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Should you idle your engine?

People are doing everything they can to save gas these days, but AAA Auto Club South spokesman Randy Bly said turning the car off instead of idling may not be the best way.

"There's not a lot of fuel that's consumed if you're idling," Bly said.

October 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


College students still getting to class, despite shortage

The current gas shortage has not stopped Gainesville State College students from getting to class, said Sloan Jones, a spokeswoman for the school.

October 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Senior Life Center's status could lure grant money

The Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center became the first senior center in the state to gain national accreditation last week, Community Service Center Director Phillippa Lewis-Moss said Tuesday.

October 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Some power bills could be going down

Sawnee Electric Membership Corp. has announced that retail electricity rates will see a reduction beginning in October.

October 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Long lines at gas pumps remain

A problem that was predicted to begin improving by the end of the weekend was still evident Monday as long lines spilled out of the few gas stations in Gainesville with gasoline.

October 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Little shop of safety is scheduled Saturday

Area agencies are hoping families will browse through their "Little Safety Shoppe" on Saturday at Lakeshore Mall.

October 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Schools keep eye on gas gauge

Field trips planned for the next two weeks have been canceled for Hall County schools to conserve fuel.

October 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Deal helps shoot down $700 billion bailout plan

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, was among the members of the House voting Monday to defeat a $700 billion emergency rescue package.

October 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Citigroup to acquire Wachovia

It was business as usual at Wachovia's five branches in Hall County following an early morning announcement Monday that Citigroup Inc. will acquire the banking operations of Wachovia Corp., in a deal facilitated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

October 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Commitment, cooperation earn Hall County anti-drug grant

A Hall County agency recently received a five-year federal grant to prevent substance abuse among teens.

October 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Habitat for Humanity's ReStore offers good deals

By visiting Habitat for Humanity of Hall County's ReStore, you can kill two birds with one stone: You can buy cheap home improvement materials and contribute to the organization.

October 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Auto dealer executive Lindsay Boomershine Robertson passes away

Lindsay Boomershine Robertson, 55, an executive in a family-owned auto dealership, died Sunday at her home in Braselton. The cause of death was not immediately known, according to Jerry Ward of Mason & Ward Funeral Home, which is handling funeral arrangements.

October 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


A chaplain in Iraq: Some things remind Collins of home

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there earlier this month. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

October 03, 2008 | Rep. Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Fire displaces North Hall man

Fire swept through a North Hall home Sunday morning, causing an estimated $35,000 in damage and displacing the man who lived there.

October 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Authorities say tempers flaring over gas shortage

As the gas shortage brought on by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav stretches on in Gainesville and metro Atlanta, it seems some people may be getting a little testy.

October 02, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


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Gainesville botanical garden renamed

The previously dubbed Smithgall Woodland Garden is now called the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville.

September 02, 2014 | BY KRISTEN OLIVER koliver@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Good weather propels Ga. 347 work

Orange construction barrels are scattered across 7 miles of Ga. 347 as road crews are taking advantage of the summer's good weather to move along two separate widening efforts in what is Hall County's biggest road project.

September 02, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville councilman spearheads neighborhood watch

A Gainesville city councilman, working with the police department, is organizing a neighborhood watch program for the location of two recent West Avenue killings.

September 02, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Possible drowning reported near Big Creek Park

A possible drowning Monday night was the second incident of the day to mar the end of the holiday weekend on Lake Lanier.

September 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hours for greenspace parks adjusted

Less than a week after approving new hours for greenspace parks, Forsyth County commissioners adjusted them.

September 01, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Projects set for road bond referendum

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has finalized the list of projects that would be funded through a transportation bond, provided voters approve a referendum on the matter this fall.

September 01, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Firefighter battling blaze suffers heat exhaustion

One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion Monday while battling a small blaze at an industrial building at the corner of Dorsey and Davis streets.

September 01, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville council to vote again on increase in water rates and fees

After deadlocking on whether to raise water rates 1 percent earlier this month, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote today to try and break the impasse.

September 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Work to begin soon on Cherokee Bluffs Park

Eight years after Hall County originally purchased the property, work is set to officially begin on Cherokee Bluffs park.

September 01, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


UNG instructor to compete for Army’s Best Warrior title

Sgt. 1st Class David Smith is getting ready to put his skills as a soldier to the test.

September 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Possible drowning reported in Big Creek Park area on Lanier

Hall County Fire Services responded to a call of a possible drowning after 8 p.m. in the Big Creek Park area on the south end of Lake Lanier, near Holiday Marina,

September 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Boating accident causes serious injury

An unnamed female victim suffered a severe laceration to the head this morning after the boat she was operating was struck by another vessel in the Ada Creek area on the north side of Lake Lanier.

September 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


5 things to know about Georgia elections

ATLANTA - Every statewide official will be up for re-election this year in Georgia, and sitting atop the ballot will be one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate races in the country.

September 01, 2014 | By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


US Senate candidates spar over business experience

ATLANTA - Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue share the title of CEO but are trying to make the case their experiences couldn't be more different as they campaign for Georgia's open Senate seat.

September 01, 2014 | By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


Businesses benefit from improved weather on Lanier

Today marks the unofficial end of a summer that has Lake Lanier visitors, businesses and tourism watchers wishing they could bottle for future years.

September 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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