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Local church anoints animals

Grace Episcopal Church held its annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony Sunday on the front lawn of Brenau University in Gainesville. "The Blessing of Animals is our way of celebrating not just the life of St. Francis, but also our reverence for God's creation, and our calling to care for the environment," said the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, rector of Grace Episcopal Church. "St. Francis' love of animals reflects his awareness that all creatures are blessed and loved by God."

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Logano wins at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - So many drivers studied NASCAR's new championship Chase format and singled out the second round as the one they feared the most.

October 05, 2014 | Associated Press | Staff sports picks


Falcons fall apart late in 30-20 loss to Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Atlanta Falcons had everything in place to end their woes away from home.

October 05, 2014 | By Tom Canavan Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


State ranger first class receives Torch Award

Ranger First Class Chad Hulsey with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, assigned to Turner County, Region V-Albany, is the recipient of the 2014 Torch Award.

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Good news


Georgia DNR ranger wins Officer of the Year award

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Law Enforcement Division announced Ranger First Class David Webb has won the Officer of the Year Award from the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association. Webb was presented the award recently at the Association's annual conference in Reno, Nevada.

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Good news


Cumming Catholic school wins US blue ribbon award

Pinecrest Academy in Cumming has been selected as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, announced the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Good news


Cornerstone school receives state STEM award

Cornerstone Schools of Cumming has been named the statewide winner in the middle school category for the 2014 Georgia STEM Education Awards, according to the Technology Association of Georgia and the TAG Education Collaborative.

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Good news


Area 4-H students prepare for contest

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Good news


Gomez/Rodriguez

Juan and Beatrice Ramirez of Flowery Branch announce the engagement of their daughter Diana Gomez to Eduardo Rodriguez Jr., son of Javier and Yolanda Rodriguez of Balch Springs, Texas.

October 05, 2014 | | Engagements


Births

Alcaraz Navarrete, a girl, Ximena, Sept. 18, Berta Navarrete and Manuel Alcaraz, Baldwin.

October 05, 2014 | | Births


High school scoreboard: Oct. 4

Kennedy Kotula pitched a shutout for Buford, securing a series sweep of White County, 7-0 and 19-1, in the best-of-three series of the Region 8-AAAA softball tournament on Saturday in Buford. She allowed only two hits over seven shutout innings.

October 04, 2014 | Times sports reports | High schools


Georgia Tech wears down Miami, wins 28-17

ATLANTA - It took six years, but Georgia Tech finally beat Miami.

October 04, 2014 | George Henry Associated Press | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


Gurley rushes for 2 scores, passes for TD in Georgia's 44-17 win over Vandy

ATHENS - Jeb Blazevich succinctly summarized Todd Gurley's latest entry in his Heisman Trophy campaign.

October 04, 2014 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Georgia Bulldogs


Kitchen Inspections: Sept. 19-25

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October 04, 2014 | | Kitchen inspections


Local golf: Luna's plays weekly outing at Chattahoochee

Gene Weschler, Juan Luna and Ken Chahoy took home the win for the Luna's Tuesday golf group in last week's match at

October 04, 2014 | Times sports reports | Community sports


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South Hall Rotary hosts 5K race and spotlights winners

The South Hall Rotary Club had its first 5-kilometer race in Flowery Branch, with proceeds benefitting the Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Hall County, Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County and the University of North Georgia Scholarship Fund.

October 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Good news


B.R.A.K.E.S. Gala recognizes Dahlonega man

Todd Modderman of Dahlonega received the appreciation award for his dedication to driving a big-rig to trainings in the Southeast region for the Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe organization.

October 26, 2014 | | Good news


Georgia group aids Kenyan kids

CUMMING - Parsons Gifts may be the perfect place to find holiday presents and collectibles, but many customers may not know just how far some of their money reaches.

October 26, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Life top stories


Our Views: Where there’s smoke

Debating the role of government is common election year fodder, with each side weighing in on how much influence federal, state and local leaders should have over our lives and tax dollars.

October 26, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Births

Garcia, a boy, Angel Bartolo, Oct. 12, Veronica Rojas and Angel Garcia, Cornelia.

October 26, 2014 | | Births


Hokayem/Wright

Jessica "Jessa" Lauren Hokayem and William "Will" Curtis Wright Jr. were united in marriage at 7 p.m. June 21, 2014, at Ashford Manor in Watkinsville. The bride is the daughter of George Anthony and Martha Benner Hokayem of Gainesville, and the granddaughter of Louise Dorn Benner of Raleigh, N.C., and the late Joseph Abner Benner Jr., and Beatrice Louis Hokayem of Gainesville and the late Joseph Milad Hokayem. The groom is the son of William Curtis and Beverley Baugh Wright of Evans, and the grandson of the late Frederick Henry Jr. and Margaret Smith Baugh, and the late ...

October 26, 2014 | | Weddings


Firehouse Subs donates $13,000 piece of equipment to Gainesville Fire Department

Gainesville Fire Department recently received a donation of much-needed equipment from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

October 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Good news


Rite Aid Foundation donates $10,000 for Challenged Child and Friends

October 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Good news


North Georgia nonprofits receive grants

The North Georgia Community Foundation awarded $16,500 in Community Impact Grants to nine nonprofits in Northeast Georgia to help fund programs designed to improve the quality of life in the North Georgia region.

October 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Good news


Giants crush Royals to tie World Series 2-2

SAN FRANCISCO - Down three runs and in danger of getting pushed to the World Series brink, Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants raised up some Panda-monium.

October 26, 2014 | By Ronald Blum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


High school scoreboard: East Hall, North Hall fall in volleyball playoffs

The East Hall High volleyball program lost its state quarterfinals playoff matchup against Oconee County 25-22, 25-18, 25-13 on Saturday in Watkinsville. The Vikings' season is now complete.

October 25, 2014 | Times sports reports | High schools


Ralston shoots 69 to take lead at Gainesville City Junior Golf Championship

With a first-round 69, Gainesville High's Spencer Ralston surged to the front of the 16-18 age division of the Gainesville City Junior Championship on Saturday at the Chattahoochee Golf Club.

October 25, 2014 | Times sports reports | Community sports


Newsmakers in business, Oct. 26

Public Health director wins community service award

October 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Business


Kitchen Inspections: Oct. 2-9

Oct. 2

October 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Kitchen inspections


Georgia Southern wallops Georgia State, 69-31

Matt Breida ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns, including a 75-yarder on the opening play of the second half, leading Georgia Southern to a 69-31 win over Georgia State on Saturday.

October 25, 2014 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Staff sports picks


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