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Holidays can be tough for grieving parents

FLOWERY BRANCH - For most people, the holidays are a time for family gatherings and relaxation, but for those who have lost a child, the season can be unbearable.

December 21, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Ham radio group seeks to expand four-fold

If you lose service on your personal cell phone, you may just curse and try your call again later. But what happens when emergency agencies and hospitals lose their vital communications?

December 21, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Local group offers free ride home for tipsy partygoers

An early 1980s rock band popularized Jenny's 867-5309 telephone number, but if you are planning to drink over the holidays, you may want to call Bill instead.

December 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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


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Banks County building new sports complex

The Banks County Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a groundbreaking for its Windmill Park Sports Complex at 10 a.m. July 14.

June 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Library board selects new director, approves new budget

Lisa MacKinney will oversee a better than $2.62 million budget that eliminates worker furloughs as the new director of the Hall County Library System.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends names Castell family services director

Challenged Child and Friends has named Creystal Castell as its family services coordinator.

June 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Chicopee Woods Golf Course completes shake-up of oversight committee

The shake-up of an oversight committee for the Chicopee Woods Golf Course was completed Tuesday, the latest move prompted by poor conditions and slipping revenues at the 600-acre course in Gainesville.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Child buying ice cream airlifted to hospital after being struck by car

A child buying ice cream Sunday was struck by a passing vehicle, Georgia State Patrol said.

June 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


SPLOST VII begins Wednesday, E-SPLOST scheduled for fall

Wednesday marks the start of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in Forsyth County

June 30, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


County finance director resigns, search to begin soon

Hall County Finance Director Vickie Neikirk resigned on Monday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Kipper Tool Co. celebrates military contract milestone

A Gainesville company is celebrating hitting the halfway mark in an $85 million contract with the Army to assemble and deliver 5-ton tool systems used in military engineering and demolition jobs.

June 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Action Ministries Gainesville event to unite local congregations

It's not often Christians of varying denominations gather for an evening of fellowship, but Terri Armour with Action Ministries Gainesville wants to bring people together for just that.

June 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville work session canceled

With only a few agenda items and the pending departure of City Manager Kip Padgett, who has resigned to take a similar job in North Carolina, the Gainesville City Council has canceled its scheduled work session for Thursday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Minorities unite to change Gainesville’s electoral system

The exterior of a house on residential Desota Street in Gainesville gives little away about the history it holds inside, save for a sign marking it as the office of the local Newtown Florist Club.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Electric car owners take hit with new tax

A new state tax structure that takes effect Wednesday has stirred ire among some electric car owners.

June 29, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Spraygrounds require regular checking of chemical levels

Kayla Spurlock watched Monday afternoon as her daughter enjoyed the sprayground at Laurel Park. She takes Violet, who is 18 months old, about once a week to the area where she can play in the water spraying up from the ground.

June 29, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Gainesville school board approves 2016 budget

After a few budget amendments, the Gainesville City Board of Education approved the fiscal year 2016 budget at its regular meeting Monday.

June 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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