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Sundance Products lays off about 80 workers

Falling oil prices have resulted in the layoff of approximately 80 workers from a plastics recycling company with locations in Gainesville and Gwinnett County.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Woodard is named as Hall’s solicitor

Gainesville attorney Stephanie Woodard, a defense lawyer, advocate for recovering addicts and former prosecutor, was appointed Tuesday as Hall County's solicitor-general.

December 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville council to vote Thursday on former city manager's severance package

It looks as if there will be a decision Thursday on former City Manager Bryan Shuler's severance pay.

December 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Census report reveals much about how we live

A survey released today by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that 27 percent of Hall County residents older than 25 don't have a high school education and one in three households headed by a single mother with children younger than 5 is living below the poverty level.

December 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


ZF won't build new plant

An official with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce confirmed Tuesday that ZF Industries will forego plans to build a new plant in Industrial Park West. Instead, the company will add a new transmission manufacturing line at its existing facility on Palmour Drive.

December 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


A changing of the guard for Hall County sheriff's honor unit

Every 11 days on average, more than 170 times a year, Lt. Neal Bagwell donned the brown, full dress uniform of the Hall County Sheriff's Honor Guard.

December 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville, East Hall named among top high schools

Gainesville and East Hall high schools were awarded bronze medals from U.S. News & World Report magazine in its 2009 ranking of the nation's best high schools.

December 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Man kills self in store parking lot

A 75-year-old man committed suicide in the parking lot of the Food Lion supermarket in Oakwood today, police said.

December 17, 2008 | | Local


Young Harris to offer 4-year degrees in 2009

Young Harris College earned approval Tuesday from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to begin offering bachelor's degrees in the fall of 2009.

December 17, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County courts hope to clear 4 murder trials in ’09

Hall County's superior court judges hope to see most of the county's pending murder cases cleared from the dockets next year, with four of the six tentatively scheduled for trial in 2009.

December 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Organizations hope show recruits more volunteers

OAKWOOD - Unlike job fairs, Tuesday's Volunteer Opportunity Tradeshow aimed to tap into the market of people wanting to donate their time rather than get something for it.

December 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Coalition: Lake Lanier needs new studies

Lake Lanier needs a better publicist.

December 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Proposed rules would make Gainesville developers plant more trees

Proposed changes to Gainesville's tree ordinances could require developers to plant more - and a greater variety of - trees on their sites in the future.

December 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Data show that Hall, Georgia students struggle with new math curriculum

Test data presented Tuesday night at the Hall County Board of Education meeting suggests Georgia high school students are having trouble with the state's new integrated math curriculum.

December 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Got Christmas packages? Ship them soon

Anita Bennett knows the secret to stress-free holiday shipping.

December 16, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Meeting set to bridge 'dividing line' between community, law enforcement

A group of church and community leaders plans to talk this week with area law enforcement on ways to improve relations and "build partnerships."

January 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hundreds of Boy Scouts gather at Scoutland for Winter Camporee event

This weekend, Boy Scout Troops from Hall, Jackson and Barrow have come together at Scoutland campgrounds north of Gainesville for the 2015 Chattahoochee District Winter Camporee.

January 18, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


The 2 police families of Carol Martin

A math teacher, an accountant or a police chief - of those career options, Carol Martin said she never imagined herself becoming the third.

January 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




Area Agencies offer aid for uninsured immigrants

An estimated 398,000 undocumented immigrants currently live in Georgia, according to a report released Thursday by The Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., and most of them lack health insurance.

January 17, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Schools across Georgia launch Milestones tests

The word "assessment" might make students, parents and even some teachers nervous.

January 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cannabis oil advocates upset by change in Georgia bill

Proponents of medical marijuana were left feeling deflated last week when politics unraveled parts of a state bill aimed at regulating use of the drug in limited form and scope.

January 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall businessman Bobby Poole owned last full-service gas station

Bobby Poole, a Gainesville businessman and active community member who owned the city's last full-service gas station died Friday at age 83.

January 17, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park on track to open this spring

Construction is ongoing at South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park in Flowery Branch.

January 17, 2015 | Carly Sharec | 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


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