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Oakwood points the way with new signs

Oakwood wants to help direct visitors to its destinations.

January 01, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lanier swimmers get a bracing start to the new year

In an organized fashion, groups of brave swimmers jumped one after another into the 50-degree waters of Lake Lanier late Thursday morning.

January 01, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County’s first born of 2015 comes early

It seems Kelan Reece Hollis just couldn't wait to enter the world any longer.

January 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fire damages Lula home

Three people tried to extinguish a fire at a Lula home early this morning before calling 911 for help, according to Hall County Fire Services.

January 01, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Holiday Hope: Vision impairment doesn’t slow Gainesville woman in reaching her goals

January 01, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Area Boy Scouts assist pilot of downed plane

When three area men joined their Scouting troop on an annual canoe trip over the Christmas holiday, they were met with a little more than the typical camping experience.

January 01, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Badge & Bar: Victim’s last words will not be heard in courtroom

The hearsay of a West Avenue shooting victim will not be admissible in court, Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller ruled Dec. 16.

January 01, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


A look ahead: Top local government stories to watch in 2015

One look into the crystal ball reveals several top local government stories to watch in 2015, though there are always sure to be surprises when it comes to city and county politics and policy.

December 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch mother, daughter charged in State Court with prostitution

A Flowery Branch mother and daughter accused of prostitution have been charged in Hall County State Court with additional counts.

December 31, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hunt continues for suspect in attempted bank robbery in Forsyth County

December 31, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


Kentucky man arrested after robbery at Dawsonville Kroger

December 31, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Man struck by jailer sues Hall County

A Gainesville man who was struck by a former Hall County jailer filed a civil suit last week against Hall County.

December 31, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local




Raising taxes suggested to fix Georgia road woes

A 1-cent statewide sales tax that would generate some $1.4 billion per year is among several "funding options" a state legislative committee is suggesting the General Assembly consider to improve transportation.

December 31, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Local




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Meeting set to bridge 'dividing line' between community, law enforcement

A group of church and community leaders plans to talk this week with area law enforcement on ways to improve relations and "build partnerships."

January 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hundreds of Boy Scouts gather at Scoutland for Winter Camporee event

This weekend, Boy Scout Troops from Hall, Jackson and Barrow have come together at Scoutland campgrounds north of Gainesville for the 2015 Chattahoochee District Winter Camporee.

January 18, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


The 2 police families of Carol Martin

A math teacher, an accountant or a police chief - of those career options, Carol Martin said she never imagined herself becoming the third.

January 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




Area Agencies offer aid for uninsured immigrants

An estimated 398,000 undocumented immigrants currently live in Georgia, according to a report released Thursday by The Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., and most of them lack health insurance.

January 17, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Schools across Georgia launch Milestones tests

The word "assessment" might make students, parents and even some teachers nervous.

January 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cannabis oil advocates upset by change in Georgia bill

Proponents of medical marijuana were left feeling deflated last week when politics unraveled parts of a state bill aimed at regulating use of the drug in limited form and scope.

January 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall businessman Bobby Poole owned last full-service gas station

Bobby Poole, a Gainesville businessman and active community member who owned the city's last full-service gas station died Friday at age 83.

January 17, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park on track to open this spring

Construction is ongoing at South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park in Flowery Branch.

January 17, 2015 | Carly Sharec | 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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