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Statewide drills part of Severe Weather Awareness Week

Sometime between algebra and geography classes, school children across the state took to the tiled bathrooms and windowless hallways of their schools Wednesday to practice the duck and cover severe weather drill.

February 05, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Chimney fire burns house off Athens Highway

A house off Athens Highway where the residents had no power on one of the coldest days of the year burned as the result of a chimney fire Wednesday morning, fire officials said.

February 05, 2009 | From staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Next steps OK’d for downtown upgrades

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday to contract with a Norcross firm to do preliminary engineering for the second phase of landscaping, new sidewalks and other improvements in the downtown area.

February 05, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Five charged in Hall theft ring

Five people, including four teenagers, have been arrested following a two-month investigation of a burglary and theft ring in Hall County.

February 04, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Peanut product recall 'far exceeds any ... in the last decade or so'

The recall of peanut products associated with a nationwide salmonella outbreak has had a ripple effect, challenging food retailers to keep up with the ever-expanding list.

February 03, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Bad check suspect may have swiped millions of dollars in separate Ponzi scheme

A man alleged to have bilked area investors out of millions spent five hours in the Hall County jail Monday on an unrelated charge.

February 03, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Kiwanis pays off note on property

Eddie Hartness, president of the Gainesville Kiwanis Hope Foundation, announced Tuesday that the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville has paid off its $112,000 note used to purchase land to house four families transitioning out of homelessness.

February 03, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


City ranked in top 20 small metro areas

A recent report ranked Gainesville No. 20 among best performing cities in the smallest metro category.

February 03, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville moves ahead with golf contract

Gainesville City Council moved forward on a corporate golf fee contract between the Chatthoochee Golf Course and the Chattahoochee Country Club even though they had previously agreed to wait on the agreement.

February 03, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


State schools chief visits Fair Street, doesn't sugarcoat budget woes

The Gainesville Lions Club honored state Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox with its highest award for her efforts to donate $1 million to state schools for the deaf and blind following her win on the television show "Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?"

February 03, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


State official applauds greenspace goal

The state director of the Trust for Public Land told board members of Vision 2030 on Tuesday that they are on the right track with their desire to see more greenspace in Hall County.

February 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Five are charged in car break-ins

Gainesville police have arrested five people in connection with a rash of car break-ins in the northwest part of town.

February 03, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Middle school band rocking to raise funds for instruments

Music students at Jefferson Middle School are planning to rock their hearts out on Friday, but it's not in the way that you think.

February 02, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Legal battle persists over Bethel Park

CUMMING - The battle over Bethel Park has some residents in limbo.

February 02, 2009 | By Frank Reddy Times regional staff | Local


Cuts may mean no new Meals on Wheels clients

The latest in a string of budget cuts at the capitol could leave some Hall County senior citizens without a warm meal.

February 02, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

The iconic fountain on Brenau University's front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau's longtime figures.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Campaigns may rake up even more money under new rules

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows individuals to donate to any number of federal candidates they want and promises to pour millions more dollars into an election system already swamped in money.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Animal shelter works to raise funds, awareness

Wagging tails, barking, laughter and smiles were found on the Gainesville square Saturday as the Hall County Animal Shelter held the first Mutts On Main fundraising event.

April 12, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Coinciding cleaning events beautify county

Under a clear weekend sky, volunteers on land and water did some spring cleaning to make Hall County a bit more pristine.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Deal to sign criminal justice bill at Gainesville event

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign the third phase of his criminal justice reforms today at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Fifth fire in 3 days destroys North Hall home

Fire destroyed a house Saturday afternoon, causing $150,000 in damage, not including the contents.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Shred Day raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a Shred Day event Friday in Gainesville to benefit Hall County Relay for Life. The public was invited to bring their documents to be shredded and to offer a donation. The Times Relay for Life team also will host a community yard sale at The Times from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 26. Residents interested in participating can rent a space for $20, with proceeds from space rentals going to Relay. Participants will need to provide their own tables. For more information or to reserve a space for the yard sale, call Dana Erwin ...

April 12, 2014 | | Local


Fire destroys shop

A fire Friday night at a personal shop in the 5600 block of Raintree Trace caused $70,000 of damage to the structure and contents, authorities said.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


UNG club sponsors event to support LGBT community

Students at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus gathered Friday to silently support members of the school's LGBT community.

April 12, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Drug court graduates do well, statistics show

Hall County's drug court program is an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders. Successful completion ensures there is never a conviction on their record.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Rabid raccoon found Friday

A rabies alert has been issued for the Persimmon Tree Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


School resource officers brush up on safety protocol

When the kids are away, school resource officers get in their training.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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