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‘Living the dream’

WASHINGTON - Forty-five years after Martin Luther King Jr. bellowed his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the "sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent," Americans are celebrating King's dream with renewed vigor on the eve of the inauguration of the nation's first black president.

January 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


To celiac disease sufferers, gluten is the evil ingredient

A growing number of supermarkets have created special sections for gluten-free foods, leading some shoppers to wonder: What the heck is gluten, and why would you want to be free of it?

January 18, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Boy Scout Troop 228 builds hut, weathers economy

FLOWERY BRANCH - Boys Scout Troop 228 in Flowery Branch is getting a life lesson in roughing it through a deep recession.

January 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


State gives counties the option to expand classroom sizes

Schools across the state may start adding desks to classrooms, now that the state board of education has approved a measure to increase class sizes in Georgia schools.

January 18, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson firefighters are a ‘special breed’

JEFFERSON - If someone offered you $1,000 to run into a burning building, would you take it?

January 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ham radio hobby still popular in Internet age

Nine-year-old Marcus Shockley is among the next generation of ham radio operators growing up in an age of Internet and wireless text messaging.

January 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall law authorities on hunt for Spell

Where in the world is Wendell Spell?

January 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville native manages Obama girls’ DC school

Barack Obama will soon be responsible for the future of this nation, but Gainesville native Sally Selby is responsible for the future of his children.

January 17, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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


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Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Headmaster kisses pig following school's high reading scores

Lakeview Academy Headmaster John Kennedy kissed Purdy the Tamworth pig Wednesday at the Gainesville school as a reward for first- through fifth-grade students, who exceeded their goal in the Scholastic Reading Counts challenge.

October 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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