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After annexations, Flowery Branch sure it can resolve illegal island

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to annex two parcels of land into the city limits, temporarily creating an illegal island.

December 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Groups prepare to serve Thanksgiving meals for free

The holiday season is all about giving and receiving, and several local churches and organizations are looking to give a free Thanksgiving meal to those people who are in need.

December 02, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Judge will rule on South Hall hospital

WINDER - Following a two-hour hearing Monday, a Barrow County Superior Court judge said he will rule within three weeks on a challenge to a certificate of need for a 100-bed hospital in Braselton.

December 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local

Brenau professor earns Fulbright Scholarship

For the second time in two academic years, a Brenau professor has received a Fulbright Scholarship.

Brenau University Assistant Professor of Business Greg Chase has received a Fulbright Scholar appointment for teaching abroad in the Republic of Moldova.

December 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local

First United Methodist Church seeks ideas for service projects

Gainesville First United Methodist Church is planning its third annual Great Day of Service for March 21.

Co-chairwomen for the event, Cherry Valentine and Sharon Farkas, are seeking ideas and suggestions for projects for the communitywide work day.

December 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local

Preparations for Thanksgiving feast already are under way

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, many people are starting the process of hunting and gathering all the necessary components for the yearly feast.

December 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Collins: Even in war zone, we are thankful

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is

December 02, 2008 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local

Youth can win prizes for identifying birds

Georgia's fourth annual Youth Birding Competition doesn't take place for five months. But the Department of Natural Resources is urging kids to sign up now, so they can start practicing their birding skills.

December 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local

Jefferson annexes 35 properties

JEFFERSON - Some property owners in Jackson County soon will be added to the city of Jefferson's population count.

December 02, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Forecast: Chilly Tuesday, but a pleasant Thanksgiving

They called it stormy Monday, but today shouldn't be as bad.

December 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Wauka Mountain students give thanks, gifts to US soldiers

In celebration of Thanksgiving, Wauka Mountain Elementary School students are writing U.S. soldiers to thank them for preserving our freedom.

December 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local

DNR courts the frog listeners to count amphibians

This may seem like an odd request, but it's all in the name of science.

December 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local

Lucky ladder helps couple escape fire

A South Hall couple narrowly escaped serious injury or worse after a late Saturday fire in their home.

December 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local

Needed bridge put new priority on surrounding roadwork

Plans to fix the roadway around a bridge near Lula Park in northeast Hall have lingered for at least a decade, but they've gained priority as the need to replace the bridge has risen.

"It's easier and a more efficient use of money to go ahead and do (the roadwork and bridge) together," said Teri Pope, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

December 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local

Riverbend Baptist Church didn't travel far in mission project

Riverbend Baptist Church left its property but not the country, let alone the city, for a mission project Sunday.

December 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local

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Parenting expert to speak at free event Tuesday at First Baptist Church

John Rosemond, a parenting columnist published weekly in The Times, will be speaking at a free event Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Gainesville.

September 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Shopping to help fill a closet and rebuild lives

Debbie Clark perused the Rahab's Rope booth Friday, landing on the last Persian-rug-themed bookmark.

September 25, 2015 | By Amy McDonald | Local

College bowl raises funds for Food Bank

Here are a few things we heard this week that we thought you might find interesting.

September 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Window shutter maker coming to Gainesville, will employ 200 workers

The president of a national window shutters holding company is consolidating operations and coming to Gainesville as part of a move that could bring 200 ...

September 25, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Accused Georgia State Patrol post shooter is indicted

The Army veteran accused of firing a high-powered hunting rifle at the Georgia State Patrol post in Gainesville last summer was indicted Tuesday by a ...

September 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Shore Sweep set for Saturday on Lake Lanier

The Lake Lanier Association and volunteers from the community will pick up trash along the lake's shores in the group's 27th annual Shore ...

September 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Body found Wednesday in Lake Lanier identified as Flowery Branch man

A body found earlier this week in a shallow area of Lake Lanier has been identified as that of a Flowery Branch man. Exactly how ...

September 25, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

UGA political expert: Boehner got ‘tired of fighting’ right wing

Ultra-conservatives celebrating House Speaker John Boehner's departure from Congress might want to tap the brakes a bit, University of Georgia political science professor Charles ...

September 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Commerce man killed in Friday morning wreck

A Commerce man died following a two-car wreck Friday morning near the intersection of Shirley and Mount Vernon roads in North Hall, according to Sgt ...

September 25, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Hall Commission OKs rezoning for disabled adults community

"Just" People scored a big victory Thursday night at the Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting.

September 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Gainesville council candidates share thoughts on transportation, taxes, voting districts

It was seen as a win for the city of Gainesville.

September 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Ask The Times: Schools have parking security guards

I read that a security guard at a local school contacted the school resource officer about a man on West Hall High School's campus ...

September 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Authorities: Family thought man's BB gun was real gun

A man driving with his family told Hall County authorities he was afraid a fellow driver had a real gun pointed at him, according to ...

September 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Planned Savannah port expansion could affect Hall

Gainesville may be nearly 300 miles from the Port of Savannah, but the impact of a planned $142 million expansion and improvement project could hit ...

September 24, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local

Indictments: Prisoners used cellphones to run crime rings

ATLANTA - Gangs at some Georgia prisons have been using cellphones to traffic drugs, smuggle in contraband, steal identities and, in at least one case, to ...

September 24, 2015 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press | Local

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