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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


Gainesville to receive stimulus funds for housing

At least one Gainesville department will get some of the federal stimulus money being given to local governments across the country.

March 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


FBI to help make law enforcement firing range ring more quietly

BRASELTON - The FBI will pay for the construction of a sound barrier at Braselton's Todd Helcher Memorial Firing Range.

March 16, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Dieting: It's all about the calories

When the weather turned warm last week, Georgians began wearing shorts and tank tops again. To their dismay, some found that the body they had been hiding under winter clothing was larger than what they remembered.

March 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Ladies group aims to keep troops cool

Sure it gets hot in Georgia come August, but it's even hotter in Afghanistan.

March 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rain expected this morning

The Hall County area enjoyed a good, soaking rain this weekend, with few, if any, reports of flooding.

March 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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


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