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Avita cuts 37 jobs

A regional nonprofit that serves those with mental illness and developmental diseases won't have to close any offices in the 13-county area it serves to deal with the latest round of state budget cuts.

August 17, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Home values rising in Hall

Gainesville was recently recognized for having one of the best housing markets in the nation.

August 17, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jackson governments hope audit leads to more tax revenue

JEFFERSON - Jackson County Finance Director John Hulsey and County Manager Darrell Hampton are working with Jackson County's nine municipalities and three school systems to perform an audit of personal property - one that could bring more tax revenue to the county.

August 17, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


East Hall man recalls days at Woodstock

These days, Robert Krainson paints and tends to his garden on three acres of countryside between Gillsville and Lula.

August 17, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville schools to get Thanksgiving week off

The Gainesville City Schools Board of Education has made state mandated furlough days more palatable for teachers, students and parents alike.

August 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Piedmont College biggest ever freshman class starts

Piedmont College officials are thrilled to start this fall with the largest freshman class the small, liberal arts school has ever had, building on a 15-year trend of growth.

August 17, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Water service interrupted for improvements

Water service will be interrupted today along a few Gainesville roads until 4 p.m.

August 17, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Felts is face of Gainesville government

She does not vote on taxes. She likely will not show up if there is a problem with your sewer service. And she definitely will not be on the front end of the hose if your house is on fire.

August 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Congregation raises $3,000; pastor preaches from the roof

Jeff Yeary believes worshippers should enjoy themselves in the church.

August 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Braselton to use bonds to pay for 6 downtown projects

BRASELTON - The Braselton Urban Redevelopment Authority voted last week to approve the issuance of bonds totaling $5 million to fund six planned projects in the downtown area.

August 16, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Healthy Monday: Some diabetics miss warning signs

Diabetes is a disease many are familiar with, but few recognize the symptoms in themselves.

August 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT plans to pave Jefferson’s MLK Drive

JEFFERSON - Driving along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Jefferson is pretty much smooth sailing, until you hit the trouble zone.

August 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Special Olympian gets national recognition

Katy Wilson is many things - daughter, sister, friend and advocate to name a few. One thing she is not is a "retard."

August 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Experts speculate birth rate dropped due to recession

The poor economy didn't keep first-time dad Jerry Mays and wife Fe from having a baby Wednesday. They felt it was just time.

August 16, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Work in Honduras orphanage a family mission

A missionary's life can be tough enough overseas, just getting used to a new climate, strange foods and different routines.

August 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Quinlan's Rembrandt is ‘a step into art history’

A day after her 104th birthday, Lessie Smithgall and her family on Thursday unveiled the largest gift in the Quinlan Visual Arts Center's history.

April 02, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


2 people arrested in connection to Flowery Branch skeletal remains

Two people have been arrested in the investigation involving skeletal remains found Sunday afternoon in Flowery Branch, authorities said.

April 02, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


State money will go toward land for new Lanier Tech campus

Lanier Technical College will relocate its current Oakwood campus to another location in Hall County, school and state officials announced Thursday.

April 02, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Bat protections could impact Glades Reservoir decision

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that it is protecting the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, a move that could add more delays to the proposed Glades Reservoir project.

April 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Sheriff’s office arrests 65 in warrant roundup

An operation to serve warrants for violent offenders led to more than 100 warrants being cleared.

April 02, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Centennial Arts Academy celebrates reading bowl victory

Children waved signs, shouted chants and slapped the hands of their school's victors.

April 02, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Camping season underway at Lanier parks

With weather warming up, families are eager to begin spending weekends by the lake, and with six Lake Lanier campgrounds opening today, people can enjoy the season every day.

April 02, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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