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Nonprofit transforms old cell phones into calling cards for troops overseas

For soldiers serving overseas, a simple phone call home can be very meaningful.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Steady weekend rains raised Lake Lanier's level by half a foot

The rain that fell on Northeast Georgia this past weekend hardly seemed like a drought-buster. Most of the time, it wasn't much more than a drizzle.

March 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lula to vote on liquor, Dahlonega on council vacancy

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, put on your green and go to the polls.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Student art raises $2,000 for supplies

JEFFERSON - Becoming a professional artist has become child's play at Jefferson Elementary School.

March 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Forsyth family mourns daughter’s slaying

CUMMING - The Forsyth County father of a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer who was killed last week in the West African nation of Benin said her personality could brighten any room.

March 16, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Inquiry begins in Jefferson home fire

A fire on Hamilton Drive in Jefferson that officials are calling suspicious is being investigated by the city's police department and the state fire marshal.

March 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Officials unsure why patrons got sick at Cumming Publix

CUMMING - A northeastern Forsyth County supermarket has been deemed safe, though authorities are at a loss to explain what sickened several people and forced the store's evacuation Sunday afternoon.

March 16, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Army corps will reopen Bolding Mill campground

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that Bolding Mill campground will reopen this year for the first time since 2005.

March 16, 2009 | | Local


Challenged Child’s new director has background in helping children

As a newly appointed executive director, David Earnest knows that he has his work is cut out for him, but he's ready for the challenge.

March 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


John Jarrard Foundation hires director

The John Jarrard Foundation has hired an executive director, the first step in expanding the foundation into more than an annual benefit concert.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Lanier Career Academy earns charter status

The State Board of Education has granted Lanier Career Academy's charter school request, according to a Hall County schools news release.

March 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Economy may make voters think twice about approving sales tax

In a down economy, voters, like consumers who are choosing to spend less, could say "no" to six more years of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, but one economic expert said retirees could help it pass.

March 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


United Community Bank announces layoffs

United Community Bank has become the latest bank to announced layoffs due to the economy.

Mike Infante, a bank spokesman in Blairsville, said United Community reduced its work force company-wide, including at the corporate level. He declined to say how many employees were let go. The workers were told of the layoffs last week.

March 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Corps will reopen Bolding Mill campground

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that Bolding Mill campground will reopen this year for the first time since 2005.

The park, located on the Chestatee River arm of Lake Lanier in North Hall, will open for the season on April 22 and close on Sept. 13.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Weekend honors Grady Young, education, builds scholarships

The Grady Young Foundation is gearing up for its sixth annual Memorial Weekend, which will focus on "recognizing service in our communities."

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Students attend climate march in New York

Kayla Ballenger has been an environmentalist for as long as she can remember, so when she had a chance to attend the People's Climate March, a march on the United Nations Climate Summit in New York last month, the decision was easy.

October 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Air Force vet, mom of 3 calls getting Habitat home 'emotional,' 'overwhelming'

At first glance, the newly rebuilt house, situated in a nondescript neighborhood called Wintergreen Court, doesn't look any different from every other freshly constructed home in the Flowery Branch area.

October 27, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Ga. Senate debate: Nunn, Perdue spar over gridlock

October 27, 2014 | By BILL BARROW Associated Press | Local


Dogs dress up for charity

The 2014 Howl-O-Ween pet costume contest and parade Sunday brought furry friends and their owners to Laurel Park in Gainesville for the event sponsored by Hall County Parks & Leisure and the Hall County Animal Shelter. Contest categories included scariest, funniest, cutest, best owner/pet look-alike and best overall. After the contest, the pets were paraded around the park. Participants were asked to donate pet-friendly items such as newspapers or paper towels for the Hall County Animal Shelter.

October 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Middle school programs of choice open for applications

Applications are now open for rising sixth-graders at the Da Vinci Academy and the Earhart-Edison Exploration Academy, Hall County's programs of choice for middle school students.

October 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Governor candidates clash on education, jobs, taxes

ATLANTA - The candidates for Georgia governor came to their third and final debate ready to attack, ramping up their accusations on education, taxes and the economy.

October 26, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Oakwood plans only hearing on 2015 budget

Now that it has approved a significant tax increase to support its 2015 budget, Oakwood City Council is looking to nail down the spending plan itself.

October 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Edgewater apartments to undergo renovation after sale

One of Gainesville's lakefront properties is getting a makeover.

October 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Escaped Cumming inmate turns self in

October 26, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Agriculture Commissioner race follows ‘legacy’ theme

One theme keeps rearing its head this election year when it comes to contested races in Georgia: Democrats are trotting out candidates with name-brand recognition as Republicans push back against this "legacy" influence.

October 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Seized assets help fund city, county law enforcement

The old adage is "crime doesn't pay," but for law enforcement, there are dividends.

October 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Lives lost in pants factory fire after 1936 tornado to be commemorated by marker

October 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mothers, sons bond with service work on outdoor classroom for housing authority

Mother-son bonding Saturday required two-by-fours, power tools and an early jump on the morning.

October 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State graduation rates low for 2-year degrees

In Georgia, about two-thirds of new full-time students seeking bachelor's degrees will graduate on time, but for associate degrees, fewer than a quarter will graduate under the same criteria, according to Complete College America.

October 26, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville’s annual Trick or Treat on Trail includes more than just candy

Gainesville's Midtown Greenway was full of laughter, music and fun Saturday when Trick or Treat on the Trail took over the half-mile loop.

October 25, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


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