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Church celebrates USA with 'God and Country' event

Wearing patriotic costumes and with flags fluttering on their little vehicles, the children circled the parking lot of First United Methodist Church in Gainesville.

The "Trike-tilla" parade of tricycles and little red wagons served as a main attraction at Sunday's God and Country Patriotic Day at the church at 2780 Thompson Bridge Road.

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hard work by Hall's school resource officers earns national honor

New public safety programs in Hall County's schools, from drug dogs to driver education, have earned the Hall County Sheriff's Office a national distinction.

July 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Healthy Monday: MRI-friendly pacemaker is being tested at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

For people with heart problems, having an implanted cardiac pacemaker can be a lifesaver. But there's a big disadvantage: If you need a magnetic resonance imaging test to diagnose an illness or injury, you can't have it.

And it's not for the reason you might think.

July 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Race becomes issue in Gainesville school dispute

Men's faces beaded with sweat as they loosened their ties to escape the humidity lingering after the summer afternoon's storm. And one mother's face carried warnings for her children squirming in the church pews.

July 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


From novice to expert, women take on triathlon for health, not glory

Early Sunday morning, at the sound of a quack, more than 750 women filled Lake Lanier for the 2nd Annual Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta Triathlon. The participants, ages 13-67, came from dozens of states across the country.

Held at the Lake Lanier Islands resort, the race consisted of swimming one-third of a mile, biking 18 miles and running three miles.

July 03, 2008 | By Allison Shuler | Local


North Hall teen travels around the world to work with dolphins, whales

Tabitha Phillips does not remember the day she gained her affection for killer whales, but she knows the 1993 hit "Free Willy" had something to do with it.

The film came out in movie theaters before Phillips was a year old, but made it to cable television by the time she was 3, and Phillips saw the flick for the first time with her dad.

July 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Man in critical condition after fight at South Hall home

A man was in critical condition at an Atlanta hospital after a fight at a South Hall home Sunday morning.

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Spontaneous combustion sparks fire

A Winder Highway liquor store under construction caught fire as a result of spontaneous combustion late Thursday, a fire official said.

July 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Death defendant wants judge recused

Lawyers for a teen facing the possibility of the death penalty want the presiding judge off the case, though their reasons remain unknown to the public.

July 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Bear hit in Cumming came from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

CUMMING - Shane Mullins and his brother, Mark, were driving along Canton Highway just before 11 a.m. Friday when they noticed something unusual lying in the middle of the road - a female black bear.

July 02, 2008 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Pet store offers something different — organics

Once again, there's a pet store in the Publix shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road.

July 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall chamber opposes school tax hike

City residents have been very vocal in their opposition to a significant increase in property tax rates for the Gainesville school system, but on Thursday, it was the the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's turn to make a statement.

July 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Area firearms owners applaud gun rights

JoAnn Hitman is new to guns and their use. Having just bought one three months ago, she is now learning how to use one.

July 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Patriotism rises with Phoenix Society

The festively colored ribbons on the holly tree at the corner of E.E. Butler Parkway and Academy Street NE are more than just decoration.

July 01, 2008 | | Local


Residents and Hall County Commission spar at board meeting

There was palpable tension between the public and the Hall County government at a public hearing for the 2008 budget at the county commission meeting Thursday.

July 01, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Safety work set on Union Church Road

Plans are moving forward to improve safety on a short but treacherous stretch of Union Church Road in South Hall County.

August 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside confers first entrepreneurial leadership award

Riverside Military Academy took the first step Thursday in establishing a scholarship fund for families who cannot afford tuition without financial assistance.

August 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville: 4th side of downtown square for sale

Plans to develop the fourth side of the downtown Gainesville square have fallen through and the property owner is now looking to sell the site.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Schools struggle with religious expression on campus

For faculty at public schools, there is a fine line between the right to express personal religious belief and the need to respect the range of beliefs held by students.

August 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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


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