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Holly tree suffers damage from fire

Gainesville officials are uncertain about the fate of the holly tree in downtown Gainesville following a fire that left a section of the tree singed and brown.

June 29, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


City may increase Georgia Mountains Center rental fees

The cheapest game in town may get a little more expensive.

June 29, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Newtown Florist Club's summer campers learn to be ladies and leaders

When you come here, you learn to be a lady.

June 29, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Oakwood rolls out its red carpet for City Manager Stan Brown

OAKWOOD - Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown was honored during a surprise ceremony Monday morning as he returned to work after spending six months in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force reservist.

June 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Victims of house fire showered with donations

The Stephans returned from vacation to find their home burned to the ground, and now they have more donations than they know how to handle.

An empty rental home, furniture, washer, dryer, kitchen and bath essentials and even a wedding band set later, and the family doesn't know how to thank their neighbors enough.

June 29, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


12th rabies case of year confirmed

The 12th rabies case for the year has been discovered in North Hall County.

June 29, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Flowery Branch honored for renewing ethics law

Flowery Branch has been recertified as a "City of Ethics."

June 29, 2009 | From staff reports | Local




'God and Country' rally at Poplar Springs Baptist Church hits on political, social issues

Through speeches, music and videos, more than 100 people filled a South Hall church Sunday afternoon for a two-hour rally to support "God and Country."

June 28, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Braselton’s $2.6 million budget boosts election, police budgets

BRASELTON - The 2010 budget for Braselton shows decreases in almost every department as the town prepares for smaller revenue collections. But an upcoming election in November means an increase in that budget.

June 28, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER AND KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Braselton hopes new hotel boosts funding to visitors bureau

BRASELTON - The town of Braselton remains hopeful that revenues will increase in the coming fiscal year as a new hotel prepares to open its doors.

June 28, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Public safety director keeps it light

Marty Nix may work in a serious business, but he doesn't take himself too seriously.

June 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Some seek higher power for better health

George Wangemann had followed what he thought was basically healthy eating, aside from the occasional samplings of sweets and carbohydrate-rich foods.

June 28, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gurley created a softball legacy in Jefferson

JEFFERSON - It seems like an unlikely place, but life has come full circle for DeMaris Gurley several times over on the high school softball diamond.

June 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Study says dry fall and winter lead to dearth of spring tornadoes

A new study by researchers at the University of Georgia could explain how drought conditions in the fall and winter may affect tornado activity the following spring.

June 28, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


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