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Teachers of year cultivate young minds

Each year, teachers at every school in Gainesville and Hall County pick the best of their peers to be honored for dedication to education.

January 17, 2008 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


New school board members will be sworn in Monday

GAINESVILLE - A swearing-in ceremony for the Gainesville City School Board of Education's new members is set for Monday.

Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff will swear in Maria Calkins and Sammy Smith at the beginning of the board's monthly work session, which begins at 5 p.m.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


More and more shore: Lanier cleanup goes on

It looked more like a dump than a lakeshore.

January 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville Teacher of the Year: Dawn Barry

GAINESVILLE -- On the first week of school, Dawn Barry takes her kindergartners on a tour of the school with the help of Curious George.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


2007 traffic deaths same as last year

The same number of people died on Hall County's public roads in 2007 as the previous year, though it remained a serious reduction from the record number of fatal accidents reached in 2005.

According to accident data maintained by the Hall County Sheriff's Office, 20 people died in traffic accidents in the county in the past year, including three fatal accidents in the city of Gainesville. That number does not reflect four fatal accidents that occurred on private property, including a Dec. 29 all-terrain vehicle crash that killed sheriff's Sgt. James Evans.

January 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shore cleanup gains popularity

Last month, the Lake Lanier Association initiated a "Shore Super Sweep" to deal with all the trash being uncovered by the lake's shrinking water level.

Dumpsters were set up at five sites around Lanier so people could pick up litter anytime and drop it off for collection. The association also encouraged volunteers to organize their own small cleanups.

January 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Radio veteran John Parks dies at age 61

John Parks, whose baritone voice had been a mainstay on Gainesville radio for two decades, died Wednesday. He was 61.

January 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville meets water use goal for December

GAINESVILLE -- There is less talk of the drought these days, but people in Gainesville and Hall County still are conserving water.

January 16, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Internet prostitution sting nabs 7

The world's oldest profession has joined the information age, and Hall County authorities are now catching would-be johns looking for prostitutes through the Internet instead of on street corners.

January 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


A daredevil in clown white

Vern Reynolds, like everyone involved with the bull riding sport, is addicted to danger.

But while a rider's goal is to stay atop a bucking bull for eight seconds, Reynolds, wearing clown white, baggy denim shorts, suspenders and knee-high red socks, earns his keep by getting 1,800-pound animals to charge him.

January 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Police believe missing hiker is dead; suspect arrested

The suspect in the disappearance of missing hiker Meredith Emerson has been charged with kidnapping her, and authorities say they have reason to believe she is dead.

January 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Longstreet ceremony set Sunday on anniversary of general's death

Some 104 years after his funeral, Civil War re-enactors and others will gather Sunday at the grave site of Gen. James Longstreet.

January 16, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


A look ahead: More class room is coming

The Gainesville and Hall County school systems will go full swing in 2008 building three schoolhouses estimated to cost a combined $74 million.

January 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall ranks among most prosperous counties in state

Hall County has joined a list of Georgia's 18 most prosperous counties, according to a report issued by the Department of Community Affairs.

In an upside-down ranking, where first is worst, Hall ranks 144th out of the state's 159 counties.

January 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Forsyth student dies in wreck

FORSYTH COUNTY - A late night single-vehicle crash Tuesday claimed the life of a South Forsyth High School senior who had just turned 17 on Sunday.

January 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | 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


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


2 challenge Deal in governor’s race

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal faces a stiff challenge in his re-election bid this year as state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, rallies Democrats to his candidacy and Libertarian Andrew Hunt works to make inroads for an increasingly popular third party.

October 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Candidate profiles: Georgia governor

Jason Carter

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


On the ballot Nov. 4

Statewide

October 02, 2014 | | Local


Candidate profiles: U.S. House

Doug Collins

September 28, 2014 | | Local


War, economy top U.S. House 9th District issues

Incumbent Republican Doug Collins of Gainesville will square off against Democrat David Vogel of Hull in the 9th District U.S. House race this November.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | 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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