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Festival fun starts flowing at Helen's Oktoberfest

With a second tapping of the keg, Helen kicked off its 39th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday afternoon.

September 18, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tax rate, parking deck to be discussed by Gainesville council

The Gainesville City Council will vote Tuesday to adopt the Gainesville school board's tentative tax rate less than one month before Gainesville residents will receive their property tax bills.

September 18, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Scholarship pageant starting in South Hall

FLOWERY BRANCH - Plans are developing for the Miss Hall County/Flowery Branch Scholarship Pageant set for Nov. 7-8.

September 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch may see more road construction

FLOWERY BRANCH -- More roadwork could be on the way for busy Spout Springs Road in South Hall.

September 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


5K, fun run to be held in hiker’s honor

When Meredith Emerson was living in Buford, she and her black Labrador retriever Ella enjoyed running and hiking the trails at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center.

September 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Healthy Monday: Heart Walk can boost your life

One of the best things you can do to keep your heart healthy is to walk.

September 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Homicides hit all-time high in White County

Five homicides in a year isn't exactly a shocking statistic, but for White County - population 25,000 - it's a record.

"That's an awful high number," said White County Sheriff Neal Walden, whose deputies made an arrest in the county's most recent homicide last week, charging a 45-year-old Cleveland woman in the shooting death of her husband.

September 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Something to crow about

HOSCHTON - Hoschton could soon hold a Guinness World Record. The city's bid to break the previous world record for most scarecrows in one area ended Sept.1, and the city more than met its goal.

Organizer Robbie Bettis said that as of last week, more than 5,000 scarecrows had been made.

September 17, 2008 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Picnic shows appreciation for veterans

Saturday's picnic honoring veterans and active military not only featured the traditional picnic trappings of food, sodas and live music, but also a fundraiser and information about benefits.

September 17, 2008 | By Megan Gill news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gainesville's conservation could pay off soon

Gainesville officials have been working to conserve fuel for months now, but their efforts - resulting in more than a 10 percent reduction in fuel consumption - haven't been reflected in the city's bank account.

September 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


State award honors Hall County schools for CRCT test scores

State Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox has honored five Hall County schools with Distinguished Achievement Awards for students' gains on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.

September 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lake Lanier: Site of 2009 tourism event

The 2009 Governor's Tourism Conference will be held next year at Lake Lanier Islands, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Friday.

September 17, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville pulls rank on fried chicken

While it long has been established that Gainesville is the Poultry Capital of the World, a local historian is now asserting that Gainesville may have been the place that fried chicken was invented.

September 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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


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5 people infected after rabid cat attacks in Lula

Lula and surrounding areas are still on alert after a cat that tested positive for rabies was found to have bitten five people, perhaps more.

January 16, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Attorneys for Hall County Schools respond to prayer lawsuit

Attorneys for Hall County Schools and others named in a U.S. District Court lawsuit filed an answer Friday related to religion in schools.

January 16, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council set to tackle spending needs

It's all smiles this time of year when Gainesville officials "retreat" to a neighborhood meeting hall and take their first meaningful steps toward balancing next year's budget.

January 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities find more than $100,000 in drugs, cash at Gainesville home

Drugs worth almost $89,000 and about $23,700 in cash was found at a Sherry Lane home authorities searched Thursday, according to a news release from the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

January 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | 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


Broken Bonds: Longtime foster parents share their stories

When Wendy Boswell said goodbye to her foster daughter last month, she literally ached with grief.

October 15, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: DFCS caseworkers face obstacles

As she talks about the joys of working with foster children, Tyne Jackson can't help crying a little.

October 14, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: What happens when children are removed from their home

The removal of a child often results in three types of trauma, according to Hall County Juvenile Court Judge Lindsay Burton.

October 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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