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Drought can’t stop annual winter plunge in lake

The first day of the new year means one thing for dozens of local residents - it's time to put on swimming trunks.

Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, a nonprofit organization for Olympic flat water canoe and kayak hopefuls, will hold its 11th Annual Polar Bear Swim on Jan. 1 at the former Olympic venue at Clarks Bridge Park. Each New Year's Day for the past 10 years, nearly 100 people have plunged into the frigid waters of Lake Lanier, while about 300 spectators stand on the shore.

December 28, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


New era, same DOT, some say

In 1975, the Rev. Gene Brooks officiated at the funeral for legendary state highway commissioner "Mr. Jim" Gillis.

December 28, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cold front slams door on warmth

Last week's record-setting heat wave came to an end Saturday with a cold front that brought with it more than rain.

December 28, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Buford woman dies in wreck

A 62-year-old Buford woman was killed in an accident at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, state patrol officials said. Earnestine Barrett Daniel was a passenger in a vehicle on Ga. 332 when the driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer failed to maintain the lane on a curve, overcorrected, and the vehicle left the roadway and overturned, officials said.

December 28, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


City school board to discuss calendars

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville City Board of Education plans to talk Monday about its calendars for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.

Shirley Whitaker, assistant superintendent, is set to seek the board's approval for the 2008-09 calendar and present a draft of the 2009-10 calendar.

December 27, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Long arm of the law lends a helping hand

Hall County's men and women who wear the badge took a break Saturday from patrolling their beats to patrol the aisles at a local store.

Any would-be shoplifter would have seen that the Target department store on Shallowford Road was not the place to be Saturday morning, when several dozen area law enforcement officers met up with low-income families for the annual "Shop with A Cop" program. The program is sponsored by the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. About 30 kids were treated to $200 shopping sprees that were heavy on necessities like clothes, with a ...

December 27, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


State’s GOP heavyweights in DOT duel

A seat on the State Transportation Board is one of the most unique appointments in all of state government.

December 27, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


University selection 101:Deadlines looming for college-bound seniors

GAINESVILLE - Crunch time is here for college-bound high school seniors.

Many major colleges have early January application deadlines, so it's decision central in many area households.

December 27, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


A dry county? Habersham faces water crisis

Almost every county in North Georgia is at risk of running dry if the historic drought continues through next year. But Habersham County has more reason to worry than most.

December 27, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Winter set for a comeback this weekend

If you've been basking in this week's warm weather as you've been doing your Christmas shopping, get ready to bundle up again.

December 26, 2007 | | Local


School leaders' wish lists for legislators

Here are the issues and projects local government leaders presented to Hall County's state legislature delegation during Friday's meeting at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood.

December 26, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


CASA receives help from teens

The presents were piled high on the hardwood Friday at Flowery Branch High School's gymnasium, the culmination of a two-week toy drive of North Pole proportions.

In that short time, the student body of 1,400 was able to make Christmas brighter for some 56 local abused or neglected children, spending between $150 and $250 for each child on the gift list.

December 26, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Government leaders' wish lists for legislators

Here are the issues and projects local government leaders presented to Hall County's state legislature delegation during Friday's meeting at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood.

December 26, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Sex offender ruling revised

When the Georgia Supreme Court changed one word this week in a recent ruling on residency restrictions for registered sex offenders, it meant that most won't be able to live wherever they want after all, officials say.

December 26, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville State to graduate 280

OAKWOOD - Gainesville State College's graduation ceremonies will return to the campus today in what will be the school's first biannual commencement ceremony.

Nearly 280 students who completed their two-year degrees and certificates in the summer and fall semesters of this year are eligible to participate in today's commencement ceremony.

December 26, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Foster care in crisis: Too many kids, too few homes

October 12, 2014 | By Jennifer Jacob Brown and Nick Watson jbrown@gainesvilletimes.com, nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Oakwood mulls major tax hike as debt, bills pile up

For 15 years, one of the things Oakwood residents and businesses could count on was a mostly steady tax rate.

October 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Times yard sale raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a yard sale in its parking lot Saturday. All proceeds from the semi-annual event went to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

October 11, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


It's off to Market for Gainesville festival

The second weekend in October marks the beginning of Mule Camp Market, the three day festival that fills Gainesville's downtown square with a wide variety of tents, food vendors and entertainment for the whole family.

October 11, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Special Olympians fill fields with smiles

Even a bit of wet weather couldn't douse the sunshine found on the fields and in the stands at Saturday's State Fall Games by Special Olympics Georgia.

October 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Tumbling Circle railroad crossing to close

The Georgia Department of Transportation is closing the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing near Old Oakwood Road.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water issues not a big focus in state races

Two decades of "water wars" between Georgia, Florida and Alabama are barely registering as a skirmish in political races leading up to the Nov. 4 election.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fifth annual Giant Book Sale benefits local organizations

The fifth annual Giant Book Sale opened Friday, benefitting Our Neighbor Inc. and The Next Chapter Bookstore. It continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 111 Spring St. More than 10,000 books are available, categorized by subject and most sold for $3 or less.

October 11, 2014 | Times staff reports | 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


On the ballot Nov. 4

Statewide

October 02, 2014 | | Local


Candidate profiles: U.S. House

Doug Collins

September 28, 2014 | | Local


War, economy top U.S. House 9th District issues

Incumbent Republican Doug Collins of Gainesville will square off against Democrat David Vogel of Hull in the 9th District U.S. House race this November.

September 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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