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Ailing Iraqi girl returns home

Maj. Kevin Jarrard of Gainesville knew how the father of 2-year-old Amenah Al-Bayati felt Friday night when he embraced his daughter on a tarmac at Baghdad International Airport.

March 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Drought isn't gone yet

Heavy rains in Northeast Georgia last week pushed Lake Lanier's level above 1,054 feet for the first time since November. But weather officials say the improvement is only temporary.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


National Guard company ends training activities with Easter meal

GAINESVILLE - After breaking their backs all weekend in the annual Comanche Challenge, the Gainesville-based Charlie Company of the Army National Guard broke bread.

Members of the company shared an Easter meal together after many of them had gone head-to-head in the weekend's training activities, which tested their combat skills in water with a timed 50-meter swim relay, a six-mile rucksack march, a nine-line Medevac request test and a milelong squad run followed by a stress shoot. The stress shoot tested the soldiers' abilities to hit targets after running a mile up and down the hills of Northeast Georgia.

March 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Sky falling in Lula? Ice crashes into shop

For a brief moment Thursday, it seemed as though the sky was falling in downtown Lula.

March 19, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Snow gone; now comes wind and cold

Don't set aside your winter clothing yet. Snow, gusty winds and cold temperatures are back in the forecast.

March 19, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


People learn life-saving skills

Some four dozen people spent their Saturday morning learning skills that someday could save a life, thanks to a free class offered by the local American Red Cross chapter.

March 19, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Cumming teen charged in Missouri death

CLAYTON, Mo. -- A 19-year-old from Forsyth County who allegedly stole a tip jar from a suburban St. Louis Starbucks and ran over a Good Samaritan trying to stop the crime faces criminal charges.

March 19, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Bookstore halted by Gainesville's sewer needs

In December, it seemed like Our Neighbor Inc. was close to fulfilling a goal of providing employment to its physically challenged residents.

March 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Center to offer financial services

For years, Gainesville's Community Service Center has provided short-term emergency assistance to people who need help with their monthly bills. But the center needed something else to give folks long-term relief from their financial woes.

Last month, the Gainesville City Council approved the creation of the Center for Family Prosperity. Phillippa Lewis-Moss, director of the Community Service Center, hopes it will be the answer to working families' financial struggles.

March 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


College plans debate on gun control

The Gainesville State College Debate Club is sponsoring a public debate over gun control and the right to bear arms on Monday.

March 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


South Hall Target ready for business

Retail options expand in Flowery Branch today with the grand opening of the Target store on Spout Springs Road.

It is the third store to open in Stonebridge Village, a festival-type shopping center located just off Interstate 985. Kohl's and Home Depot opened in November.

March 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Library system seeks community input

The Hall County Library System is in the process of developing a long-range plan for future growth and development.

March 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Screamin' Eagles coach says: 'Teamwork is the game’

SUWANEE - At 11 a.m. Friday, coach Marci Summer knelt down by her team, the North Georgia Screamin' Eagles, to remind them to pass the ball and stay open. "Teamwork is the game," Summer said.

March 18, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Agency has more money for help with heating bills

Ninth District Opportunity Inc. has announced that it has additional funds available for the 2007 Heating Program.

March 18, 2008 | | Local


Dawson County names new director of planning department

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners has named Holland J. Leger the county's new planning director.

March 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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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


Gov. Nathan Deal begins 2nd term focused on crime, education reform

Gov. Nathan Deal was sworn in for a second term Monday inside the state Capitol in Atlanta with the promise of "a new term, a new vision, a new mandate," and said he would spend the next four years committed to criminal justice and educational reforms.

January 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legislative panel: Threatening or harming health workers should be felony

Harming or threatening violence against on-duty health care workers should be declared a felony, a Georgia legislative panel recommends in a nine-page report.

January 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood City Council to fill 4 seats this year

As a cost-saving measure, Oakwood City Council decided Monday night to hold a special election to replace former Councilman Ron McFarland at the same time as three regularly scheduled elections this year.

January 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville man's death involving Oakwood train ruled suicide

Hall County Sheriff's Office investigators are ruling the December death of a Gainesville man killed by a train in Oakwood as a suicide, authorities said.

January 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County school board to proceed with land purchase

The Hall County Board of Education will proceed with the purchase of land for the World Language Academy campus in Flowery Branch, stating the process has been done "in good faith."

January 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Rabid cat found in 5th Street area of East Hall County

A rabies alert has been issued after two people had contact with a rabid cat in the 5th Street area of Lula in East Hall County.

January 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hotel homicide victim identified as Gainesville man

Gainesville police have identified the victim in Saturday's homicide at Sun Suites extended stay hotel.

January 12, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Former Georgia congressman free from House ethics case

With a new Congress taking office last week, former U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., left Washington without having to answer charges that he misused government money to help his failed Senate candidacy.

January 12, 2015 | BY BRAD SCHRADE Tribune News Service | Local


Joe Wood Sr. talks about days in Georgia General Assembly

His gait might be slower these days, walking to his office with the help of a wooden cane.

January 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Butch Miller’s star rising in state politics, but how far?

Widely seen as charismatic, a motivator and high-energy, state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville has essentially become Gov. Nathan Deal's legislative spokesman for 2015.

January 12, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Class Notes: Superintendent-elect plans open forums, town halls

Richard Woods, state superintendent-elect, met with members of the media Friday at the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education's annual media symposium.

January 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | 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


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