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Injured Dahlonega soldier soon could return to Georgia

Army Spc. Andy "Sully" Sullens, a Dahlonega native wounded in a May 17 blast in Afghanistan, could finally return to Georgia, possibly this month.

June 22, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Swine flu confirmed in local church member

A member of Gainesville First Baptist Church contracted the H1N1 virus during a youth conference last week, the Rev. Bill Coates confirmed Monday.

June 22, 2009 | BY CAROLYN CRIST and BRANDEE A. THOMAS news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Big crane takes over rebuilding parking deck at Georgia Mountains Center

The 200-foot crane piercing the sky of downtown Gainesville broke into its first hours of work Monday.

June 22, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Crawford W. Long Museum's reopening delayed again

JEFFERSON - In addition to excessive heat, the summer months were supposed to bring the grand reopening of the Crawford W. Long Museum in Jefferson.

June 22, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Georgia Theatre owner, a Gainesville native, waits for next move

As Athens community members and music venues pull together resources to help accommodate this weekend's AthFest after Georgia Theatre burned Friday, federal and state fire officials are waiting on a crane to begin searching the building.

June 22, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Lula wants Hall County's help to pave dirt road

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will hear a request from the city of Lula at its work session this morning for help paving a dirt road that has been in disrepair since 2001.

June 22, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Public hearing set on Oakwood's comprehensive plan

Oakwood City Council plans to hold a public hearing at 4 p.m. Friday on a partial update of its comprehensive plan.

June 22, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson's Freedom Festival celebrates nation’s birthday early

The 4th of July is coming a little early in Jefferson.

June 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Radon educator says cancer-causing gas is common in Georgia homes

Though radon may sound like something from another planet, it's actually a dangerous substance found throughout Hall County.

June 21, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Expert: Candidates benefit from name recognition in early polls

If the primaries in the Georgia governor's race had been held earlier this month, John Oxendine would be facing Roy Barnes on Election Day, according to an opinion poll.

June 21, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Fast boats and powerful engines for Father's Day

Ralph Scharle of Buford had his pick of Father's Day outings.

June 21, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Volunteers help keep West Jackson Fire Department going

BRASELTON - Running into a burning house may not seem like a good idea to most people, but as local fireman Joel Keith said, "Somebody's gotta do it."

June 21, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Food inspector works to make sure restaurants keep clean

Laurie Wentworth spends most of her days trying to prevent people from getting sick when they go out to eat.

June 21, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Barrow County practices emergency responses

WINDER - Emergency responders scrambled to the scene of an anthrax-carrying plane earlier this month in Barrow County. Except this wasn't a real situation, it was a drill that had been planned for about a month to test preparedness.

June 21, 2009 | By Leanne Akin Times regional staff | Local


Bad air can make you feel bad, too

If you're having trouble breathing in the summer, it's not just the heat that's stifling you.

June 21, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | 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


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


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