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Gainesville officials choose local contractor for parking deck job

Gainesville officials have chosen a local contractor to build the new downtown parking deck and plan to complete construction by July 2009.

Gainesville's own Optum Construction Group Inc. submitted the lowest bid for the cost of building the city's future 419-space parking deck that will stand in place of the current downtown deck by July 2009, Jarrett Nash, project manager for the construction, told City Council members Thursday.

September 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


On the road with Air Force One

GILLSVILLE - There is no airport in Gillsville, but Air Force One landed here earlier this week. It's parked in Donald Snare's driveway.

OK, it's not the real presidential aircraft, but it is a lifelike replica of the cockpit and presidential cabin of the plane used by Presidents Kennedy through the first Bush.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Unemployment claims double in Hall County

The number of unemployment claims in August more than doubled in Hall County from the same month a year ago. The Georgia Department of Labor released figures Thursday showing 945 people filed a first-time claim for unemployment insurance in August, compared with 471 in August 2007.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fast-food worker faked robbery, authorities say

CUMMING - If the employee of a local fast-food restaurant who reported a robbery Tuesday had it her way, she wouldn't have gotten caught.

As it turned out, however, Monica Montero Lane was arrested Thursday by Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies and charged with false statement and theft by taking.

September 15, 2008 | Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Police seek suspect in South Hall bank robbery

BRASELTON - A man robbed a Wachovia Bank this morning in Braselton, getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.

September 15, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Hall denies no-parking zone for subdivision

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided to stay out of neighborhood affairs when it voted unanimously to deny one neighborhood's request for a no-parking zone.

Some of the Southern Trace Subdivision neighbors, like Ronald and Lola Blackwell, accused others of having "weekend parties" where cars parked on the street posed a threat to public safety.

September 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Race for governor will be costly

A University of Georgia political scientist said that the race for governor in 2010 will come with a price tag of eight figures, a likely reason Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is beginning his exploratory campaign more than two years before the vote.

"He's lining up a date for the prom," said Charles Bullock, a UGA professor who analyzes state politics. He said Cagle is making sure that potential supporters don't commit to another candidate, such as Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, the only other Republican in the race.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gang’s leader gets 20 years for drug charges

Saying Charles Douglas Graham's criminal acts "can't be tolerated," a judge sentenced the admitted gang leader to 20 years in prison Wednesday.

September 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Panel: School board candidates should have education, face drug tests

The state Board of Education is reviewing a report by the Committee for School Board Excellence that proposes local school board members be held to statutory requirements that could include drug tests and the completion of a high school education.

September 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall school superintendent has favorable talks with US education secretary

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings recently lent an ear to four Atlanta-area school system superintendents, one of whom was Hall County schools superintendent Will Schofield.

September 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Police: Train runs over man who tried to jump aboard

A man was run over by a train he was trying to jump aboard Wednesday on Athens Street, police said.

September 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cagle will study run for governor

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle took the initial steps on Tuesday to begin a bid for governor in 2010.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Native son could be first Hall Countian to lead state in 108 years

Casey Cagle's political career began in 1994 when he ran what many considered an uphill race against first-term state Sen. Jane Hemmer, D-Gainesville.

Like Cagle, Hemmer had deep roots in Hall County, and had served as a county commissioner before running in 1992 for the Senate seat being vacated by Nathan Deal. Deal was elected that year to his first term in U.S. Congress.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Shopping center gets approval by Oakwood council

Oakwood City Council approved a rezoning and annexation of property for a shopping center off Winder Highway late Monday night.

September 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Happy hour might be coming to Oakwood

Oakwood has discussed a possible "happy hour" ordinance, such as the one approved in August by the Gainesville City Council.

September 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Chief planner urges cities to consider top road needs

The head of Hall County's main transportation planning group told area government leaders Wednesday they should consider "critical needs" in terms of projects as the county moves forward on updating its long-range transportation plan.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water district councils seek Hall residents

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water District is seeking Hall County residents to serve on the Lake Lanier and Oconee basin advisory councils.

April 17, 2014 | | Local


Lanier Village Estates holds fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends

The young and old, two humans dressed as a biddy and a bunny, some dogs for petting and a U.S. representative turned out Wednesday for the fifth annual Lanier Village Estates Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends.

April 17, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Service board faces scrutiny for secret vote

The Hall County Civil Service Board publicly voted 4-2 Wednesday to affirm the termination of an ex-Hall County Fire Department battalion chief.

April 17, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Cattle farmer honored for conservation efforts

Some say the agricultural industry in Hall County, worth $298 million to the area economy, is the backbone of the community.

April 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge and Bar: Man misidentified as twin indicted in assault on deputies

A man misidentified as his twin was indicted on obstruction and terroristic threat charges in December after Hall County deputies said he assaulted them in a Sept. 26 incident.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


United Way raised $1.5 million in 2013

Raising more than $1.5 million in this economy is reason enough to celebrate.

April 16, 2014 | Savannah King | Local


Schools, manufacturing industry want to entice more young workers

Local manufacturers, business leaders and school officials gathered Wednesday at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood for a forum to address how skilled, educated and motivated workers can be developed, recruited and funneled into burgeoning career paths.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth bank robbery suspect caught

April 16, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville man resentenced after pleading to molestation

After a tumultuous ending more than a year ago, a child molestation case closed on calmer terms Tuesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 16, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville eases pawnshop restrictions

Gainesville City Council has given its nod to easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located after a second reading and final vote Tuesday.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


365 corridor beginning to take shape

Government officials, business leaders and developers gathered Tuesday at the Brenau Downtown Center to discuss progress along the Ga. 365 corridor in northeast Hall County.

April 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Freezing temperatures expected overnight

So much for winter being over.

April 16, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood ready to abandon part of road

A road that used to connect downtown Oakwood to Atlanta Highway in South Hall County is fading more and more into history.

April 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials seek Clermont armed bank robbery suspect

Hall County and federal authorities are investigating an armed robbery Tuesday morning at a North Hall bank.

April 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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