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Students to get a firsthand civics lesson at inauguration

Flowery Branch High School senior Virginia Foster cast her first presidential election ballot Nov. 4. Turns out her vote wasn't for the man who won.

January 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


John Jarrard benefit concert could grow into festival

Over the next few years, the John Jarrard Foundation is hoping to expand its annual benefit concert into a weekend-long festival.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cold weather sparks rash of fires, but no injuries

Hall County firefighters were kept busy Friday on one of the coldest day in several years.

January 16, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr and Ashley Fielding sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com; afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Lula man is killed in Ga. 365 accident

A Lula man was killed Friday morning when he rear-ended a tractor-trailer that was stopped in traffic, officials said.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Bone-chilling temps have homeless shelters preparing for more people

With the wind chill expected to drop to zero overnight, Thomas Ramirez and others at Gainesville's Good News at Noon shelter and ministry scrambled to make room for what they expected to be a rush of less fortunate folks coming in from the cold.

January 16, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville police, fire station to cost $20.4 million

A new police and fire station in Gainesville will cost the city $20.4 million, according to the project's manager.

January 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


With Obama's upcoming inauguration, MLK Day marches have special meaning

Local groups that hold annual events in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will do so this year with a renewed zeal.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville area's unemployment claims skyrocket 216 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor said unemployment insurance claims shot up 174 percent last month compared to December 2007, with one of the top increases coming in the Gainesville area.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mental health provider closes White County site

State budget cuts have hit Gainesville-based Avita Community Partners, the mental health provider for 13 Northeast Georgia counties.

January 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


March of Dimes starts fundraising campaign

The March of Dimes kicked off its fundraising season Thursday by rallying people to raise money for babies' health needs.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County school board makes plans at retreat

The Hall County Board of Education is holding its annual retreat tonight and Saturday morning to discuss a range of issues facing the school system in the upcoming year.

Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield will meet with the board to update the system's plans for programs of academic "rigor" to challenge every student; major renovation and capital projects; classroom technology possibilities; and the district's certified staff recruitment plan.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Local Obama backers head to DC

Gainesville resident Arturo Corso began sporting a Barack Obama campaign button on his lapel long before it was considered cool.

January 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Times multimedia project takes national honor

A multimedia presentation on www.gainesvilletimes.com about a young Latina's "los quince años" has won third place in a monthly competition conducted by the National Press Photographers Association.

Photographer Sara Guevara and reporter Ashley Fielding produced the four-minute audio slideshow about 15-year-old Emily Ibarra's "los quince años," a tradition that is a mix between a Jewish bat mitzvah, an American "Sweet 16" and a debutante ball.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


State Rep. Collins reunites with his children after his four-month stint in Iraq

State Rep. Doug Collins' children were checked out of school by a surprise visitor Thursday: their dad.

January 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Water planning district updating plans for Lanier withdrawals

ATLANTA - The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is completing an update of its 2003 water and wastewater plan. It includes conservation goals, six new water-supply reservoirs and increased withdrawals from Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River through 2035.

January 15, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


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Cleaning chimneys can reduce fire risk

As cold weather continues to grip North Georgia, homeowners forced inside may begin to notice more how their homes could use a good sweep or vacuuming.

February 21, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Local Disabled American Veterans’ chapter gives back

Electric wheelchairs are scattered through an area of the Gainesville warehouse, some intact and some clearly needing parts.

February 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


No more ice, just rain in forecast for weekend

North Georgia was braced for a second winter storm Friday night, but forecasts of ice accumulation didn't materialize in most areas.

February 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Oakwood, Buford to use sales tax for routine projects

For some of the smaller cities in Hall County, sales tax revenue means assistance in routine infrastructure maintenance.

February 21, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Challenged Child and Friends school holding open houses to welcome community, boost awareness

February 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Study says the poor bear the brunt of sales tax hikes

Georgia's poorest residents will pay a larger share of their income this year in state and local taxes than the wealthiest earners, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, a nonprofit Washington think tank.

February 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth County man indicted, charged with making homemade explosive devices

A 24-year-old Forsyth County man has been indicted on one count of unlawful handling of explosive devices for a November incident at his parents' home.

February 20, 2015 | By Kayla Robins Forsyth County News | Local


Gainesville approves $50K for ice storm cleanup

The Gainesville City Council voted Friday to allocate $50,000 from the general fund contingency budget to support continued cleanup efforts in the wake of this week's ice storm, which sent trees and limbs crashing onto homes and power lines.

February 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall man convicted of shooting teenager in leg

A Hall County man was convicted Friday in Superior Court for firing four times at another man at City Park.

February 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Downed tree, explosions delayed firefighters’ efforts at large house fire

Firefighters had to clear a downed tree, shuttle water, work in frigid temperatures and beware of exploding ammunition as they battled a large house fire late Thursday night.

February 20, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Case moves forward for man accused of shooting at police

The case against an Oakwood man accused of firing a sawed-off shotgun in the direction of Oakwood Police moved on to Superior Court on Friday morning.

February 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Another blast of winter may be headed our way

Whether you've recovered from your latest bout with winter weather or not, brace yourself: More may be on the way.

February 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Trees took a hit after ice, wind during the week

It's been a tough week for all of North Georgia.

February 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Many local events rescheduled due to ice storm

  • The University of North Georgia's College Goal Georgia event, originally set for Thursday at the Cumming campus, has been rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. March 5. The free event helps college-bound students and their parents complete forms required to apply for federal financial aid. The campus is located at 300 Aquatic Circle in Cumming.

February 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Three entrepreneurs inducted into the Business Hall of Fame

Three local entrepreneurs were inducted into the 2015 Northeast Georgia Business Hall of Fame at a banquet Thursday at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.

February 19, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


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