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Joan Sheffield to retire from Gainesville after 9 years

Gainesville Human Resources Director Joan Sheffield announced her retirement Monday.

"I appreciate the opportunity and job fulfillment my position has provided me. After much thoughtful contemplation, however, I have decided to retire from public service effective Friday, June 26th," Sheffield said. "Gainesville is a great place to be, and I will certainly miss the many relationships I have acquired over these past nine years."

April 27, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Cleveland traffic upgrades up and running

Traffic and pedestrian improvements to the Cleveland square are finally completed.

April 27, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Your Views: Community best served if county, city can work out plans for old jail

Hall County is a beautiful place to live, work and play because we are blessed with a "community," in the truest sense of the word. Community. Even the word looks good on the page.

April 27, 2009 | | Local


Law Day celebrations include 50 new citizens, Run for Recovery

The legal profession goes far beyond trials in the courtroom, and this year's local Law Day events aim to show that.

April 26, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Religion professor discusses book, finding faith in real life

Barbara Brown Taylor believes that one can find moments of spiritual inspiration in everyday tasks, such as hanging up clothes or making eye contact with a clerk at the grocery store.

April 26, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Seniors working to get fit shouldn’t overdo it at first

Folks of all ages are getting out more as the weather gets warmer and days get longer, but seniors should take care not to overdo it when they exercise.

April 26, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Oakwood clerk sees career blossoming

OAKWOOD - Kim Edge's search for a part-time job, some work to do after raising her children to school age, has turned into something more than she expected.

April 26, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Group honors Sen. Hawkins for Good News Clinic work

State Sen. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, has been honored for his work with the Good News Clinic.

April 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson police chief has tie to U.S. drug czar

JEFFERSON - Washington, D.C., may be nearly 600 miles away from Jefferson, but a top drug official there has a direction connection to the local chief of police.

April 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ex-judge admits role in nanny abuse case

CUMMING - The father of a former Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy has admitted his involvement in a case of reported nanny abuse.

April 26, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


21-gun salute, roses honor veterans at Confederate Memorial Day

The only clouds appearing in the blue skies over Redwine United Methodist Church on Sunday were the blasts of white smoke after a 21-gun salute by a group of Confederate re-enactors.

April 26, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


‘Candy bomber’ reprises Berlin drop in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Doris Galambos waited 60 years to meet the man who brought her candy from the sky when she was a child in postwar Berlin.

April 26, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville police hit hard by budget cuts

Budget cuts can only go so deep before they draw blood from Gainesville's Police Department.

April 26, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


The Times earns 20 AP awards

The Times won eight first-place awards and 20 overall, more than any newspaper in Georgia of any size, in the annual Georgia Associated Press Association awards.

April 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Athens shooting sparks nationwide manhunt

ATHENS - Police still are searching for a University of Georgia marketing professor in the shooting deaths of three people, including his wife, Saturday at a community theater near the college campus.

George Zinkhan III, 57, approached a gathering of the Town and Gown Players performance group at Athens Community Theater at noon and fired multiple times before running away, according to Alan Brown, assistant police chief for Athens-Clarke County.

April 26, 2009 | By Carolyn Crist news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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Schools across Georgia launch Milestones tests

The word "assessment" might make students, parents and even some teachers nervous.

January 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cannabis oil advocates upset by change in Georgia bill

Proponents of medical marijuana were left feeling deflated last week when politics unraveled parts of a state bill aimed at regulating use of the drug in limited form and scope.

January 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall businessman Bobby Poole owned last full-service gas station

Bobby Poole, a Gainesville businessman and active community member who owned the city's last full-service gas station died Friday at age 83.

January 17, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park on track to open this spring

Construction is ongoing at South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park in Flowery Branch.

January 17, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


State might allow districts to choose traditional math courses

January 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


5 people infected after rabid cat attacks in Lula

Lula and surrounding areas are still on alert after a cat that tested positive for rabies was found to have bitten five people, perhaps more.

January 16, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Attorneys for Hall County Schools respond to prayer lawsuit

Attorneys for Hall County Schools and others named in a U.S. District Court lawsuit filed an answer Friday related to religion in schools.

January 16, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council set to tackle spending needs

It's all smiles this time of year when Gainesville officials "retreat" to a neighborhood meeting hall and take their first meaningful steps toward balancing next year's budget.

January 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities find more than $100,000 in drugs, cash at Gainesville home

Drugs worth almost $89,000 and about $23,700 in cash was found at a Sherry Lane home authorities searched Thursday, according to a news release from the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

January 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


University forum focuses on community-police relations

The key to preventing deaths like those of Michael Brown and Eric Garner is improving the relationship between police officers and the community they serve.

January 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Study: Hall County economy still not back to full strength after recession

Despite recent job growth across Georgia and the nation, Hall County has only recovered to prerecession levels in one of four key economic indicators, according to a new study released this week.

January 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cyclist injured in Oakwood hit-and-run identified as homeless man

The cyclist hit by a car Tuesday on Mundy Mill Road at Fairbanks Drive in Oakwood has been identified by police.

January 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Widening of Ga. 20 in Forsyth, Gwinnett hits snag

January 15, 2015 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


Grand jury indicts Dawsonville man in slaying

January 15, 2015 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Winterville man hit by semitrailer in Chicopee Mill area

A pedestrian suffered broken bones Thursday afternoon after being hit by a semitrailer on Atlanta Highway in the Chicopee Mill area, authorities said.

January 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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