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Hawkins will run for Congress

State Sen. Lee Hawkins of Gainesville said he feels compelled to run for Congress because health care reform is headed in the "totally wrong direction."

July 30, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville gets $2 million stimulus

Stimulus funding is coming to Gainesville.

July 30, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Georgia’s schools assess latest round of budget cuts

As schools, colleges and universities prepare to open their doors for another year, they are being asked again to review their own books and cut costs further, plan furloughs or submit various spending plans to their directing agencies.

July 29, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gwinnett could move ahead with 5 TADs, an idea not as popular in Hall

Tax allocation districts have been met with lukewarm reception in Hall County, but neighboring Gwinnett County is looking to approve five.

July 29, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville’s stalled Midtown project could move forward

Gainesville's board of education likely will reconsider its participation in the city's tax allocation district early next week, meaning stalled plans to redevelop blighted areas of Gainesville soon could get back on track.

July 29, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Narcotics taken in pharmacy break in

Someone broke into a Gainesville pharmacy and stole an undetermined amount of narcotics early Wednesday, authorities said.

July 29, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Caring Hands Ministries offers free clothes for kids Friday

As the beginning of the school year approaches, Caring Hands Ministries is offering children's clothing free to those in financial need.

July 29, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Family will erect monument for camp meeting co-founder

It all started with Ezekiel Lafayette Buffington.

July 29, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Helen police can add to force

Police officers in the Alpine Village are finally getting some backup.

July 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Accident knocks out power to 500 in downtown Gainesville

An accident caused by a private tree service on Brenau Avenue has knocked out power for about 500 customers in the Green Street corridor and central downtown area of Gainesville, officials said.

Gainesville fire department firefighters responded to the call of a tree on a power line shortly after 10 a.m, Chief Jon Canada said.

July 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Prison ‘lifer’ population growing

The number of people serving sentences of life in prison has grown dramatically in Georgia and across the nation in recent years, creating a huge fiscal impact on states, according to a new report from a prisoner advocacy group.

July 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Group does more than just write grants

Home Development Resources Inc., may be one of Hall County's best kept secrets.

July 28, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Stores expect influx of shoppers for sales-tax holiday

As stores prepare for the sales-tax holiday this weekend, many retail shops hope it will bring them out of a slump.

July 28, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Hall’s home prices stabilizing

While a national report shows that home prices across the country rose in May, Hall County may be lagging behind, according to Frank Norton Jr., president of The Norton Agency.

July 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Minimum wage hike, tax revenue decline put a strain on Jefferson's budget

JEFFERSON - When his pay rate increased by nearly a dollar per hour, Phil Mitchell noticed. But he wasn't the only one - so did his supervisors at the Jefferson Parks and Recreation Department.

July 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Child advocates gather for memorial garden dedication

Nineteen years ago, Investigator Gerald Couch began his work on a case involving a 19-month-old beaten and killed by his babysitter.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Superintendent clarifies how parents can refuse Georgia Milestones test for children

With the contested testing set to begin Wednesday, Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield further clarified how parents may refuse the Georgia Milestones exam for their children at Monday night's school board meeting at Flowery Branch High School.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Parents, faculty take up redistricting for South Hall elementary schools

The latter half of the Hall County school board meeting Monday night at Flowery Branch High School focused on where the lines will be made regarding elementary schools in the southern part of the district.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville school board hears concerns about Vickery’s treatment

The Gainesville City School Board meeting Monday had a larger-than-average crowd, when a number of residents came to express support for Wayne Vickery.

April 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


University of North Georgia expanding to Blue Ridge

The University of North Georgia plans to open an instructional site in Blue Ridge this fall.

April 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Banks County deputy injured in hit-and-run

A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence after a hit-and-run collision with a Banks County Sheriff's Office patrol car on Interstate 85 near Homer.

April 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bird researcher alarms UNG campus with unusual attire

To University of North Georgia students at the Dahlonega campus, fear not: Someone in a Ronald Reagan mask lurking in the bushes is simply a professor doing research about birds.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Severe storms bring possibility of tornadoes

Hall County and much of Northeast Georgia is under a tornado watch until 8 p.m.

April 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Outreach Center plans rally to raise awareness of veteran suicides

The North Georgia Veteran's Outreach Center will host a rally Wednesday afternoon in the downtown Gainesville square to raise awareness about suicide among military veterans.

April 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ga. Supreme Court upholds Hall man’s murder conviction

All of the Georgia Supreme Court justices ruled to uphold a Hall County man's murder conviction and life sentence, which stem from a 2008 shooting.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | 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


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