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Governments cut back as sales tax revenues decline

Local government officials are having to adjust their spending to match that of Hall County consumers.

Revenues from the three local sales taxes were lower in October than they were the last four years, and those in charge of local government spending say they have been watching the revenues steadily decline with the crumbling economy since January.

December 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gun buffs flock to firearms show at Mountains Center

A sour economy has done nothing to damper gun sales, judging by the near-overflow crowd for the Eastman Gun Show on Saturday at the Georgia Mountains Center.

December 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Drought hangs on in Northeast Georgia

The drought isn't over by a long shot.

Welcome rains that brought Lake Lanier's levels up by more than a foot in recent weeks are not enough to pull Northeast Georgia from a stubborn drought that has persisted for more than two years.

December 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Age-old lore tries to predict the worst of winter

Long before there was Doppler radar and 24-hour weather on TV, prognostications on the climate ahead often were based on such things as where hornets and squirrels built their nests and the tightness of husks on corn.

Today is the first day of winter. Unlike some years, Northeast Georgia already has had a brush with Old Man Winter, with temperatures dipping well below freezing.

December 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Ex-police captain pleads not guilty to weapons charges

A former Jefferson police captain pleaded not guilty today to federal weapons charges.

December 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville High’s JROTC cadets crave structure

Many high school students try to avoid discipline, but the 72 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets of Gainesville High School are asking for it.

December 27, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Utility offering three college scholarships

The Jackson Electric Membership Corp. wants to do more than help light up a darkened home. The organization also wants to help illuminate the path to higher education for area students.

December 27, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Charities still need donations

Something shocking has happened at LAMP Ministries, Inc. They haven't received a single monetary donation.

December 27, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Think about gifts of safety

Looking for those last-minute gifts? Consider these holiday gift ideas for $30 or less to help keep your family safe and prepared in the event of a fire or other emergency:

December 27, 2008 | | Local


Four arrested on drug trafficking charges

Four people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday after law officers raided a trailer on Athens Highway, authorities said Friday.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County school system recognized by state

The Hall County school system was recognized as a leader in the state for outstanding efforts to improve the performance of students with disabilities at the annual fall conference of the Georgia Council for Administrators of Special Education.

December 27, 2008 | | Local


North Hall High teacher earns national honor

North Hall High School biology and chemistry teacher Rebecca Hartfield has been named a 2008 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Illegal immigrant gets federal sentence

A Mexican national who illegally entered the United States twice after being deported was sentenced to six years and seven months in a federal prison Friday.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Four arrested on cocaine trafficking charges

Four people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday after law officers raided a trailer on Athens Highway, authorities said Friday.

Lt. Scott Ware of the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad said officers developed information that crack cocaine and marijuana was being sold out of a trailer at Lot 44, 2335 Athens Highway and a search warrant was obtained.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville may curtail smoking in parks, recreation areas

The advisory board for Gainesville's parks has asked the City Council to consider limiting smoking in recreation areas.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Flowery Branch gas station awning hit, knocked over by truck

An awning at a vacant gas station in Flowery Branch was knocked over by a tractor-trailer, not by high winds or rain as originally thought.

November 26, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Badge & Bar: Agency to focus on winter safety, preparedness

After January storms brought Atlanta to a halt, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency is hoping to prepare Georgians for winter storms.

November 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Remembrance wreaths to honor fallen veterans

Each year, Wreaths Across America holds a wreath-laying ceremony in Arlington and other cemeteries across the nation to remember and honor the country's veterans.

November 26, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


Heart-transplant recipient beats lymphoma

In the nearly 22 years of his son's life, Doug Carter recalls five moments in the last year so clearly.

November 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State leaders weigh in on closed Hall crossing

Local state lawmakers are now speaking out on the controversial closing of the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing after receiving a letter this week from county officials calling for a more thorough explanation.

November 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities: Homeless man drowned in Lake Lanier

November 26, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


Gainesville residents rally in support of Ferguson

The aftermath of a grand jury's decision this week not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown continues to resonate around the nation, and about two dozen residents took to the street Wednesday outside the Hall County courthouse in downtown Gainesville in a "call to action."

November 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


List of government closings for Thanksgiving holiday

Many county and city government offices will be closed due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 26, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Doggone good therapy: Program helps students read aloud

For a child who has trouble reading, it can be embarrassing to read out loud at school.

November 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cornelia closing roads for tree removal, water line installation

The city of Cornelia has closed two roads so work can be performed on the thoroughfares.

November 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Agency urges precautions during holiday rush

Once belts get a bit looser from Thanksgiving feasts, some shoppers start seeking bargains on Black Friday, and the people doing that at places such as the outlet mall in Dawsonville have drawn the attention of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

November 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Potential suspect sought in robbery of CVS pharmacy in Blairsville

A CVS pharmacy in Blairsville was robbed Monday, and authorities are still seeking a potential suspect.

November 26, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Cumming: Autopsy results expected today for body found in lake

Results from an autopsy on the body of a man found Monday on the Lake Lanier shoreline at Mary Alice Park in Cumming are expected today, authorities said.

November 26, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Local merchants prepare for Black Friday

Black Friday, the national shopping extravaganza on the day after Thanksgiving, is coming early to the city of Gainesville.

November 26, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Eyes on the Roads: Minor work still to be done on Ga. 347

Traffic has been flowing since late September on Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between Interstate 985 and McEver Road in Flowery Branch, but some minor work, or "punch list" items still could take place.

November 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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