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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

Troops get job direction after homecoming celebration

After the patriotic music and fanfare around their return had faded, Charlie Company soldiers could get down to the business of finding jobs.

June 27, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local

Ceremony welcomes Charlie Company returning from Afghanistan

Having already spent nearly three months back on U.S. soil didn't seem to spoil Saturday's homecoming celebration for Gainesville-based Charlie Company.

June 27, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local

Development council works to increase retail options in Hall County

According to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, Hall County's population grew from about 139,000 in 2000 to more than 187,000 in 2009.

June 26, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Payment schedule slow in Ga. special needs voucher plan

Georgia private schools are feeling a bit misunderstood.

June 26, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local

Ham radio operators talk to world, visitors, at field day event

"Amateur radio is almost like magic," said Larry Tyson, a club member of the Lanierland Amateur Radio Club. "You can talk into this electronic box with a microphone and a piece of wire strung up between trees and talk all across the world - that is amazing."

June 26, 2010 | Jennifer Messer | Local

Woman struck by car, killed after falling out of vehicle

A Gainesville woman was ejected from a Jeep, run over by another car and killed late Friday on Ga. 400 in Dawson County, officials said.

June 26, 2010 | From staff reports | Local

Murder for hire an act of desperation

As murder for hire cases in Georgia go, Stacey Schoeck's arrest in the shooting death of her husband came quickly.

June 26, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Immigration facility may get softer look

A privately operated midtown Gainesville facility that holds illegal immigrants prior to deportation could soon have a less jail-like environment.

June 26, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local

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Hall County drivers, research shows you're most likely to hit a deer in November

Hall County drivers who travel from dusk through dawn should mark down Nov. 10-16 on their calendars.

September 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Flowery Branch looking at extending Pine Street

Flowery Branch is getting more serious about extending Pine Street, which officials hope will improve downtown traffic flow and boost the local economy.

September 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Community gathers to fight childhood cancer

Cancer doesn't care about race, gender or age, according to Christine Wages.

September 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Georgia first ladies share stories from governor’s mansion

ATLANTA - Six of Georgia's first ladies took center stage Monday night to regale an audience, including four of the state's governors, with humorous ...

September 28, 2015 | Associated Press | Local

Chamber seeks industry of the year nominations

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce will award small, medium and large industries Nov. 17 based on economic impact, corporate responsibility and workforce excellence and ...

September 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Rising gas prices shouldn’t be ‘long-lived’

Gas prices have been at the front of commuters' minds as they stop to fill up their tanks, so the recent rise in gas prices ...

September 28, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local

Man's body found in Lake Lanier at North Forsyth park

Local emergency personnel said they have recovered the body of an adult male from a park on Lake Lanier in North Forsyth County.

September 28, 2015 | By Kayla Robins | Local

College fair happening Wednesday at Gainesville High

Students can learn about more than 50 colleges and universities this week at the Probe College Fair.

September 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Man indicted for attack on pregnant Forsyth County woman

September 28, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local

Hall sets one more meeting on sales tax for education

Residents can learn more about the special purpose local option sales tax for education following the Hall County Board of Education's work session Oct ...

September 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Avian flu threat has poultry leaders wary

Just how serious is the latest strain of avian influenza?

September 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Authorities: Paroled Gainesville man aided in prison drug scheme

A Gainesville man allegedly conspired with a Georgia Department of Corrections inmate and others to traffic drugs, according to indictments unsealed last week.

September 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Flowery Branch poised to grow with enhanced sewer system

On the verge of finishing a long-awaited sewer project, Flowery Branch is looking to what a more developed sewer system could mean for the South ...

September 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

School officials plan for South Hall growth

There's no denying South Hall County is booming with room to grow.

September 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Working for pope’s visit, ‘over the top’

Returning home Saturday afternoon from a trip to New York for Pope Francis' U.S. visit, Carmen Luisa Coya-van Duijn was happy beyond words.

September 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

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