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Tumbling tourism: Travel destinations try to lure winter visitors

The cold weather and gray skies of winter don't inspire many people to leave home. But deals available at nearby travel destinations could change their minds.

February 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


300 people attended Vietnamese New Year celebration

Their legs flew all over the stage as the four young men danced to the taped music, a mixture of dance tunes. A couple of them broke into a Christian rap song.

February 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lessie Smithgall’s ‘story’ recounts 97 years of seeking the road less traveled

Condensing 97 years into 202 pages isn't easy, but Lessie Smithgall has done it.

January 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Carnival brings Super Bowl fun to Hall County

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, but families got a head start on the fun Saturday at the third annual Super Bowl Carnival held by Hall County Parks and Leisure.

January 31, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Shoot house practice gives Rangers on-target combat training

BRASELTON - Spc. Daniel Garcia of the 5th Army Ranger Training Battalion had quite the task in front of him. He had to pull a thin sled with a dummy wounded soldier on it 250 feet, lie down and aim his semi-automatic weapon at a target 50 feet away and shoot four rounds each into the remaining targets from different distances.

January 31, 2009 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Fire drill for firemen

JEFFERSON - It was like a scene straight off the pages of Fahrenheit 451.

January 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Citizens Bank alumni gather to reminisce

Fifteen years after Gainesville's Citizens Bank ceased to be, nearly 100 former employees gathered Saturday to catch up and reminisce, flipping through bank books instead of yearbooks at a reunion that paid tribute to a bygone institution.

January 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Oakwood wants control over banners

Banners make up a big chunk of Jay Kelly's sign-making business, but he'd like to see that form of sign put under control.

January 31, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Winning bid lands $20,000 for family in need

Gregg and Brittiny Peters had no idea that what started out as a crazy way to pay their children's medical bills 10 days ago would soon make them international celebrities.

January 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Man gets 3 years for arson

A Clermont arsonist who set fire to a grocery store garbage bin while out on bond on two other arson charges was sentenced to three years in prison this week.

January 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Attorney is removed from Midtown project

The Gainesville Redevelopment Authority agreed Friday to remove attorney Tread Syfan for any issues surrounding the a proposed hotel and office complex in Midtown.

January 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County tax assessor Vaughan steps down

Bill Vaughan has resigned from the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors after 13 years.

January 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson looks to refinance bond to save about $1 million

Homeowners aren't the only ones looking for lower loan interest rates; so is the city of Jefferson.

January 31, 2009 | | Local


DOT engineer set to retire after 34 years of service

The Georgia Department of Transportation's assistant area engineer for maintenance in Lumpkin, Towns, Union and White counties is set to retire March 1.

January 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


West Hall Middle earns School of Character status

The State Schools of Character program has named West Hall Middle School as the 2009 Georgia School of Character.

January 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Clermont gives first OK to businessman's request to leave town limits

A businessman got the Clermont Town Council's initial blessing Tuesday night to leave the North Hall town's boundaries.

March 03, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Northeast Georgia Health System gives seed money for senior transport service

A nonprofit, primarily volunteer-run transportation program serving Hall County's senior citizens has received seed money from the Northeast Georgia Health System to help it become operational.

March 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council again denies drive-thru

Gainesville residents begged for an end to the back-and-forth proposals for a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.

March 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth man from 2012 boat wreck files petition for release

A Forsyth County man, the subject of a 2013 trial involving the death of two Buford boys, filed a civil action against Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch for release, claiming his "good behavior" has not been recognized.

March 03, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council to hear rezoning request

Gainesville City Council will vote today on a proposed drive-thru restaurant at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.

March 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area schools celebrate National Read Across America Day

Students at Friendship Elementary School in Buford could be seen Monday with books in their hands and hats on their heads, celebrating Dr. Seuss.

March 03, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lee Gilmer airport now allows larger planes

The sleek Gulfstream was unmistakable to Terry Palmer.

March 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia Senate's marijuana bill includes more restrictions than House's

Supporters of medical marijuana said they were blindsided Monday by the introduction of a Senate bill that places more stringent regulations on the drug's use and availability than a House version that passed with bipartisan votes just last week.

March 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Planning Commission upholds decision on moving mobile homes

The placement of mobile homes - and a supposed drop in property value - dominated much of the discussion Monday at the Hall County Planning Commission meeting.

March 02, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Schools considers traditional math option

Following the Georgia Board of Education approval of two different mathematics sequences, the Gainesville City School district will consider reverting to traditional mathematics.

March 02, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Ex-CFO from Cumming charged in $2M theft from Roswell firm

March 02, 2015 | Forsyth County News | Local


Beware of these common tax mistakes

With tax-filing season well underway, some people may be feeling confused or overwhelmed.

March 01, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lights Ferry Connector project ready to move forward after land acquisition

All property needed for the construction of a roundabout has been acquired by Flowery Branch, moving that particular project forward.

March 01, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Class Notes: Lakeview leads way in at-home learning methods

Area public schools weren't the only ones participating in at-home learning last week.

March 01, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Virginia Circle drive-thru back on the table

With new commercial development picking up across Gainesville in the early months of the year, one project has seen change-after-change on its path toward approval.

March 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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