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Public health director lives dream as a doctor

Some grandmothers give socks as gifts. Others choose dolls or action figures to keep the grandkids busy. Dr. David Westfall's grandmother gave him books and a game plan for his future.

October 25, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Brenau grad fights for her life

Around this time last year, Tori Fobb was gearing up for her last season on the Brenau University Golden Tigers Softball Team.

October 25, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Flu cases dwindling in Jackson schools

JEFFERSON - The number of students with the flu or who have flu-like symptoms in Jackson County schools is starting to decline, according to a news release from the school system.

October 25, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Moonshine festival raises funds for needy children

DAWSONVILLE - The Mountain Moonshine Festival in downtown Dawsonville celebrated is 42nd year this past weekend with shopping, car shows and plenty of food.

October 25, 2009 | By Jennifer Messer The Times | Local


Concerns rise about charter school funding

A metro Atlanta issue has found its way to the back steps of area schoolhouses.

October 25, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Eagle Ranch opens a new lodge for its ‘family’

FLOWERY BRANCH - One of Eagle Ranch's newest buildings started as a drawing on the back of a napkin.

October 25, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Aging Oakwood shopping center gets face-lift

OAKWOOD - The 20-year-old Merchants Crossing Shopping Center off Mundy Mill Road is getting an updated look, with the company that operates the center hoping new and upcoming area road improvements will stir up business.

October 25, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Orthodontist fights back this Halloween

Every kid knows treats are the best part of Halloween.

October 25, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Braselton, Jefferson get federal grants

Grant money from the Appalachian Regional Commission will help fund two local community improvement projects, one in Braselton and one in Jefferson, according to an Oct. 16 news release.

October 25, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Helipad policy up in the air

Home helipads may seem more at home in a movie than in Hall County, but the Hall County Board of Commissioners is considering adding regulations in the zoning code for private airfields.

October 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Humane Society celebrates its new name, mission

Sure, they may bark and be a little too hyper every now and then, but there is a special bond between a dog and its owner that is impossible to describe.

October 24, 2009 | BY Jennifer Messer jmesser@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Lake group’s annual meeting set for Tuesday

The 1071 Coalition is pressing ahead with its second annual meeting Tuesday at Lake Lanier Islands despite a last-minute shuffle in keynote speakers.

October 24, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Indian Festival honors heritage through dance, crafts

Two months before his lung cancer diagnosis in 2006, Paul Eddy pondered holding an annual festival in Hall County celebrating Native American traditions.

October 24, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia man agrees to return $2 million

Covington - A former Covington resident entered a guilty plea Friday and agreed to pay $2 million to local investors who accused him of luring them into a complicated Ponzi scheme.

October 24, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


High Museum gets 300 works of art

Atlanta - The High Museum of Art has acquired 300 new works recently, including the museum's first paintings by Pierre Auguste Renoir.

October 24, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


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Gillsville Highway at Athens Highway re-opens after fire

Gillsville Highway was closed at Athens Highway for part of Sunday night while authorities worked to contain a fire. No one was transported to the hospital with injuries, according to authorities.

June 28, 2015 | | Local


Hall firefighters battle early Sunday blaze

No one was injured as Hall County firefighters battled a blaze Sunday morning at an empty 8,000-square-foot commercial building.

June 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Departing Gainesville city manager leaves big shoes to fill

When Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation in May, he expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to serve the city in many roles over the last 13 years.

June 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Window maker borrows European model, finds market in Ga.

Bernie Wolf sells the kind of windows built to frame beauty, be it the glistening waters of Lake Lanier or the rugged magnificence of the North Georgia mountains.

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Hall faces adoption gap: More kids than parents available

In Hall County, 15 of 63 children free for adoption need a permanent family, a problem the Division of Family and Children Services hopes to solve through a summer marketing campaign.

June 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New state tax structure for transportation takes effect Wednesday

June 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tadmore turns language barrier into strength

The ability to speak more than one language is a boon when searching for a job, yet many of Hall County's bilingual children have trouble overcoming the disadvantages of poverty and delayed English skills.

June 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Visitors get to 'taste a real tomato’ on farm tour

"Take your pick," Joni Kennedy told a handful of people standing on her porch as they perused refreshments. "Everything we grow fresh here, except the hot dogs."

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Budget breakdown: Details of Hall County's new funding in spending plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase on Thursday night.

June 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ask the Times: Reader sheds light on airport racetrack query

In a previous Ask the Times dated June 5, one reader had questions about the existence of a racetrack on the Gainesville airport grounds.

June 26, 2015 | | Local


Brenau’s first physical therapy students begin first semester

Brenau University's first class of physical therapy students are the state's "hungriest, most hardworking" future doctors.

June 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


'Watershed’ and ‘upsetting:’ Same-sex ruling stirs emotions locally

The outcome of Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage had some Hall County residents and politicians pleased, while others maintained their opposition to the 5-4 landmark decision.

June 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Canada pushes for repeal of US food labeling

United States labeling requirements that force meatpackers to list where animals were born, raised and slaughtered have stirred ire among countries that feel the mandates are discriminatory.

June 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Coyote sightings in Gainesville raise rabies fears

Residents around Riverside Drive and Island Drive in Gainesville have reported sightings of a possible rabid coyote, an animal whose population is on the rise in North Georgia.

June 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




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