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Free HIV tests available Saturday

One in five people with HIV does not know it.

June 24, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


DOT workers pave the way in the heat

OAKWOOD - Think you're burning up just walking from the air-conditioned office to your car?

June 24, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Truck, train collide in South Hall

Work is done Wednesday on a portion of railroad track in southern Hall County where a Norfolk Southern train collided with a pickup truck stuck on the tracks.

June 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall library cutting hours, books

The Hall County Library Board adopted a shrinking budget Tuesday, including 27 furloughed closings and $300,000 less for books.

June 24, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Debt-ridden Commerce hospital may have a buyer

The struggling Banks Jackson Commerce Medical Center may have found a buyer to help alleviate some of its debts.

June 24, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Sales tax distributions won’t be late

A letter that told local government officials earlier this month that sales tax payments would arrive later than usual was poorly worded, a Department of Revenue spokesman said Tuesday.

June 24, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Helen helicopter service owner vows legal battle

A man whose helicopter flights over Helen have drawn the ire of some residents said he's not backing down after a judge ruled against him.

June 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Kids soak in safety tips at daylong camp

"Handcuff me!" five children shout as Gainesville community police officer Melissa Begley holds up her pink handcuffs.

June 24, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Special session of legislature may be on horizon

A special session of the Georgia General Assembly to discuss further state budget cuts is likely, according to a local state representative.

June 24, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school board OKs 2010 budget that cuts pay

The Gainesville school board approved a $53.4 million budget Tuesday that includes pay cuts for all system employees including the superintendent, board members, teachers and bus drivers.

June 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville says judge should decide open records lawsuit

Lawyers for the city of Gainesville want a lawsuit filed against the city by The Times to be decided without a trial.

June 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints close to opening South Hall site

FLOWERY BRANCH - Down to a final "punch list" of construction details, South Hall's new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is getting ready to open.

June 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Collins tells Kiwanis about service in Iraq, caring for veterans

State Rep. Doug Collins, who in January returned from a tour in Iraq, told Kiwanis International members on Tuesday that governments will have to start preparing now to support veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

June 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall will help Lula pave Victoria Lane roads

The Hall County Board of Commissioners agreed to use SPLOST money to help the city of Lula pave the roads in the Victoria Lane neighborhood at its work session Tuesday.

June 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hollywood looks at Hall for filmmaking sites

The 1970s film "Deliverance" certainly is not the most flattering depiction of North Georgia. But despite the scary hillbilly characters, people were drawn to the beautiful scenery they saw in the movie.

June 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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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


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


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