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Declaring war on pest plants

The world of botany has its own version of homeland security: Groups of people dedicated to preventing invasive, exotic plant species from gaining a foothold in this country.

But invasive plants are a lot like terrorists. You wipe them out in one location, they pop up somewhere else. You "defeat" one species, only to see an even more aggressive one take its place.

September 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Perdue: Georgia won’t tolerate price gouging

Soaring fuel prices on Friday led Gov. Sonny Perdue to sign an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Georgia and activating the state's price-gouging statute.

September 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Radon gas closes one of Helen's five wells

Last week, the city of Helen shut down one of its five wells after a radioactive gas, radon, was detected in the water.

September 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Northeast Georgia History Center redesigns exhibit

The Northeast Georgia History Center is revealing its newly revamped Land of Promise exhibit today to show visitors what Northeast Georgia is all about.

September 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall makes arrests in burglaries

Investigators from the Hall County Sheriff's Office made multiple arrests in burglary cases during the past week, charging five people.

September 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Crisis averted: Repairs complete at Dahlonega water plant

After running at half capacity for almost two weeks, Dahlonega's water treatment plant was back to full strength Thursday afternoon.

September 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Food, friends, fashion: Fundraiser benefits new group

"The Power of the Purse" kicked off Thursday's fundraiser for WomenSource, a new nonprofit organization to help educate and connect women with resources in the community.

The event took place on the lawn at Brenau University and featured food, music and a fashion show with local women and retailers.

September 16, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


9/11 memorials dominate the day in Northeast Georgia

The sound of fifth-graders' voices raised in patriotic song ended a day filled with ceremonies to honor the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

September 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Brenau holds political forum

The Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute will host a political forum open to the public Saturday featuring Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, North Georgia posts in the U.S. House of Representatives and candidates for the Georgia General Assembly.

September 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


HOV lanes to open on Interstate 85

The new High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on Interstate 85 southbound and on Ga. 316 westbound will be opened beginning late Thursday night with the lanes open by 5 this morning, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

September 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch grants alcohol license to eatery

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted Thursday night to approve a beer, wine and alcohol license for a new restaurant in the Stonebridge Village shopping center.

The council approved the license for Shogun Japanese Steakhouse on the condition that the applicant undergoes a criminal background check when renewing the license in 2010.

September 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville officials choose local contractor for parking deck job

Gainesville officials have chosen a local contractor to build the new downtown parking deck and plan to complete construction by July 2009.

Gainesville's own Optum Construction Group Inc. submitted the lowest bid for the cost of building the city's future 419-space parking deck that will stand in place of the current downtown deck by July 2009, Jarrett Nash, project manager for the construction, told City Council members Thursday.

September 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


On the road with Air Force One

GILLSVILLE - There is no airport in Gillsville, but Air Force One landed here earlier this week. It's parked in Donald Snare's driveway.

OK, it's not the real presidential aircraft, but it is a lifelike replica of the cockpit and presidential cabin of the plane used by Presidents Kennedy through the first Bush.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Unemployment claims double in Hall County

The number of unemployment claims in August more than doubled in Hall County from the same month a year ago. The Georgia Department of Labor released figures Thursday showing 945 people filed a first-time claim for unemployment insurance in August, compared with 471 in August 2007.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fast-food worker faked robbery, authorities say

CUMMING - If the employee of a local fast-food restaurant who reported a robbery Tuesday had it her way, she wouldn't have gotten caught.

As it turned out, however, Monica Montero Lane was arrested Thursday by Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies and charged with false statement and theft by taking.

September 15, 2008 | Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


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Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board denies drive-thru restaurant again

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board on Tuesday once again recommended a rezoning be denied for the proposed development of a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.

January 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville man charged with rape at park

A Gainesville man was arrested and charged with rape after an alleged act at a Hall County park.

January 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula councilwoman in fair condition at ICU after crash

A Lula councilwoman was transported Saturday for injuries following a collision Saturday on Joe Chandler Road.

January 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville Police looking for missing 16-year-old

Gainesville Police are looking for a 16-year-old Gainesville boy missing since December.

January 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hit-and-run accident critically injures man on bicycle

A cyclist was critically injured this morning in a hit-and-run accident on Mundy Mill Road at Fairbanks Drive in Oakwood.

January 13, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville City Schools gets new central office

Visitors to the Gainesville City Schools' central office may be pleasantly surprised by the new lobby.

January 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Drive-thru on Virginia Circle up for review again

A rezoning request needed for the development of a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle will be heard again tonight after changes were made to the proposal.

January 13, 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


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


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