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State tries to get communities ‘Work Ready’

State officials have come up with a new initiative designed to help unemployed Georgians improve their marketable skills.

May 30, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Grillers get their game faces on

Barbecuing is a sweaty sport, so competitors make sure to bring a cold beverage and a comfortable chair.

May 29, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Woman stable after fire; dog in critical condition

A Hall County woman who suffered smoke inhalation after her house caught on fire Friday morning was in stable condition at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

May 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Five are arrested in McDonald’s robbery

Five people have been arrested in connection with the early morning armed robbery of a Flowery Branch McDonald's restaurant, including an employee whom investigators believe was involved.

May 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Forsyth gives $10,000 to support Lanier advocates

The Lake Lanier Association plans to forward $10,000 it has received from Forsyth County to help fund its legal participation in cases involving a tri-state dispute over the use of Lake Lanier.

May 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


State parks budget cuts will hit two area sites

Cuts to the state's Department of Natural Resources budget mean two local attractions - the Dahlonega Gold Museum and Smithgall Woods Conservation Area and Lodge - will offer fewer services this year.

May 29, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Friends of late assistant principal Mike Adcock gather in his memory

When Mike Adcock returned to Hall County in 2002 to begin the boys basketball program at the new Flowery Branch High School, he started from scratch.

May 29, 2009 | Ashley Bates | Local


Humane Society plans mini-adoption

The Humane Society of Hall County has scheduled a Mini-Adoption for pets for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Starbucks, 821 Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville. A variety of pets will be available for adoption.

May 28, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Pro cooks are fired up for day of pickin’ and lickin’

The barbecue brigade rolled into Gainesville on Thursday, armed with enough charcoal and sauce to keep the campus of Brenau University awash in the aroma of slow-cooked pork.

May 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Work will close Brown Street

Construction is scheduled to start Monday on Brown Street.

May 28, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall officials hope job cuts are the last

Hall County Administrator Charley Nix said the county is at its "core" after eliminating 28 positions in next year's budget.

May 28, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners works on ethics plan, seeks independent review

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is a step closer to settling on an ethics resolution.

May 28, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Two airlifted to Grady in afternoon accident

An elderly motorist and his passenger were airlifted for medical treatment after an afternoon wreck Thursday on Thompson Bridge Road at Enota Drive.

May 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Driver killed after collision with horse

State agricultural officials are trying to identify the owner of a horse that wandered into predawn traffic on U.S. 129, causing a fatal wreck.

May 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville residents may pay $1.25 more for trash pickup

Gainesville officials are seriously considering a hike in city residents' garbage collection fees and plans for securing the solid waste division's future financial independence.

May 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Football big business for local restaurants, retailers

Football, at every level of competition, is more profitable than ever.

August 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County mum on deal over firetruck involved in July 22 accident

The ladder truck that malfunctioned during a training exercise last month and injured three Hall County firefighters was inspected by an asset protection solutions group and signed off on by a battalion chief, but Hall County officials have declined to share any communication among themselves about the truck.

August 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Road work at Clarks Bridge resumes after 45-day wait

Construction crews have been back at work this week at Clarks Bridge, where a replacement project had stalled for 45 days to ensure the support for a retaining wall had compacted and settled as needed.

August 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside cadet finds support at school

The deputy who arrested a Roswell woman over the weekend at a Dawson County political rally has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Top Chef

Three master chefs from Taiwan gave demonstrations Thursday to culinary students at Lanier Career Center in Gainesville as part of the school's international food festival. The students learned how to carve various fruits and vegetables for presentation. The chefs are visiting the U.S. for the International Food Festival featuring Taste of Taiwan in Duluth, which will take place Saturday at Duluth Festival Center.

August 28, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local




Dock permit process to begin again Sept. 16

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin accepting applications Sept. 16 for the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

August 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Threat leads to brief evacuations at North Georgia Tech

Students at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville have been given the all-clear to re-enter most buildings on campus after a threat was written on the wall of one building.

August 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville may increase service fee instead of water rate

After deadlocking earlier this month on whether to raise water rates 1 percent, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote to try and end the stalemate Tuesday night.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Glades Reservoir: County holds off on seeking loans as project delays mount

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $26 million in loans this week for three reservoir projects, but the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County was not one of them.

While county officials have requested about $14.5 million in direct investment from the state - which does not require any payback - through the Governor's Water Supply Program, they did not apply for a loan.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family honors Keaton Coker with charity

When Keaton Coker was struggling with brain cancer, his positivity was so persistent his family found it almost hard to believe.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bricks help build memorial

Area veterans replaced old sidewalk with new bricks Wednesday at a war memorial in Gainesville's Rock Creek Park. The bricks are inscribed with the names of people who have donated money for improvements to the park's memorials, including a planned archway. More than 200 inscribed bricks were installed.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Commissioner of DJJ appointed to state council

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to be chairman of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

August 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman arrested at rally

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


One person qualifies for Clermont council seat

Eric Thomas is the lone candidate in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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