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Mount Vernon dedicates new playground, memorial garden

More than 100 students and parents of Mount Vernon Elementary School planted 27 trees Friday in celebration of Arbor Day at the grand opening of the school's renovated playground.

February 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Boys and Girls Clubs names football star ‘Youth of the Year’

A Gainesville High School junior has been named as Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

February 20, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Teacher applicants get a taste of Jefferson

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson City School System is giving prospective employees a taste of what life is actually like in the town.

February 20, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Enota elementary vies for reading bowl gold

For the past two years, a team of readers from Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy has placed third in the state at the annual Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.

February 20, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Daddies, daughters dance night away

It's not every day that a man has the chance to dance with a beautiful young lady, but girls and their fathers danced the night away Thursday.

February 20, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Developers assert Midtown project’s viability

A legal spat over a right to access the Regions Operations Center through a planned Midtown Gainesville development has halted progress, the developers of City View Center say.

February 20, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Latino leaders to gather Saturday at Gainesville State College

People with common interests in the future of Latinos in Georgia will gather Saturday at Gainesville State College to discuss, debate, learn and connect.

February 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Bank economist foresees 3rd-quarter recovery

FLOWERY BRANCH - An economist for Georgia's largest bank told Hall County officials Thursday that he believes the nation's economy will emerge from the recession in the third quarter of this year.

February 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Rotten economy boosts demand for free Safe Kids safety products

The coordinator of Safe Kids of Gainesville-Hall County used to get a couple of calls a week from parents asking about free child car seats.

February 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson officer broke no laws, DA says

A Jefferson police officer has been cleared of any criminal misconduct by the district attorney, but he will not return to regular duty just yet.

February 19, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Experts gauge recent rains benefits

If Shakespeare had been around to witness Wednesday night's thunderstorms, he would have described it like this: "Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

February 19, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


4-H team to match its shooting skills against officers

On Saturday, members of the Hall County 4-H BB and rifle team will compete against local law enforcement officers in the 4-H Cops and Kids BB Challenge.

February 19, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Correctional institute escapee captured

A 19-year-old Murrayville armed robbery convict was caught this morning nearly two hours after he escaped from the Hall County Correctional Institute.

February 19, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


State cancels champion tree contest

Gainesville's annual Arbor Day celebration will go on as usual this Friday, but one element of the program will be conspicuously absent.

February 18, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Affidavit: Regions easement was to expire

A sworn statement could be a key document in a lawsuit between the developers of a high-rise hotel and office complex in Midtown Gainesville and Regions Financial Corp.

February 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Governor’s seal lifts local moonshiners’ spirits

May 13, 2015 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Putting it all on the line for literacy

It's a "brain-teasing, crowd-pleasing, good-time romp," and it lasted for hours Tuesday night.

May 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Additional Ahaluna annexation moving forward

Gainesville is moving forward with annexing property along Ahaluna Drive, a result of an agreement with Hall County to avoid litigation, after the Planning and Appeals Board signed off on the proposal Tuesday night.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the Road: Cities team up for 2015 roads paving effort

Oakwood is about to embark on another paving project with other area governments.

May 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Northeast Georgia Health System's Corporate Plaza to serve two hospital campuses

A ribbon cutting Tuesday for Northeast Georgia Health System's Corporate Plaza gave leaders with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce the chance to peek inside the new, modern home of more than 350 support services employees.

May 12, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Former Hall jailer pleads guilty to drug possession

A former Hall County Jail employee accused by federal authorities of smuggling cocaine into the jail entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

May 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Former Hall investigator pleads guilty in bribery case

A former Hall County Sheriff's Office investigator pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to a count of accepting a bribe from a suspected drug dealer.

May 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville fire crews working gas leak, fire on Hidden Hollow Drive

Gainesville fire crews responded to a gas leak and fire Tuesday afternoon in a residential area.

May 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall area’s 2040 transportation plan approved

Top elected officials gave their final approval of a long-range, $1.77 billion transportation plan for the Hall County area Tuesday.

May 12, 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


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