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Drought status eases to mild; more rain expected today

The Lake Lanier basin has improved to mild drought status due to recent rains, according to the state climatologist, and today's forecast predicts more rain is on the way.

May 05, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County confirms year's 10th rabies case

Hall County officials Tuesday reported the 10th confirmed rabies case of the year. Contact between a dog and skunk occurred Saturday in the Moore-Mills Road area of East Hall.

May 05, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville police seek info on missing woman

The Gainesville Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating a missing Gainesville woman who suffers from dementia.

May 05, 2009 | By Staff Reports | Local


Keep your umbrella out; rain likely into the weekend

Hall County residents can expect thunderstorms this afternoon but should miss any chance of severe weather.

May 05, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Flowery Branch schedules budget hearing

A public hearing is set for Wednesday on Flowery Branch's proposed budget for 2009-10.

May 05, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Brenau starts BULLI registration on Thursday

Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute will open enrollment of new members and registration for summer courses 4 p.m. Thursday at Thurmond McRae Auditorium.

May 05, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Woman dies in head-on wreck in Forsyth County

A 72-year-old woman was killed Monday morning in a head-on collision in northeastern Forsyth County.

May 05, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Free class teaches how to prepare for, respond to disasters

Hall County Emergency Management Agency is set to begin its Community Emergency Response Team training at 6 tonight.

May 05, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Area churches, groups to observe National Day of Prayer

The Gainesville square will be open to more than just lunchtime traffic Thursday.

May 04, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cagle may be lone GOP candidate in lieutenant governor race

It looks like Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle will have a clear path to the GOP nomination for re-election.

May 04, 2009 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Grassroots organizers bring listening tour to Gainesville

Last November's presidential election was a testament to the power of grassroots organizations, as even President Barack Obama has credited the efforts of such local organizations for helping him to win the presidential race.

May 04, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Local school boards don’t expect to raise taxes

Neither the Hall County nor Gainesville school boards anticipate a hike in property taxes this fall as the boards begin to hash out budgets for next school year.

May 04, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County consolidates divisions into new Public Safety Department

Hall County has created a new Public Safety Department housing its code enforcement, animal control and park ranger divisions to improve efficiency in those areas.

May 04, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


No hitches likely in Gainesville I-985 annexation

The Gainesville City Council will have the first reading today of an ordinance to annex 102.8 acres along Interstate 985 into the city limits. Hall County has given up any right to challenge the annexation under state law.

May 04, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Marine sends left over cash to Vandy hospital

A Gainesville Marine's effort last year to help an Iraqi girl generated an extra $5,600 that has now been donated to the hospital that provided her successful open-heart surgery.

May 04, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Folks in Hall County struggling to find places to stay warm overnight

For once, it's OK to sleep in church.

February 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dozens of South Hall County residents attend Spout Springs Road meeting

South Hall residents Frank and Judy Margavio don't live on Spout Springs Road but sure drive it enough.

February 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch City Council approves sewer amendment with Buford

An amendment to an agreement between Flowery Branch and Buford exchanges two sewer service areas between the cities.

February 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Proposed tax would help Flowery Branch redevelopment

A visit to downtown Flowery Branch will often provide a view of a city employee crossing Main Street, going from one government office to another on opposite sides of the street.

February 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Lula City Council OKs June election to fill Vicky Chambers' seat

Lula officials approved a special election June 16 to replace late Councilwoman Vicky Chambers.

February 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Georgia House passes bill to change age of kindergarten eligibility

ATLANTA - A bill to raise the age children must reach before entering kindergarten in Georgia passed the state House on Thursday but appears to face an uncertain future in the Senate.

February 19, 2015 | BY BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Local


Gainesville Play It Again Sports to close in March

After 23 years in business, Pat Ghastin is ready to retire.

February 19, 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


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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