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Holiday travelers making plans for the journey home

At 5:10 p.m. Monday, Claretta Shaffers knew exactly where she wanted to be.

December 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Favorite Christmas carols will never go out of style

Some songs capture an event so well, their message transcends multiple generations.

December 20, 2009 | By KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Community steps up for Toys for Tots

Thanks to area agencies, students and the community, Toys for Tots was able to meet its goal this year of giving 6,000 toys to needy children in the Gainesville and Hall County community.

December 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Experts say area trees are vulnerable

As of late, when it comes to rain it is either feast or famine.

December 20, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Healthy Monday: Kick the habit with local help

Changing your habits can be hard, but the new year can be a good time to get a fresh start, said psychologist Mark King.

December 20, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Antioch Baptist Church celebrates the reason for the season

Families and friends gathered Sunday afternoon at Antioch Baptist Church to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the church's annual Christmas Concert.

December 20, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


GSC sends packages to troops in Afghanistan

Gainesville State College faculty, staff and students have united to send care packages to U.S. Army troops serving in Afghanistan.

December 20, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Forecasters predict rainy Christmas Eve, but no snow

This weekend, Hall County dodged the wintry precipitation that left much of the East socked in under several inches - or several feet in some areas - of snow, but do we have any chance of a white Christmas?

December 20, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Dawsonville man held in woman's death

DAWSONVILLE - Authorities have arrested two Dawsonville men in the death of an Effingham County woman who was in the area to visit her children for the holidays.

Authorities are seeking murder warrants for Jesse James Kilgore, 40, of Dawsonville in the death of Jennifer West Budrawich.

December 20, 2009 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Student pregnancies present a predicament in sexual education

Kids eventually learn about the birds and the bees, whether it is from TV, peers, parents or teachers.

December 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Study: Teens are using more pills, but pot use stalls

Pills haven't yet replaced pot as the top illicit drug of choice for high school-age teenagers, but they are gaining.

December 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Newtown needs a compromise to clear the air

Forty-two years ago, no one disputed Carl Loef's claim that he could improve 859 Athens St. with a junkyard, though it was right next to homes on Mill and Norwood streets.

December 20, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jackson County outlines plan for growth

MAYSVILLE - The Jackson County Commission has moved closer to finalizing their plan for future growth, spending a few hours discussing progress at a meeting earlier this month.

December 19, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson officials think 2009 will end in the black

JEFFERSON - Overall revenue may be down, but Jefferson officials are optimistic that they will end up on top at the end of the year.

December 19, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville celebrates on the square with music, art, hometown fun

Butch Miller of Dublin watched over his grandchildren in the Gainesville square on Saturday evening as they prepared to watch their uncle sing.

December 19, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


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Square plantings showcase new garden

Earth Day got off to a good start in Gainesville on Wednesday as members of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and city representatives gathered in the downtown square to plant flowers and other vegetation.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch equine, cattle expert named Farmer of the Year

A fourth-generation family farmer known across the country for her cattle and equine expertise is Hall County's 2015 Farmer of the Year.

April 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


A world of differences among environmental issues

While environmental issues are more ingrained in the public mind than ever, Earth Day isn't treated with the same level of gravitas in America that it was when first celebrated 45 years ago today, according to some local academics and activists.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal aid to offset local costs of ice storm clean up

President Barack Obama has allocated federal aid funding to assist Hall County and other regions affected by an ice storm in mid-February, which toppled trees and knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clermont Town Council ponders possible alcohol resolution for Nov. 3 ballot

The Clermont Town Council talked Tuesday night about holding a straw poll or nonbinding resolution on whether to allow beer and wine sales on U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway, a major road running through town.

April 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lanier Charter Career students craft sustainable products for market, spa

At Lanier Charter Career Academy, horticulture students grow herbs while cosmetology students work in the school's onsite salon.

April 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Groundbreaking event for new athletic park takes place at Brenau University

Construction is underway on a future Brenau University athletic complex.

April 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners considering $61,000 tennis court repair contract

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider awarding a $61,000 contract to demolish and rebuild a tennis court in the Village at Deaton Creek subdivision when it meets Thursday night.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville City Council approves lease agreement with Kubota

The Gainesville City Council approved a lease agreement Tuesday with Kubota Manufacturing of America, granting the company access to city-owned land in exchange for site improvements.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: Planning group gives its OK to "complete streets"

A group of area planners has given its OK to a policy that requires considering all modes of travel in road construction.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


District attorney drops charge against grieving father

Charges have been officially dropped against a grieving father arrested April 12 for trying to put up safety barriers at his daughter's wreck site.

April 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall planning commission OKs mobile home relocation

The controversial relocation of a mobile home near Lake Lanier was recommended for approval by the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, with board members expressing sympathy for nearby homeowners while saying their hands are tied.

April 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


US 129 passing lane changing to turn lane Tuesday

Ga. 11/U.S. 129 is scheduled for a face-lift Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Child advocates gather for memorial garden dedication

Nineteen years ago, Investigator Gerald Couch began his work on a case involving a 19-month-old beaten and killed by his babysitter.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Superintendent clarifies how parents can refuse Georgia Milestones test for children

With the contested testing set to begin Wednesday, Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield further clarified how parents may refuse the Georgia Milestones exam for their children at Monday night's school board meeting at Flowery Branch High School.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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