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Gainesville Middle students find way around new school

Even as an eighth-grader and someone used to middle school routines, Cindy Pruett admitted to some nervousness Tuesday morning.

August 11, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


March of Dimes prepares for next year’s fundraiser

Not wasting much time resting on their laurels from a successful March for Babies in May, local March of Dimes supporters want to get teams interested in next year's event.

August 11, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Your sweet tooth can raise money for Children's Miracle Network

On Thursday, everyone gets a free pass to eat ice cream guilt free. Instead of focusing on the calories, just focus on the fact that your purchase is going to a good cause.

August 11, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Pilot flies type of plane involved in Hudson River midair collision

Many are fearful of small airplanes after reports of fatal crashes, but Gainesville pilot Todd Peavy said it's often a fluke that causes accidents.

August 11, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Oakwood City Council denies liquor store permit

OAKWOOD - The Oakwood City Council voted 4-1 Monday night to deny an application for a package store on Atlanta Highway near Cresthill townhomes and apartments.

August 11, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Reece trying once more for DOT board

At least one former state representative wants to be considered as the new 9th District representative on the State Transportation Board following the resignation of Dalton attorney Steve Farrow.

August 11, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County schools wrap up first day back

On the first day of school in 1987, when Nancy Smith first started teaching, students were wearing leggings, mohawks and other haircuts inspired by their favorite musical act.

August 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Traffic tie-ups mar first day for Hall County schools

FLOWERY BRANCH - Tyler Tanksley shook his head as he gazed at the traffic building up on Spout Springs Road in South Hall.

August 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County Boys & Girls Clubs welcomes kids back to school

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County will hold a "Back to School Rally" for teens from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Positive Place Club gym.

August 10, 2009 | | Local


Mount Vernon roadwork slated to start Monday

Crews now will start work Monday on resurfacing Mount Vernon Road from Thompson Bridge Road to Dahlonega Highway in North Hall.

August 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Federal grants will help shore up Jefferson's hurting budget

JEFFERSON - The city of Jefferson has been awarded several federal grants, and the City Council received an update on the expected funds during Monday's meeting.

August 10, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Businessman to seek District 47 seat

HOSCHTON - Braselton Mayor Pat Graham will have some local competition for the District 47 state Senate seat now that local businessman Kelley Gary has thrown his hat into the political ring.

August 10, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall commission considers formal appointments for boards

Following a potential conflict with a federal housing grant, the Hall County Board of Commissioners discussed how to handle county employees serving on the boards of county-funded agencies.

August 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


CCA facility ready to open after years of discussion, months of renovation

On Monday, Gainesville and Hall County officials toured the newly renovated Corrections Corporation of America detention center that's ready to receive its first group of immigration detainees any day.

August 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville school board votes to support downtown TAD

The Gainesville Board of Education agreed Monday to re-enter into an agreement to support a tax allocation district in Gainesville.

August 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Judge rejects Georgia’s motion to dismiss water wars case

A Maine lawyer overseeing the latest legal battle in the tri-state water wars has denied Georgia's motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


New rules coming for commercial vehicles

To be compliant with new federal rules, the Georgia Department of Driver Services is making procedural changes next month for commercial drivers, limiting cell phone use while driving and enacting new road testing requirements.

June 18, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Brenau construction continues on schedule

Four stately homes with towering white columns line the west side of Prior Street, ready for their tenants to move in this fall.

June 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Dump the Pump Day promotes local public transportation

Gainesville participated in the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday to promote public transportation as gas prices climb over the summer months.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fireworks law not sparking much response in Hall

Local response to a new state fireworks law is, so far, a dud.

June 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch approves budget, tax increase

Flowery Branch leaders approved next year's budget along with a tax increase at Thursday's meeting, but it wasn't without some dissonance.

June 18, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Charleston shooting latest incident in ‘history with hate violence’

A church shooting in Charleston, S.C., that killed nine, didn't come as a surprise to the Rev. Rose Johnson.

June 18, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall officials split on budget options, others undecided

The two budget scenarios Hall County officials are considering for the 2016 fiscal year boil down to whether to approve a tax increase or use additional reserve funds to balance the spending plan.

June 18, 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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