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Local governments: No new taxes this year

Taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief - taxes will not go up this year.

Hall County cut more than $5 million to keep costs down. And both Hall County and Gainesville school systems will maintain the same millage rates as fiscal year 2009.

June 08, 2009 | By Melissa Weinman and Jessica Jordan mweinman@gainesvilletimes.com; jjordan@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Regions property could become green space

Now that the legal struggle is settled, the site of the Regions Operations Center on Jesse Jewell Parkway may one day be turned into green space.

The 1.23-acre tract was not part of the original plan for City View Center - a planned high-rise hotel and office complex touted as a keystone of redeveloping Gainesville's Midtown. Now that Gainesville City Center owns the property as part of an out-of-court settlement with Regions, developer Wendell Starke said he still has no plans to incorporate the tract into his development. Doing so would only delay the development more than the lawsuit ...

June 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County may use SPLOST to pay sewer debt

South Hall sewer users could avoid the high sewer rates proposed by the county earlier this year.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided at its Monday work session to use SPLOST VI funds to help pay the debt owed on the Mulberry Creek Sewer Project. An actual vote will come at Thursday's 5 p.m. board meeting.

June 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


As Relay for Life grew, so did the traffic

As Hall County Relay for Life participants recover from this past weekend's overnight walkathon, they also might be trying to shake off memories of the traffic crunch at Road Atlanta.

Some 22,000 people attended the American Cancer Society's annual fundraiser, compared to 10,000 last year, creating a logjam at the track off Winder Highway.

June 08, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville teachers concerned about planned salary cut

A flat $100 to $200 pay cut proposal has new and more experienced Gainesville school system teachers squaring off.

In a Monday meeting in which the Gainesville school board tentatively adopted a $51 million general fund budget, school board members fielded comments from several teachers who voiced concerns regarding the proposed pay cut, which would last no longer than two years.

June 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Budding chefs learn skills in new school program

Drew Smith may just be heading to the eighth grade, but she is already taking steps to plan out her future as an adult.

Instead of wasting away on her sofa all summer, the budding chef decided to enroll in a culinary summer camp to further sharpen her cooking skills.

June 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Missing Lumpkin County teen found safe in Alabama

A Lumpkin County teenager who disappeared in May has been found, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office.

Hannah Thompson, 16, was found unharmed Thursday in Etowah County, Ala.

June 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson officials start budget talks

JEFFERSON - It's nearly halfway through the current fiscal year and the city of Jefferson is getting started on the 2010 budget.

Monday's City Council work session marked the first budget presentation discussion for the upcoming year. Unlike many other municipalities, the Jefferson fiscal year is the same as a regular calendar year instead of beginning in July.

June 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lula professor wins $1,000 a week for year in lottery

A Piedmont College professor is feeling "surprised" following a $52,000 lottery win.

Robert Wainberg, 55, of Lula won $1,000 a week for a year from matching five out of six winning numbers plus the Free Ball in the May 27 Win for Life drawing.

June 08, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville teachers disagree on pay cut calculations

A flat $100 to $200 monthly pay cut proposal has new and more experienced Gainesville school system teachers squaring off.

June 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall may use SPLOST funds to pay debt on Mulberry project

South Hall sewer users could avoid the high sewer rates proposed by the county earlier this year.

June 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Police: Commerce man kills young grandson

COMMERCE - Police say a Jackson County man has shot and killed his 6-year-old grandson and wounded his wife before being shot by police.

Police said Sunday they shot 55-year-old Robert L. Clark after he opened fire on police.

June 08, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


2 colleges team up to expand course offerings

Young Harris College and North Georgia Technical College are working together to bring more coursework to both students at both institutions.

June 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Summer makes an early entrance this week

The summer heat that Georgians know well is arriving this week.

June 07, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Screamin’ Eagles look for landing at nationals

It's been another successful season for the Screamin' Eagles.

June 07, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


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Middle schoolers make ornaments for kids

Thursday morning members of Gainesville Middle School's Tome Society student literary group visited Challenged Child & Friends in Gainesville. Challenged Child and Friends offers a tailored and integrated experience where children with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities learn and grow in a full inclusion program with children who have typical development. The middle-school students also brought books for the students, along with snowman ornaments.

December 19, 2014 | | Local


New poultry lab’s operations smooth so far

The Georgia Poultry Laboratory is up and running in North Hall County, with ties mostly cut to its 50-year-old building in Oakwood.

December 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Radford Murphy works 60 years in poultry industry

December 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Adult club's alcohol license hearing focuses on food sales

Food sales and registration were at the center of a hearing Thursday involving Gainesville adult club Top of Gainesville and its alcohol license.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch sets list for tax projects

A new City Hall and road improvements are among potential projects that could be completed in Flowery Branch pending approval of a countywide sales tax.

December 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville, Hall governments look at cost of paid leave

When government employees are suspected of workplace misconduct, they are routinely placed on paid administrative leave while internal investigations are conducted, and the result can be costly to taxpayers.

December 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Local business leaders see upside in new U.S.-Cuba relations

The controversial move Wednesday by the Obama administration to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was met with approval from business leaders in Hall County who said they believe the economic benefit could be substantial for local industries.

December 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


H&R Block pros to offer tax tips

Two H&R Block tax professionals will present a free Tax Talk from 6-8 p.m. today at Blackshear Place Library in Gainesville.

December 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville police make transition to digital records

At the Gainesville Police Department, some of the new school is showing a thing or two to the old school.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Nominations open for 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of Year

The Gainesville Jaycees are accepting nominations for the 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of the Year Award.

December 18, 2014 | | Local


Poultry firm donates 23 tons of meat to food bank

Georgia Mountain Food Bank in Gainesville got an early Christmas gift Wednesday when Perdue Farms delivered 46,000 pounds of frozen chicken and meat products.

December 18, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall 911 staff raises $1K for kids’ wish lists

Four local families are getting help from the Hall County 911 Communications in a different way this Christmas.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cuba policy shift sparks differing local responses

After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

December 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Juvenile in custody after man stabbed Tuesday night

A 16-year-old fled on foot after allegedly stabbing his stepfather Tuesday on East Ridge Road, authorities said Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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