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Teachers’ paychecks hit by pay cuts, furloughs

Mimi Mathis, a school counselor at McEver Elementary, will collect a smaller paycheck today. So will most teachers in Georgia.

September 29, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Graveside vigil marks 10 years

Balloons floated into the sky with personal messages for Elaine Nix as the sun set Tuesday night at Memorial Park Cemetery, 10 years after the East Hall teen was found dead.

September 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Skate park designer wants to hear kids’ ideas

Renowned skate park designer Wally Hollyday came to Chestatee Middle School on Tuesday to hear from local skaters about what they want in the upcoming Cool Springs park.

September 29, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Governor forms water task force

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday the creation of a task force to develop water contingency plans across the state.

September 29, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville doesn’t like water authority plan

Gainesville officials aren't keen on joining the "North Hall Water Authority" proposed by Hall County, but have agreed to meet with county officials before moving forward with the construction of the Cedar Creek Reservoir.

September 29, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Road work to limit traffic flow at West Hall intersection

One lane of traffic on McEver Road at Chamblee Road has been closed for road construction.

September 29, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Dead vegetation along highway is a mystery

FLOWERY BRANCH - A row of dead trees and other vegetation along Atlanta Highway entering this South Hall city has puzzled area officials.

September 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Local students learn giving can be global

Some local students are learning lessons that aren't in the state curriculum but reach far beyond the walls of the school house.

September 29, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


School systems brace for more budget cuts

JEFFERSON - When it comes to budgets, Georgia school systems may not have seen their bottom line shrink for the last time.

September 29, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Speed limit increased on stretch of I-985 north as construction winds down

Motorists now can pick up the pace legally on Interstate 985's northbound lanes at exits 16 and 17.

September 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lanier’s level likely to peak soon

Lake Lanier is still on the rise - but maybe not for much longer.

September 28, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students help schools affected by flood waters

Spout Springs Elementary fifth-grader Amy McDonald, 11, can only imagine what it might be like for flood waters to destroy her school.

September 28, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Census: Nearly 22 percent in Hall without health insurance

When it comes to health insurance, most Hall County residents - and Americans for that matter - are covered, at least according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

September 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Time may be running out for Dawsonville day care

DAWSONVILLE - Ann Mullinax covered her face with her hands when she learned she likely will have to close her child care center in downtown Dawsonville.

September 28, 2009 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Belk’s sale benefits nonprofit groups

A national department store is looking to help local nonprofit organizations raise funds this fall.

September 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | 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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