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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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Class Notes: Gainesville uthor has second fantasy novel published

Gainesville native and Brenau University administrative assistant Alison Reeger Cook recently published her second fantasy novel.

December 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Holiday Hope: Challenged Child and Friends benefits all types of students

For sisters Brooke and Bailey Ellis, going to school together is special.

December 22, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Highlands United Methodist Church brings Christmas fun to community

Weeks of curiosity sparked by random cars around Gainesville sporting a scrawled message of "FX Christmas, An Extreme Family Event" ended Sunday when The Highlands United Methodist Church hosted its first free Christmas event at North Hall Community Center.

December 22, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Wage growth returning as job market expands

The road to economic recovery has not exactly been paved in gold - or even silver, for that matter.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Traffic light planned at new Wal-Mart on Thompson Bridge

The new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, along with Taco Bell, on busy Ga. 60/Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville will have something in common next year - a traffic light.

December 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Community garden project acquires new site

A new site has been identified for Jubilee Farm, a community garden project of the Hall Green Alliance that aims to provide food to the hungry and nutritional education to local residents.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clarks Bridge work set for today

The new Clarks Bridge over Lake Lanier continues to take shape as a concrete pour is planned today for two more of the seven spans.

December 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Effect of recession lingers for local charities

When the recession set in, social service charities were hit with a double dose of trouble: Demand for services increased dramatically while donations plummeted.

December 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville man’s 2013 death yields few clues, no suspects

Texts went unanswered and hundreds of phone calls went to voicemail.

December 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State approval of Brenau nursing program is 'conditional'

Although Brenau University now boasts three doctoral programs, including a doctorate of nursing practice, the nursing program's state approval is "conditional."

December 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Mom overcomes a past of drugs, abuse with agency’s aid

December 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Habitat’s Home for a Hero dedicates house to veteran, mother of 3

Charmaine Smith stood in the driveway of her newly constructed home in Flowery Branch and felt "very overwhelmed."

December 20, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Shop with a Cop helps youngsters fill Christmas stockings

It's not every day a fully uniformed, gun-toting officer of the law wanders through the kid's section of a department store, pushing a cart full of "Frozen" toys and taking orders from a 5-year-old in pink sequined boots.

December 20, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Authorities ID Gainesville man killed by train in Oakwood

Hall County Sheriff's Office authorities have identified the victim of Friday's train collision in Oakwood as Shon Morrison of Gainesville.

December 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


3 treated after ammonia leak at poultry plant in Gainesville

Three people were treated for exposure to ammonia on Friday afternoon after a leak at Koch Foods on Industrial Boulevard in Gainesville.

December 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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