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SPLOST money pays for workers

City Councilman Robert "Bob" Hamrick twice has raised questions about whether Hall County officials are acting improperly by using revenues from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to pay county employees.

And although the practice is allowed by state law, Hamrick said he was left with even more questions when County Administrator Charley Nix canceled plans to explain the county's use of the tax money at a City Council work session last week.

October 04, 2009 | BY MELISSA WEINMAN AND ASHLEY FIELDING | Local


More Hall County families are living in poverty

Phillipa Lewis-Moss doesn't need any analyst to tell her that times are hard for people everywhere. All she has to do is look at the number of people coming to her office for assistance.

October 04, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Festivals celebrate artful events

GILLSVILLE - Have you ever wondered how to milk a cow - but you've never tried?

October 04, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Educator's passion for teaching wins him a fellowship

HOSCHTON - Sergio Parra's love for teaching is evident from the moment he sets foot in his classroom and begins the day's lesson.

October 04, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Church burglar gets 5 years in prison

Jeremy Nathan Brantley showed up at places of worship asking for a helping hand, then returned when no one was around to burglarize them.

October 03, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gardeners flock to fall expo

Sunflower, magnolia and snapdragon fans united Friday at the sixth annual Fall Garden Expo at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

October 03, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


RING links willing workers with jobs

At age 17, Kenny Buffington took a turn for the worse in a car accident that claimed his eyesight and short-term memory. He was left legally blind when he emerged from a four-month-long coma.

October 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Private jail gets first detainees

The North Georgia Detention Center has boarded its first residents.

October 02, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


2 men are charged in Gainesville burglaries

Gainesville Police have arrested two men they say are responsible for a recent string of burglaries in the Ridgewood Avenue area of the city.

October 02, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Supporters: Drug court does work

A national organization's critical report on drug courts has supporters defending a system they say has reduced repeat offenses and improved lives by making substance abuse treatment a part of the judicial process.

October 02, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Friends of Hall library hold annual used book sale today

The Friends of the Hall County Library System is taking over the first floor of the Gainesville Library this weekend to sell hundreds of used books for as little as a dime apiece.

October 02, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Motorcycle run, car show to aid nonprofit

Plenty of gleaming chrome and tricked-out rides should be on display today in the second annual Ride for Recovery.

October 02, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


A civics lesson from the mayor

Fifth-graders at Gainesville Exploration Academy got a lesson in civic duty straight from Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras.

October 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Five suspects of drug ring jailed, police say

BY STEPHEN GURR

October 02, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Police make headway in burglary investigations

Gainesville Police Chief Frank Hooper will hold a news conference this morning to release information about a recent string of burglaries in the city.

October 02, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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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


Minorities unite to change Gainesville’s electoral system

The exterior of a house on residential Desota Street in Gainesville gives little away about the history it holds inside, save for a sign marking it as the office of the local Newtown Florist Club.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Electric car owners take hit with new tax

A new state tax structure that takes effect Wednesday has stirred ire among some electric car owners.

June 29, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Spraygrounds require regular checking of chemical levels

Kayla Spurlock watched Monday afternoon as her daughter enjoyed the sprayground at Laurel Park. She takes Violet, who is 18 months old, about once a week to the area where she can play in the water spraying up from the ground.

June 29, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Gainesville school board approves 2016 budget

After a few budget amendments, the Gainesville City Board of Education approved the fiscal year 2016 budget at its regular meeting Monday.

June 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Walters re-elected chairman of ports authority board

Gainesville businessman Jim Walters was re-elected Monday as chairman of the board of directors for the Georgia Ports Authority.

June 29, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Fire destroys $30,000 North Hall home

A North Hall home was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.

June 29, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Man in serious condition after hit-and-run on Clarks Bridge Road

A Gainesville man, known locally as "Country," is still in serious condition at the hospital after he was hit Thursday night by a car on Clarks Bridge Road.

June 29, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Class Notes: University of North Georgia supporting meal program in July

Free meals will be provided through the remainder of the summer across North Georgia thanks to help from the University of North Georgia.

June 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


New hotel fee brings big hurt to low- and fixed-income guests

The tired eyes of Justin Biggerstaff grew more weary when he learned that he'll soon be paying an extra $5 per night for his family, which includes three young kids, to stay at the Gainesville Inn and Suites on Jesse Jewell Parkway over the next month or so while he seeks permanent housing.

June 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Veterans enjoy Lake Lanier getaway

Soon it would be time for the veterans to climb on planes and return home to their everyday lives.

June 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lakeview's Kennedy signs 5-year contract, plans for future

After five years as Lakeview Academy's head of school, John Kennedy is planning at least five more.

June 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Part of Hospitality Highway to be renamed in honor of tourism pioneer

The portion of Hospitality Highway that runs through Dawson and Lumpkin counties will soon be named in honor of the man first responsible for branding the state a tourism destination.

June 28, 2015 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff reports | Local


Swim lessons part of Discovery Day Camps

The pungent, yet pleasant, summery smell of chlorine filled the nostrils of roughly 75 children as they swam through the waters of Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, but they didn't seem to mind.

June 28, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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