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40 years of change: Hamrick has seen Gainesville grow during time on City Council

At age 80, Gainesville City Councilman Robert "Bob" Hamrick has spent half his life making decisions for the future of the city.

January 17, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


DOT urges caution as snow dusts area roads

A dusting of snow in North Georgia tonight has led to some slick spots on roads, and the state Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be cautious.

In a news releaes, the DOT urges motorists to avoid driving if possible. Although the agency has not implemented a full scale snow and ice operation, its workers are responding to areas where icing of roads has been reported.

January 17, 2009 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Deep freeze not kind to four-legged friends

If it's too cold for you, then it's likely too cold for your furry friends, too.

January 17, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


No arrests in two reported rapes at Laurelwood Hospital

Authorities are saying little so far about the investigation of two rapes reported at a Gainesville mental health center where an alleged sexual assault two years ago resulted in a lawsuit that remains pending.

January 16, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


School’s math lesson helps feed hungry

JEFFERSON - While many adults look forward to Tuesday as the day a new president will be sworn in, students at Jefferson Elementary School are looking forward to the day for a different reason.

January 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Developers eye Spout Springs area for projects

FLOWERY BRANCH - From his home atop one of the rolling hills on Spout Springs Road, Dan Dacus has seen the area change from quiet countryside to suburban sprawl.

January 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students to get a firsthand civics lesson at inauguration

Flowery Branch High School senior Virginia Foster cast her first presidential election ballot Nov. 4. Turns out her vote wasn't for the man who won.

January 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


John Jarrard benefit concert could grow into festival

Over the next few years, the John Jarrard Foundation is hoping to expand its annual benefit concert into a weekend-long festival.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cold weather sparks rash of fires, but no injuries

Hall County firefighters were kept busy Friday on one of the coldest day in several years.

January 16, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr and Ashley Fielding sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com; afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Lula man is killed in Ga. 365 accident

A Lula man was killed Friday morning when he rear-ended a tractor-trailer that was stopped in traffic, officials said.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Bone-chilling temps have homeless shelters preparing for more people

With the wind chill expected to drop to zero overnight, Thomas Ramirez and others at Gainesville's Good News at Noon shelter and ministry scrambled to make room for what they expected to be a rush of less fortunate folks coming in from the cold.

January 16, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville police, fire station to cost $20.4 million

A new police and fire station in Gainesville will cost the city $20.4 million, according to the project's manager.

January 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


With Obama's upcoming inauguration, MLK Day marches have special meaning

Local groups that hold annual events in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will do so this year with a renewed zeal.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville area's unemployment claims skyrocket 216 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor said unemployment insurance claims shot up 174 percent last month compared to December 2007, with one of the top increases coming in the Gainesville area.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mental health provider closes White County site

State budget cuts have hit Gainesville-based Avita Community Partners, the mental health provider for 13 Northeast Georgia counties.

January 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Badge & Bar: Lake Lanier DNR officer gets award

An officer patrolling Lake Lanier earned the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

February 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Papa’s Pizza To-Go seeks to leave Clermont, convert to sports bar

In a rare request, a North Hall County pizzeria is seeking to leave Clermont so it can convert to a sports bar and serve alcohol.

February 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Weather closings, delays, cancellations

Friday

February 25, 2015 | | Local


State lawmakers eye taxes, alcohol, criminal justice reforms

As state lawmakers push closer to Crossover Day - the 30th day of the 40-day session when bills have to pass out of either the House or Senate, which is tentatively set for March 13 - a grab bag of news is coming out of Atlanta.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ruling leaves area immigrants in limbo

Hall County's Latino communities were left in limbo after a federal judge's ruling last week blocked President Barack Obama's executive action to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Johnson High School students improving church playground

Playing in nature is a proven way to improve a child's development.

February 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Authorities search for man in CVS robbery

February 25, 2015 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Man charged with enticing girl following undercover operation

Authorities arrested a Dahlonega man accused of enticing a child for sexual purposes.

February 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Green group says transit needs emphasis in new roads bill

City and county government officials statewide aren't the only ones upset about the General Assembly's proposed Transportation Funding Act of 2015.

February 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Career coach helps boost area employment

With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, there wasn't a rush on the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission's Workforce Development Career Coach as it opened its doors Tuesday morning in Flowery Branch.

February 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Power outage at 911 center during ice storm sparks concerns

For nearly 48 hours last week, Hall County's emergency 911 center relied on a generator to remain operational as a crippling ice storm brought down trees, knocked out power for tens of thousands of residents and made many residential streets impassable.

February 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Students learn at home during snow days

While a dusting of snow kept teachers and students at home Tuesday, it didn't keep them from teaching and learning.

February 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


State investigating 5-year-old's injury at Gainesville child care center

A Department of Early Care and Learning investigator spent Tuesday in Gainesville looking into allegations concerning a child's injury at a local child care provider.

February 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Medical marijuana bill passes key hurdle in state legislature

ATLANTA - A bill to legalize cannabis oil to treat seizure disorders and seven other debilitating health problems passed a key committee in the Georgia House on Monday but faces an uphill battle in the state Senate, even in its latest, watered-down version.

February 24, 2015 | BY BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Local


Railroad work in Flowery Branch should mean smoother ride for motorists

Work done on the railroad going through Flowery Branch should provide a smoother ride for vehicles and trains alike.

February 24, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


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