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Our Neighbor: Plans for a bookstore still on the shelf

Mike Reno knows how to sell Stephen King novels.

If Gainesville's sewer plans had not run right through Our Neighbor Inc.'s desire to refashion a 1930s-era house into a bookstore and coffee shop, Reno would be doing that today.

June 09, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville maintains good fire protection rating

If you live in Gainesville and your house is on fire, you should expect good service.

A measure of fire protection that influences home insurance premiums for Gainesville residents has stayed among the best in the state, city officials learned this week.

June 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Oakwood ushers in an age of expansion

Oakwood residents have been scrambling around orange construction barrels for months, but officials said roads and sewer lines being built now pave the way for the city's bright future.

June 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


A life’s work in Dawson Forest

William Thacker spent more than half of his life taming some of the wildest land in Georgia.

June 07, 2008 | By Ben Holcombe For The Times | Local


Candidates play politics for seat on transportation board

For those who don't follow politics, this is the ultimate game of inside baseball.

The members of the State Transportation Board are the only state regulatory panel elected solely by members of the General Assembly. Average voters couldn't name their district board member, but the phones of 24 members of the House and Senate have been busy this week with candidates for the vacant transportation board seat in the 9th District.

June 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Holiday was perfect for grilling outside, having fun in Lake Lanier

As much as Memorial Day was for honoring fallen soldiers, to many, Monday was the unofficial beginning of summer holidays and a day to honor not having to rise early for work or school.

June 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


$4-per-gallon gasoline hasn’t killed our thirst

Just a few weeks ago, industry analysts were speculating that the price of gasoline might surpass $4 a gallon by the end of summer.

How quickly things change. In some parts of North Georgia, gas is already exceeding the $4 mark. Now, people are discussing something previously unimaginable: How soon will gas hit $5?

June 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Most Hall schools outperform state on grad tests

Six of Hall County's eight high schools outperformed the state in all portions of this spring's Georgia High School Graduation Tests, according to results released Friday.

East Hall, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Johnson, North Hall and West Hall posted higher averages than the state in the English/language arts, math, science and social studies portions of the tests, which students must pass to earn a diploma.

June 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Blood donors give regardless of reward

Gainesville residents were given an extra reason to donate blood during the Memorial Day weekend.

June 07, 2008 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Troopers see less Memorial Day traffic

Holiday weekends usually mean congestion for the state's roads and lakes, but this Memorial Day weekend was less troublesome than years past.

June 07, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville schools consider raising taxes

The Gainesville City Board of Education is looking at a possible 15 percent hike in the tax rate as part of its proposed budget for fiscal year 2008-2009.

Residents will have a chance to weigh in with their opinions at hearings set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy, 170 Barn St., and at 6 p.m. Thursday at Gainesville High School, 830 Century Place.

June 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annual parade, cemetery vigil honor area's fallen warriors on Memorial Day

Green Street exploded red, white and blue as American veterans marched through downtown Gainesville Monday amidst the fanfare of a high school marching band and cheering crowds.

June 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Generations of service

It was good living, growing up on the farm. It was the early 1900s and Marcus A. Poole Sr. raised cotton and vegetables along with eight hard-working children - five sons and three daughters.

June 05, 2008 | Kristen Morales | Local


JAKES Day gives young and old a chance to go wild

Sam McKnight, 14, of Cumming said he doesn't get much of a chance to participate in outdoor sports when he is at his parents' house. But when he visits his grandparents in Gainesville, he has fun getting to throw tomahawks and going fishing.

June 05, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


No end in sight to legal fight over Lanier

Lake Sidney Lanier has become a political football in a high-stakes game involving the states of Georgia, Florida and Alabama, as well as the federal government.

June 05, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Lanier Career Academy program to add farmer’s market, orchard

November 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Families have spooktacular fun during Trick-Or-Treat on the Square

The annual Trick-Or-Treat on the Square took place in downtown Gainesville on Friday afternoon. A downtown Gainesville tradition for almost 20 years, the Gainesville Communications and Tourism Department served as host. Downtown businesses passed out an endless supply of candy and treats to kids who then participated in a costume contest.

November 01, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Cold winds bring freeze worries, put tender plants at risk

Northeast Georgia will feel a cold, blustery start to November.

October 31, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


‘Dark’ money pours into Ga. Senate race

Georgia's U.S. Senate race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn is flush with spending from nonprofit agencies that keep their donors anonymous, making it one of the most expensive contests of the midterm elections.

October 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's adult club loses alcohol license

The Top of Gainesville adult strip club has had its alcohol license suspended following a complaint that it was not serving food for a period of time.

October 31, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Woman who set off pipe bombs sentenced to 3 years

A judge gave Celia Savage a break in February when he sentenced her to probation after federal authorities found pipe bombs and guns in her home during a raid. He warned her not to make him look like a fool.

October 31, 2014 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press | Local


A dark day in history now memorialized with marker

For Betty Martin, Thursday's dedication of the Cooper Pants Factory historic marker hit home in a very personal way.

October 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lanier Tech to host 1st job fair in 6 years

The job search has changed dramatically over the years. Advances in technology and the decline in the economy have changed the way people get hired.

October 31, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Schools prepare Ebola plan

Hall County Schools is choosing to err on the side of caution when it comes to Ebola.

October 31, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Dance and auction will benefit child welfare group

A night of dinner and dancing will help raise tens of thousands of dollars to save and protect North Georgia children.

October 31, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Millions in Hall County road funds evaporate

The Hall County area is expected to receive about $1.4 billion for road projects through 2040 from local, state and federal sources, government officials learned Thursday.

October 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents looking for compromise on Ahaluna development

Residents fighting the development of a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, are readying for compromise as the City Council prepares to vote on the matter next week.

October 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Graduation rates decrease for local school districts

Both Hall and Gainesville schools saw slight drops in their graduation rates in 2014, according to data released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Education.

October 30, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Dawsonville teen cut in weekend fight

October 30, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Dawsonville man killed in logging incident

October 30, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


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