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Gainesville's Lakeside Water Treatment Plant is No. 1 in Georgia

For the year, at least one of Gainesville's own will reign as the best in the state.

June 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Anna Ruby visitor center opens again

The Chattahoochee National Forest has turned over management of its most popular tourist attraction to a private contractor.

In April, the visitor center at Anna Ruby Falls, a stunning double cascade north of Helen, reopened after being closed since 2005.

June 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Summer is officially here — but water is increasingly absent

The summer solstice arrived Friday evening, making Saturday the official first full day of summer.

June 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall County stretches National HIV Testing Day to a week

More than 1 million Americans are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. But an estimated 25 percent of them don't know it.

June 26, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville family speaks about ministry in Romania

When Dave Cox met the woman who is now his wife, they were both college students at Furman University in South Carolina.

Dave and Jennifer Cox had at least two things in common from the start - a love for the Lord and a passion for mission work.

June 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Previous evaluations praised Ballowe’s financial management

A year ago, Steven Ballowe received a glowing evaluation from the Gainesville board of education. The report was heavy in praise for Ballowe's innovations and how the system has drawn acclaim across the state for its educational practices.

June 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Rodeo riders get their motors runnin’

Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Rodney Watts made steering a 1,000-pound chrome and steel beast through hairpin-tight turns look easy Saturday.

June 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


People putted, pets prospered at fundraiser

On this cool Saturday morning, the Oaks Miniature Golf course was bustling with sound. Lively folk music and rushing waterfalls blended in the background of people chatting as they lined up for their turn at the "Putting for Pets" miniature golf tournament.

June 26, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville City School's budget only trims $1.4 million

The Gainesville City Board of Education's proposed budget for next year will only cut $1.4 million from its estimated $6.5 million deficit, documents obtained Friday show.

June 26, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Taste of Flowery Branch event offers residents all they can eat

FLOWERY BRANCH - Enticing smells and jazzy tunes wafted down Main Street at Saturday's Taste of Flowery Branch.

June 26, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville’s Public Works Director Adrian Niles plans to retire

Gainesville's Public Works Director Adrian Niles plans to retire from his post in August to pursue a higher calling.

June 25, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Rough market may spur more arsons

As the economy slides, homes and businesses burn.

June 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Pool closed today for swim meets

Green Street Pool will be closed to the public today during the hours of 1-5 p.m. for a swim meet, according to the Gainesville Parks and Recreation department.

June 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Children’s museum up for Nickelodeon award

What do "Hannah Montana," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the INK children's museum have in common?

They've all been nominated for Nickelodeon Awards, though not exactly in the same categories.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Officials charge man in mobile home fire

Hall County fire officials filed criminal charges against a man who accidentally set fire to a vacant mobile home early Friday morning.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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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


Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Headmaster kisses pig following school's high reading scores

Lakeview Academy Headmaster John Kennedy kissed Purdy the Tamworth pig Wednesday at the Gainesville school as a reward for first- through fifth-grade students, who exceeded their goal in the Scholastic Reading Counts challenge.

October 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Talks underway between lawyers for Hall firetruck maker over training accident

Legal representatives for the maker of the the firetruck involved in a July 22 Hall County training incident have begun discussions with County Attorney Bill Blalock.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Badge and Bar: Man indicted in officer obstruction

A Gainesville man previously indicted on a kidnapping charge has been indicted on charges of kicking two correctional officers in a later incident.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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