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Combat compact soil that’s robbing plants of nutrients

Over time the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density, resulting in problems for any gardener.

January 30, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Your Views: Blending families requires plenty of patience, love

In reference to Tuesday's story "Seeking marital solace:" Stacey Reece was married to my daughter, Lydia Oglesby (who herself was a Belle of the Ball candidate finishing in fourth place) for about 20 years, and they gave me a grandson, Andrew Reece, who graduated with honors from West Georgia College in Carrollton (we were there). Also a granddaughter, Morgan Reece, who as a senior was the Belle of the Charity Ball (setting a record for a candidate's fundraising with more than $104,000) and now is a freshman at the University of North Greenville, S.C., on a ...

January 30, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor

Jonah Goldberg: Obama ignores reality, sticks to comfort zone

A week after his State of the Union address, political observers are still trying to figure out what President Barack Obama's game is. That's because rhetorically and substantively, he seems to be in another world.

January 30, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg | More viewpoint stories

Senate passes bill requiring coverage for autism therapy

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | Local

Drug agents try to dismantle probably meth lab in Dawson County

Drug agents were on the scene Wednesday of what they are calling a methamphetamine lab at a home on Hanging Dog Road in southeastern Dawson County.

January 30, 2015 | Times regional staff | Local

Katrina Holbrook joins elections board

Chief Registrar and Chairwoman Glenda Ferguson is no longer the only woman in Dawson County on the Board of Elections and Voter Registration board.

January 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Local Lions clubs donate $1,000 to Parks and Recreation

The Gainesville and North Hall Lions clubs have donated $1,000 to help local children participate in Gainesville Parks and Recreation programs such as youth sports, swimming lessons and camp regardless of their ability to pay.

January 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Good news

Sleuths work to return loot

Investigators with the Hall County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's help to hopefully get some pieces of jewelry back to the rightful owners.

January 30, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local

Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Striper biting well during colder weather

Lake Lanier's water level has risen to a healthy 1,070.07 feet or .93 feet below full pool of 1,071.

January 29, 2015 | By Eric Aldrich For The Times | Outdoors

Benji Harrison resigns as Jackson County football coach

Benji Harrison resigned as Jackson County High football coach on Tuesday following a three-year stint in which he led the program to its first state playoff berths in 20 years.

January 29, 2015 | Times staff reports | All prep football news

Wrestling teams gear up for area traditional tournaments

High school wrestling enters the second phase of its postseason this weekend.

January 29, 2015 | Clark Leonard | High schools

Riverbrook Village finally breaking ground

After years of court battles, a stagnant economy and other delays, more than $1 million in site improvements - including runoff protection fencing and road preparation - are beginning for the Riverbrook Village mixed-use development on Thompson Bridge Road at Ga. 136/Price Road.

January 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Gainesville officials remain skeptical of drive-thru proposal

Gainesville City Council expressed concern Thursday that a proposal to build a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle remains incompatible with the adjacent residential neighborhood.

January 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Save Our Sons Night to ask fathers to engage with sons

Across the nation next Friday, fathers will make an effort to save their sons.

January 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Three Atlanta Hawks among NBA All-Stars

NEW YORK - Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague were picked Thursday as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, giving the sizzling Atlanta Hawks three selections.

January 29, 2015 | By Brian Mahoney Associated Press | Atlanta Hawks

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Gainesville Police looking for missing 16-year-old

Gainesville Police are looking for a 16-year-old Gainesville boy missing since December.

January 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Winner of gorilla-naming contest going to Disney

Five finalists in a gorilla-naming contest in Gainesville chose "Goliath," and finalist Dakota Miller's name was pulled Saturday as the winner in a drawing for a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

January 13, 2015 | Times staff reports | Good news

Hit-and-run accident critically injures man on bicycle

A cyclist was critically injured this morning in a hit-and-run accident on Mundy Mill Road at Fairbanks Drive in Oakwood.

January 13, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Animal Shelter raises funds by painting pooches

Most people hear the word "mural" and probably think about Greek gods and goddesses or scenes from the Bible. But at the Hall County Animal Shelter, the newest murals adorning the concrete walls are all about mammals of the four-legged variety.

January 13, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories

Dixie Divas: When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny.

January 13, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Ronda Rich's column

Joan King: Mankind is destined to evolve from destroyers to creators

I saw my brother do it when he was a kid. My husband said he did the same thing: spend hours making a model airplane and then one day, set it on fire and launch it from the highest window in the house. All that work, down in flames. Kaput!

January 13, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists

Gainesville City Schools gets new central office

Visitors to the Gainesville City Schools' central office may be pleasantly surprised by the new lobby.

January 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Ohio State knocks off Oregon in national championship game, 42-20

Ohio State can add the newest version of the national championship trophy to a case that already has a bunch of the old ones.

January 13, 2015 | By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press | Staff sports picks

Area residents and UNG cadets earn Guard commissions

A Gainesville man was among the 18 University of North Georgia cadets awarded commissions Dec. 12 as second lieutenants.

January 13, 2015 | Times staff reports | Good news

The Local Agenda: Drive-thru on Virginia Circle up for review again

A rezoning request needed for the development of a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle will be heard again tonight after changes were made to the proposal.

January 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Junior Carew peaking at right time for North Hall

Don't get Michael Carew wrong. He enjoys hanging out with several of his friends and fellow wrestlers from Buford and surrounding schools throughout the area.

January 12, 2015 | David Thackham | High schools

High school scoreboard: Jan. 12

Norris Rettiger led the North Georgia Christian boys to a 60-36 win over Victory Baptist on Monday night in Loganville.

January 12, 2015 | Times sports reports | High schools

Gov. Nathan Deal begins 2nd term focused on crime, education reform

Gov. Nathan Deal was sworn in for a second term Monday inside the state Capitol in Atlanta with the promise of "a new term, a new vision, a new mandate," and said he would spend the next four years committed to criminal justice and educational reforms.

January 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Legislative panel: Threatening or harming health workers should be felony

Harming or threatening violence against on-duty health care workers should be declared a felony, a Georgia legislative panel recommends in a nine-page report.

January 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Oakwood City Council to fill 4 seats this year

As a cost-saving measure, Oakwood City Council decided Monday night to hold a special election to replace former Councilman Ron McFarland at the same time as three regularly scheduled elections this year.

January 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

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