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John Jarrard benefit concert could grow into festival

Over the next few years, the John Jarrard Foundation is hoping to expand its annual benefit concert into a weekend-long festival.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cold weather sparks rash of fires, but no injuries

Hall County firefighters were kept busy Friday on one of the coldest day in several years.

January 16, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr and Ashley Fielding sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com; afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Lula man is killed in Ga. 365 accident

A Lula man was killed Friday morning when he rear-ended a tractor-trailer that was stopped in traffic, officials said.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Bone-chilling temps have homeless shelters preparing for more people

With the wind chill expected to drop to zero overnight, Thomas Ramirez and others at Gainesville's Good News at Noon shelter and ministry scrambled to make room for what they expected to be a rush of less fortunate folks coming in from the cold.

January 16, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville police, fire station to cost $20.4 million

A new police and fire station in Gainesville will cost the city $20.4 million, according to the project's manager.

January 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


With Obama's upcoming inauguration, MLK Day marches have special meaning

Local groups that hold annual events in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will do so this year with a renewed zeal.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville area's unemployment claims skyrocket 216 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor said unemployment insurance claims shot up 174 percent last month compared to December 2007, with one of the top increases coming in the Gainesville area.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mental health provider closes White County site

State budget cuts have hit Gainesville-based Avita Community Partners, the mental health provider for 13 Northeast Georgia counties.

January 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


March of Dimes starts fundraising campaign

The March of Dimes kicked off its fundraising season Thursday by rallying people to raise money for babies' health needs.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County school board makes plans at retreat

The Hall County Board of Education is holding its annual retreat tonight and Saturday morning to discuss a range of issues facing the school system in the upcoming year.

Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield will meet with the board to update the system's plans for programs of academic "rigor" to challenge every student; major renovation and capital projects; classroom technology possibilities; and the district's certified staff recruitment plan.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Local Obama backers head to DC

Gainesville resident Arturo Corso began sporting a Barack Obama campaign button on his lapel long before it was considered cool.

January 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Times multimedia project takes national honor

A multimedia presentation on www.gainesvilletimes.com about a young Latina's "los quince años" has won third place in a monthly competition conducted by the National Press Photographers Association.

Photographer Sara Guevara and reporter Ashley Fielding produced the four-minute audio slideshow about 15-year-old Emily Ibarra's "los quince años," a tradition that is a mix between a Jewish bat mitzvah, an American "Sweet 16" and a debutante ball.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


State Rep. Collins reunites with his children after his four-month stint in Iraq

State Rep. Doug Collins' children were checked out of school by a surprise visitor Thursday: their dad.

January 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Water planning district updating plans for Lanier withdrawals

ATLANTA - The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is completing an update of its 2003 water and wastewater plan. It includes conservation goals, six new water-supply reservoirs and increased withdrawals from Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River through 2035.

January 15, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


New state Web site links Georgians to health information

Every day, millions of Americans search for health information on Internet sites such as WebMD. But until now, there hasn't been a site that's specific to Georgia.

January 15, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Georgia lawmakers working out kinks in cannabis oil bill

While regulations governing the production and distribution of cannabis oil in Georgia are now absent from proposed medical marijuana legislation, state lawmakers are pushing forward with remedies to the problem.

January 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia leaders seek changes to AP US History to celebrate ‘positive aspects’

Teachers shouldn't emphasize the negative aspects of U.S. history.

January 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Read the resolution on AP History

Senate Resolution 80

January 31, 2015 | | Local


Brenau vice president appointed to Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

A Brenau University vice president was sworn in Thursday to serve on the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

January 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County food, shelter agencies can apply for additional funding

Food and shelter programs in Hall County can apply for additional funding after the county was chosen to receive national Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program funds.

January 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Redevelopment plan is road map for Flowery Branch's future

With more retail shops open for business downtown, new homes being built and upcoming plans for more accommodating roads, it's safe to say Flowery Branch is a bustling town.

January 31, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


New Year's Eve road rage incident led to gunfire, authorities say

Being cut off in traffic led to road rage between two men in Hall County and ended with a gunshot, said Hall County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mike Lusk said Friday at a committal hearing.

January 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Drug case against 2 headed to Superior Court; 100K in narcotics, cash seized

A methamphetamine trafficking case involving a Gainesville man whom authorities said is a documented SUR13 gang member and an alleged associate was moved on to Superior Court on Friday.

January 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County deputy indicted on bribery, drug charges

A former Hall County deputy was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges of accepting bribes and conspiring to possess and distribute marijuana.

January 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Changes likely coming to Gainesville's alcohol ordinance

Gainesville City Council will vote when it meets Tuesday on several proposed changes to Gainesville's alcohol ordinance, which are meant to promote new businesses and mirror state regulations.

January 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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


Sheriff’s Office asks public for help in returning military items, jewelry

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


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


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