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Saturday will be ‘Great Day’ for hundreds

Early Saturday morning, about 850 people will gather at First United Methodist Church for meditation and communion. Then, wearing shirts emblazoned with "Great Day of Service," they will disperse across Hall County to perform community service projects that vary from painting a church to delivering chicken sandwiches.

Saturday will be the second annual Great Day of Service, a community service event in which members of First United Methodist Church will spend most of the day doing more than 60 projects for a variety of local agencies.

April 08, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Gainesville one of nation’s fastest growing metro areas

Gainesville was the fourth fastest-growing metropolitan area in the U.S., according to Census Bureau estimates released Thursday.

April 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


School system knows growth all too well

Hall County's population growth numbers released Thursday were hardly surprising for those who bear the brunt of new arrivals.

April 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Former director of Keep Hall Beautiful dies at 57

GAINESVILLE - A champion for keeping Hall County a clean community died Thursday afternoon following a months-long illness.

Until recently, Marsha Fletcher, 57, served as the executive director for Keep Hall Beautiful, but her illness forced her to step down from the position she had held for more than a decade.

April 08, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall firefighters deal with five fires in nine hours

Fire truck and ambulance sirens were heard across Hall County throughout the day and into the night Thursday, as county firefighters responded to five fires and a chemical burn call in a span of nine hours. No one was injured in the fires.

April 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, filmmaker Rory Kennedy, visits Brenau to talk about work

GAINESVILLE - Rory Kennedy, youngest daughter of the late Attorney General and U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, spent Thursday in Gainesville at Brenau University, meeting with students and talking about her documentary work.

The Women's Center at Brenau University and Office of the Provost co-sponsored the event, with other financial support coming from Gainesville lawyer Wyc Orr and his wife, Lyn, who funded the Aileen Grace and Emogene Gaskins Women's Studies Endowment in honor of their mothers.

April 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County expects new state court judgeship to pay for itself

For the first 112 years of its existence, Hall County State Court needed one judge to oversee misdemeanor criminal, traffic and civil matters.

April 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Man charged with operating meth lab

A Gainesville man faces charges of operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab near his Barrett Road home, authorities said.

April 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville's plan to favor local contractors may not fly

Gainesville City Council members' plans to prefer local contractors on city construction jobs may take a back seat to state law, the city attorney told the council Thursday morning.

April 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Fox tests positive for rabies

The Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur confirmed Wednesday that a fox spotted in the Flat Creek Road area of South Hall County tested positive for rabies.

April 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Southside community wants sidewalks, park

They want answers.

Residents from the Southside neighborhood have called a special meeting to present their community's concerns to local officials.

April 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


U.S. 129 lanes will shift on Monday

Traffic will shift Monday on U.S. 129 from Ga. 330 to New Kings Bridge Road. From New Kings Bridge Road to Potter House Road, traffic will be routed to the northbound lanes while work is completed in the southbound lanes.

April 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville police chief honored by Elks

Gainesville Police Chief Frank Hooper received the Public Safety Officer of the Year Award for 2007-2008 on Saturday from Gainesville Lodge No. 1126 Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.

April 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville responds to lawsuit: City didn't discriminate against group homes

Attorneys for Gainesville are fighting allegations that the city has discriminated against the owners and residents of two substance abuse recovery programs in the city.

April 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


2 injured, 1 seriously, in Hall bus wreck

GAINESVILLE - A Hall County school system bus was involved in a wreck on Gillsville Highway at Holly Springs Road in East Hall at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

No students were on the bus at the time, and the driver of bus 2711 was not injured other than suffering some pain in her knee, said Gordon Higgins, school system spokesman.

April 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Oakwood OKs 2015 budget with 50 percent tax increase

Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to OK a budget that keeps the city solvent but is supported by a tax rate increase of about 50 percent.

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


West Hall seeking IB career certificate program

West Hall High School hopes to offer the International Baccalaureate career certificate for students who aren't pursuing the full IB diploma.

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deputy, two others hurt in South Hall crash

Three people, including a Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy, suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle wreck in South Hall today.

November 10, 2014 | | Local


Korean War vets given quilts as show of thanks

As Paul Scroggs tugged at the quilt wrapped around his shoulders, he said with a wry smile, "I wish I had this in Korea."

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Schools go big for Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a big deal to area schools.

November 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Year-round trout fishing up for discussion

On Thursday, anglers hooked on having a year-round trout season may have their voices heard.

November 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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