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Nonprofit transforms old cell phones into calling cards for troops overseas

For soldiers serving overseas, a simple phone call home can be very meaningful.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Steady weekend rains raised Lake Lanier's level by half a foot

The rain that fell on Northeast Georgia this past weekend hardly seemed like a drought-buster. Most of the time, it wasn't much more than a drizzle.

March 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lula to vote on liquor, Dahlonega on council vacancy

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, put on your green and go to the polls.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Student art raises $2,000 for supplies

JEFFERSON - Becoming a professional artist has become child's play at Jefferson Elementary School.

March 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Forsyth family mourns daughter’s slaying

CUMMING - The Forsyth County father of a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer who was killed last week in the West African nation of Benin said her personality could brighten any room.

March 16, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Inquiry begins in Jefferson home fire

A fire on Hamilton Drive in Jefferson that officials are calling suspicious is being investigated by the city's police department and the state fire marshal.

March 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Officials unsure why patrons got sick at Cumming Publix

CUMMING - A northeastern Forsyth County supermarket has been deemed safe, though authorities are at a loss to explain what sickened several people and forced the store's evacuation Sunday afternoon.

March 16, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Army corps will reopen Bolding Mill campground

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that Bolding Mill campground will reopen this year for the first time since 2005.

March 16, 2009 | | Local


Challenged Child’s new director has background in helping children

As a newly appointed executive director, David Earnest knows that he has his work is cut out for him, but he's ready for the challenge.

March 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


John Jarrard Foundation hires director

The John Jarrard Foundation has hired an executive director, the first step in expanding the foundation into more than an annual benefit concert.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Lanier Career Academy earns charter status

The State Board of Education has granted Lanier Career Academy's charter school request, according to a Hall County schools news release.

March 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Economy may make voters think twice about approving sales tax

In a down economy, voters, like consumers who are choosing to spend less, could say "no" to six more years of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, but one economic expert said retirees could help it pass.

March 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


United Community Bank announces layoffs

United Community Bank has become the latest bank to announced layoffs due to the economy.

Mike Infante, a bank spokesman in Blairsville, said United Community reduced its work force company-wide, including at the corporate level. He declined to say how many employees were let go. The workers were told of the layoffs last week.

March 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Corps will reopen Bolding Mill campground

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that Bolding Mill campground will reopen this year for the first time since 2005.

The park, located on the Chestatee River arm of Lake Lanier in North Hall, will open for the season on April 22 and close on Sept. 13.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Weekend honors Grady Young, education, builds scholarships

The Grady Young Foundation is gearing up for its sixth annual Memorial Weekend, which will focus on "recognizing service in our communities."

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Helmet giveaway promotes bike safety

Five area organizations teamed up to make a safer community Wednesday in Clermont. The main attraction under the Clay E. Gailey Park pavilion was free bicycle helmets for kids from Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County. Safe Kids coordinator Kim Martin said the organizations gave away about 50 helmets between 4 and 6 p.m. Clermont parent Jonathan Sargent was driving by with his daughters and spotted the event. "They love to ride bikes, almost every day," Sargent said of daughters Brooklyn, 9, and London, 6. "Brooklyn was so excited to get a new one because she's outgrown hers." Six ...

August 13, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Vandals strike neighborhood

Hall County investigators are asking for community help after vandalism was reported in a South Hall County neighborhood.

August 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Dawson County jailer to lose post

August 13, 2014 | Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Badge and Bar: State GOP granted an extension in racial bias lawsuit

State GOP granted an extension in bias lawsuit

August 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Artists, city collaborate on mural

Plans are moving forward on a "pocket park" for the area between the historic train depot and Growlers on Main in downtown Flowery Branch.

August 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Man sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for knife attack

A Gainesville man was sentenced Tuesday to serve 10 years in prison in connection with an October 2012 knife attack.

August 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Group plans to rescind vote that cut funding for Ga. 347 improvements

Worries about losing federal road money may force area officials to put funding back on track for Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway improvements between McEver Road and Lake Lanier Islands.

August 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Local artists and performers remember Robin Williams' legacy

After legendary comedian Robin Williams' death Monday, local artists and performers, including some who had the privilege of knowing the late actor personally, joined in the outpouring of grief from all corners of the world.

August 13, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Charges dropped against Times staff photographer Gurley

Obstruction charges against Times photographer Nat Gurley stemming from an incident with Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies last Sept. 13 have been dismissed.

August 13, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Roads: Repair efforts are moving slowly on Gainesville sinkhole

Efforts to repair a Gainesville sinkhole are going slow because the work space "is extremely tight."

August 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Granddaughter of Gen. Longstreet dies at age 84

Jamie Louise Longstreet Paterson, a Gainesville native and granddaughter of Confederate Gen. James Longstreet, died on Aug. 5.

August 13, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Experts shed light on health care law

Change was the overarching theme at a Tuesday forum on health care law at Brenau University's downtown center in Gainesville.

August 13, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County still pressing Gainesville to annex 'islands'

Hall County officials are still jabbing at Gainesville's decision to annex unincorporated "islands" last year, asking the city for an update on its plans with regard to additional properties.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two Hall County schools placed on state’s alert list

Two Hall County schools are on the state's radar as a result of a lack of progress in student achievement over a three-year period.

August 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Planning board tables talk of Broad Street abandonment

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tabled a request Tuesday from Medical Arts Properties, a local real estate firm, to have the city abandon a portion of Broad Street between Prior and Spring streets.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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