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Students, staff prep for high school football

Temperatures are cooling and kickoff time for high school football is finally here.

After weeks of practicing in the sweltering summer heat, football players will don their pads tonight as an army of band members, cheerleaders and parent volunteers add that touch of magic that makes football season so special.

August 28, 2009 | By Jessica Jordan and and Brandee A. Thomas | Local


I-985 exit work won’t be finished till October

Because of abundant rainfall over the past month, the Georgia Department of Transportation doesn't expect its $75 million makeover of Interstate 985 in South Hall to be completed by Labor Day as hoped.

August 28, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


School parapro 'Tori' Thompson mourned after accident

Many Hall County school employees were in mourning Thursday over a Wednesday wreck that claimed the life of a paraprofessional who is the daughter of two longtime school administrators.

August 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Community takes aim at area's gang problem

Maybe something positive will come from the tragic death of Juan "Baby P-Nut" Gomez.

August 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


School officials dedicate new Flowery Branch High building

Hall County school officials celebrated the dedication of the new $37 million Flowery Branch High School on Thursday night.

August 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall commissioners fight another annexation

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has made it clear that it will not stand for involuntary annexations.

August 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Deal weighs in on health, ethics at chamber meeting

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal shared his thoughts on top national issues Thursday at a meeting of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

August 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Ad error leads to delay of Gainesville annexation hearings

Two public hearings have been postponed that would have given 59 Gainesville "islanders" the chance to voice opinions of a proposed annexation of their properties.

August 27, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Man is acquitted in Oakwood rape trial

Joycelyn Ginyard cried out in court after hearing a Hall County juror announce the words "not guilty" Thursday in the rape trial of her brother.

August 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall paraprofessional mourned

Many Hall County school employees are in mourning today over a Wednesday wreck that claimed the life of a paraprofessional who is the daughter of two longtime school administrators.

August 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


South Hall may get traffic relief

A four-lane Spout Springs Road won't be realized for some time, but Hall County officials are hoping some less-extreme improvements will bring motorists some relief in the meantime.

August 26, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood close to starting downtown project

Oakwood is about to embark on a $200,000 project to dress up its downtown with sidewalks, trees and other eye-pleasing and pedestrian-friendly improvements.

August 26, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Stimulus to help Lula pay for new wastewater plant

The city of Lula has been awarded a $6 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

August 26, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Application to be a notary now on the Web

The embossed seal of the notary public is used by more people than you might think.

August 26, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Seniors adjust to Social Security change

For local seniors, every little bit counts.

August 26, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Derby draws dreamers to Clark’s Bridge Park

When it comes to the annual Rubber Duck Derby, that wind coming off the lake can work for you or against you.

May 16, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Income mobility for poor children ranks average in Hall

When it comes to the ability of a child raised in a poor family to move up the income ladder as he or she enters the working world, Hall County is a better place to live than 42 percent of all U.S. counties.

May 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Central American refugees find hope in Hall County

Fabricio Funes left Honduras carrying nothing but a toothbrush, some money and medicine in a backpack.

May 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Summer’s (almost) here, and safety push heats up

It already feels like summer with temperatures in the 80s, just a week before Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of the season.

May 16, 2015 | Times staff and wire reports | Local


Crowds gather for the annual Railroad Days Parade and Festival in Lula

Onlookers lined both sides of Main Street in Lula Saturday morning, as the 39th Annual Railroad Days Parade and Festival began the day's events that celebrate the rich railroad history of Lula.

May 16, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


‘Heart in the fight against cancer’

If Jeff Farmer had a dollar for every time he's circled that old college track in Oakwood.

May 15, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Myers Elementary School celebrates annual Patriotic Day

Not many schools celebrate Memorial Day, because school is usually out for the summer by the last Monday in May.

May 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


America’s newest citizens swear allegiance in Gainesville

America's legacy as an immigrant nation waved proudly from the federal courthouse in downtown Gainesville on Friday morning as 54 individuals from more than 30 countries became naturalized U.S. citizens, swearing their allegiance to Old Glory.

May 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police investigate slaying in Buford home

Gwinnett County police are investigating the slaying of a man was found shot to death at a home in Buford.

May 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Man convicted in fatal boat wreck released from jail after settling with Sheriff’s Office

The Forsyth County man involved in a 2012 boating accident that killed two Buford boys has been released after settling a lawsuit with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, the man's attorney confirmed Friday afternoon.

May 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Jackson inmate took truck keys from shop, warden says

Inmate Michael Lillibridge got the keys to a Jackson County government-owned truck and drove away from a work detail, according to Jackson County Correctional Institute Warden Johnny Weaver.

May 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County remembers Kelly Nash

Alan Nash caught a glimpse of the plaque for his late son's memorial, a sign to stand before Kelly Nash's bench at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Final members of SPLOST citizens committee nominated

Gainesville City Council is poised to approve three nominations to the first-ever citizens committee overseeing how special purpose local option sales tax revenue is spent.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Chamber celebrates businesses, volunteers, leaders at annual gala

What sets Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce apart from the rest?

May 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Police: Drugs man gave friend weren’t oxycodone but something much stronger

Pills sold between two friends, according to a Gainesville Police investigator, led to one 23-year-old's death.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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