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Jaycees name young woman, man of the year

Larry Baldwin and Jennifer Willers Gottsman may be best known in Gainesville through their professions, but it was their selfless volunteer work for the children of Hall County that won them recognition Saturday as the Gainesville Jaycees' Young Man and Young Woman of the year.

Baldwin, Hall County's solicitor-general since 2004, chairs the Boys and Girls Clubs' "duck derby" fundraiser, reads to children and donates books. He also serves on the board of Gateway House, a center for victims of domestic violence.

April 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Sardis Elementary could seek charter status

Sardis Elementary School is looking at possibly pursuing charter status as an "enrichment model" school, said Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield.

April 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Just plain ol' Knucksie

At the beginning of the speech he gave while being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, former Atlanta Braves' pitcher and current Flowery Branch resident Phil Niekro used a telling quote: "If you see a turtle sitting on a fence post, you know it didn't get there by itself."

April 09, 2008 | Katie B. Davis | Local


Columbus shooting puts focus on hospital security

In the wake of a fatal shooting Thursday at a Columbus hospital, many Georgia hospitals are reassessing their own security procedures.

April 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Technology hang-up delays immigration enforcement

When nine Hall County deputies graduated from a federal immigration enforcement training course on Feb. 4, local officials believed it would only be a few weeks at most before they would begin processing for deportation all illegal immigrants booked into the Hall County jail.

April 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


School boards to talk money on Monday

With an eye toward the Gold Dome and growth in their backyards, the Gainesville and Hall County school systems are gearing up for budget season.

April 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cleveland photographer likely slipped to his death, authorities say

A Cleveland man who was reported missing by his wife Wednesday is believed to have fallen to his death at Glade Shoals near Ga. 52 east of Clermont, authorities said after recovering his body Thursday.

April 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


County approves South Hall development

Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning request Thursday for the construction of a 28-acre mixed-use development on the north side of Thompson Mill Road that will be part of a 67-acre lifestyles center straddling the Gwinnett County line.

April 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Saturday will be ‘Great Day’ for hundreds

Early Saturday morning, about 850 people will gather at First United Methodist Church for meditation and communion. Then, wearing shirts emblazoned with "Great Day of Service," they will disperse across Hall County to perform community service projects that vary from painting a church to delivering chicken sandwiches.

Saturday will be the second annual Great Day of Service, a community service event in which members of First United Methodist Church will spend most of the day doing more than 60 projects for a variety of local agencies.

April 08, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Gainesville one of nation’s fastest growing metro areas

Gainesville was the fourth fastest-growing metropolitan area in the U.S., according to Census Bureau estimates released Thursday.

April 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


School system knows growth all too well

Hall County's population growth numbers released Thursday were hardly surprising for those who bear the brunt of new arrivals.

April 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Former director of Keep Hall Beautiful dies at 57

GAINESVILLE - A champion for keeping Hall County a clean community died Thursday afternoon following a months-long illness.

Until recently, Marsha Fletcher, 57, served as the executive director for Keep Hall Beautiful, but her illness forced her to step down from the position she had held for more than a decade.

April 08, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall firefighters deal with five fires in nine hours

Fire truck and ambulance sirens were heard across Hall County throughout the day and into the night Thursday, as county firefighters responded to five fires and a chemical burn call in a span of nine hours. No one was injured in the fires.

April 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, filmmaker Rory Kennedy, visits Brenau to talk about work

GAINESVILLE - Rory Kennedy, youngest daughter of the late Attorney General and U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, spent Thursday in Gainesville at Brenau University, meeting with students and talking about her documentary work.

The Women's Center at Brenau University and Office of the Provost co-sponsored the event, with other financial support coming from Gainesville lawyer Wyc Orr and his wife, Lyn, who funded the Aileen Grace and Emogene Gaskins Women's Studies Endowment in honor of their mothers.

April 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County expects new state court judgeship to pay for itself

For the first 112 years of its existence, Hall County State Court needed one judge to oversee misdemeanor criminal, traffic and civil matters.

April 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Local law agencies struggle to balance racial makeup, add bilingual officers

When law officers respond to a crime scene, language barriers can slow down an investigation if no translators are available.

January 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Proposal may give students early access to college

Dual-enrolled students who are ready for college arguably are wasting some time in high school.

January 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Kits available to help in case child goes missing

January 24, 2015 | By Caroline Watts Times staff reports | Local


Youth bowlers raise funds for 6-year-old with special needs

The young bowlers of the Northeast Georgia Youth Bowling League normally spend this time of year practicing for upcoming competitions and raising money to pay for the trips.

January 24, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


2 men safely escape morning house fire

Two residents escaped an early morning house fire without injury south of Gainesville.

January 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Schrader reflects on 10 years as president of growing Brenau University

January 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Small battles emerge as development returns

First, there are the traffic studies and plan reviews and recommendations. Then comes the inevitable backlash, the protest of residents fearing a hit to their quality of life.

January 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Green Alliance keeps it green with annual awards

The day was gray and gloomy, but a group of dedicated community members and volunteers have proven that Hall County is nothing but green.

January 23, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


No one hurt in small fire at Church's restaurant

Gainesville fire crews quickly put out a fire Friday night at the Church's Chicken on E.E. Butler Parkway.

January 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville Police looking for man missing since June

Gainesville Police are looking for a man who has been missing since June 7 after a fight in the Skelton Road area.

January 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Vehicular homicide charges filed in councilwoman’s death

The Gainesville man charged for driving under the influence in a crash that later killed a Lula councilwoman now has been charged with vehicular homicide.

January 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Rabid skunk found in Lula; 2nd animal to test positive this month

A skunk has been tested positive for rabies following contact with two dogs in the Grove Street area of Lula.

January 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Former jailer claims religious off-duty activities led to firing

A former Hall County Jail employee claims a religious Facebook page he ran called Revival 172 and related materials led to the end of his employment Tuesday.

January 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Cold rain could turn to snow in mountain areas overnight

A late January snowstorm such as the one that paralyzed North Georgia almost a year ago isn't in the forecast, but some areas could see a bit of a wintry mix late tonight.

January 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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