably have a picture in your mind of James and Francis Mathis. Most likely, you would picture them as they tirelessly pulled in harness toward some civic goal to benefit our community.

April 06, 2009 | By James C. "Bimbo" Brewer Guest Columnist | Community columnists

School news

Chestatee High School students recently competed in the Georgia Career Student Association's regional competition at Chestnut Mountain Church in Oakwood. Eilec Paniagua won fourth place, floral design; Shanice Kennedy, third place, construction technology; Alexis Shelton, first place, hair design; Sharon Smith, fourth place, Power Point; Hannah Simmons, first place, first aid/CPR; Danny Romero, first place, collision repair; Gustavo Gonzalez, third place, automotive service; and Dylan Bruce, fifth place; woodworking.

April 06, 2009 | | Good news

Lowe shuts down Phils; Braves win opener

PHILADELPHIA - If Derek Lowe had been this dominant last October, the Philadelphia Phillies might not be World Series champions.

April 06, 2009 | By Rob Maaddi The Associated Press | Atlanta Braves

Lions turn focus to Stafford

Since the Lions lost out on quarterback Jay Cutler, the focus has increased on Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford potentially becoming the No. 1 pick in the draft.

April 06, 2009 | By Carlos Monarrez McClatchy Newspapers | Georgia Bulldogs

Local lifters win team trophy

ATHENS - It was a record setting day for quite a few members of the Georgia Irondawgs Powerlifting team at the American Powerlifting Committee State Bench Press and Powerlifting Championships in Athens on Saturday. While on the way to outstanding individual performances, the Irondawgs also picked up the team championship trophy.

April 06, 2009 | From staff reports | Sports

UNC rolls to NCAA championship

DETROIT - There was a team of destiny out there, all right. It's the North Carolina Tar Heels, and the final chapter of their story was about as heartwarming as a demolition derby.

Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and North Carolina won a national championship a season or more in the making, stomping out Michigan State's inspirational run Monday night with a 89-72 blowout that wasn't even that close.

April 06, 2009 | By Eddie Pells The Associated Press | Sports

Balanced Caps effort trips up Thrashers

WASHINGTON - Like a shortstop fielding a line drive, Tomas Fleischmann stuck his glove in the air and caught the puck.

April 06, 2009 | By Joseph White The Associated Press | Atlanta Thrashers

Baseball: Tar Heels swat Jackets

Sixth-ranked North Carolina scored eight runs in the second inning en route to a 13-10 win over No. 3 Georgia Tech on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta.

April 06, 2009 | From staff reports | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

LSU beats Bulldogs in series finale

Top-ranked Georgia yielded its lead in the sixth inning and never recovered as No. 5 LSU took a 7-5 win Sunday in Athens.

April 06, 2009 | From staff reports | Georgia Bulldogs

G-Braves finalize Opening Day roster

The Gwinnett Braves set their roster for the team's inaugural season in Gwinnett County. The roster features eight players from the Atlanta Braves' 40-man roster and two players (SP Tommy Hanson and RP Kris Medlen) from Baseball America's top 10 prospects in the Braves organization.

April 06, 2009 | From staff reports | Sports

Softball: Brenau sweeps No. 16 Lee

Brenau University picked up a pair of key conference wins Saturday when the Golden Tigers topped No. 16 Lee University 2-1 and 6-2.

April 06, 2009 | From staff reports | Sports

Mladin wins again at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON - Mat Mladin made it a weekend sweep Sunday at Road Atlanta, winning the AMA American Superbike race No. 2 by more than four seconds over Blake Young.

April 06, 2009 | From staff reports | Sports

Forsyth County school district secures freedom

CUMMING - Forsyth County has become the second school district in the state to be granted freedom from some state mandates.

April 05, 2009 | BY JENNIFER SAMI Times regional staff | Local


Don and Rhonda McAndrew of Gainesville announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Elizabeth McAndrew to Todd Matthew Reed Jr., son of Todd Sr. and Margie Reed of Gainesville.

April 05, 2009 | | Engagements

Good news

Five hundred Jazzercisers from the Jazzercise and JazzerKids Fitness Center of Gainesville raised more than $170,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by holding a benefit dance-fitness class on Feb. 15.

April 05, 2009 | | Good news

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Your Views: Hall County leaders should restore library funding

To Hall County Commissioners: I write on behalf of the Hall County Library System. I have been honored to be associated with them for several years. I have been able to personally view how well they perform. I have also witnessed the distressing shortage of funds allocated by the county commissioners during this recession.

April 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

Your Views: Hard to see how Christians can support corporations as people

We make decisions based on emotion, not reason, especially when it comes to religion and politics. One recent example is how most conservative Christians support "Citizens United," the Supreme Court decision that says corporations are people and have the same rights as people, even though they don't always die after 80 or 90 years like real people do.

April 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

Your Views: Sheriff showed compassion by dropping charge against father

I was encouraged to see that White County Sheriff Neal Walden showed compassion and a little common sense in dropping the charges against a heartbroken, grieving father.

April 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

Lanier Park Hospital hosts disaster drill, training

The second floor of Lanier Park Hospital on Friday may have looked like a scene from a horror film, but actually it was just the setting for some great lessons for many area first responders.

April 24, 2015 | By Caroline Watts | Local

Ask The Times: No plans to install more sirens in Hall

Why are so many of the county's tornado sirens in South Hall? It seems they overlap a lot.

April 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

High school scoreboard: April 24

Reed McAllister pitched five innings to earn a 3-2 win for Dawson County against Lumpkin County in the season finale for the Tigers on Friday night in Dahlonega.

April 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | High schools

Freeman error allows winning run as Phillies beat Braves 1-0

PHILADELPHIA - Defensive miscues and an ineffective offense doomed the Braves against Philadelphia.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Falcons' GM Dimitroff receives positive medical reports on two top draft prospects

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Friday he believes Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, whose toe injury kept him from participating in the NFL combine, will be ready for the start of the 2015 season.

April 24, 2015 | Charles Odum | Atlanta Falcons

'Junkyard Dog' Carroll finally making his mark with Atlanta Hawks

ATLANTA - When DeMarre Carroll is having one of those nights where the shots just won't fall, like Game 2 of the playoffs, he doesn't get down on himself.

April 24, 2015 | Paul Newberry Associated Press | Atlanta Hawks

2 indicted in Lanier boating crash that injured Forsyth family

April 24, 2015 | Forsyth County News | Local

Your Views: Atlanta cheating scandal shows how testing can go awry

It is my hope that the idea of testing what students have learned in order to measure what teachers have taught does not disappear as a result of the recent controversies.

April 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

Your Views: Looking closer for answers to climate and evolution debates

I think it was Joan King who recently wrote people only want support for what they believe and are not interested in facts that challenge their beliefs. As a pastor (retired) I've certainly found this true among professing Christians.

April 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

Your Views: Responsible cave explorers are careful not to transmit diseases

Excellent article in the April 10 edition of The Times about bats and white-nose syndrome that has been decimating bat populations of several different species in the U.S. for the last decade. Information such as this is vital to get out to the public, along with describing the importance of bats, as Michael Wheeler has done in his article.

April 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

Breaking the classroom tradition

While most students study and learn within a traditional classroom setting, every year Hall County permits a select group to wander beyond the walls of their high school.

April 24, 2015 | By JESSIKA BOUVIER | Local

Animal shelters protect against spread of disease

After Gwinnett County's animal shelter closed its doors this month because of a pneumonia-like illness that killed one dog and infected many others, local shelters are taking steps to prevent the same fate.

April 24, 2015 | By Caroline Watts | Local

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