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Rotary donation to make a difference for nonprofits

The Rotary Club of Gainesville donated more than $20,000 to local nonprofit groups at its meeting Monday - a move that made Jan Ros get a little teary eyed.

June 29, 2010 | Mimi Ensley | Local


Oakwood hopes to attract more community events

Gainesville has its Mule Camp Market and Dahlonega has Gold Rush Days.

While many area cities have signature events, the South Hall town of Oakwood has long lacked an event - or even a string of smaller ones - that brings carloads of visitors to town.

June 29, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Initiative helping attract money, jobs

If the success of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's HALLmark Vision Initiative is any indication, Hall County residents and businesses really believe in their community.

In 2006, the chamber launched the fundraising mission with a four-year goal of collecting $2.2 million to fund economic development, education and community improvement initiatives.

June 29, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Oakwood sees small spike in 2009 population

Despite several years of slow but steady growth in Oakwood, population estimates for 2009 reveal a steeper rise than the city has seen in years past.

June 29, 2010 | Mimi Ensley | Local


Hall school board OKs plan for language center

Budget concerns keep playing a heavy hand in decisions made by the Hall County school board.

June 29, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Diving bell that aided Dahlonega gold miners being restored

A piece of history left Gainesville 135 years ago, but now it's back.

June 29, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Land purchase in Dawson County will help conservation

State leaders earlier this month got a glimpse of 469 recently acquired acres that will provide a geographic link between portions of the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

June 28, 2010 | By Frank Reddy Times regional staff | Local


Amphitheater at Lake Lanier Islands to get makeover

BUFORD - Some 30 years of shows and social gatherings - as well as extreme weather conditions - have put a beating on the amphitheater at Lake Lanier Islands' Presentation Pointe.

June 28, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Advance directive form specifies end-of-life decisions

Like having a root canal, discussing death is one of those things many would rather put off until absolutely necessary.

June 28, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Officials urge revelers to leave fireworks to professionals

As fireworks stands pop up along the state's roadsides, area officials urge families to stay safe and be smart.

June 28, 2010 | Mimi Ensley | Local


Abandoned homes become an 'American dream wasted'

At the end of a cul-de-sac in a tidy North Hall subdivision sits one house that doesn't match the others.

A tangle of weeds and grass has grown waist high, obscuring all but the top of the home from view.

June 28, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Pilot fitness program comes to Hall schools

It's time for Hall County students to get healthy.

The state board of education passed a new physical education requirement earlier this month, and Hall County Schools is one of five systems chosen to pilot the program this fall.

June 28, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Local


ICE announces strategic plans that could affect deportations

The federal agency that enforces immigration law has announced changes that may ultimately play a role in determining when people are deported for being in the country illegally.

This month officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a realignment of its removal and detention divisions and a new strategic priority plan for the next four years.

June 28, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Property valuation appeals increase

The number of Hall County residents requesting appraisals of their homes this year was not a record number. But of those who got new appraisals, an unusually large number of them didn't like them and have appealed.

The Hall County Tax Assessors Office is processing a lot of property tax appeals this year - and officials expect appeals will continue to increase in coming years.

June 28, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville man arrested on murder charge

A Saturday night house party in Gainesville spun out control when a fight broke out and moved into the street, where a man was shot to death.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office, still investigating the incident, has charged Valentin Garcia, 39, of Gainesville, with murder.

June 27, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


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Slideshow: Images from Arts Council's Black and White Ball fundraiser

Arts lovers gathered Saturday night to support the arts at the annual Black and White Ball fundraiser for the Arts Council at the Smithgall Arts ...

April 16, 2016 | Erin Smith | Local


Bear on the Square offers sights, sounds of mountain life

DAHLONEGA - Whether you're a young 'un or an oldie but a goodie, the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival has something to offer.

April 16, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Local


Drone bill awaits Deal's approval

April 16, 2016 | | Local


You heard it here: Burrell, Wallace shared childhood in Winder

Before they became two of the most well-known women in Gainesville, Carol Burrell and Jackie Wallace were friends growing up near Winder.

April 16, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Riggy’s Sports Grill bringing big screens, family games to Gainesville

Gainesville native George Arnett knows about building a restaurant, and after years in the business throughout the state, he's bringing a new one to ...

April 16, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Home of champions: Red Elephants celebrate title seasons at memorable ballpark

Ivey-Watson Field has been a home for champions to Gainesville High school baseball teams for three decades, and the school honored both in a ceremony ...

April 15, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County litter cleanup event rescheduled for April 22

The Hall County Government Spring Cleaning Project, postponed from April 1 by inclement weather, has been rescheduled for April 22.

April 15, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall’s crime victims remembered at annual ceremony

Decades after their cases were closed, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh has kept in contact with some crime victims who are now in ...

April 15, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Driver killed after single-vehicle crash in West Hall

A Gainesville man died after being ejected from a truck on a West Hall roadway, authorities said.

April 15, 2016 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville-based funeral home looking to operate at Braselton wedding venue

A Gainesville funeral home owner is asking for a rezoning in Braselton to allow his business to operate in the popular special events venue, the ...

April 15, 2016 | LeAnne Akin | Local


The Times, AccessWDUN partner to present town hall for US House candidates

The Times and AccessWDUN are joining forces to sponsor a town hall meeting in May to allow residents to ask questions of the five men ...

April 07, 2016 | Times staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 16, 2016 | From staff reports | Local


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