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Kidney transplant patient rides his bike for charity

Peter Kite has battled adversity since the day he was born. But now the Dawsonville resident is focused on making life easier for others.

Kite, 39, has endured two consecutive kidney transplants. A congenital defect caused his kidneys to fail by the time he was 13, when he received a living donor transplant from his mother.

April 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lawyers sponsor run for a good cause: helping those in the court system to recover

As a run up to Law Day, Gainesville lawyers are running for a cause.

April 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shearing day gets woolly

Despite gray skies and chilling temperatures, more than 300 people flocked to Wauka Valley Farm near Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the spring shearing of Lynn Johnson's 59 sheep.

For the seventh year, Johnson invited the public to her 40-acre farm that rests under the steadfast watch of Wauka Mountain.

April 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County court clerk legally pockets passport fees

When Hall County Clerk of Court Dwight Wood began processing passport applications in his office in 1991, they came trickling in a few per week, offering a modest supplement to his regular salary from fees of $7.50 each he kept as personal compensation.

April 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Service means a great deal

It was a great day for Hall County on Saturday when the First United Methodist Church held its second annual Great Day of Service.

Lynda Askew and Letrell Simpson, who served as co-chairwomen for the event, planned more than 40 community projects for 843 volunteers. Askew said that the day was a tremendous success.

April 10, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Woman saves children from burning mobile home

A woman rescued two children from her burning mobile home Friday afternoon, braving heavy smoke to pull them from harm, Hall County fire officials said.

The woman was in the yard of 103 Second St. when she noticed smoke coming from the windows of the 12-foot-by-60-foot mobile home about 2 p.m. Friday, Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said.

April 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


An hour of darkness for Earth’s good

Could you get along without electric lights for one hour? Here's your opportunity to find out.

April 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Landscapers fix up Sonrise Camp

Area landscapers have donated their time and materials to fix up areas at Sonrise Camp in North Hall County, not just to make it look better, but also to make areas more accessible and educational.

Members of the North Georgia Chapter of the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association started working on the camp for special needs children and adults about six weeks ago, according to Steve Murray, president of the group. Friday morning, members of the group worked on sprucing up trails around Sonrise Camp.

April 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Fair Street gets new neighborhood center

On Sunday, Gainesville Parks and Recreation will celebrate the opening of its Fair Street Neighborhood Center, which offers just another site in Gainesville where residents can let the good times roll.

"We've had the Georgia Mountains Center and the Gainesville Civic Center, and now we have the Fair Street Neighborhood Center," said Brenda Martin, manager of the Gainesville Civic Center.

April 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Citizens take concerns to officials

A community park for Gainesville's south side has been pursued for at least four years, but has gotten nowhere so far because county officials haven't found adequate land, a group of residents was told Saturday.

Hall County Commissioner Deborah Mack said that in order for residents who live in the neighborhood running along the Athens Street corridor to have an adequate park, a minimum of 10 acres would be needed.

April 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Brenau announces plans to expand

Brenau is poised to embark upon a 15-year strategic plan that, upon completion, school officials hope will make it one of the pre-eminent universities on the East Coast.

April 09, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Flowery Branch City Council just trying to get along

The five members of the Flowery Branch City Council attended a two-day team-building retreat with city staff members at Lake Lanier Islands this weekend in an effort to improve communication among members of the council.

Flowery Branch Mayor Diane Hirling said the retreat is "well-timed," due to recent disagreements that have arisen between members of the council regarding the minutes of a Feb. 6 city council meeting.

April 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Humane Society to hold another rabies clinic

Due to the recent outbreak of confirmed rabies cases in Hall County, the Humane Society of Hall County will be holding another rabies vaccination clinic on April 19 at the shelter.

April 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jaycees name young woman, man of the year

Larry Baldwin and Jennifer Willers Gottsman may be best known in Gainesville through their professions, but it was their selfless volunteer work for the children of Hall County that won them recognition Saturday as the Gainesville Jaycees' Young Man and Young Woman of the year.

Baldwin, Hall County's solicitor-general since 2004, chairs the Boys and Girls Clubs' "duck derby" fundraiser, reads to children and donates books. He also serves on the board of Gateway House, a center for victims of domestic violence.

April 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Sardis Elementary could seek charter status

Sardis Elementary School is looking at possibly pursuing charter status as an "enrichment model" school, said Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield.

April 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Tumbling Circle controversy brings 1968 tragedy to mind

Controversial railroad crossings are nothing new in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tumbling Circle accident history in dispute

Accident reports obtained by The Times contradict a 2013 Georgia Department of Transportation assertion that five fatalities have occurred as a result of collisions between automobiles and trains at the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hospital must pay $8.4 million after boy’s injury at birth

A jury has ruled Northeast Georgia Medical Center must award $8.4 million to the family of a boy who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy following an injury at his 2008 birth.

October 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ report calls out governor’s Water Supply Program

An environmental watchdog group's annual "Dirty Dozen" report criticizes Gov. Nathan Deal's $300 million Water Supply Program, which includes an undetermined amount for the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Cleveland Bypass set for end of April completion

The Cleveland Bypass is now slated for an April 30 completion, with the Tucker-based contractor facing fines for missing the original July 31 deadline.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students learn from business pros

Business students at North Hall High School did some job shadowing Tuesday at what may sound like an unusual place - Memorial Park Funeral Home.

October 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Volunteers clear area for nature preserve

Ricoh Americas employees removed non-native invasive plants as part of the company's volunteer day in conjunction with the upcoming USA Weekend's Make A Difference Day, which is Saturday. Ricoh Americas employees volunteered to clear the future parking lot site of the Linwood Nature Preserve. Headquartered in Japan, the Ricoh company has a Gainesville branch about 1 mile from the 30-acre site off Thompson Bridge Road. The company used its volunteer day to help Hall County Master Gardeners and members of The Redbud Project prepare the preserve for future use. Another work day at the preserve will be held ...

October 22, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


‘The Rookie’ shares his tale at gala

Jim Morris was a slightly overweight, 35-year-old high school teacher with a bad arm when he reluctantly tried out for a professional baseball team.

October 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Spout Springs project bumped to No. 2 on priority list

Transportation planners have reshuffled priorities in a long-range plan for Gainesville-Hall County, now making Spout Springs Road widening its No. 2 project.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Politics of Ebola: Nunn, Perdue make virus part of campaign rhetoric

The few diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States are no longer simply a public health issue.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sheriff's office has 30 days to appeal civil service ruling

Sheriff Gerald Couch will have 30 days to appeal the Hall County Civil Service Board decision regarding two former deputies, County Attorney Bill Blalock said.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Driver charged with DUI in Athens Highway crash

One of the drivers in the Monday crash on Athens Highway has been charged with driving under the influence and failure to yield, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council gives final OK to craft brewery

Gainesville City Council gave the final go-ahead Tuesday night for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County fighting closing of Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

Hall County officials are fighting a Georgia Department of Transportation order to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing, though it appears state law may supersede the county's wishes.

October 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


DOT readies for winter with ‘salt barn’

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of some sunny, fall days to better respond as needed to frigid, snowy winter days.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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