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Gainesville to curb downtown skateboarding

Gainesville officials are looking to keep skateboards off the downtown square and the city's new downtown parking deck.

February 12, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Dawson clerk of superior court charged in theft

Dawson County's longtime clerk of Superior Court has been charged in connection with the theft of more than $119,000 from the county over the last five years.

February 12, 2010 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Hall commission postpones library decision

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided to go back to the drawing board on two important issues Thursday after taking heat from residents at both ends of the county at its packed board meeting.

February 12, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Wrestling event raises money for West Hall Middle School

In times when some Hall County schools have had trouble just keeping office supplies in stock, West Hall Middle School decided not to go down without a fight - or at least a wrestling match.

February 12, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local


Brenau event raises funds for Haiti's school children

The aroma of Haitian dishes on Thursday night wafted across the lobby of the Brenau University's John W. Jacobs Jr. Building.

February 12, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mills' banks bill goes to governor for signature

Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday signed a bill authored by local state Rep. James Mills.

February 11, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Cornwell family releases video plea

A missing Blairsville woman's mother has taken to YouTube with a plea to the writer of an anonymous letter.

February 11, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lights planned for Oakwood parkway’s final segment

Oakwood City Council has approved ornamental street lights for Thurmon Tanner Parkway's final stretch, which is set for a December completion.

February 11, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson City Council OKs church’s rezoning request

JEFFERSON - After months of postponing action, the Jefferson City Council approved a rezoning request from First United Methodist Church of Jefferson during a special called meeting Wednesday.

February 11, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville business owner wins $1M in lottery

An owner of a Gainesville business won $1 million after purchasing a lottery ticket at Granny's Country Store on Dawsonville Highway.

February 11, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Local students compete to earn Youth of the Year award

There were no referees, scoreboards or coaches to call out plays, but the competition to become the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County's Youth of the Year still was pretty stiff.

February 11, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local


Officials: Economy influenced burglaries in ’09

An economy on the skids brought an expected increase in burglaries in Gainesville and Hall County in 2009, though officials believe the spike in the numbers could have been worse without a full-court press of enforcement efforts.

February 11, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville schools want input on Mundy Mill plan

A proposal to ease some of the zoning conditions on the mega-development on Mundy Mill Road won't be heard by Gainesville's Planning and Appeals Board until representatives of Gainesville's school system can negotiate with developers about the future school site on the development.

February 11, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Incomplete development finds new owner

Seasons on Lake Lanier has a new owner and residents have one thing to say - they're happy.

February 11, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall, city schools mostly in the clear in CRCT review

Only one Gainesville city school is under investigation after a state review of standardized test score data flagged 20 percent of Georgia elementary and middle schools for possible cheating last year.

February 10, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local


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Fireworks stands pop up ahead of law change

Over the border from Jason Sillay's lakehouse on Lake Hartwell was the free sale of bigger and better fireworks in South Carolina.

June 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Courier services, taxis affected by rising fuel costs

Business owners like Leroy Ervin and Beba Knezevic watch gas prices pretty closely, and both are bracing themselves for the rising fuel costs projected to take effect Wednesday.

June 30, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Eyes on the Road: New transit fares, route tweaks set for Wednesday

New Gainesville Connection fares and bus routes are set to take effect Wednesday.

June 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Public agencies brace for fuel tax, but helped by lower gas prices

Local governments, schools and public agencies are bracing for the impact of a 26-cent-per-gallon state excise tax on gasoline, which will contribute to $850 million or more in revenue for road and bridge projects across Georgia, that takes effect Wednesday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Banks County building new sports complex

The Banks County Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a groundbreaking for its Windmill Park Sports Complex at 10 a.m. July 14.

June 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Library board selects new director, approves new budget

Lisa MacKinney will oversee a better than $2.62 million budget that eliminates worker furloughs as the new director of the Hall County Library System.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends names Castell family services director

Challenged Child and Friends has named Creystal Castell as its family services coordinator.

June 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Chicopee Golf Course completes shake-up of oversight committee

The shake-up of an oversight committee for the Chicopee Woods Golf Course was completed Tuesday, the latest move prompted by poor conditions and slipping revenues at the 600-acre course in Gainesville.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Child buying ice cream airlifted to hospital after being struck by car

A child buying ice cream Sunday was struck by a passing vehicle, Georgia State Patrol said.

June 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


SPLOST VII begins Wednesday, E-SPLOST scheduled for fall

Wednesday marks the start of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in Forsyth County

June 30, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


County finance director resigns, search to begin soon

Hall County Finance Director Vickie Neikirk resigned on Monday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Kipper Tool Co. celebrates military contract milestone

A Gainesville company is celebrating hitting the halfway mark in an $85 million contract with the Army to assemble and deliver 5-ton tool systems used in military engineering and demolition jobs.

June 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Action Ministries Gainesville event to unite local congregations

It's not often Christians of varying denominations gather for an evening of fellowship, but Terri Armour with Action Ministries Gainesville wants to bring people together for just that.

June 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville work session canceled

With only a few agenda items and the pending departure of City Manager Kip Padgett, who has resigned to take a similar job in North Carolina, the Gainesville City Council has canceled its scheduled work session for Thursday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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