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New thrift store racks up customers

Amid bright yellow balloons and a remote radio-station broadcast, the Atlanta Union Mission celebrated the grand re-opening of its Gainesville thrift store Thursday morning.

The Potter's House at 328 Oak St. is now known as Thrift Store & More, and the name change isn't all that's new.

October 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Jackson County schools to keep accreditation; challenges remain

JEFFERSON -- Schoolteachers and administrators in Jackson County schools can breathe a little easier now that the eight-member quality assurance team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has said it will recommend that the system remain accredited.

October 05, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


State, local taxes waived on energy-efficient appliances this weekend

With all the recent emphasis on saving gasoline, Georgians may have forgotten that it's important to save energy at home, too.

October 05, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Short-term loan might help Hall County schools

Although in sound financial shape, the Hall County school board is considering approving a short-term loan for the district until it collects property tax revenue.

October 05, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch OKs amended tax agreement

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday morning to approve an amended tax allocation district agreement with Hall County government.

October 05, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Look what I grew!

Every year, Anastacia Rodriguez and her husband John grow watermelons to share with the Gainesville-Hall County Senior Center. This year's crop was a beauty, and it took John and two other men to get this melon into the trunk of Anastacia's car. Gloria Wilms, coordinator at the center, said they would cut it up and serve it to everyone at the center that day.

October 05, 2008 | Kristen Morales | Local


Motorcycle accident kills Lanier Tech student

Terrance Putman, 23, of Gainesville was killed in a motorcycle crash early Wednesday morning, Gainesville police said.

Lt. Floyd Canup said police and emergency medical personnel responded to a location on Hunter Street. They discovered that a motorcycle left the road, struck a utility pole and ejected the driver.

October 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gas tank explodes in Lula; 2 flown to Augusta burn center

Two men were wounded Wednesday in an explosion that shook the ground in a Lula subdivision and was the result of an accident involving a blowtorch and an old gas tank from a logging truck, fire officials said.

October 05, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rabid raccoon gives Hall 37th rabies case of the year

Hall County recorded its 37th rabies case this year after a rabid raccoon came into contact with a dog Sunday in northwestern Hall.

October 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall, Gainesville vehicles have steady fuel supply

As the fuel shortage continues to make Hall County residents anxious, it's "so far, so good with us," Hall County's purchasing manager Tim Sims said of the fuel supply.

October 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Lines ease at the gas pump

Lines eased somewhat Tuesday in Hall County as a hurricane-induced gas shortage continued to leave some stations without fuel, while others, albeit temporarily, had one or more grades of unleaded gasoline.

October 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Foundation will raise money to expand area shelter

The Medical Center Foundation is gearing up for Thursday's annual golf tournament to raise money for the Gateway Domestic Violence Center.

October 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Dawson bank complying with FDIC order

DAWSONVILLE - The president and chief executive of Chestatee State Bank said Tuesday that his bank has already taken steps to address most of the practices cited in a order made public last week by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

October 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hoschton/Braselton corridor gets new ambulance unit

In times of medical emergency, a 10-minute wait for an ambulance can seem like a lifetime and cost a life.

October 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fundraiser is held for hurt school administrator

The Johnson High School volleyball team hosted a match Tuesday in honor of the school's assistant principal who was severely injured in a car wreck in August.

October 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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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


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Talks underway between lawyers for Hall firetruck maker over training accident

Legal representatives for the maker of the the firetruck involved in a July 22 Hall County training incident have begun discussions with County Attorney Bill Blalock.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Badge and Bar: Man indicted in officer obstruction

A Gainesville man previously indicted on a kidnapping charge has been indicted on charges of kicking two correctional officers in a later incident.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Parents remember lost children in candlelight service

There are no words to describe the loss of a child.

October 15, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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