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Head Start programs meet federal compliance

The Head Start and Early Head Start programs in 20 North Georgia counties have met full compliance from the federal Office of Head Start in Washington.

February 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Technology fair set for Saturday at Lakeview Academy

About 100 students from five area schools are set to compete Saturday in the Lanier Regional Technology Fair at Lakeview Academy.

February 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Residents say no to proposed retail center in South Hall

A developer's rezoning request for a nearly 10-acre shopping center proposed on Old Winder Highway in South Hall ignited tensions between Hall County residents and developers at a Hall County Planning Commission meeting Monday evening.

The applicant, Dunhill Developers LLC, asked the Hall County Planning Commission to consider rezoning 9.9 acres of property adjacent to Mulberry River at the intersection of Old Winder Highway and Howington Road from agriculture and residential to highway business. The proposed shopping center would contain retail establishments, office space and a restaurant.

February 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Pieces of peace: Flag display sparks ‘season of nonviolence’

As presidential candidates debate the politics of the war in Iraq, local schools, churches and senior communities have contributed to a display of peace at Lakeshore Mall that is part of a national project called The Peace Quilt.

More than 50 people ranging in age from preschoolers to senior citizens helped to create more than 100 squares that were sewn together to make roughly 40 flags declaring a statement for peace. Unity of Gainesville Church initiated the peace flag exhibit in celebration of its "season of nonviolence" that lasts from Jan. 30 to April 4. The flags will be on ...

February 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Expert: Flu pandemic looks likely

The likelihood of an influenza pandemic within the next five to 10 years is "very high," according to an expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We have already seen cases of human-to-human transmission (of avian flu). We're one step from a pandemic," Dr. Sureyya Hornston told the Gainesville Rotary Club Monday. "I hate to sound pessimistic, but I have to tell you the truth."

February 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Remains of missing hiker found in N.C.

BREVARD, N.C. - A body found in western North Carolina is a missing hiker believed to be a victim of a man who pleaded guilty to murdering a hiker in Georgia, authorities said Monday.

The skeletal remains found Saturday by a hunter in Macon County were identified as belonging to John Bryant, who disappeared in October with his wife, Irene, while they were hiking in the Pisgah National Forest, Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney said.

February 16, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


District may wait to build sixth elementary school

GAINESVILLE - A "shaky economy" and ownership issues has Gainesville city schools looking at putting off construction of its sixth elementary school, Mundy Mill Academy.

The district had considered opening the school in the fall of 2009, with construction to start this year.

February 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Miami, Mableton men charged in jewelry theft

Police have charged two Miami men and a Mableton man in the Thursday burglary of Gainesville Jewelry that resulted in the theft of more than $200,000 in merchandise.

February 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Men arrested in meth bust in Buford

BUFORD - Three Mableton men face drug trafficking charges after they were arrested while delivering 11 ounces of methamphetamine to a parking lot in an undercover buy-bust operation Monday, authorities said.

February 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Cancer center offers patients free art therapy

Treating cancer patients requires addressing the needs of body, mind and soul.

As part of a more holistic approach, the Cancer Center at the Longstreet Clinic is offering free art therapy sessions to cancer patients and survivors on Thursday and again on Feb. 21.

February 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Sheriff's officers complete immigration enforcement training

Nine Hall County Sheriff's officers were among 38 local law enforcement officers from around the nation now authorized to enforce federal immigration laws.

February 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Vietnamese community wishes for blessing, success, life in new year

More than 150 people gathered at the Georgia Mountains Center arena Sunday afternoon to ring in the Vietnamese New Year with firecrackers, dragon dances and live music.

The Vietnamese New Year, known as Tet Nguyen Dan, marks the beginning of a new year on the lunar calendar and the beginning of spring.

February 15, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Violent crime down in Gainesville

The city of Gainesville's crime statistics stayed about the same in 2007 as the previous year, with a low overall violent crime rate and a rise in business burglaries the only significant spike.

February 15, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Friends celebrate Super Bowl Sunday in different ways and at various venues

As the New England Patriots battled the New York Giants in the Arizona desert Sunday evening, some Gainesville residents hashed it out in front yards and area parks while others watched Super Bowl XLII on a 111-inch screen at Sweet Magnolia's on Main Street.

Rebecca Clanton, who co-owns Sweet Magnolia's, said she expected more than 100 people to show up for the restaurant's family-friendly Super Bowl party. Party-goers enjoyed chili, wings and hot dogs and watched local group The Red Dirt Band perform prior to the big game.

February 15, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fair Street music instructor to receive arts honor

GAINESVILLE - An area school music instructor and choral music director is being honored in Atlanta Saturday as one of the Woodruff Salutes Georgia Arts in Education Leaders.

Ellen Leamon of Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School also works with the Gainesville High School band, holds community performances with Fair Street's fourth- and fifth-grade choruses and prepares middle and high school students for auditions.

February 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Badge & Bar: $13K machine donated to Gainesville Fire Department

Today, the Gainesville Fire Department is set to receive something that will get hearts pumping.

October 01, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Blue Sky Concerts return

October brought the return of the Blue Sky Concert Series on Wednesday to downtown Gainesville. The Steve Bryson Band kick-started the weekly noon concert series, with the pop/dance tunes of Stokeswood to follow on Oct. 8.

October 01, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Construction underway at Brenau

The foundation is poured and early framework is up for new sorority houses on Brenau University's Gainesville campus.

October 01, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Prominent Gainesville Realtor killed in car wreck; husband in ‘fair condition’

A prominent Gainesville Realtor died Tuesday after a car crash on Ga. 365 in front of Jaemor Farms.

October 01, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Law officials express cautious support for medical marijuana

While expressing support for limited use of medical marijuana, law enforcement officials from across the state Wednesday warned of a slippery slope leading to legalized recreational use.

October 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall schools move 54 refugee students to separate program

54 Central American refugee students, some of whom cannot read or write, have been moved from their schools into a separate program at Lanier Charter Career Academy.

October 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville to close downtown streets for homecoming parade

Motorists in downtown Gainesville around suppertime today can expect delays because of street closings for the Gainesville High School homecoming parade.

October 01, 2014 | | Local


Community leader Ellard remembered for sincerity, dedication

P. Martin Ellard's passions went far beyond his affinity for numbers.

October 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


School receives $5.2 million donation for Corps of Cadets

The University of North Georgia has received the second-largest gift in its history: property worth an estimated $5.2 million

October 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Annual burn ban to end today

Gainesville and Hall County residents will again be allowed to burn, beginning today, with the proper permits, according to county and city fire officials.

October 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: DOT holds 2nd public meeting on HOT lanes on Thursday

The second of two public meetings on a project that would bring high occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County is set for 5–7 p.m. Thursday in Braselton.

October 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Statewide ban on tobacco at public universities starts today

Cory Jackson, a freshman at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus, was taken aback by news that all tobacco use will be banned on all parts of the campus, including inside cars, starting today.

October 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


South Hall crossing gets second look for traffic light

Because of a South Hall County neighborhood's concerns about safety, the Georgia Department of Transportation is conducting a second traffic light study at an intersection on a newly opened stretch of Ga. 347.

October 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Railroad moving ahead on Flowery Branch culvert repair

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. is moving forward on one of two culverts it has planned to repair, while the second one will likely be on hold until the first of the year.

October 01, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Nigerian business delegates visit Brenau

Twenty-six delegates of the Nigerian Quintessential Business Women Association visited Brenau University on Tuesday in Gainesville and met for a question-and-answer session with students.

October 01, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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