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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


Murder for hire an act of desperation

As murder for hire cases in Georgia go, Stacey Schoeck's arrest in the shooting death of her husband came quickly.

June 26, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Immigration facility may get softer look

A privately operated midtown Gainesville facility that holds illegal immigrants prior to deportation could soon have a less jail-like environment.

June 26, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Authorities: Bicyclist dies in Sunday accident

Authorities said an Athens man riding a bicycle died Sunday afternoon in Jefferson.

June 27, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


New lanes on Friendship Road in South Hall nearly ready to open

All six lanes of the newly widened Friendship Road/Ga. 347 in South Hall should be open to traffic by Thursday, according to the Georgia ...

June 27, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County educators make personal connections in Mexico

Tamara Hammock was in a classroom in Mexico when a student she had this past year came to visit her.

June 27, 2016 | Ron Bridgeman | Local


Hall officials to vote on 2017 budget proposal Monday

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote Monday on a proposed 2017 fiscal year budget that includes no property tax increases and earmarks money ...

June 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


GBI: Suspect tried to drown trooper before being shot, killed

A weekend Hall County police chase ended with a suspect killed by Georgia State Patrol as he tried to drown a trooper, authorities said.

June 26, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Jubilee Farm community garden provides food to homeless, hungry

It took some time for Jubilee Farm, a community garden located at the corner of Davis and Pine streets in the industrial area of Gainesville ...

June 26, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


RaceTrac-related road fixes at U.S. 129 and Ridge Road expected to improve traffic overall

A new right turn lane on E.E. Butler Parkway/U.S. 129 at West Ridge Road is being driven primarily by RaceTrac's construction ...

June 26, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mocha Moe’s pours up new coffee, food and a fresh mood in Flowery Branch

The Behiry family loves coffee and they're sharing their passion for it in Flowery Branch.

June 26, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Local


Russian adoptions by North Georgia parents remain in limbo

On New Year's Day three years ago, more than 45 American families were told they would never see their children again.

June 26, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Child advocate leader Stephens stepping back after 27 years as voice for the vulnerable

Guardian angels are scattered throughout the office of Connie Stephens, who for 27 years has worked to guard the safety of local children.

June 26, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Oct. 31 trial in DC may not end states' water battle

It may have a ring of finality to it, but a trial in Washington over water sharing between Georgia and Florida may not mean the ...

June 26, 2016 | Jeff Gill | Local


North Georgia Farm Tour visitors get in touch with region’s roots

Some of North Georgia's typically quiet, peaceful farms were buzzing Saturday with visitors eager to learn about the businesses and purchase their products.

June 25, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Times earns 8 awards at AP banquet, including 2 firsts

The Times earned eight awards Saturday at The Associated Press Media Editors' annual banquet in Atlanta.

June 25, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville's midtown prospects hinge on redeveloping abandoned jail

Jason Everett can barely stand to look at the jail in midtown Gainesville, but it's hard not to notice on his way to work.

June 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County faces appeal in lawsuit over sidewalk bonds

Hall County is facing further court action in a dispute over bonds that were issued to pay for sidewalks in three subdivisions.

June 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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