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These fast-food dinosaurs aren’t toys

A fast-food restaurant is probably the last place you'd expect to see a dinosaur, at least one that's not a prize in a kid's meal.

A glimpse inside the McDonald's on Frontage Road in Oakwood reveals glass cabinets full of museum-quality dinosaur fossil replicas, including a Tyrannosaurus rex claw, a T. rex tooth and a dinosaur egg. Also on display along the walls are replicas of a 70 million-year-old mosasaurus fossil, which looks like an alligator with fins.

September 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville school board will vote one more time on increasing taxes

Gainesville residents are one step closer to paying 12 percent more in property taxes this fall.

September 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Wal-Mart celebrates revamp at Shallowford Road location

When it opened 15 years ago, the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Shallowford Road was one of the first of the company's mega-stores, offering everything from groceries to tires under one roof.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Labor Day holiday kept authorities busy

Area authorities stayed busy over the Labor Day weekend responding to fires, widespread acts of vandalism in Gainesville and what appears to be an accidental drowning.

September 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Habitat High students delighted to build home for single mom, kids

Nine Hall County high school students have taken matters into their own hands to help a single mom realize her dream of owning a home.

September 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Local Red Cross chapter chooses executive director

Just as the peak hurricane season arrives, the Northeast Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross has hired a new executive director.

The Gainesville-based chapter announced Tuesday that Hall County native Philip Reed had taken the position. On Wednesday, Reed was already down in Atlanta meeting with other disaster preparedness officials, as storms Hanna, Ike and Josephine approached the southeastern United States.

September 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New Ga. 53 lanes to open Thursday

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to open one and possibly two new westbound lanes at 9 a.m. Thursday on Ga. 53/Winder Highway between Ga. 211 and Atlanta Highway.

September 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dahlonega water plant is at half capacity

The city of Dahlonega is under an outdoor watering ban after one of its two water filters failed, cutting the city's water capacity in half.

City Manager Bill Lewis said the structure under the 32-year-old filter collapsed on Friday. The city has found replacement parts in Idaho and North Carolina, but it could take two weeks to a month to get the repairs made and the pump back in service.

September 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Pair charged with selling moonshine; 1 also accused of illegally selling guns

Two men were charged Tuesday for selling moonshine, and one was charged with selling guns to a convicted felon.

September 07, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hearing set for gas rate hike for Atmos Energy

The Georgia Public Service Commission will hold the final round of public hearings on the Atmos Energy Corp. request for an increase in base rates beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

September 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lanier was quiet, but 19 died statewide over the weekend

The death toll hit 19 in Labor Day weekend activities across the state, according to state officials.

September 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


For some, Labor Day means work

For some, Labor Day is just that - a day to work.

September 05, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Putting Labor Day in perspective

Teenagers are a big part of the local work force. Whether it's seasonal employment or after-school work, young people are a necessary part of a local economy.

September 05, 2008 | By Megan Gill | Local


Soldiers teach Georgian allies

Editor's note: This interview was conducted at the end of July at Vaziani military base, a Georgian base located at the edge of Tbilisi, Georgia. Most American service members involved in exercise "Immediate Response 08" left the country a few days prior to the outbreak of war between Georgia and Russia that began Aug. 7.

September 05, 2008 | By Michael Tolzmann For The Times | Local


Save money by learning to make a rain barrel

If only every resident could have saved some of the 7 inches of rain that Tropical Storm Fay dumped at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport last week, watering lawns under tight watering restrictions might not be an issue for a while.

Gainesville water conservation specialist Scarlett Fuller is out to teach anyone who will listen how some of the rain might be saved.

September 05, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | 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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