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Hoschton revamping 90-year-old charter

HOSCHTON - In less than a month, Hoschton's existing city charter will turn 90 years old, a milestone that has influenced the City Council to revise the aging document.

July 26, 2009 | By Katie Dunn | Local


Jefferson schools welcome students for registration, open house

The Jefferson City school system is just about ready to welcome students back for the first day of school on Aug. 3.

July 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Charters could shake up education

China now has more gifted students than the United States has students.

July 26, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


White County man found guilty of murder after lengthy trial

Ending one of the longest criminal trials in the history of White County, a jury found Jonathan Hart guilty of murder Saturday in the shooting death of his estranged wife.

July 26, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Company installs gym floors the old-fashioned way

JEFFERSON - Although he never attended Jefferson High School or played on its basketball team, Bobby Tippett has a strong connection to the hardwood floors in the school's gym.

July 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Pets, bikers unite for a good cause

Motorcyclists and animal lovers gathered Saturday to raise money for the Hall County Humane Society in its second annual "Ride for Paws" event.

July 25, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Mysterious bank swindle becomes a first novel

Sometimes a story is too good not to write.

July 25, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Police officers accused of crimes can face tough scrutiny

Local law enforcement has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately.

July 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Middle school set for debut Aug. 11

More than 1,300 Gainesville Middle School students will report to a sparkling new school on Aug. 11.

July 25, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Planned reservoir could ease water worries in future

A reservoir decades in the making may be crucial for Hall County in light of the recent court ruling on Lake Lanier.

July 25, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Court ruling could leave Gainesville short on water

Absent a successful appeal, a negotiated deal or an act of Congress, Gainesville faces the possibility of losing more than half of the water it now draws from Lake Lanier.

July 25, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Deal: Health reform needs more time, common ground

While Democrats in Congress worked Friday to salvage a health care reform plan and repair dissension in their ranks, leading Republicans were less than supportive of the majority party's efforts so far.

July 25, 2009 | From staff and wire reports | Local


DNR assists bear in a pickle

A bear with a plastic pickle bucket on his head had been wandering the area since early June but was recently caught, "de-bucketed" and released again by Department of Natural Resources officials.

July 25, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Pro angler’s talent on display at children’s camp

He scoots toward the fishing pole, pulls it up by the line, props it under his chin and uses his whole body to toss the line.

July 25, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


White County jury resumes deliberations in murder trial

CLEVELAND - The jury was out in the murder trial of Jonathan Hart on Wednesday. And Thursday. And Friday.

July 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Study says the poor bear the brunt of sales tax hikes

Georgia's poorest residents will pay a larger share of their income this year in state and local taxes than the wealthiest earners, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, a nonprofit Washington think tank.

February 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth County man indicted, charged with making homemade explosive devices

A 24-year-old Forsyth County man has been indicted on one count of unlawful handling of explosive devices for a November incident at his parents' home.

February 20, 2015 | By Kayla Robins Forsyth County News | Local


Gainesville approves $50K for ice storm cleanup

The Gainesville City Council voted Friday to allocate $50,000 from the general fund contingency budget to support continued cleanup efforts in the wake of this week's ice storm, which sent trees and limbs crashing onto homes and power lines.

February 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall man convicted of shooting teenager in leg

A Hall County man was convicted Friday in Superior Court for firing four times at another man at City Park.

February 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Downed tree, explosions delayed firefighters’ efforts at large house fire

Firefighters had to clear a downed tree, shuttle water, work in frigid temperatures and beware of exploding ammunition as they battled a large house fire late Thursday night.

February 20, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Case moves forward for man accused of shooting at police

The case against an Oakwood man accused of firing a sawed-off shotgun in the direction of Oakwood Police moved on to Superior Court on Friday morning.

February 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Another blast of winter may be headed our way

Whether you've recovered from your latest bout with winter weather or not, brace yourself: More may be on the way.

February 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Trees took a hit after ice, wind during the week

It's been a tough week for all of North Georgia.

February 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | 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


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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