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Helen helicopter service owner vows legal battle

A man whose helicopter flights over Helen have drawn the ire of some residents said he's not backing down after a judge ruled against him.

June 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Kids soak in safety tips at daylong camp

"Handcuff me!" five children shout as Gainesville community police officer Melissa Begley holds up her pink handcuffs.

June 24, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Special session of legislature may be on horizon

A special session of the Georgia General Assembly to discuss further state budget cuts is likely, according to a local state representative.

June 24, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school board OKs 2010 budget that cuts pay

The Gainesville school board approved a $53.4 million budget Tuesday that includes pay cuts for all system employees including the superintendent, board members, teachers and bus drivers.

June 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville says judge should decide open records lawsuit

Lawyers for the city of Gainesville want a lawsuit filed against the city by The Times to be decided without a trial.

June 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints close to opening South Hall site

FLOWERY BRANCH - Down to a final "punch list" of construction details, South Hall's new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is getting ready to open.

June 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Collins tells Kiwanis about service in Iraq, caring for veterans

State Rep. Doug Collins, who in January returned from a tour in Iraq, told Kiwanis International members on Tuesday that governments will have to start preparing now to support veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

June 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall will help Lula pave Victoria Lane roads

The Hall County Board of Commissioners agreed to use SPLOST money to help the city of Lula pave the roads in the Victoria Lane neighborhood at its work session Tuesday.

June 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hollywood looks at Hall for filmmaking sites

The 1970s film "Deliverance" certainly is not the most flattering depiction of North Georgia. But despite the scary hillbilly characters, people were drawn to the beautiful scenery they saw in the movie.

June 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT crews working on Ga. 60 bridge through next week

North Hall commuters can expect delays through next week as they travel Thompson Bridge Road/Ga. 60 over Lake Lanier.

June 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Academy gets thumbs-up after its first year

The World Language Academy survived its first school year and has earned glowing reports from parents, educators and students alike.

June 22, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood’s city manager returns from Iraq duty

Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown has returned to the United States after serving in Iraq since December as part of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

June 22, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lawrenceville National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan

A Georgia National Guard soldier from Alpha Company in Lawrenceville was killed in action Saturday.

June 22, 2009 | | Local


Injured Dahlonega soldier soon could return to Georgia

Army Spc. Andy "Sully" Sullens, a Dahlonega native wounded in a May 17 blast in Afghanistan, could finally return to Georgia, possibly this month.

June 22, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Swine flu confirmed in local church member

A member of Gainesville First Baptist Church contracted the H1N1 virus during a youth conference last week, the Rev. Bill Coates confirmed Monday.

June 22, 2009 | BY CAROLYN CRIST and BRANDEE A. THOMAS news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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Local GOP, Council push back on calls to change at-large voting

Local Republicans and Gainesville City Council members pushed back at a public meeting Tuesday against calls to change the city's voting process, highlighting what has become a contentious campaign issue ahead of elections this fall.

July 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clermont town council request to shoot recreationally on property

A request from a Clermont resident to recreationally shoot his firearms on his property was denied by the town council Tuesday.

July 07, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Eyes on the Road: Gainesville collecting traffic data in several areas

Gainesville motorists may have noticed traffic counters on city roads recently, including one in front of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant on Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway.

July 07, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


City attorney announces pending retirement

Gainesville City Attorney James "Bubba" Palmour announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the year and not seek reappointment for 2016.

July 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch call center closing

A Flowery Branch call center is closing as DS Services of America consolidates service in Florida.

July 07, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Groups giving away bike helmets, school supplies Saturday

Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County and Amerigroup are hosting a bike helmet and school supplies giveaway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the J.A. Walters Family YMCA on Howard Road in Gainesville.

July 07, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Sex offender, 14-year-old found in Virginia

Police say they have canceled an Amber Alert that was issued for a 14-year-old East Tennessee girl seen with a 41-year-old sex offender, whose primary residence was in Hall County, after both were found in Virginia.

July 07, 2015 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Teen driver charged after 15-year-old dies in wreck

The driver in a Thursday wreck that killed a 15-year-old Gainesville boy has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide.

July 07, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


University of North Georgia names diversity adviser

University of North Georgia President Bonita Jacobs has named Sheila Caldwell adviser to the president on diversity.

July 07, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


The Local Agenda: At-large voting front-and-center at Tuesday night’s Gainesville council meeting

The fight to change Gainesville's at-large electoral system, wherein voters across the city cast ballots for all candidates, will be on display tonight when the City Council meets.

July 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


High court ruling on sign restrictions plays out in Hall

Hall County will issue a moratorium Thursday on sign permits after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month upended restrictions on some local government ordinances that ostensibly curtail free speech rights.

July 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Presentation will honor Vietnam veterans Thursday in Oakwood

Forty-seven local Vietnam veterans will be honored Thursday at a dinner and presentation in Oakwood.

July 06, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Oakwood VA not talking after Dorsey’s video

After the story of a local veteran being turned away from the Oakwood VA made national news, workers there Monday declined to comment, referring instead to an Atlanta phone number for Veterans Affairs. No one there answered calls from The Times.

July 06, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gainesville schools make transportation personnel change

In a rare move, a part-time bus driver position for Gainesville City Schools will be converted to a full-time position with benefits.

July 06, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County school board prepares for fall E-SPLOST referendum

Hall County school leaders are finalizing a list of projects that could be funded by a sales tax up for a vote in November.

July 06, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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