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Schools get casual to help blind students

An Alpharetta mom initiated a statewide fundraiser for the Georgia Academy for the Blind that has Gainesville school employees sporting jeans to work this week.

February 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jefferson taking up ‘islands’ annexing again

JEFFERSON - The city of Jefferson is once again taking up the issue of eliminating county "islands" within city limits.

February 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall County commission hears concerns over roadside solicitors

Some Hall County officials worry that organizations asking for donations on roadsides could not only be a nuisance but a traffic hazard.

February 09, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Teen burned in house fire in Jackson County

A 16-year-old boy is in critical condition in a burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital following a fire Sunday in Jefferson.

February 09, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Longtime attorney Gignilliat dies at 90

William R. "Bill" Gignilliat, a retired Gainesville attorney, died Saturday following an extended illness. He was 90.

February 09, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


‘Suspicious’ fire burns vacant home on Athens Highway

A Monday evening fire destroyed a vacant Athens Highway house.

February 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


School board OKs shuffling of South Hall schools

The Hall County school board unanimously approved a plan that will transfer three South Hall schools to different school buildings in August to save $1.5 million in start-up costs associated with opening the new Spout Springs high school.

The school board approved the school shuffle proposal Monday, saying the move will save about 24 system teachers' jobs and $1.5 million on staffing the new Spout Springs school's media center, cafeteria and front office, among other expenses.

February 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jefferson city says Valentine trees beat chocolates and flowers

Chocolates melt and roses die, but there are some Valentine's Day gifts that can endure.

February 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Oakwood City Council might sign up tonight for regulating banners

A public hearing and planned vote on changes to Oakwood's sign law, particularly concerning the display of banners, is set for tonight.

February 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Cold storage program lures international group to tour Lanier Tech

Today, an international association that specializes in education and information for cold food storage safety will bring a large delegation to Lanier Technical College for a hands-on training session on ammonia refrigeration.

February 09, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville gospel singer helps people who live on street

Jacky Fortner has used his tenor voice for years to minister to audiences. These days, it's his hands and feet trying to bring some measure of comfort.

February 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Boundaries in dispute: Braselton developers don’t want to build sidewalk

BRASELTON - While complex, Century Center at Braselton's developers say its lawsuits against the town of Braselton involve two main factors: sidewalks and property boundaries.

February 09, 2009 | Times regional staff | Local


Daddies grab your daughters; Jefferson, Gainesville plan dances

You may have already made plans for Feb. 14 with the missus, but don't forget to earmark some time for your youngest Valentine, your daughter.

February 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Niles really gives a hoot about litter

Avery Niles says litter has always been a pet peeve of his. Now he's in a good position to do something about it.

February 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Matters of the heart: Medication, awareness helping battle against cardiac disease

February is Heart Health Month, and there's some good news to report: It appears that Americans' hearts may actually be getting healthier.

February 09, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Riverside alumnus returns home to recruit for West Point

Michael Sims is spending his spring break from college back home in Gainesville.

March 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Wisdom Project lectures to focus on senior citizens

Education is a lifelong endeavor.

March 15, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Wreck kills 2 White County teens

Two White County teens were killed in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday west of Cleveland.

March 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Homeowners face upstream battle over Lake Knickerbocker

James Lester remembers Lake Knickerbocker well when he settled off Ledan Road in 1976.

March 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


College students can seek options before taking on loan debt

When students graduate with their bachelor's degrees, they're likely feeling a sense of accomplishment. Yet more than two-thirds also are thousands of dollars in debt from student loans.

March 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Law officers, 4-H BB rifle team gather for annual fun event, fellowship

The occasional ricocheted BB didn't hinder the mood on Saturday morning when the Hall County 4-H Club was joined by members of the Gainesville Police Department and Hall County Sheriff's Office for the 10th annual Cops and Kids BB Gun Challenge.

March 14, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Area lawmakers sift through survivors of Crossover Day at state legislature

The buildup to Crossover Day at the state Capitol in Atlanta was more subdued this year than last.

March 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Irish eyes smiling during Irish Band Jam in Flowery Branch

The sky was gray but the streets of downtown Flowery Branch were green on Saturday as the second annual Irish Band Jam brought a bit of the Emerald Isle closer to home.

March 14, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Habitat for Humanity of Hall County builds home for family in need

After living for years in a country riddled with religious persecution, civil war and militant rule, the Khai family feels blessed to be in America.

March 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Infinity and beyond: Students find 3.1415 (plus) reasons to celebrate Pi Day

You might not think an irrational number could get hundreds of kids excited, but in Hall County it does.

March 14, 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


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