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Drought can’t stop annual winter plunge in lake

The first day of the new year means one thing for dozens of local residents - it's time to put on swimming trunks.

Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, a nonprofit organization for Olympic flat water canoe and kayak hopefuls, will hold its 11th Annual Polar Bear Swim on Jan. 1 at the former Olympic venue at Clarks Bridge Park. Each New Year's Day for the past 10 years, nearly 100 people have plunged into the frigid waters of Lake Lanier, while about 300 spectators stand on the shore.

December 28, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


New era, same DOT, some say

In 1975, the Rev. Gene Brooks officiated at the funeral for legendary state highway commissioner "Mr. Jim" Gillis.

December 28, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cold front slams door on warmth

Last week's record-setting heat wave came to an end Saturday with a cold front that brought with it more than rain.

December 28, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Buford woman dies in wreck

A 62-year-old Buford woman was killed in an accident at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, state patrol officials said. Earnestine Barrett Daniel was a passenger in a vehicle on Ga. 332 when the driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer failed to maintain the lane on a curve, overcorrected, and the vehicle left the roadway and overturned, officials said.

December 28, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


City school board to discuss calendars

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville City Board of Education plans to talk Monday about its calendars for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.

Shirley Whitaker, assistant superintendent, is set to seek the board's approval for the 2008-09 calendar and present a draft of the 2009-10 calendar.

December 27, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Long arm of the law lends a helping hand

Hall County's men and women who wear the badge took a break Saturday from patrolling their beats to patrol the aisles at a local store.

Any would-be shoplifter would have seen that the Target department store on Shallowford Road was not the place to be Saturday morning, when several dozen area law enforcement officers met up with low-income families for the annual "Shop with A Cop" program. The program is sponsored by the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. About 30 kids were treated to $200 shopping sprees that were heavy on necessities like clothes, with a ...

December 27, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


State’s GOP heavyweights in DOT duel

A seat on the State Transportation Board is one of the most unique appointments in all of state government.

December 27, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


University selection 101:Deadlines looming for college-bound seniors

GAINESVILLE - Crunch time is here for college-bound high school seniors.

Many major colleges have early January application deadlines, so it's decision central in many area households.

December 27, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


A dry county? Habersham faces water crisis

Almost every county in North Georgia is at risk of running dry if the historic drought continues through next year. But Habersham County has more reason to worry than most.

December 27, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Winter set for a comeback this weekend

If you've been basking in this week's warm weather as you've been doing your Christmas shopping, get ready to bundle up again.

December 26, 2007 | | Local


School leaders' wish lists for legislators

Here are the issues and projects local government leaders presented to Hall County's state legislature delegation during Friday's meeting at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood.

December 26, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


CASA receives help from teens

The presents were piled high on the hardwood Friday at Flowery Branch High School's gymnasium, the culmination of a two-week toy drive of North Pole proportions.

In that short time, the student body of 1,400 was able to make Christmas brighter for some 56 local abused or neglected children, spending between $150 and $250 for each child on the gift list.

December 26, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Government leaders' wish lists for legislators

Here are the issues and projects local government leaders presented to Hall County's state legislature delegation during Friday's meeting at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood.

December 26, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Sex offender ruling revised

When the Georgia Supreme Court changed one word this week in a recent ruling on residency restrictions for registered sex offenders, it meant that most won't be able to live wherever they want after all, officials say.

December 26, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville State to graduate 280

OAKWOOD - Gainesville State College's graduation ceremonies will return to the campus today in what will be the school's first biannual commencement ceremony.

Nearly 280 students who completed their two-year degrees and certificates in the summer and fall semesters of this year are eligible to participate in today's commencement ceremony.

December 26, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Ga. governor candidates spar over ethics during 2nd debate

October 20, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Officials: West Hall Middle administrators manipulated test data

Two former administrators at West Hall Middle School were censured for manipulating Adequate Yearly Progress numbers in 2010, officials confirmed this month.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class Notes: UNG partners with neurological facility

Students at the University of North Georgia will soon have internship opportunities at a special facility for patients with neurological disorders.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$750K grant to fund Department of Juvenile Justice service program

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice received a $750,000 federal grant for a re-entry program, with the intent to have a pilot program identified by next month.

October 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


No one hurt in Atlanta Highway house fire

No one was injured in house fire Sunday evening on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, fire officials said.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville center to provide counseling for abused boys

Nearly one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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