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Toys for Tots campaign seeks donations

The Christmas season officially started Monday for local agencies partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. More than 150 donation boxes are in place throughout Hall County and await your new, unwrapped toy.

November 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood City Council OKs 2010 budget

OAKWOOD - The Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to approve a general-fund 2010 budget of $3.285 million.

November 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Are you missing your tax refund?

The IRS has a gift for around 4,000 Georgia taxpayers - undeliverable refund checks.

November 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Academic Bowl Team trains hard for competition

JEFFERSON - They may not need helmets, jerseys or any ball for their meets, but there is another group of fierce competitors at Jefferson High School.

November 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Former Times editor Bob Campbell dies

Former longtime Times editor Bob Campbell died Sunday at his home in his native Asheville, N.C. He was 88.

November 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Corps offers day-use freebie

Veterans and active military personnel can get in free Wednesday, or Veterans Day, at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas nationwide.

November 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Vets groups join together in family day at history center

Veterans groups often do their own thing, focusing on just their work and mission.

November 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fashion show to benefit Challenged Child

Gainesville business owners have come together to raise awareness about a local school that works with special needs children and also to feature local merchants.

November 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Suspect charged in failed kidnapping

The Hall County Sheriff's Office has charged a suspect in the Nov. 1 attempted abduction of a 10-year-old boy that had left a North Hall community feeling uneasy.

November 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville: Northern Connector on planning group’s agenda

A planning group considering much-maligned proposed routes for the Northern Connector is set to discuss the road project at its meeting Tuesday.

November 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Sometimes, the flu is just the flu

With all the hype surrounding the H1N1 influenza virus, it is easy to forget that it is just the flu.

November 09, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


HemlockFest features fun with a purpose

Great music and tasty food are normal ingredients when it comes to fall festivals, but perhaps only one festival combines music and food with protecting trees in North Georgia.

November 08, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Public Works director’s job filled with diverse duties

Gainesville's Public Works Director David Dockery is in charge of, in his own words, a "diverse, eclectic group of largely unrelated functions."

November 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Facebook craze might reach local governments

How do you become friends with the government?

November 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville confident of new deck

Although the same architect designed both Gainesville's newly-constructed parking deck and the faulty deck at the Hall County courthouse, city officials say they expect there will be no problems with the new facility when it opens.

November 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Black Hawk could ferry Army patients to Northeast Georgia Medical Center

With the dusty arrival of a Black Hawk helicopter on its campus Monday afternoon, Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville may figure into future emergency response plans for the Army's Camp Merrill in Dahlonega.

May 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County school board discusses elementary districts

The southern portion of Hall County Schools will adjust its elementary school zones for the 2015-2016 school year, and the school board reviewed a possible new zoning map at its meeting Monday.

May 11, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


SPLOST citizens committee taking shape

Six members of a nine-member citizens committee charged with overseeing how a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax revenue is spent have been nominated.

May 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood approves new residential parking ordinance

Oakwood residents now have some parking rules to follow at their homes.

May 11, 2015 | | Local


Crash deaths up as state agencies launch driving safety initiative

In a year's time, the number of fatal crashes investigated by Georgia State Patrol through April doubled to 50.

May 11, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Flat Creek getting a face-lift near old mill

Work is well underway to restore Flat Creek as it flows through an industrial section of Gainesville.

May 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Vehicular homicide case moves to Superior Court

A Gainesville man accused by Georgia State Patrol of hitting his 2-year-old nephew with his car April 26 had his case moved on to Superior Court on Monday.

May 11, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Chris Christie, Ted Cruz at Georgia GOP convention this weekend

The Georgia Republican Party will meet for its biennial state convention this Friday and Saturday at the Classic Center in Athens.

May 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cause of South Hall fire undetermined

The cause of a Friday night mobile home fire in South Hall County is undetermined.

May 11, 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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