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Wish you were an Oscar Mayer wiener?

The famous jingle "Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener" will become something of a reality today when the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile gives kids the chance to meet a well-known incarnation of the famous hot dog and "become" wieners.

June 29, 2008 | | Local


UGA to buy Toccoa television station

The University of Georgia Research Foundation has reached an agreement to acquire WNEG-TV, channel 32, from its current owner, Media General Inc., both entities announced Wednesday.

The station soon will be operated by the University of Georgia through its Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

June 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Job seekers trying to 'persevere'

A not-so-rosy job market didn't deter the crowd from coming to search for potential employment Wednesday at the 2008 Job Fair.

June 29, 2008 | | Local


Spike in rabies cases taxes animal control

Wednesday morning, officers with Hall County Animal Control began performing a ritual for the 26th time this year.

After a raccoon captured last Friday in the Six Gun Drive area of East Hall turned out to be carrying rabies, officers had to visit every house within a half-mile radius. They warned residents that they should get their pets vaccinated, and that they should be on the lookout for any wild animals behaving strangely.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville High principal hired by Glynn County

Gainesville High School campus principal Mike Kemp is leaving to become assistant superintendent for student achievement for the Glynn County school system.

June 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


'Extreme drought' conditions return to Northeast Georgia

Well, the reprieve didn't last long. State climatologist David Stooksbury said Wednesday that most of Northeast Georgia, including Gainesville, is back in an extreme drought.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board approves $7.5 million loan

A $7.5 million loan could be available to the Gainesville City Board of Education as early as next week, board member David Syfan said.

June 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Law 'criminalizes religion' for sex offenders, legal advocates say

A legal advocacy group filed a motion in federal court Tuesday asking for a judge to issue an injunction against a new law that would prevent registered sex offenders from volunteering in churches.

June 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall sheriff’s deputies kill man’s pregnant dog

Hall County sheriff's deputies were looking for Clyde Jess Reeves III when they walked into a Baker Road home Monday morning, but the beloved dogs of the suspect's uncle greeted them at the front door.

June 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Young Harris College president details plans for expansion

Young Harris College President Cathy Cox was the featured speaker Monday at the Rotary Club of Gainesville meeting.

Cox, who is an honorary lifetime member of her hometown Rotary Club in Bainbridge, said it felt good to visit Gainesville again.

June 27, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall salmonella case connected to contaminated tomatoes

At least one person in Hall County has been sickened by the strain of salmonella linked to contaminated tomatoes.

June 27, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Officials examine fatal accident

Brandy M. Cline, 22, of Statham died Saturday afternoon when her car collided with a cement culvert on the shoulder of Ga. 53, said Georgia State Patrol Operator Welborn of the Athens Post.

Cline's car left the road six miles south of Winder at about 3 p.m. Officials said alcohol did not appear to be involved.

June 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County commissioners discuss preserving land near hospital

Commissioner Steve Gailey asked the board to consider approving a plan for a native plant preserve at the Hall County Board of Commissioners work session Monday.

June 27, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Geocaching makes ‘I Spy’ high-tech

The kids weren't searching for books, but for buried treasure Monday at the Spout Springs library.

A dozen kids participated in "I Spy," a free geocaching class held for students at the library.

June 27, 2008 | | Local


911 confusion delayed hiker's rescue

If you experience a medical emergency while hiking in the Chattahoochee National Forest, don't assume that rescuers will be able to reach you quickly.

When 18-year-old Sautee resident Elena Rae Shaw fell off Mount Yonah on June 7, it became clear that the 911 system doesn't always work in a wilderness situation.

June 27, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Camp helps kids face loss

Camp Braveheart, founded in 1996 by the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, is a weeklong summer camp designed to help children who have experienced a significant loss in their family. The camp is free of charge. Volunteer camp counselors are joined by licensed social workers and an art therapist to help the grieving campers at Cedar Hill Enrichment Center in Gainesville.

July 18, 2014 | | Local


Plans for new school in Mundy Mill neighborhood still on track

With two elementary schools near capacity, Gainesville City Schools is going forward with plans to build a new elementary school in the Mundy Mill neighborhood.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Museum to be first of its kind in Georgia

A museum dedicated to education is one step closer to reality in Flowery Branch.

July 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


New test designed to allow for more truck drivers, improve safety

Georgians will be seeing more trucks on the highway in coming years - at least, if economic development plans pan out as the governor's office expects.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Jumping right in: A swimmer at last

Until my adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, there was no way I would go into a pool past my shoulders.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State jobless patterns are not felt locally

The rising jobless rate in Georgia doesn't reflect the local employment picture, area business leaders say.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Early voting for runoff ends today

Today is the last day to vote early for Tuesday's runoff election.

July 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


2nd man arrested in West Avenue shooting

The case involving a June 5 shooting death at a West Avenue apartment has moved to Superior Court, and a second man connected to the case has been brought into police custody.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cockfighting suspicion leads to man's arrest on pot charges

A Hall County man arrested Wednesday in relation to growing marijuana also is suspected of being involved in cockfighting, Hall County officials said in a news release.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch approves property tax increase

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved the city's first millage rate increase since 2006.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

No one was hurt Thursday when a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 985 southbound shut down the highway for a time.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to life without parole for rape

A Gainesville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday on charges of rape and false imprisonment, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man convicted of attempted murder

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of attempted murder in connection with an October 2012 knife attack, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lesson seven: Kick, hands, kick, hands

Wednesday marked my second-to-last adult swim lesson at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. It also marked my first time swimming across the pool, a full 25 yards, from the three-foot side of the pool to the six-foot side.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


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