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Land purchase in Dawson County will help conservation

State leaders earlier this month got a glimpse of 469 recently acquired acres that will provide a geographic link between portions of the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

June 28, 2010 | By Frank Reddy Times regional staff | Local

Amphitheater at Lake Lanier Islands to get makeover

BUFORD - Some 30 years of shows and social gatherings - as well as extreme weather conditions - have put a beating on the amphitheater at Lake Lanier Islands' Presentation Pointe.

June 28, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local

Advance directive form specifies end-of-life decisions

Like having a root canal, discussing death is one of those things many would rather put off until absolutely necessary.

June 28, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Officials urge revelers to leave fireworks to professionals

As fireworks stands pop up along the state's roadsides, area officials urge families to stay safe and be smart.

June 28, 2010 | Mimi Ensley | Local

Abandoned homes become an 'American dream wasted'

At the end of a cul-de-sac in a tidy North Hall subdivision sits one house that doesn't match the others.

A tangle of weeds and grass has grown waist high, obscuring all but the top of the home from view.

June 28, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Pilot fitness program comes to Hall schools

It's time for Hall County students to get healthy.

The state board of education passed a new physical education requirement earlier this month, and Hall County Schools is one of five systems chosen to pilot the program this fall.

June 28, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local

ICE announces strategic plans that could affect deportations

The federal agency that enforces immigration law has announced changes that may ultimately play a role in determining when people are deported for being in the country illegally.

This month officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a realignment of its removal and detention divisions and a new strategic priority plan for the next four years.

June 28, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Property valuation appeals increase

The number of Hall County residents requesting appraisals of their homes this year was not a record number. But of those who got new appraisals, an unusually large number of them didn't like them and have appealed.

The Hall County Tax Assessors Office is processing a lot of property tax appeals this year - and officials expect appeals will continue to increase in coming years.

June 28, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Gainesville man arrested on murder charge

A Saturday night house party in Gainesville spun out control when a fight broke out and moved into the street, where a man was shot to death.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office, still investigating the incident, has charged Valentin Garcia, 39, of Gainesville, with murder.

June 27, 2010 | From staff reports | Local

Troops get job direction after homecoming celebration

After the patriotic music and fanfare around their return had faded, Charlie Company soldiers could get down to the business of finding jobs.

June 27, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local

Ceremony welcomes Charlie Company returning from Afghanistan

Having already spent nearly three months back on U.S. soil didn't seem to spoil Saturday's homecoming celebration for Gainesville-based Charlie Company.

June 27, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local

Development council works to increase retail options in Hall County

According to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, Hall County's population grew from about 139,000 in 2000 to more than 187,000 in 2009.

June 26, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Payment schedule slow in Ga. special needs voucher plan

Georgia private schools are feeling a bit misunderstood.

June 26, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local

Ham radio operators talk to world, visitors, at field day event

"Amateur radio is almost like magic," said Larry Tyson, a club member of the Lanierland Amateur Radio Club. "You can talk into this electronic box with a microphone and a piece of wire strung up between trees and talk all across the world - that is amazing."

June 26, 2010 | Jennifer Messer | Local

Woman struck by car, killed after falling out of vehicle

A Gainesville woman was ejected from a Jeep, run over by another car and killed late Friday on Ga. 400 in Dawson County, officials said.

June 26, 2010 | From staff reports | Local

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Quiz: Learn more about your neighbors in Hall County

The U.S. Census Bureau is perhaps best known for its population estimates.

November 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Revised Lula sign ordinance set for public hearing

Reacting to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, Lula is proposing changes to its sign ordinance that explicitly says it doesn't ...

November 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Former Habersham deputy accused of providing false info has trial in December

The former Habersham County Sheriff's Office deputy accused of providing false information for a search warrant that led to injuries for a toddler is ...

November 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Georgia Milestones: A guide to understanding test scores

After a year of complex, contested and, at times, confusing testing, the scores from the first year of Georgia Milestones will be released Monday.

November 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

9-year-old burn survivor succeeds in classroom

Gracie Lowell Turpin reads, writes and, according to her big brother Tyler, loves music and recess.

November 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Fire heavily damages Gainesville house

A house in the 600 block of Tommy Aaron Drive in Gainesville was heavily damaged by fire about midnight Saturday "and will probably be considered ...

November 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Radiation therapy now available at Braselton hospital

Jenny Pakdaman has enough on her mind without having to deal with the stress of long drives to and from radiation treatment.

November 15, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Efforts to restore historic Healan’s Mill moving forward

As plans to restore Healan's Mill gain momentum and the number of advocates continue to grow, the future is looking brighter for the crumbling ...

November 15, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Ways you can help others this Thanksgiving

There are many around Hall County who feel giving thanks means more than stuffing yourself on turkey and dressing.

November 15, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

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