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Secretary of State Handel files to run for governor

Secretary of State Karen Handel has filed the official paperwork to raise money in a bid for governor in 2010.

March 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


County: Gainesville officials let jail offer lapse

Hall County officials say Gainesville City Council members who are unhappy about a private prison company's long-term plans for the old county jail were given a chance to buy the property in a formal contract but never followed through.

March 27, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr and Ashley Fielding sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com; afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Journey of faith leads to mountain college

Southern Baptist leaders flocked to Truett-McConnell College to celebrate the inauguration of the Cleveland college's eighth president.

March 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Charlie Company honored at send-off celebration

Supporters filled the Gainesville Civic Center's ballroom Thursday for a rousing send-off of Charlie Company, a Gainesville-based Army National Guard unit headed to Afghanistan.

March 26, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Falcons pros, kids team up to deliver food for Meals on Wheels

Although Hugh Dorsey has lunch delivered to his home every weekday, Thursday's visit was a bit different, so he dressed for the occasion.

March 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


State may alter I-85 HOV lanes

DULUTH - In two years, the high occupancy lane on Interstate 85 may legally be open to all drivers, not just carpoolers.

March 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Rabbittown to ring in Easter early with Saturday parade

Easter is coming up April 12, but before that comes the Rabbittown Easter Parade.

March 26, 2009 | By Hannah Plummer news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Attorney disclosure effort fails with commission

A motion to have the county's attorneys disclose any potential conflicts of interest was voted down at the Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday.

March 26, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Norton: Area’s strengths help us to survive

A Gainesville real estate executive told members of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce that the area holds a number of advantages when it comes to both attracting growth and recovering from the downturn in housing.

March 26, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Saturday bass tourney to benefit March of Dimes

Organizers of American Proteins' annual March of Dimes bass tournament are hoping the possible rainy weather won't keep the fish from biting or the fishermen at home.

March 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville State College names new vice president

A nationwide search for Gainesville State College's new vice president for academic affairs has led to a University of Illinois administrator.

March 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


New dean chosen at North Georgia Tech

Dan Pressley will become the dean for academic affairs at North Georgia Technical College.

March 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Scissor lift tips over, hurts worker

A man working on a sewage project off Winder Highway was on a scissor lift when it tipped over and fell about 40 feet Thursday morning, said Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell.

March 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


DNR may raise fee for state parks

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has proposed raising parking fees at Georgia's state parks.

March 26, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Man charged with cruelty after son is hurt

A Gainesville man has been charged with first-degree cruelty to children in connection with a shaken baby case, authorities said Thursday.

March 26, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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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


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Carter picks up support from state's teachers' group

ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter picked up the endorsement of one of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia on Wednesday, a move that was largely expected but helped him underscore a central message of his campaign against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Humanist group not satisfied with school system’s response on religious activity

A humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of leading students in prayer is not backing down after receiving a letter on behalf of the school district stating it will ensure all staff, students' and residents' rights are protected.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, responded to the letter by alleging that religious activity is continuing at the school and in fact "these practices have been ongoing, pervasive and longstanding."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


District responds to letter: Prayers occurred a year ago

Hall County Schools' response to a letter from a humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of illegally leading students in prayer during football games and practices says the alleged offenses happened "almost a year ago."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


No candidates yet in special election

Today's the last chance for candidates to emerge in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Loan to boost Oakwood sewer plans

Braselton received a state loan Tuesday that will enable Oakwood to tap into a long-anticipated sewer project involving the two cities.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall GOP unveils new headquarters

Local officials, state representatives and conservative voters turned out Tuesday night for the grand opening of the Hall County Republican Party's headquarters in Gainesville.

August 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Renovations moving along

Work has been underway since January on the conversion of the old Sam's Club building on Mundy Mill Road at Interstate 985 in Oakwood into Northeast Georgia Health System's corporate support service center. The building is being renovated to make it more conducive to office functions. According to Hall County records, the building's size is 107,826 square feet with a 2,072-square-foot "service repair garage." The building was built in 1992. A furniture store and flea market previously occupied the old Sam's building.

August 26, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


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