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Gainesville gets $2 million stimulus

Stimulus funding is coming to Gainesville.

July 30, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Georgia’s schools assess latest round of budget cuts

As schools, colleges and universities prepare to open their doors for another year, they are being asked again to review their own books and cut costs further, plan furloughs or submit various spending plans to their directing agencies.

July 29, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gwinnett could move ahead with 5 TADs, an idea not as popular in Hall

Tax allocation districts have been met with lukewarm reception in Hall County, but neighboring Gwinnett County is looking to approve five.

July 29, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville’s stalled Midtown project could move forward

Gainesville's board of education likely will reconsider its participation in the city's tax allocation district early next week, meaning stalled plans to redevelop blighted areas of Gainesville soon could get back on track.

July 29, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Narcotics taken in pharmacy break in

Someone broke into a Gainesville pharmacy and stole an undetermined amount of narcotics early Wednesday, authorities said.

July 29, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Caring Hands Ministries offers free clothes for kids Friday

As the beginning of the school year approaches, Caring Hands Ministries is offering children's clothing free to those in financial need.

July 29, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Family will erect monument for camp meeting co-founder

It all started with Ezekiel Lafayette Buffington.

July 29, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Helen police can add to force

Police officers in the Alpine Village are finally getting some backup.

July 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Accident knocks out power to 500 in downtown Gainesville

An accident caused by a private tree service on Brenau Avenue has knocked out power for about 500 customers in the Green Street corridor and central downtown area of Gainesville, officials said.

Gainesville fire department firefighters responded to the call of a tree on a power line shortly after 10 a.m, Chief Jon Canada said.

July 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Prison ‘lifer’ population growing

The number of people serving sentences of life in prison has grown dramatically in Georgia and across the nation in recent years, creating a huge fiscal impact on states, according to a new report from a prisoner advocacy group.

July 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Group does more than just write grants

Home Development Resources Inc., may be one of Hall County's best kept secrets.

July 28, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Stores expect influx of shoppers for sales-tax holiday

As stores prepare for the sales-tax holiday this weekend, many retail shops hope it will bring them out of a slump.

July 28, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Hall’s home prices stabilizing

While a national report shows that home prices across the country rose in May, Hall County may be lagging behind, according to Frank Norton Jr., president of The Norton Agency.

July 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Minimum wage hike, tax revenue decline put a strain on Jefferson's budget

JEFFERSON - When his pay rate increased by nearly a dollar per hour, Phil Mitchell noticed. But he wasn't the only one - so did his supervisors at the Jefferson Parks and Recreation Department.

July 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gwinnett Braves fish with the kids at Eagle Ranch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Joseph had his grip on a pole, but he also had a glove and baseball ready in case he could catch more than fish.

July 28, 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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