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Hopewell Baptist marks milestone

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, close to 1,000 people gathered at Laurel Park to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Hopewell Baptist Church.

The celebration began earlier in the day with a church service, where about 1,300 people came dressed in old-fashioned clothing.

July 31, 2008 | Allison Shuler | Local


Dispatcher for White County found dead

The White County Sheriff's Office is expected to provide more information this morning about a Saturday afternoon shooting that killed a White County 911 dispatcher.

July 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Women’s charity aims to link people to services

Two years ago, the idea of a charity for women was planted in Jackie Wallace's head while at a conference in Denver.

July 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Area food bank closer to reality

Those who serve Hall County's hungry know that rising food and energy costs mean more people are having to make choices between their bills and their bellies.

July 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


AquaPalooza lures about 230 boats to water party on Lake Lanier

Low lake levels and high gas prices didn't deter boaters from bringing their vessels - in all shapes and sizes - to Lake Lanier Islands' Beach & Water Park this weekend.

July 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce pushing employee wellness programs

There's no question about it: Employee wellness programs can benefit a company's bottom line.

July 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


A hero's funeral: 'He will live in our hearts forever'

COAL MOUNTAIN -- They came from all over to pay their respects.

July 31, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Bikers ride to honor slain troops

COAL MOUNTAIN - Gene Altman of Jessup saddled up early Saturday for a one-way, 280-mile trip astride his Harley-Davidson. The grizzled veteran had another funeral to go to - another fallen soldier to honor.

July 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Retailers expect boost from sales tax holiday

The state of Georgia is giving shoppers a tax break on back-to-school items for four days beginning Thursday. The annual sales tax holiday has become a tradition in Georgia, according to state Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville.

"People just expect the holiday now," Rogers said. "It's important now, especially with the softness in the economy."

July 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch erects new sign off I-985

FLOWERY BRANCH - Motorists leaving Interstate 985 at Spout Springs Road now will be greeted by flashing messages from a sturdy new brick-and-stone Flowery Branch sign.

July 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hunting and fishing retailers still at odds with DNR

Some local hunting and fishing retailers are still at odds with the Department of Natural Resources despite the DNR's relaxing of a new licensing procedure set to take effect in January 2009.

July 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Is a hurricane our only hope?

"The only thing that's going to help Lake Lanier is a good, strong tropical storm system."

July 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Wreck shut down Ga. 53 for 3 hours

A serious wreck between a tractor trailer and a passenger car on Ga. 53 near the Hall County-Jackson County line shut down the two-lane road Thursday for about three hours, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

July 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Ex-Flowery Branch coach faces stalking charge

A former Flowery Branch High School track and assistant football coach has been arrested and charged with stalking.

July 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Soldier’s widow remembers last kiss; family thanks community for support

Eve Phillips had no way of knowing that when she kissed her husband goodbye in January it would be for the last time.

July 29, 2008 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


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Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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


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