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Cold weather sparks rash of fires, but no injuries

Hall County firefighters were kept busy Friday on one of the coldest day in several years.

January 16, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr and Ashley Fielding sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com; afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Lula man is killed in Ga. 365 accident

A Lula man was killed Friday morning when he rear-ended a tractor-trailer that was stopped in traffic, officials said.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Bone-chilling temps have homeless shelters preparing for more people

With the wind chill expected to drop to zero overnight, Thomas Ramirez and others at Gainesville's Good News at Noon shelter and ministry scrambled to make room for what they expected to be a rush of less fortunate folks coming in from the cold.

January 16, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville police, fire station to cost $20.4 million

A new police and fire station in Gainesville will cost the city $20.4 million, according to the project's manager.

January 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


With Obama's upcoming inauguration, MLK Day marches have special meaning

Local groups that hold annual events in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will do so this year with a renewed zeal.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville area's unemployment claims skyrocket 216 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor said unemployment insurance claims shot up 174 percent last month compared to December 2007, with one of the top increases coming in the Gainesville area.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mental health provider closes White County site

State budget cuts have hit Gainesville-based Avita Community Partners, the mental health provider for 13 Northeast Georgia counties.

January 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


March of Dimes starts fundraising campaign

The March of Dimes kicked off its fundraising season Thursday by rallying people to raise money for babies' health needs.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County school board makes plans at retreat

The Hall County Board of Education is holding its annual retreat tonight and Saturday morning to discuss a range of issues facing the school system in the upcoming year.

Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield will meet with the board to update the system's plans for programs of academic "rigor" to challenge every student; major renovation and capital projects; classroom technology possibilities; and the district's certified staff recruitment plan.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Local Obama backers head to DC

Gainesville resident Arturo Corso began sporting a Barack Obama campaign button on his lapel long before it was considered cool.

January 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Times multimedia project takes national honor

A multimedia presentation on www.gainesvilletimes.com about a young Latina's "los quince años" has won third place in a monthly competition conducted by the National Press Photographers Association.

Photographer Sara Guevara and reporter Ashley Fielding produced the four-minute audio slideshow about 15-year-old Emily Ibarra's "los quince años," a tradition that is a mix between a Jewish bat mitzvah, an American "Sweet 16" and a debutante ball.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


State Rep. Collins reunites with his children after his four-month stint in Iraq

State Rep. Doug Collins' children were checked out of school by a surprise visitor Thursday: their dad.

January 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Water planning district updating plans for Lanier withdrawals

ATLANTA - The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is completing an update of its 2003 water and wastewater plan. It includes conservation goals, six new water-supply reservoirs and increased withdrawals from Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River through 2035.

January 15, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


New state Web site links Georgians to health information

Every day, millions of Americans search for health information on Internet sites such as WebMD. But until now, there hasn't been a site that's specific to Georgia.

January 15, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


When it rains, Green Street floods, and there's no easy fix

Even the smallest rains can turn to ark-worthy weather for motorists on Green Street.

January 15, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Gainesville man arrested after authorities say he stabbed brother

Authorities say an 18-year-old Gainesville man stabbed his older brother after an early morning argument on Marlow Drive.

March 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lake Lanier Olympic Venue could help area businesses thrive

Lake Lanier's blue waters could mean greenbacks for area businesses.

March 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch man gets 22-year prison sentence in Christmas Day 2013 slaying of brother

Synthetic mushrooms and other drugs played a role in the Christmas Day 2013 death of Flowery Branch man Alan Scott Fyfe, according to testimony Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

March 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall County Fire Services raises most in statewide fundraiser

Topping last year's showing, Hall County Fire Services raised the most money for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

March 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville native recognized as nation's top Army cadet

The No. 1 Army cadet in the U.S. is from Gainesville, and Gov. Nathan Deal couldn't be prouder of the University of North Georgia's Cadet Capt. Jonathan "Chase" Strickland.

March 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County population tops 190,000

Hall County's population surpassed the 190,000 mark last year, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates released today.

March 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


School takeover amendment heads to voters in 2016

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" won Georgia House approval Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016 and accomplishing the Republican's top priority kicking off his second term.

March 25, 2015 | BY KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Medical marijuana bill heads to governor's desk

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 25, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


GBI assisting in Mount Airy death investigation

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Habersham County Sheriff's Office in a death investigation in Mount Airy, according to GBI Region 8 Special Agent in Charge Kim Williams.

March 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Center Point recognizes Hall County's top student leaders

March 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Eyes on the Road: Public curious about bill’s impact on local funding

The key question asked at Monday night's last public-input meeting on the Hall County area's draft 2040 transportation plan was the potential impact of a transportation funding bill if passed by the Georgia General Assembly.

March 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Police, businesses give tips to protect your home during vacation

On the beach, the sand is between your toes, and you try to keep your smartphone away from your fingers.

March 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


State House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA - The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

March 24, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


State Senate passes medical marijuana bill

March 24, 2015 | BY BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Local


Hall County government clinic expanding prescription drugs, other services

More changes and added services are coming to the HCG Family Health Center, a clinic and pharmacy operated by Hall County for its employees, retirees and their dependents covered by the government's health plan.

March 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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