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Wager pits peaches vs. poultry

When Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell heard Gainesville High School would be playing Peach County High School for the football state championship, he couldn't pass up the chance for a good-natured bet.

December 12, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cheerleader, mascot race to be belles of the (foot)ball

What happens when you are presented with not one, but two once-in-a-lifetime opportunities on the same day? How do you choose?

December 11, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Budget cuts force White County camp’s closure

Gail Chambers took her teenage grandsons to half a dozen psychologists for their behavioral problems, but it wasn't until they spent six months roughing it in a Cleveland wilderness camp that she saw a change.

December 11, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Old sewer rates irk Hall residents

Some South Hall residents are frustrated that county commissioners have yet to set new sewer rates after almost a year of study.

December 11, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Sheriff speaks to kids on drug perils

The cautionary stories Steve Cronic told fifth-grade students involved real people from Hall County. The pro football player. The popular girl. The jail trustee battling addiction.

December 11, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch High students give big to help CASA

Despite the dread of final exams, students at Flowery Branch High School are getting into the holiday spirit.

December 11, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


3 local schools named to ‘Best High Schools’ bronze list

Three of U.S. News & World Report's top 29 Georgia high schools are right here in Hall County.

December 11, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Firefighters put out blaze at home on Cleveland Highway

Firefighters have put out a blaze at a two-story colonial home on Cleveland Highway. There are no injuries.

December 11, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville High band tunes up for big performance

For the 163 Gainesville High School musicians, dancers and twirlers in The Big Red Machine, the Class AAA football state championship on Saturday is not just another game, but members of the marching band are trying to think of it that way.

December 11, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


River stakeholders approve letter to governors

ALBANY - Meeting near the banks of the Flint River, more than 50 leaders of a group of tri-state river basin stakeholders agreed Thursday to send a letter to the governors of Alabama, Georgia and Florida to make them aware of their existence before the governors' water summit Tuesday in Montgomery, Ala.

December 10, 2009 | By J.D. Summer For The Times | Local


Legislators seek to keep communication open

Keep in constant communication. This was the advice state legislators had for local officials Thursday, nearly a month shy of the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

December 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson school officials to tweak bus routes

JEFFERSON - Although school started several months ago, the Jefferson City Schools System Transportation Department continually has to keep a close eye on bus routes.

December 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville, country club may extend contract

City of Gainesville and Chattahoochee Country Club administrators are busy working out the details of a contract that could possibly extend their relationship for 10 more years.

December 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall commissioners delay decisions on parks, tax collections until 2010

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided to postpone two major decisions until 2010 at the board meeting Thursday evening.

December 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Goodwill opens in South Hall to large crowds

OAKWOOD - Dozens of people barreled through the front door Thursday morning at Goodwill of North Georgia's newest location on Mundy Mill Road.

December 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Clermont Town Council ponders possible alcohol resolution for Nov. 3 ballot

The Clermont Town Council talked Tuesday night about holding a straw poll or nonbinding resolution on whether to allow beer and wine sales on U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway, a major road running through town.

April 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lanier Charter Career students craft sustainable products for market, spa

At Lanier Charter Career Academy, horticulture students grow herbs while cosmetology students work in the school's onsite salon.

April 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Groundbreaking event for new athletic park takes place at Brenau University

Construction is underway on a future Brenau University athletic complex.

April 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners considering $61,000 tennis court repair contract

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider awarding a $61,000 contract to demolish and rebuild a tennis court in the Village at Deaton Creek subdivision when it meets Thursday night.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville City Council approves lease agreement with Kubota

The Gainesville City Council approved a lease agreement Tuesday with Kubota Manufacturing of America, granting the company access to city-owned land in exchange for site improvements.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: Planning group gives its OK to "complete streets"

A group of area planners has given its OK to a policy that requires considering all modes of travel in road construction.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


District attorney drops charge against grieving father

Charges have been officially dropped against a grieving father arrested April 12 for trying to put up safety barriers at his daughter's wreck site.

April 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall planning commission OKs mobile home relocation

The controversial relocation of a mobile home near Lake Lanier was recommended for approval by the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, with board members expressing sympathy for nearby homeowners while saying their hands are tied.

April 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


US 129 passing lane changing to turn lane Tuesday

Ga. 11/U.S. 129 is scheduled for a face-lift Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | 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


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