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Saturday will be ‘Great Day’ for hundreds

Early Saturday morning, about 850 people will gather at First United Methodist Church for meditation and communion. Then, wearing shirts emblazoned with "Great Day of Service," they will disperse across Hall County to perform community service projects that vary from painting a church to delivering chicken sandwiches.

Saturday will be the second annual Great Day of Service, a community service event in which members of First United Methodist Church will spend most of the day doing more than 60 projects for a variety of local agencies.

April 08, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Gainesville one of nation’s fastest growing metro areas

Gainesville was the fourth fastest-growing metropolitan area in the U.S., according to Census Bureau estimates released Thursday.

April 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


School system knows growth all too well

Hall County's population growth numbers released Thursday were hardly surprising for those who bear the brunt of new arrivals.

April 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Former director of Keep Hall Beautiful dies at 57

GAINESVILLE - A champion for keeping Hall County a clean community died Thursday afternoon following a months-long illness.

Until recently, Marsha Fletcher, 57, served as the executive director for Keep Hall Beautiful, but her illness forced her to step down from the position she had held for more than a decade.

April 08, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall firefighters deal with five fires in nine hours

Fire truck and ambulance sirens were heard across Hall County throughout the day and into the night Thursday, as county firefighters responded to five fires and a chemical burn call in a span of nine hours. No one was injured in the fires.

April 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, filmmaker Rory Kennedy, visits Brenau to talk about work

GAINESVILLE - Rory Kennedy, youngest daughter of the late Attorney General and U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, spent Thursday in Gainesville at Brenau University, meeting with students and talking about her documentary work.

The Women's Center at Brenau University and Office of the Provost co-sponsored the event, with other financial support coming from Gainesville lawyer Wyc Orr and his wife, Lyn, who funded the Aileen Grace and Emogene Gaskins Women's Studies Endowment in honor of their mothers.

April 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County expects new state court judgeship to pay for itself

For the first 112 years of its existence, Hall County State Court needed one judge to oversee misdemeanor criminal, traffic and civil matters.

April 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Man charged with operating meth lab

A Gainesville man faces charges of operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab near his Barrett Road home, authorities said.

April 07, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville's plan to favor local contractors may not fly

Gainesville City Council members' plans to prefer local contractors on city construction jobs may take a back seat to state law, the city attorney told the council Thursday morning.

April 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Fox tests positive for rabies

The Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur confirmed Wednesday that a fox spotted in the Flat Creek Road area of South Hall County tested positive for rabies.

April 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Southside community wants sidewalks, park

They want answers.

Residents from the Southside neighborhood have called a special meeting to present their community's concerns to local officials.

April 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


U.S. 129 lanes will shift on Monday

Traffic will shift Monday on U.S. 129 from Ga. 330 to New Kings Bridge Road. From New Kings Bridge Road to Potter House Road, traffic will be routed to the northbound lanes while work is completed in the southbound lanes.

April 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville police chief honored by Elks

Gainesville Police Chief Frank Hooper received the Public Safety Officer of the Year Award for 2007-2008 on Saturday from Gainesville Lodge No. 1126 Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.

April 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville responds to lawsuit: City didn't discriminate against group homes

Attorneys for Gainesville are fighting allegations that the city has discriminated against the owners and residents of two substance abuse recovery programs in the city.

April 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


2 injured, 1 seriously, in Hall bus wreck

GAINESVILLE - A Hall County school system bus was involved in a wreck on Gillsville Highway at Holly Springs Road in East Hall at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

No students were on the bus at the time, and the driver of bus 2711 was not injured other than suffering some pain in her knee, said Gordon Higgins, school system spokesman.

April 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Attorneys for Hall County Schools respond to prayer lawsuit

Attorneys for Hall County Schools and others named in a U.S. District Court lawsuit filed an answer Friday related to religion in schools.

January 16, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council set to tackle spending needs

It's all smiles this time of year when Gainesville officials "retreat" to a neighborhood meeting hall and take their first meaningful steps toward balancing next year's budget.

January 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities find more than $100,000 in drugs, cash at Gainesville home

Drugs worth almost $89,000 and about $23,700 in cash was found at a Sherry Lane home authorities searched Thursday, according to a news release from the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

January 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


University forum focuses on community-police relations

The key to preventing deaths like those of Michael Brown and Eric Garner is improving the relationship between police officers and the community they serve.

January 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Study: Hall County economy still not back to full strength after recession

Despite recent job growth across Georgia and the nation, Hall County has only recovered to prerecession levels in one of four key economic indicators, according to a new study released this week.

January 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cyclist injured in Oakwood hit-and-run identified as homeless man

The cyclist hit by a car Tuesday on Mundy Mill Road at Fairbanks Drive in Oakwood has been identified by police.

January 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Widening of Ga. 20 in Forsyth, Gwinnett hits snag

January 15, 2015 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


Grand jury indicts Dawsonville man in slaying

January 15, 2015 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Winterville man hit by semitrailer in Chicopee Mill area

A pedestrian suffered broken bones Thursday afternoon after being hit by a semitrailer on Atlanta Highway in the Chicopee Mill area, authorities said.

January 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Police charge man with murder in Gainesville hotel slaying

The man Gainesville police were seeking in connection with a Jan. 10 homicide at Sun Suites Hotel now has been charged with murder in the case.

January 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville fire department wants to expand recruit school

Difficulty finding qualified firefighters has prompted the Gainesville Fire Department to request expanding its recruit school.

January 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge and Bar: Inmate accused of killing cellmate to undergo further mental evaluation

John Darrell Setchel, 24, of Dawsonville was indicted on Oct. 8 in the death of Ronald Sailers, 72, of Murrayville. Setchel is accused by authorities of slamming Sailers' head into the concrete floor repeatedly three days before the indictment.

January 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




Drones, robots key to Georgia's agriculture growth, experts say

In the next decade, the poultry industry in Georgia could include drones and robots performing tasks done today by human hands.

January 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gov. Nathan Deal promises more funding for education, transportation, child welfare reform

Gov. Nathan Deal called on lawmakers to support substantial new funding for public education, transportation projects and child welfare reform in his State of the State speech Wednesday at the Capitol in Atlanta.

January 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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