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Collins: Something to be said for having a little solitude

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there earlier this month. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil.

November 15, 2008 | State Rep. Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil. | Local


West Hall Middle Patriots live up to mascot on Veterans Day

West Hall Middle School Principal Sarah Justus recalled memories of her former student, Pfc. Johnathon Millican, who was killed in action last year in Iraq at age 20, during a Veterans Day ceremony.

November 15, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Residents wanting piece of tax pie meet to discuss SPLOST

The Concerned Citizens of Gainesville and Hall County spoke up about the issues in their community with members of Hall County government at the group's monthly meeting Tuesday.

November 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Officials: Car fire may be arson

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said his office will be investigating a fire in South Hall County they believe may have been started intentionally.

November 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Old gas station tanks halt DOT work in Cleveland

The Georgia Department of Transportation got an unexpected delay and - for a time - a mystery on its hands when working to place ornamental traffic poles in the Cleveland downtown square.

November 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Some veterans had oxygen tanks, canes, but all stood on their day

As the Chestatee High School band played the songs of the branches of the armed services, the veterans stood.

November 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Mississippi murder suspect taken into custody

A murder suspect from Mississippi was arrested Monday morning in Hall County after he was apprehended at the Kangaroo gas station on Sardis Road in northwest Hall.

November 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


White County fire department gets federal grant

White County Fire Department will receive $36,000 in federal funds to purchase new fire hose, Fire Chief Dickie Howard announced Monday. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the Assistance to Firefighters Grants.

November 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood approves 2009 budget

OAKWOOD - Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to approve a $3.2 million general-fund budget for 2009.

November 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Local group to talk about SPLOST

This month's meeting of the Concerned Citizens of Gainesville/Hall County will address the upcoming vote on SPLOST VI and the proposed projects.

November 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Drivers revel in lower gas prices

People have started seeing something pop up at gas stations around town that hasn't been seen in ages - the number 1.

November 14, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson's annexation plans don't sit well with Jackson County residents

JEFFERSON - About a dozen Jackson County residents attended a Jefferson City Council public hearing concerning the rezoning and annexation of 35 county properties into the city limits.

November 14, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


White County businesses to talk ‘big-box’ strategy

The conventional wisdom is that when Wal-Mart or any other "big-box" retailer moves into town, local businesses shrivel up and die. But that's not always the case.

November 14, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Would-be residents give cold shoulder to Gainesville annexation

While Gainesville officials tried Monday evening to stress the benefits of becoming a city resident to property owners who might be affected by a massive annexation of county islands, many of the property owners remained concerned about how the annexation would affect their tax bills.

November 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Man found dead in burning building in White County

A 29-year-old White County man was found dead early Monday morning in a burning building near the Hall County line.

November 14, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | 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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