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Hoschton police department handcuffed by budget woes

HOSCHTON - With the economy deteriorating, many municipalities are relying on reserve funds to help weather the downturn. This wasn't an option for Hoschton, however, as the city did not have any reserves to use at the end of 2008.

February 16, 2009 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Meet your government: Public service all in the family for Marlowe

Melody Marlowe is a self-titled office supply "freak."

February 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Funeral home to honor presidents with special room

While banks and government offices are closed, Memorial Park Funeral Home will celebrate today's Presidents' Day holiday by dedicating a Presidential room.

February 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Workshops focus on veterans’ health benefits

A Gainesville estate planning attorney has found that many people visiting his office or attending workshops he has held on asset protection are veterans.

February 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Seventh-grader will join others at district spelling bee

JEFFERSON - Daniel Kimmel has made it to the big show.

February 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Starboard Cove relocating slips

FLOWERY BRANCH - From the top of Flowery Branch City Park off Mitchell Street, visitors may have seen the heavy equipment moving in the distance at Starboard Cove Marina.

February 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Experts say buying vitamins may not be money well spent

Does good health come in the form of a pill? A growing body of research suggests otherwise.

February 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


A soldier’s life, version 2.0

He set foot back on U.S soil about a month ago, but Doug Collins admits he is still adjusting to life outside the military.

February 15, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


SPLOST: The Vote

Get out and vote

February 15, 2009 | | Local


The last SPLOST: Where did all the money go?

Over the years, SPLOST revenues have stacked up in the form of wider roads and new community centers for county residents. Here's a look at projects funded by previous SPLOST:

February 15, 2009 | | Local


Major projects: Where will the money from SPLOST VI go?

If approved, SPLOST VI would start when the current SPLOST V ends, June 30. It will be collected through June 2015. Of the $240 million that would be raised in SPLOST VI, more than $195 million will be spent on county projects. Here's a breakdown of some of the major county projects and how much they will cost.

February 15, 2009 | | Local


What is SPLOST?

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is a 1 percent tax Hall County has used to fund construction projects and land and equipment purchases since state law made it possible in 1985.

February 15, 2009 | | Local


Schools pull plug on excess energy use

Rising energy costs coupled with lagging revenues have local schools going green to save green.

February 15, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Voters to decide on extending SPLOST for big-ticket needs

Early voting for SPLOST VI, a six-year tax to fund capital projects, begins Tuesday, and Hall County officials hope voters approve another round of the 1-cent sales tax.

February 15, 2009 | BY ASHLEY FIELDING and MELISSA WEINMAN | Local


Church program seeks to help girls combat low self-esteem

HOSCHTON - Peer pressure to look and act a certain way can make middle and high school a tough time for girls. Sometimes this pressure even causes them to suffer from low self-esteem and other identity crises.

February 15, 2009 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


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Schools, manufacturing industry want to entice more young workers

Local manufacturers, business leaders and school officials gathered at Lanier Technical College Wednesday for a forum to address how skilled, educated and motivated workers can be developed, recruited and funneled into burgeoning career paths.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cattle farmer honored for conservation efforts

Some say the agricultural industry in Hall County, worth $298 million to the local economy, is the backbone of the community.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth bank robbery suspect caught

April 16, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville man resentenced after pleading to molestation

After a tumultuous ending more than a year ago, a child molestation case closed on calmer terms Tuesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Suspect arrested in Forsyth County robbery of Chase Bank

A suspect in the April 9 Forsyth County robbery of a Chase Bank has been captured, authorities said.

April 16, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville eases pawnshop restrictions

Gainesville City Council has given its nod to easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located after a second reading and final vote Tuesday.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


365 corridor beginning to take shape

Government officials, business leaders and developers gathered Tuesday at the Brenau Downtown Center to discuss progress along the Ga. 365 corridor in northeast Hall County.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Freezing temperatures expected overnight

So much for winter being over.

April 16, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood ready to abandon part of road

A road that used to connect downtown Oakwood to Atlanta Highway in South Hall County is fading more and more into history.

April 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials seek Clermont armed bank robbery suspect

Hall County and federal authorities are investigating an armed robbery Tuesday morning at a North Hall bank.

April 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Judge won’t restrict hearings access in murder case

A Hall County judge denied a defense motion to restrict public access to the pretrial hearings for an upcoming murder trial.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gibbs signs on as new Dawson schools chief

After a 14-day waiting period, the Dawson County school system officially has a new superintendent.

April 16, 2014 | By David Renner Times regional staff | Local


Tuition to rise for all students at state colleges

DAHLONEGA - Tuition is going up for Georgia students at all 31 state colleges and universities under a budget plan approved Tuesday by the state Board of Regents, including the largest increase of $372 more per semester for Georgia Tech undergraduates.

April 16, 2014 | By Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Local


Justus approved as West Hall High principal

Eight years ago, while coaching a summer baseball game, Scott Justus got the call to see if he was interested in pursuing an assistant principal's job at West Hall High School.

April 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Renovated downtown building open for business

An old red brick building in downtown Lula is once again open for business after decades of neglect.

April 14, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


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