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Officials keep fingers crossed over tax relief grant

Facing a budget deficit estimated at about $1.6 billion due to shortfalls in revenue, Georgia is looking at ways to make cuts, many of which trickle down to county and city governments and school systems.

September 03, 2008 | | Local


Forsyth County manager could be terminated

CUMMING - At least two commissioners said Thursday that Forsyth County's manager is on her way out, though a decision likely won't be made official until next week.

September 03, 2008 | BY FRANK REDDY Times regional staff | Local


School enrollment rises, but not as much as predicted

This year's early enrollment numbers show both that Hall County and Gainesville school systems added fewer students this year than projected. And according to unofficial numbers, the Hall County system took on substantially fewer Hispanic students than expected.

September 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Frances Meadows center makes a splash

Young Chris Robinson couldn't contain his enthusiasm as one of the first to walk through the gates of the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center on Saturday morning.

September 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Drivers, better gas up now

Motorists, be forewarned. The drop in gas prices you've been enjoying recently may come screeching to a halt this weekend.

September 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


State’s health plan gets a trim

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is appealing a decision by the Department of Community Health to drop Blue Cross from its State Health Benefit Plan. But state officials say that won't affect an upcoming change in the program's insurance options.

September 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Welcome back, football Fridays

The leaves haven't changed yet, and the late afternoon sun still burns like it did at midsummer.

September 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Authorities work to send weather warnings to schools faster

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell met with local educators Friday to discuss the possibility of expanding direct severe weather warning alert systems to include principals and administrators.

September 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Corps slows flows from Lake Lanier

This week's increase of more than 2 feet in the level of Lake Lanier is the greatest rise in the lake in two years, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the reservoir. And it keeps rising.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, the level of Lake Lanier was 1,055.69 feet above mean sea level, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's Web site. That compares with 1,053.30 three days earlier. One year ago, the level of Lanier was 1,059.05.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Jurors give convicted killer life without parole

A jury's sentence of life without parole for a convicted double murderer Thursday brought an end to one of Hall County's longest-pending criminal cases.

Ignacio "Nacho" Vergara, 26, showed no emotion as Senior Superior Court Judge John Girardeau, after a tense pause to look over the verdict form, read aloud the sentence of the nine-man, three-woman jury. The panel spent more than four hours over two days deliberating his fate.

September 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville's budget in the black, despite sales tax slump

Gainesville ended fiscal year 2008 with money to spare, but sales tax revenues were down over last year, the city's chief financial officer said Thursday.

September 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County Commission: Residents worry about changes

Proposed changes in their neighborhoods drew many people to Thursday's Hall County commission meeting.

September 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Uga VII to be introduced prior to Saturday's game

Uga VII, the latest in the storied line of University of Georgia mascots will be introduced Saturday in pre-game ceremonies before Georgia's season opener against Georgia Southern.

The new mascot succeeds Uga VI, who died in June of heart problems. He will be escorted onto the field by members of the Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler family of Savannah who have owned the continuous line of mascots since Uga I took up the mantle in 1956.

September 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Local Republicans happy with McCain's choice as running mate

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., said he had heard his Alaska colleague talk about the state's maverick governor but knew little more about Sarah Palin, who was named Friday by Sen. John McCain's as his vice presidential running mate.

September 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Nobody protests planned big development in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - A proposed $15 million mixed-use development planned for downtown sailed through a public hearing Thursday night with input coming only from the project's developer.

September 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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New tradition delights Gainesville retailers

Just a few years ago, the idea of opening for business on Thanksgiving was seen as a desperate move by the nation's largest retailers to bolster holiday sales as the economy sluggishly emerged from recession.

November 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County property tax deadline is Monday

Property tax in Hall County is due on Monday.

November 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Schools prepare for winter weather

Students may be out of school for Thanksgiving this week, but area schools are ensuring inclement weather won't keep students from learning this winter.

November 27, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Injured dog recovering from wound, neglect

November 27, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


New businesses open in Clarkesville city square after fire

The city of Clarkesville in Habersham County is developing a long-term master plan for its downtown square, eight months after a fire damaged four buildings.

November 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Thanksgiving programs feed the hearts of homeless, volunteers in Gainesville

Starla Prickett folded jeans, T-shirts and blankets with her two young daughters at the Good News at Noon shelter on Davis Street on Thanksgiving in Gainesville, preparing the items to be distributed to those in need.

November 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Schools prepare for winter weather

Students may be out of school for Thanksgiving this week, but area schools are ensuring inclement weather won't keep students from learning this winter.

November 27, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Unemployment falls during October in Gainesville

The unemployment rate for October in Metro Gainesville has dropped to 5.7 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 6.0 percent in September.

November 27, 2014 | | Local


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


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