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Rotary donation to make a difference for nonprofits

The Rotary Club of Gainesville donated more than $20,000 to local nonprofit groups at its meeting Monday - a move that made Jan Ros get a little teary eyed.

June 29, 2010 | Mimi Ensley | Local

Oakwood hopes to attract more community events

Gainesville has its Mule Camp Market and Dahlonega has Gold Rush Days.

While many area cities have signature events, the South Hall town of Oakwood has long lacked an event - or even a string of smaller ones - that brings carloads of visitors to town.

June 29, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local

Initiative helping attract money, jobs

If the success of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's HALLmark Vision Initiative is any indication, Hall County residents and businesses really believe in their community.

In 2006, the chamber launched the fundraising mission with a four-year goal of collecting $2.2 million to fund economic development, education and community improvement initiatives.

June 29, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Oakwood sees small spike in 2009 population

Despite several years of slow but steady growth in Oakwood, population estimates for 2009 reveal a steeper rise than the city has seen in years past.

June 29, 2010 | Mimi Ensley | Local

Hall school board OKs plan for language center

Budget concerns keep playing a heavy hand in decisions made by the Hall County school board.

June 29, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local

Diving bell that aided Dahlonega gold miners being restored

A piece of history left Gainesville 135 years ago, but now it's back.

June 29, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local

Land purchase in Dawson County will help conservation

State leaders earlier this month got a glimpse of 469 recently acquired acres that will provide a geographic link between portions of the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

June 28, 2010 | By Frank Reddy Times regional staff | Local

Amphitheater at Lake Lanier Islands to get makeover

BUFORD - Some 30 years of shows and social gatherings - as well as extreme weather conditions - have put a beating on the amphitheater at Lake Lanier Islands' Presentation Pointe.

June 28, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local

Advance directive form specifies end-of-life decisions

Like having a root canal, discussing death is one of those things many would rather put off until absolutely necessary.

June 28, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Officials urge revelers to leave fireworks to professionals

As fireworks stands pop up along the state's roadsides, area officials urge families to stay safe and be smart.

June 28, 2010 | Mimi Ensley | Local

Abandoned homes become an 'American dream wasted'

At the end of a cul-de-sac in a tidy North Hall subdivision sits one house that doesn't match the others.

A tangle of weeds and grass has grown waist high, obscuring all but the top of the home from view.

June 28, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Pilot fitness program comes to Hall schools

It's time for Hall County students to get healthy.

The state board of education passed a new physical education requirement earlier this month, and Hall County Schools is one of five systems chosen to pilot the program this fall.

June 28, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local

ICE announces strategic plans that could affect deportations

The federal agency that enforces immigration law has announced changes that may ultimately play a role in determining when people are deported for being in the country illegally.

This month officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a realignment of its removal and detention divisions and a new strategic priority plan for the next four years.

June 28, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Property valuation appeals increase

The number of Hall County residents requesting appraisals of their homes this year was not a record number. But of those who got new appraisals, an unusually large number of them didn't like them and have appealed.

The Hall County Tax Assessors Office is processing a lot of property tax appeals this year - and officials expect appeals will continue to increase in coming years.

June 28, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Gainesville man arrested on murder charge

A Saturday night house party in Gainesville spun out control when a fight broke out and moved into the street, where a man was shot to death.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office, still investigating the incident, has charged Valentin Garcia, 39, of Gainesville, with murder.

June 27, 2010 | From staff reports | Local

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New state designation could boost Lula planning efforts

Lula's new state designation as a "PlanFirst" community could help the northeast Hall County city save some money as it pushes ahead with planning ...

November 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Kid’s dream of firefighting comes to life

Facing the first fire of his career, Sean Robertson walked hand in hand Monday with Hall County Fire Services Battalion Chief Tyler Dorsey.

November 16, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Scores lower on ‘more rigorous’ Georgia Milestones tests

Full results of the Georgia Milestones are in, and scores across the board are lower than those of previous assessments.

November 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Chickens slow traffic on Green Street

Chickens slowed traffic in the heart of Gainesville, the poultry capital of the world, Monday night.

November 16, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local

Local students take cue from Missouri race protests

When protesters at the University of Missouri forced the school's president to resign last week after his perceived mishandling of racist incidents on campus ...

November 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Free Range Art’s first piece unveiled in downtown Gainesville

The Public Art Committee of Vision 2030 unveiled the first installation of its Free Range Art Project series on Monday afternoon in the Hunt Tower ...

November 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Suspect sought after shooting of occupied vehicle

A Gainesville man is being sought in a Monday afternoon shooting of an occupied vehicle off Cleveland Highway in North Hall County.

November 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Deal says he will not accept Syrian refugees in Georgia

Several U.S. governors, including Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, are threatening to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states in the aftermath of ...

November 16, 2015 | Times staff, Associated Press reports | Local

Quiz: Learn more about your neighbors in Hall County

The U.S. Census Bureau is perhaps best known for its population estimates.

November 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Revised Lula sign ordinance set for public hearing

Reacting to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, Lula is proposing changes to its sign ordinance that explicitly says it doesn't ...

November 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Former Habersham deputy accused of providing false info has trial in December

The former Habersham County Sheriff's Office deputy accused of providing false information for a search warrant that led to injuries for a toddler is ...

November 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Georgia Milestones: A guide to understanding test scores

After a year of complex, contested and, at times, confusing testing, the scores from the first year of Georgia Milestones will be released Monday.

November 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

9-year-old burn survivor succeeds in classroom

Gracie Lowell Turpin reads, writes and, according to her big brother Tyler, loves music and recess.

November 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Fire heavily damages Gainesville house

A house in the 600 block of Tommy Aaron Drive in Gainesville was heavily damaged by fire about midnight Saturday "and will probably be considered ...

November 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Radiation therapy now available at Braselton hospital

Jenny Pakdaman has enough on her mind without having to deal with the stress of long drives to and from radiation treatment.

November 15, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

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