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Hall chairman’s mother dies

Mary Curtis Mundy Oliver, matriarch of a Chestnut Mountain family and the mother of Hall County Commission Chairman Tom Oliver, died Friday of a sudden illness. She was 84.

March 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Manslaughter plea brings '97 drive-by case to an end

A feud between rival street gangs 12 years ago that ended in a fatal drive-by shooting prompted the creation of a police task force that is still on the job today.

March 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


City officials ax three employees

Gainesville officials cut the jobs of three city employees Wednesday, a move they say is an effort to keep the city's expenses in line with declining revenues.

March 13, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Zamites pleads guilty in 4-year-olds' death

Veronica Nava felt like she was dying inside as she frantically searched for her 4-year-old daughter on a June night nearly four years ago.

March 12, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Big Red gets fired up

Hundreds of red-clad high schoolers cheered on the 17 members of the Gainesville High School boys basketball team Friday as they boarded a bus bound for the state class AAA semifinals in Macon.

March 12, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Snow takes day off away from Jefferson staff, students

An unplanned snow day has curtailed a planned day off for the staff and students of the Jefferson city school system.

March 12, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Rescued pups almost ready for adoption

The president of the Humane Society of Hall County says the 57 dogs rescued from an alleged Cumming puppy mill may be ready to adopt next week.

March 12, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Dawson, Hall men arrested in child porn sweep

A Gainesville man and a Dawsonville man were among 25 people arrested this week in a statewide sweep of child pornography suspects.

March 12, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Boy Scouts dinner fetes local heroes

The Northeast Georgia Council for the Boy Scouts of America hosted the annual American Values Dinner on Thursday at the Chattahoochee Country Club to honor three local heroes and support scouting.

March 12, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Girl Scouts crown Mathis as a Woman of Distinction

Frances Miller Mathis, who came from a mountain valley to Gainesville and established a long history of civic involvement, was honored Thursday as the Girl Scouts' Woman of Distinction.

March 12, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Pot grower receives life in prison

A man who grew marijuana plants on federal forest land was sentenced to life in prison in a Gainesville courtroom Thursday.

March 12, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


City postpones hearing on proposed duplex

Because it didn't have enough members present, the Flowery Branch City Council postponed a public hearing Thursday night on a Lula man's application to build a duplex on Church Street at Mooney Drive.

March 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man charged in car break-ins, thefts, burglary

A Gainesville man has been charged in several vehicle break-ins, thefts and a burglary that occurred earlier this week.

March 12, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Corps assessing environment for lake projects

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting environmental assessments for updating the master plans of two facilities on Lake Lanier.

March 12, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


I-985 work delayed because of crane malfunction

Overnight work on Mundy Mill Road at Interstate 985 has been delayed because of problems with a crane used to lift bridge beams.

March 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Area hospital trends mirror national drug problem

HARTFORD, Conn. - A huge nationwide spike in hospitalizations last month caused by a class of drugs often called "synthetic marijuana" illustrates the potency and dangers of the chemicals used to make them, and the shifty tactics authorities believe manufacturers are using to evade regulation.

May 10, 2015 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Class Notes: Brenau opening Florida campus

Brenau University recently received approval to spread its reach beyond Georgia's borders.

May 10, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Free workshop aims to help residents save hemlock trees

The time to inspect your hemlock trees is now, according to the Save Georgia's Hemlocks nonprofit organization.

May 10, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Fun for funds: Adult spelling bee supports literacy

Not all spelling bees are created equal.

May 10, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Gainesville native to join SpaceX as rocket scientist

Gainesville native Benjamin Klein is about to realize the dream shared by young and old alike.

May 10, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Vision 2030 group recommends names for Hall’s new trail system

Hall County's burgeoning trail system may get a new name and logo this week, as officials hope to stir interest in area pedestrian and bicycling pathways.

May 10, 2015 | Jeff Gill | 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


Broken Bonds: Longtime foster parents share their stories

When Wendy Boswell said goodbye to her foster daughter last month, she literally ached with grief.

October 15, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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