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More lion sightings reported in Hall County

The Hall County Sheriff's Office responded to another reported lion sighting Friday morning, but deputies have yet to see the animal for themselves, according to Col. Jeff Strickland, the department's chief deputy.

June 13, 2009 | | Local


Small-town Lula mourns its second lost soldier

America's red, white and blue stands at half-staff today outside the Pfc. Johnathon Millican U.S. Post Office.

June 13, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Early peek at CRCT scores shows progress

As Georgia educators begin to analyze preliminary district level Criterion-Referenced Competency Test scores, Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield and Gainesville Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said they are pleased with what they've seen so far.

June 13, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Supreme Court race crowded

There is no shortage of people vying to succeed Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears on the state's highest court.

June 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


More public input sought on changes planned for I-85 car-pool lanes

The Georgia Department of Transportation has set a second round of public hearings on plans to allow solo commuters to ride - for a fee - in Interstate 85 car-pool lanes in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.

June 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Falcons release Michael Vick's contract

June 12, 2009 | | Local


Officials hope kids get hooked on the outdoors

Come Saturday at Vogel State Park, the fish will practically be leaping onto the fish hooks, and, organizers hope, luring in some new hobbyists.

June 12, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


'Jenrette paid the ultimate sacrifice'

Kelly McCloud stood on the corner of the driveway to Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport just before noon Thursday with her neighbors and their children holding flags.

June 11, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school system bracing for more cuts

Leaders of the Gainesville school system are taking an even closer look at the system's budget draft following a visit from state Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox who advised them to be prepared for further state cuts and possible furloughs which could prolong the system's time in the red.

June 11, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County promises water to Belmont area

County officials are promising the residents of South Hall's Belmont community water service, even if they have to break a three-year agreement with the city to do it.

June 11, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


County passes $92.7 million budget

Hall County commissioners approved the county's $92.7 million budget Thursday, but not without opposition.

While some commissioners praised county department heads for reducing their budgets and enduring furloughs to make ends meet this year, commissioners Ashley Bell and Steve Gailey said they were skeptical of the revenue projections on which the county's 2010 spending plan depends.

June 11, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


As they plan to merge, American Legion posts schedule picnic for Saturday

Two area American Legion posts will be celebrating their impending merger with a fellowship picnic on Saturday.

June 11, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Need to toss the TV? Saturday gives folks chance to recycle electronics

Keep Hall County Beautiful is trying to make the world a better place, one busted computer and bag of trash at a time.

June 11, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Puppeteer brings message of reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink to Jefferson library program

JEFFERSON - What do you get when you mix several wicker baskets and a couple sets of large, wooden salad spoons and forks?

June 11, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


I-985 work set to start Wednesday, last until July 16

Georgia Department of Transportation crews are set to work on Interstate 985, starting Wednesday and ending July 16.

June 11, 2009 | From staff reports | 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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