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Gainesville City Council rebuffs plan for mayoral elections

A state lawmaker's effort to give Gainesville voters a chance to weigh in on the idea of an elected mayor is being resisted by members of the Gainesville City Council, some of which say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

March 14, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood and Ashley Fielding hblackwood@gainesvilletimes.com, afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Spring foliage is just down the road

Bill Lott maneuvers his way down a leaf-covered embankment in the Thompson Mills Forest and crouches next to a patch of small, pine-shaped plants covering the forest floor.

March 14, 2009 | By Katie Dunn kdunn@clickthepaper.com | Local


A special trip for a Special Olympian

Katy Wilson has many reasons to be proud.

March 14, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Retailer donates cameras to Hall County law enforcement

In domestic violence cases, the camera never lies.

March 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flood watch issued for Northeast Georgia as steady rains move in

A full day of steady rain has led the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for Northeast Georgia and other areas of the state through Monday morning.

As much as 2 to 3 inches of rain is expected in the area tonight and Sunday. A total of 0.35 inch of rain fell between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. today at the NWS recording station at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

March 14, 2009 | | Local


Mellow Mushroom coming to old Rudolph's location

A historic home on Green Street that was once a setting for fine dining will reopen in three months as a pizza franchise.

March 14, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall Progress 2009 promoting passage of sales tax on Tuesday

The "Vote Yes" signs are all over Gainesville's Green Street, as are advertisements in The Times.

March 14, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville High fans proud despite tough loss

MACON - After Gainesville High's heartbreaking 59-56 loss to Westover in the state Class AAA basketball semifinals Friday night at the Macon Centreplex, the Red Elephant faithful who made the two-hour drive remained proud of their team.

March 14, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Federal stimulus may help fund teachers' salaries

State school superintendent Kathy Cox told local school districts Friday that some federal stimulus funds can be used to pay teacher salaries.

March 14, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Online sting nets Kennesaw man in Gainesville

A Kennesaw man who traveled to Gainesville with the intentions of having sex with a 14-year-old girl was arrested Thursday, Hall County Sheriff's officials said Friday.

March 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Four arrested in meth raid by local drug unit

Four people were arrested on charges of trafficking methamphetamine following a monthlong undercover operation by the Gainesville-Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, officials said Friday.

March 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Brownies go scouting for bears

FLOWERY BRANCH - A group of Brownies earning their final merit badges for the year decided they want to design their project around something that would help children less fortunate or in distress.

March 13, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mix of prescription drugs killed Hoschton teen, authorities say

HOSCHTON - Authorities say a lethal concoction of prescription narcotics killed Brittane Nichole Brown, a 14-year-old Jackson County Comprehensive High School freshman found dead at a Hoschton home in December.

March 13, 2009 | By Katie Dunn kdunn@clickthepaper.com | Local


Gainesville plant closing leaves 78 jobless

A Gainesville food processing plant will close its doors today, leaving 78 people out of work.

March 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Col. Benson named new Riverside Academy leader

Riverside Military Academy's Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the appointment of Col. James H. Benson as the academy's next president.

March 13, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Badge & Bar: Prayer lawsuit moves ahead

The parties in the Chestatee High School prayer lawsuit filed their initial disclosures last week in terms of potential witnesses and discoverable information.

February 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Officials give tips for staying warm, protecting home during freeze

Harsh winds and freezing temperatures have been a growing concern for Hall County officials since the storm began Monday evening.

February 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Flurries will give way to wind chills near zero tonight

Snow flurries fell throughout Northeast Georgia on Wednesday, but the real weather threat to come is the bone-chilling cold settling in overnight.

February 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


State House committee passes revised transportation bill

February 18, 2015 | BY KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Winter closings, cancellations, delays

Friday

February 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


North Ga. endures harsh freeze, braces for next storm

After snow flurries fell amid trees and power lines still encased in ice Wednesday, local officials began preparing for more wintry weather this weekend.

February 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Left in the dark: Storm's icy grip cripples Northeast Ga.

The cleanup is underway from a North Georgia ice storm that began Monday as a mild threat but by Tuesday morning had turned into a tree-snapping, power-sapping, road-blocking mess.

February 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: Spout Springs public hearing is set Thursday

Residents can check out the latest road plans, including a draft environmental report, Thursday on the 6-mile widening of Spout Springs Road in South Hall.

February 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Development Authority OKs purchase, renovation of Summer’s Landing at Limestone senior facility

Summer's Landing at Limestone, an assisted living facility on Windward Lane in Gainesville, will soon be known as Oxton Place of Gainesville.

February 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | 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


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