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Events get kids excited about their education

Though some area children probably dreaded going back to school this week, two local organizations will hold free events this weekend to get them excited about staying in school and getting an education.

The Grady Young Foundation will hold its first Back to School Slam Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Gainesville High School, followed by the Beulah Rucker Museum and Educational Foundation's Back to School Rally at 3 p.m. in the Georgia Mountains Center.

August 12, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Suspect in infant's death found dead

A woman who sheriff's officials planned to charge in the death of a Gainesville infant was found dead Thursday in Newton County, authorities said.

August 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Storms bring cooler weather

They may have seemed pretty fierce, but the storms that blew across the state Thursday didn't cause much damage. The storms dropped some much-needed rain and will bring cooler temperatures for the weekend.

Preliminary totals show that 0.72 inches of rain were recorded at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 8 p.m. Thursday, according to Laura Griffith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

August 12, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Yellowjacket swarms bother more residents this summer

As autumn approaches, yellowjacket wasps become more numerous and more aggressive. That's part of their normal life cycle.

But this year, their populations seem to have gone out of control. Over the past couple of weeks, some area residents have complained of so many yellowjackets swarming over their lawns that they're almost afraid to go outside.

August 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Governments could be scrambling to make up lost revenue

Hall County officials met Wednesday with state Rep. Carl Rogers to discuss a possible loss of property tax revenue and a budget that keeps getting tighter.

Rogers, who represents part of Hall County, discussed the predicament local governments are in after Gov. Sonny Perdue proposed holding the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant and cutting other spending last week.

August 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Local marinas to mark National Marina Day on Saturday

Hundreds of boating enthusiasts are expected to descend on Lake Lanier this weekend as area marinas celebrate National Marina Day.

Lazy Days Marina, located at 6700 Holiday Road in Buford, has been selected as the national headquarters for the Association of Marine Industries' 2008 Marina Day.

August 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Red Cross, Falcons join forces for blood drive

To help bring awareness to the need for blood donations, the American Red Cross is getting some help from the Atlanta Falcons.

August 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Humane Society wants children to be Pet PALS

The Humane Society of Hall County is looking for youth volunteers.

August 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


State schools superintendent seeks student advisers

State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox is accepting applications for her 2008-2009 Student Advisory Council.

August 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Woman faces charges after child is burned

A woman accused of leaving her 2-year-old daughter alone to play with a lighter that sparked a fire causing severe, permanent injuries to the girl faces a September court date.

August 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch mom has first baby at new Forsyth center

CUMMING - Wednesday morning marked an important milestone for the new Women's Center at Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

August 11, 2008 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Census: Hall population grew 29 percent from 2000-07

Hall County's Hispanic population grew by 71.8 percent between 2000 and 2007 and accounted for approximately half the overall population growth for the period, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today.

In 2000, there were 27,242 Hispanic residents of Hall County. As of July 1, 2007, the number was estimated at 46,807.

August 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hispanic population boom soon could be on the decline

Estimates released today from the U.S. Census Bureau show significant growth in Hall County's Hispanic population from 2000 to 2007, but whether that steady growth trend will continue is an unknown factor even to Hispanics.

The July 2007 estimate shows a rate of growth in Hispanic residents that could already be on its way down when the 2008 estimates are released next year.

August 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Perdue: Georgia, other countries face similar challenges

Gov. Sonny Perdue is in China for a conference involving representatives of states and provinces from around the world.

August 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Students go back to school today

Temperatures are still sizzling outside, but the summer is over for some 30,000 Gainesville and Hall County students heading back to school this morning.

Area teachers and administrators have spent the past week getting rooms and hallways ready, and meeting with many students and their families at busy open houses at schools.

August 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | 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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