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John Jarrard Foundation hires director

The John Jarrard Foundation has hired an executive director, the first step in expanding the foundation into more than an annual benefit concert.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Lanier Career Academy earns charter status

The State Board of Education has granted Lanier Career Academy's charter school request, according to a Hall County schools news release.

March 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Economy may make voters think twice about approving sales tax

In a down economy, voters, like consumers who are choosing to spend less, could say "no" to six more years of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, but one economic expert said retirees could help it pass.

March 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


United Community Bank announces layoffs

United Community Bank has become the latest bank to announced layoffs due to the economy.

Mike Infante, a bank spokesman in Blairsville, said United Community reduced its work force company-wide, including at the corporate level. He declined to say how many employees were let go. The workers were told of the layoffs last week.

March 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Corps will reopen Bolding Mill campground

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that Bolding Mill campground will reopen this year for the first time since 2005.

The park, located on the Chestatee River arm of Lake Lanier in North Hall, will open for the season on April 22 and close on Sept. 13.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Weekend honors Grady Young, education, builds scholarships

The Grady Young Foundation is gearing up for its sixth annual Memorial Weekend, which will focus on "recognizing service in our communities."

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville to receive stimulus funds for housing

At least one Gainesville department will get some of the federal stimulus money being given to local governments across the country.

March 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


FBI to help make law enforcement firing range ring more quietly

BRASELTON - The FBI will pay for the construction of a sound barrier at Braselton's Todd Helcher Memorial Firing Range.

March 16, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Dieting: It's all about the calories

When the weather turned warm last week, Georgians began wearing shorts and tank tops again. To their dismay, some found that the body they had been hiding under winter clothing was larger than what they remembered.

March 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Ladies group aims to keep troops cool

Sure it gets hot in Georgia come August, but it's even hotter in Afghanistan.

March 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rain expected this morning

The Hall County area enjoyed a good, soaking rain this weekend, with few, if any, reports of flooding.

March 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Sales tax can bring matching state cash for roads, libraries

SPLOST is often the mechanism that brings local funding to new construction projects.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Development slowdown prompts reassessment of planners' role

The economy hasn't throttled growth in South Hall, but it has changed the duties somewhat of key planners in Flowery Branch and Oakwood.

March 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dawson County: Communications honored for customer service

DAWSONVILLE - Dawson County has been recognized by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia's Fourth Annual County Excellence Award program.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Register children for kindergarten in Hall County

Kindergarten registration for Hall County school system children starting school this fall will take place at each of Hall County's elementary schools from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 through April 1 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 2.

Children not enrolled in Hall County schools who will be entering first grade should preregister during this time, too.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Local GOP, City Council push back on calls to change electoral system

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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