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Gainesville wants law to cover unpaid utility bills

What if landlords were held accountable for their tenants' sins?

Last week, Gainesville officials asked state legislators to consider amending state law to hold landowners responsible for unpaid utility bills their tenants leave behind.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Winder home helps victims of domestic abuse

It may appear to be an office, but a simple brick building on Jackson Street in Winder is the place where victims of domestic abuse can go to get a fresh start.

December 26, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lula shooting results in injury, arrest

LULA - A man was taken into custody early Thursday afternoon and charged with shooting his nephew in the leg, Hall County sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland said.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Look after your holiday guests

The holiday season can be a time of fun and festivities. Many gatherings are taking place among family and friends. The more people present increases the risk for fire or other injury. Consider these safety tips:

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Charter’s struggles shouldn't affect cable customers

The financial woes of Charter Communications should not affect local cable customers in Hall County, a cable TV expert said.

Charter announced last week that it was seeking help in restructuring $21 billion in debt, leading many on Wall Street to speculate the St. Louis-based company could be headed for bankruptcy.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Feds put Hall, 157 other Georgia counties in disaster status over drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a request for a primary disaster designation for 158 counties, including Hall, based on production losses due to the ongoing drought and excessive temperatures.

December 26, 2008 | From staff, wire reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Vacant home fires a ‘sign of the times’

When the smoke cleared after a devastating house fire Dec. 5 on Ridgemont Trace, Gainesville fire investigators had a real mystery on their hands.

Not only were they searching for clues as to how the vacant two-story, three-bedroom home burned, they were searching for an owner. Nearly two weeks later, they still haven't found anyone who will claim the house.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The line for jobs is getting longer

Evelyn Stafford's job with a Christian ministry in Atlanta was cut in July 2007.

Before that, she spent an extensive career as an executive assistant, including a 15-year stint at the highest levels of the Coca-Cola Co., where she accepted a partial job buyout offer in 2000.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lula’s holiday gift: No property taxes, again

Hearing that the Lula City Council decided to eliminate property taxes sounds like a dream to some.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville soldier’s wife pleads not guilty to setting fire that killed 2 kids

PADUCAH, Ky. - The wife of a Gainesville soldier has pleaded not guilty to charges of setting a fire that killed her two young children at their home on a Kentucky military base.

December 26, 2008 | From wire reports | Local


Some restaurants want Jefferson to charge less for water taps

JEFFERSON - One size fits all may work for some things, but when it comes to water tap service fees, Jefferson officials have discovered that a more specific payment schedule is needed.

December 26, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Barrow County's Bethlehem gets its postmarks ready for Christmas

BETHLEHEM-The post office in the little town of Bethlehem starts rocking in December with customers from across the state bringing their Christmas cards for the postmark from the town named for the birthplace of Jesus.

December 26, 2008 | BY KATHY BRIDGES Times regional staff | Local


Hall sales tax extension could boost Vision 2030 plans

A vote next year on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax could give a boost to the idea conceived in the Vision 2030 program.

Denise Deal, executive director of the program, told a Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce gathering on Wednesday that five of the program's "Big Ideas" are included in some form in the proposed tax referendum, set for March 17.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Streetscape leads Flowery Branch to dip into water funds

FLOWERY BRANCH - A $321,000 grant used to spruce up downtown turned into a project that ended up costing Flowery Branch an additional $166,333, a year-end audit shows.

December 26, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Challenged Child names J.C. Smith interim executive director

Challenged Child and Friends, a Gainesville center for both disabled children and their nonhandicapped peers, has named an interim executive director.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Woman found dead in overnight mobile home fire in South Hall

A woman was found dead in a mobile home fire early Wednesday in South Hall County.

August 05, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Police: Two suspects shoplifted $1,900 in lenses

Two people are suspected of shoplifting roughly $1,900 from a Gainesville LensCrafters on July 15, police said.

August 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Clermont council won’t seek citizen input on alcohol sales

A short stretch of sleepy highway running through Clermont doesn't have any beer or wine for sale.

August 04, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Atlanta Street development leads to hundreds losing homes

Deafening chatter bounced off the walls inside the sparse community center as dozens of Atlanta Street residents gathered Monday afternoon to learn about plans to ...

August 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the Road: I-85 repair work finishes early

It turns out that Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance crews needed only a few days instead of two weeks to repair asphalt on an Interstate ...

August 04, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Teachers give advice for first day of school

The first day of school can be hectic and stressful, but Gainesville school officials have advice for making the day smooth and fun.

August 04, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Catholic church gets first OK from Gainesville council

Gainesville City Council gave its initial approval Tuesday for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta to proceed with building a church campus on Smith Road ...

August 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Woman charged with allegedly scamming businesses

A Flowery Branch woman used multiple made-up stories of fires that destroyed homes and killed dogs to illegally solicit money from numerous local businesses, according ...

August 04, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Driver dies from crash during education course at Road Atlanta

A Birmingham, Ala., man died Saturday after a crash at Road Atlanta raceway in Braselton, where he reportedly drove more than 120 mph in a ...

August 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Obama’s plans to limit power plant greenhouse gas may have big impact in Georgia

Calling it a moral obligation, President Barack Obama on Monday unveiled the final version of his plan to dramatically cut emissions from U.S. power ...

August 04, 2015 | From staff, wire reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Council to consider board appointments, Catholic church request tonight

The Gainesville City Council will meet tonight to make new appointments to several boards, change residential Dyer Street to one-way traffic and consider a rezoning ...

August 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Last of MS-13 gang members sentenced in federal court

The final sentence came down for 22 MS-13 gang members, including two Gainesville men, last week in U.S. District Court.

August 03, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


State School Superintendent: Georgia evaluating tests students are taking

Georgia's tests are getting an evaluation of their own, State School Superintendent Richard Woods told a Flowery Branch audience Monday night.

August 03, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Local children receive needed haircuts just in time for school

It was a very happy day at Family Promise, according to Amanda Ayers.

August 03, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


DOT plans $2.9M in repairs for bridge on Dawsonville Highway

A start date hasn't been set, but repairs are on the way for the Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway westbound bridge over the Chattahoochee River ...

August 03, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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