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Walking to school with ease: Flowery Branch may get help with sidewalks

Flowery Branch Elementary students some day may have new - and yet old-fashioned - ways to travel back and forth to school.

December 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


After being missing for 5 hours, child found with help from automated phone call

Gainesville police breathed a sigh of relief late Sunday night when a little girl who had gone missing from a holiday event earlier in the day was found safe and sound and returned home. She was located thanks to an emergency alert system put into action by the Gainesville school system.

December 15, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Lower fuel costs ease Hall County's budget woes

In a year in which local governments face tight budgets and low revenues, the sharp decrease in fuel prices could save Hall County from running a deficit, Finance Director Michaela Thompson said.

December 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Pearl Harbor: A date that still lives in infamy

At 91, Gene Bobo's memories of Dec. 7, 1941, are as vivid as if the tragic events of that day happened yesterday.

December 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


The winners of winter

CLEVELAND - Hall County Area Special Olympiads ended their annual area winter games Friday with a medal ceremony for high school and masters athletes.

December 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Church coffee shop to donate proceeds

HOSCHTON - New Community Church will soon begin selling coffee for a good cause.

December 14, 2008 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Hall County to investigate lead appraiser's taxes

A local watchdog group focusing on the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors has gotten the county's attention.

December 14, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville city attorney says Shuler violated no city policies

Gainesville officials found no evidence that former City Manager Bryan Shuler violated city policy by the time Shuler resigned on Nov. 13, according to Sam Harben, the attorney for the city's personnel board.

December 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


2 Jackson County jailers fired after inmate hanging

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has closed its investigation into the death of a Jackson County Jail inmate, and the findings have led to two jail employees losing their jobs.

"As a result of the internal investigation, two jail employees have been terminated from employment for failing to follow proper procedures," said Major David Cochran of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

December 13, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Memorial Park’s new funeral home chapel is a showplace

It once housed a supermarket and later became a church, but there is no sign of either in the newly renovated building that is now Memorial Park Funeral Home's North Riverside Chapel.

From Italian marble flooring in the foyer to high-tech video screens in the staterooms, the funeral home is owner Jack Frost's showplace.

December 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County tax payments trickling in

By Friday afternoon, 71 percent of Hall County property taxes had been paid, and though there are still more to process, Tax Commissioner Keith Echols said he thinks there will be more late tax payments this year than in the past.

"It's a little bit worse than what I thought it was going to be," Echols said.

December 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall tax board under fire again

A watchdog citizens' group alleges the county's chief appraiser incorrectly received a homestead exemption and owes almost $900 in back property taxes.

The allegations come months after an investigation and subsequent resignation of the former chairman of the board of tax assessors.

December 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Falcons’ fans fired up for semifinal road trip

Another road trip for Flowery Branch High football fans?

Not a problem.

December 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Local


North Georgia gospel trio gets Grammy nod

A couple of hometown girls received a nod in Thursday night's Grammy nominations.

December 13, 2008 | Kristen Morales | Local


Brenau University bestows honors on 3

Two community leaders and a longtime educator were honored at a ceremonial dinner Thursday night by Brenau University.

December 13, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Forsyth teen dies following June wreck that claimed grandfather's life

July 30, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


Gainesville to Hillcrest Avenue residents: Don’t block traffic

Hillcrest Avenue in Gainesville will not become a one-way street, for now, but residents will need to be careful not to block traffic when they ...

July 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


US House OKs short-term bill to fund highways, Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON - The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August ...

July 30, 2015 | BY JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Local


Leaders hope Christianity forum bridges denominational gaps

A forum scheduled for Aug. 12 at Grace Episcopal Church takes aim at defining Christianity, "beyond the catchphrases."

July 30, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Golf to teach character-building lessons to kids

Not many elementary P.E. classes include golf lessons, but Gainesville elementary schools want to use golf to teach their students healthy habits and values.

July 30, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lanier Flight Center charter service offers option of getting there faster

Lanier Flight Center's charter operations branch is about to add a $1.5 million jet to its fleet of general aviation aircraft.

July 30, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Badge & Bar: Defendant files to exclude use of word ‘victim,’ graphic photos

A defendant in a felony murder case, in which police believe an attempted drug deal led to a man's death, filed motions to exclude ...

July 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Local leaders disagree on how far Medicaid coverage should go as program celebrates 50 years

Wanda Turpin's medical problems are so numerous that she would be unable to receive the care she needs without Medicaid coverage.

July 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Son of Forsyth County state senator in critical condition

July 29, 2015 | By Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | Local


Eyes on the Road: Citizens roads group set to meet Thursday

A citizens group that monitors area road projects is set to hear about the soaring costs for right-of-way acquisition on a planned widening of Ga ...

July 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville High program aims to ease transition for freshmen

The transition from middle school to high school can be a challenge.

July 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


3 injured, 1 critically, in Dawsonville Highway wreck

A two-vehicle wreck on Dawsonville Highway in front of Gainesville First Church of the Nazarene injured three people, including one critically, Tuesday night, according to ...

July 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Family battling child’s rare blood disease

Christmas morning is supposed to be about smiles, laughter and good cheer.

July 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Citizen group aims to restore trust in SPLOST spending

The citizen review committee for the latest round of special purpose local option sales tax is the first of its kind in Hall County, and ...

July 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood manager wants cities, county to work closer on roads

Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown is calling for "better coordination and cooperation" between Hall County and its city governments on roads upkeep.

July 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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