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Group helps seniors with Medicare drug plan

There's a little more than two weeks left in the open enrollment period for Medicare Part D, the government-sponsored prescription drug program for seniors.

December 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New plans for old jail nearly complete

After sitting empty for more than a year, the old Hall County Detention Center is likely to have some new tenants and a new name soon.

December 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


West Hall High School is up and running after fire

West Hall High School was set to open on time and get back to a normal routine this morning, after a transformer that caught fire Thursday was replaced over the weekend.

December 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Baptist church holds gospel Christmas concert for all to see

St. John Baptist Church choirs celebrated the Christmas season Sunday night with soul-stirring versions of holiday carols and other tunes in an event dubbed as "a citywide celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ."

December 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Take caution with your holiday lights

The celebration of the season brings with it increased use of electric lights. Follow these general precautions to prevent unwanted fires and injuries:

December 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jackson schools prepare to keep fiscal belts tight

JEFFERSON - This year, the state of Georgia faced a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, prompting Gov. Sonny Perdue to ask departments across the board to cut their budgets by 6 percent.

December 21, 2008 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


CASA kids get party, gifts at Flowery Branch

It was a happy day all around Friday for kids at Flowery Branch High School.

December 21, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch band members ‘stoked’ over day in spotlight

"Stoked" is how Flowery Branch High School senior and band pit captain Caitlin White describes her feelings about performing in the Georgia Dome tonight.

As the Flowery Branch football team has traveled around the state to win 12 out of 14 games this fall, including four straight state playoff games, all 91 members of the school's marching band have been in tow.

December 21, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fans wave Falcons on to the Dome

Flowery Branch High football fans turned out in force earlier today as the team headed for the Georgia Dome for the AAA state championship.

Coming later tonight and Sunday, The Times and gainesvilletimes.com will provide extensive coverage of the championship game. Complete game stories, analysis from our award-winning sports staff, and fan reaction, plus dozens of photographs from the Dome.

December 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgians help Georgians: Hospital equipment bound for former Soviet republic

Georgia's been on James Jennings' mind a lot lately.

December 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Group worried about increase in teen pregnancy

While some people may feel like it takes the proverbial village to raise a child, others feel as if it takes that same village to ensure that child doesn't end up with a baby of their own.

December 21, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


West Hall High classes are on for Monday

Hall County school administrators say they are 90 percent confident that West Hall High School will hold classes on schedule Monday following an electrical blaze Thursday night that left the school powerless and kept students out of school Friday.

Jackson EMC crews installed a new transformer Friday in the high school's electrical room, which is detached from the main school building at 5506 McEver Road.

December 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kids started accidental blaze with candle at Harrison Square

Four children in a bedroom in a Gainesville public housing unit accidentally set a bed on fire with a lit candle, fire officials said.

December 20, 2008 | | Local


Firefighters at scene of duplex blaze

There are two homes on fire at the corner of South and March drives.

December 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Schools wait for security plan’s OK

Gainesville is among 32 school districts statewide that are not in compliance with a Georgia law requiring school systems to get state approval of security plans.

December 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | 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


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


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