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Children's author shares his love of language with kids

An impish creature with a pickle nose, elf ears and a bicycle horn perched on top of its head stared back at its delighted young audience members Tuesday morning. Sweeping his colorful markers in simple strokes across an easel, children's author Mike Thaler brought to life the imaginations of a group of Fair Street Elementary School students.

"Your ideas come from your imagination. Each one of you has an imagination as good as mine, but you've gotta use it," Thaler told the youngsters.

May 31, 2008 | | Local


City council defeats fueling station for now

When a RaceTrac gas station on the Seasons on Lanier property seemed like nearly a done deal, Gainesville City Councilman George Wangemann came up with a strategy to defeat the controversial rezoning on its second reading.

A tie vote at Tuesday's City Council meeting means plans for the fuel station are out of gas - for at least six months.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall Development Authority OKs industrial park agreement

A plot of land that was once doomed to be a spray field will blossom into an industrial park within a few years if construction goes as smoothly as it has for others in the area.

May 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


7-year-old killed in Braselton ATV accident

A Braselton boy was killed Monday evening in an accident on Davenport Road.

May 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Vote on Gainesville charter school application delayed until June

A decision on whether Gainesville City Schools will be one of the first in Georgia to be granted charter system status was deferred Tuesday until the state board of education's June meeting.

May 31, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Amid questions, Army Corps gives answers

DAWSONVILLE - Why can't the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers do more to boost the water level in Lake Lanier?

May 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school system proposes 15 percent property tax rate increase

To begin the climb out of a deep financial hole, Gainesville school officials are recommending raising the property tax rate by 15 percent in fiscal year 2008-09, which begins July 1.

May 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Meeting set to pick new DOT board member

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, have set May 29 as the date for the caucus to elect a 9th District representative to the State Board of Transportation.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Inmate found dead in cell at Hall jail

A man who had been charged with neglecting his 79-year-old mother was found dead in his cell at the Hall County Jail, authorities said Monday.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County and Gainesville map 170-acre industrial park

The Hall County Board of Commissioners discussed plans Monday for an industrial park on Calvary Church Road that advocates say will bring improvements to the area.

The industrial park would be a joint venture between Gainesville and Hall County and would be developed by Gwinnett Industries Inc. on a 170-acre site adjacent to the new county jail and Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

May 30, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Courses prepare for worst scenario

The firefighters of Georgia were hard at work Sunday, training for dire circumstances when they may have to save themselves and others.

May 30, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Perdues speak as a ‘team’

In a speech at a benefit for a camp focused on at-risk youth, Gov. Sonny Perdue opted to defer to one of the state's major advocates for children - his wife.

The governor and first lady, Mary Perdue, jointly addressed a Sunday morning breakfast at First Baptist Church for Camp Hope, a summer camp sponsored by the Chattahoochee Baptist Association.

May 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Butterflies flutter to freedom at annual release

About 2,000 people swarmed Wilshire Trails Park on Sunday to release 1,000 fluttering butterflies into the Gainesville sky.

The 12th Annual Butterfly Release was sponsored by Friends of the Parks, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department.

May 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Industry owner moves on after losing bid for Gainesville contract

Bruce Mistarz started making industrial electrical connectors in his kitchen oven in Illinois 20 years ago. Since then, he has consistently found himself in a building that becomes too small for his growing operation.

Mistarz, owner of Mencom Corp., brought part of his Illinois-based industry to Gainesville 12 years ago, and has since outgrown three buildings.

May 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


East Hall Community Center holds open house

Karen Owens, facility manager for the East Hall Community Center, hoped to give the community a glimpse of the center's offerings with an open house Monday.

The center opened last year, and Owens said the purpose of the event was "to get people familiarized with the new facility."

May 30, 2008 | | Local


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Black Friday: Lure of savings draws early crowds

While some Black Friday shoppers waited in lines for stores to open, many took advantage of special store hours to get their shopping done more conveniently.

November 29, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Corps starts to work through dock requests

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working through an initial wave of applications for remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier, since the first-come, first-served process was reopened Sept. 16.

November 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Local business owners seek support from shoppers Saturday

If you needed more reasons to shop locally, business owners are happy to oblige.

November 28, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Murder case tied to Lake Lanier to return to court

A man who pleaded guilty to murder after dumping a man's dismembered head into Lake Lanier has been granted an opportunity to argue the throwing out of his conviction, the Georgia Supreme Court decided Monday.

November 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local




Pregnant woman, infant sent to hospital after wreck

An infant and a pregnant woman were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for evaluation Friday afternoon after a collision on Skelton Road.

November 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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


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


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