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Chaplain in Iraq: Music can be our solace

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

November 22, 2008 | By Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Weak economy hasn’t stopped donations to United Way

Although many businesses and individuals are facing tough financial times, that hasn't stopped them from giving back to the community.

November 22, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Adults help students plant tulips on school campus

As the mercury threatens to dip below freezing, New Holland Core Knowledge Academy students, faculty and staff braved the elements to plant nearly 700 tulip bulbs Tuesday on school grounds.

November 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


School board talks technology during tour

More than $9 million of Hall County school system funds were allocated for classroom technology in the past three years, and school board members visited four schools Monday to see how those funds were implemented.

November 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Georgia DOT to hold meeting about Lula bridge project

A public meeting on a proposed bridge replacement and road alignment on Ga. 52 in Lula is set for Dec. 2 at Lula Elementary School.

November 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County marks rabies case No. 41

Hall County marked its 40th case of rabies last Friday, but the epidemic shows no sign of slowing down.

November 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Bobby Gruhn Field gets named field of the year

The Sports Turf Managers Association, a national organization, named City Park Stadium's Bobby Gruhn Field its Schools and Parks Football Field of the Year.

November 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Boat ramp construction at Laurel Park starts soon

Construction on the new Laurel Park boat ramp is set to begin Thursday.

November 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville Parks and Rec is Agency of the Year, again

Gainesville Parks and Recreation recently received the Agency of the Year award from the Georgia Recreation and Park Association for the second year in a row.

November 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hoschton church gets a hand from others in Oakwood

While some people spent their weekend watching college football or hiding indoors from the cold weather, members from three local Baptist churches traveled to Hoschton and helped a fellow ministry rebuild its sanctuary.

On March 30, Crossview Church in Hoschton caught fire just hours after Sunday morning services had finished.

November 20, 2008 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Holiday movies may spark slow ticket sales

Batman is a fictional superhero to most, but to movie theater managers like Austin Nichols, he's a real hero for bringing customers to theaters this summer.

"If 'Dark Knight' did not come out ... our industry would be very, very hurt right now," Nichols said. "It definitely saved a lot of the industry."

November 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Area meetings

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

November 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


A rite of passage: How one culture celebrates a young girl’s coming-of-age

When you are Latina, life begins at 15 with the biggest party you've ever seen.

November 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Flowery Branch employee keeps water, sewer pumping for soaring growth

FLOWERY BRANCH - A lifelong government worker, Jimmy Dean shows no signs of slowing in his second career in Flowery Branch.

November 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Smokeout aims to help you quit lighting up

If you're a smoker, chances are you'd prefer not to be.

November 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Tornado of '36 memories still strong

Soon after Mary Louise Hulsey arrived in Gainesville in 1945, she got a quick history lesson whenever dark clouds started to fill the sky.

April 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Suicides often fit common profile

A violent death shakes any community, but most do not come at the hand of others: Suicide persistently outpaces homicide as a killer of Hall County residents.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Morning wreck on I-985 causes backed up traffic

No one was seriously hurt in a morning wreck on Interstate 985 that resulted in snarled traffic and charges for one driver.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Belk plans annual spring charity sale

Belk's Spring Charity Sale lets customers support local charities while taking advantage of special discounts.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Absentee ballots go in the mail for May 20 primary

Hall County has begun mailing the first batch of absentee ballots for the May 20 primary election.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


April showers don’t dampen expo flowers

The annual Spring Garden Expo drew a large crowd on its first day Friday despite wind and a threat of rain.

April 05, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Redevelopment proposed for Lanier Plaza Shopping Center

Gainesville is fast-tracking a rezoning application so Hutton, a developer based in Chattanooga, Tenn., can proceed with purchasing and redeveloping the Lanier Plaza Shopping Center on Thompson Bridge Road.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former ethics chief wins lawsuit

ATLANTA - Jurors awarded the former director of Georgia's ethics commission $700,000 on Friday, ruling in her favor in a lawsuit in which she said her salary was cut and deputy title removed for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 05, 2014 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners hires new clerk

Lisa Ritchie has been hired as the new clerk for the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

April 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Volunteers to bear the load at corps campground

It's taken a volunteer effort to restore operating days at Bolding Mill campground in northwest Hall County.

April 05, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ga. on track for new school tests next year

Nine months after dropping out of a national testing consortium, Georgia is still considering testing options for the next school year.

April 05, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Students ready for spring break travel

Time to pack the cars and hit the roads - when school ends today, students in both the Gainesville and Hall County systems are on spring break.

April 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Residents briefed on lakefront tax adjustments

Chris Slate didn't exactly leave the meeting a happy camper.

April 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch approves quarry expansion

Flowery Branch City Council approved a request by Vulcan Materials to expand its quarry operation by an additional 41 acres.

April 04, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


Boat fire on Lake Lanier remains a mystery

Authorities are investigating an early Thursday boat fire on Lake Lanier, including trying to find the vessel's owners.

April 04, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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