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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


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


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


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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Hall County Schools prepare for new direction

If the Hall County School District becomes a charter system, Superintendent Will Schofield said the change will cost more in time than in dollars, requiring a large amount of training and professional development.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County officials finalizing SPLOST project list

Hall County officials are finalizing a category list for projects to be funded by a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax. They hope to present that list to voters during public input meetings later this fall.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Meth charge dropped after only spaghetti sauce found on spoon

Drug charges have been dropped against a Commerce woman after crime lab analysis confirmed her claim that a spoon she had in a vehicle leading to her arrest did not contain methamphetamine residue but spaghetti sauce.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Police ID suspect in death of woman found in Hall park

An Oakwood woman is accused of murder in the death of a Flowery Branch woman whose remains were found last October in a Hall County park.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County seeks reimbursement for faulty firetruck

Hall County is threatening legal action against Sutphen, manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July 22 accident that seriously injured three firefighters, if the company does not reimburse the county for the full cost of the truck, according to documents obtained by The Times through an open records request.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fair Street students march for peace

Fair Street School neighbors watched waves of excited children march by Friday as the entire school paraded with signs, flags and giant, handmade doves chanting "We want peace! We want peace!"

September 19, 2014 | By Tyler Bennett intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Warning lifted after threat at UGA campus

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall County schools committee finds social studies curriculum lacking

Social studies coursework may give students more to remember than to learn, according to findings by a Hall County Schools committee on curriculum for the subject.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Georgia congressman sponsors bill to demilitarize police

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from DeKalb County, has introduced legislation that would dial back a federal program that transfers military equipment and resources to local law enforcement agencies.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Truck in Lake Lanier reported missing Sept. 11

A truck submerged in Lake Lanier at Little River Park on Wednesday was reported missing on Sept. 11 from Loganville, according to a Gwinnett County police report.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


High occupancy toll lanes may creep toward Hall

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to hold open house meetings on a project that would bring high occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County.

September 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fishing tournament to raise funds for 3 injured firefighters

A fishing tournament will be held Saturday at Laurel Park in Gainesville to raise funds to benefit three injured Hall County firefighters.

September 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hundreds flock to food bank benefit

More than 48,000 meals will be provided to food-insecure Georgians, thanks to the hundreds Thursday who attended the Empty Bowl Lunch benefiting the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

September 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County mails first batch of revised tax notices

Hall County has mailed revised tax assessments to about 3,800 property owners, the first sign the appeals process is ending for some residents.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch rebids flood project

Flowery Branch officials continue searching for a permanent solution to damage on Spring Street from 2013 flooding.

September 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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