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Joan Sheffield to retire from Gainesville after 9 years

Gainesville Human Resources Director Joan Sheffield announced her retirement Monday.

"I appreciate the opportunity and job fulfillment my position has provided me. After much thoughtful contemplation, however, I have decided to retire from public service effective Friday, June 26th," Sheffield said. "Gainesville is a great place to be, and I will certainly miss the many relationships I have acquired over these past nine years."

April 27, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Cleveland traffic upgrades up and running

Traffic and pedestrian improvements to the Cleveland square are finally completed.

April 27, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Your Views: Community best served if county, city can work out plans for old jail

Hall County is a beautiful place to live, work and play because we are blessed with a "community," in the truest sense of the word. Community. Even the word looks good on the page.

April 27, 2009 | | Local


Law Day celebrations include 50 new citizens, Run for Recovery

The legal profession goes far beyond trials in the courtroom, and this year's local Law Day events aim to show that.

April 26, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Religion professor discusses book, finding faith in real life

Barbara Brown Taylor believes that one can find moments of spiritual inspiration in everyday tasks, such as hanging up clothes or making eye contact with a clerk at the grocery store.

April 26, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Seniors working to get fit shouldn’t overdo it at first

Folks of all ages are getting out more as the weather gets warmer and days get longer, but seniors should take care not to overdo it when they exercise.

April 26, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Oakwood clerk sees career blossoming

OAKWOOD - Kim Edge's search for a part-time job, some work to do after raising her children to school age, has turned into something more than she expected.

April 26, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Group honors Sen. Hawkins for Good News Clinic work

State Sen. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, has been honored for his work with the Good News Clinic.

April 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson police chief has tie to U.S. drug czar

JEFFERSON - Washington, D.C., may be nearly 600 miles away from Jefferson, but a top drug official there has a direction connection to the local chief of police.

April 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ex-judge admits role in nanny abuse case

CUMMING - The father of a former Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy has admitted his involvement in a case of reported nanny abuse.

April 26, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


21-gun salute, roses honor veterans at Confederate Memorial Day

The only clouds appearing in the blue skies over Redwine United Methodist Church on Sunday were the blasts of white smoke after a 21-gun salute by a group of Confederate re-enactors.

April 26, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


‘Candy bomber’ reprises Berlin drop in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Doris Galambos waited 60 years to meet the man who brought her candy from the sky when she was a child in postwar Berlin.

April 26, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville police hit hard by budget cuts

Budget cuts can only go so deep before they draw blood from Gainesville's Police Department.

April 26, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


The Times earns 20 AP awards

The Times won eight first-place awards and 20 overall, more than any newspaper in Georgia of any size, in the annual Georgia Associated Press Association awards.

April 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Athens shooting sparks nationwide manhunt

ATHENS - Police still are searching for a University of Georgia marketing professor in the shooting deaths of three people, including his wife, Saturday at a community theater near the college campus.

George Zinkhan III, 57, approached a gathering of the Town and Gown Players performance group at Athens Community Theater at noon and fired multiple times before running away, according to Alan Brown, assistant police chief for Athens-Clarke County.

April 26, 2009 | By Carolyn Crist news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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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


North Georgia braces for blast of heavy snow

Monday night brought the kind of winter storm Hall County residents wished had rolled through last week in place of crippling ice that knocked out power to tens of thousands.

February 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ice queen Elsa arrested as snowstorm bears down on Gainesville

Gainesville Police couldn't let it go any longer.

February 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Snow leaving some roads slick in North Hall

Some roads are slick this morning in Hall County following a dusting of snow.

February 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Power company, county still working at Laurel Park

Power companies worked feverishly last week to restore power to tens of thousands, but there was still work to be done Monday at Laurel Park in Gainesville.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Voting on sales tax underway

In the first day of early voting to decide the fate of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, 110 Hall County voters cast ballots, according to Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee.

February 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood delays action on residential parking ordinance

A proposal to limit parking in the front of houses in Oakwood will get further study from the city's planning commission.

February 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County, Gainesville City schools to make up lost class time creatively

After nearly a week of winter weather, Hall County and Gainesville schools will get creative to make up missed class time.

February 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Schools leaning toward becoming IE2 system

The Hall County Board of Education is considering giving its strongest schools a bit more flexibility.

February 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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