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A rite of passage: How one culture celebrates a young girl’s coming-of-age

When you are Latina, life begins at 15 with the biggest party you've ever seen.

November 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Flowery Branch employee keeps water, sewer pumping for soaring growth

FLOWERY BRANCH - A lifelong government worker, Jimmy Dean shows no signs of slowing in his second career in Flowery Branch.

November 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Smokeout aims to help you quit lighting up

If you're a smoker, chances are you'd prefer not to be.

November 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Some parents feel Johnson High's reputation is tarnished

Johnson High School earned a U.S. News & World Report bronze award this year for its academic programs, ranking it among the best 19 high schools in Georgia.

November 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


South Hall couple copes with life changes after a paralyzing accident

CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN - Just mere seconds.

November 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Politicians: Give Obama a chance

Rep. Paul Broun got his share of publicity last week after voicing fears President-elect Barack Obama could be planning to rule as a Marxist dictator with his own domestic security force.

"That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany, and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did," Broun said. "In fact, every fascist dictatorship has been established basically this way, by establishing a national police force or a national security force that's answerable to the one in power. That's the reason I'm so fearful of it."

November 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Oakwood City Council hopes grant makes trails

Oakwood hopes to get a leg up in the next round of applications for state trails money.

November 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents ditch junk for recycling effort

A steady stream of folks turned out Saturday to dump their junk.

November 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


The economy hits home: More tenants ousted in Hall

Hall County's sheriff's deputies don't enjoy evictions, but it's part of the job.

November 19, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dogs, their owners show off skills

Janelle Julyan ran alongside her small dog, Eve, in the competition ring as a judge looked on, encouraging the 6-year-old Welsh corgi as she navigated jumps, ramps, tunnels and plastic poles at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

November 19, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Without a sponsor, Tour de Georgia cancels next year's race

ATLANTA - The Tour de Georgia canceled its 2009 race because of financial struggles, yet plans to return in 2010.

November 18, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Hall County records 40th case of rabies

It's a milestone no one wants to celebrate: The number of rabies cases in Hall County this year has hit the big 4-0.

November 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board holds tuition hearings

The Gainesville school board finance committee will hold two hearings today regarding out-of-city tuition for students.

November 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Corps OKs reduced water releases from Lake Lanier

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved a request from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to reduce the amount of water released from Buford Dam.

November 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Schools cheer football teams to shot at state title

It's beginning to look a lot like the high school football state playoffs are here.

Gainesville High School, North Hall High School and Flowery Branch High School all earned at least one shot at the state championship title on Dec. 13. Cheerleaders and football fans have spent the past week decking the halls of their high schools with Red Elephant, Trojan and Falcon cheer in preparation for the first round of the state playoff games.

November 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | 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


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


2 challenge Deal in governor’s race

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal faces a stiff challenge in his re-election bid this year as state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, rallies Democrats to his candidacy and Libertarian Andrew Hunt works to make inroads for an increasingly popular third party.

October 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Candidate profiles: Georgia governor

Jason Carter

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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