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Fewer houses, more businesses going up

Recently released building permit figures indicate residential building is down 63 percent in unincorporated Hall County so far this year, while commercial building is on a slight upswing.

Last year, 339 residential building permits were obtained from Hall County government from January through March, but only 125 were granted in that same time period this year, according to Hall County Building Inspection Services.

April 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Medical Center Foundation wants to make Hall healthier

If you've got an idea for improving the health of Hall County residents, the Medical Center Foundation wants to hear from you.

April 19, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Carpet maker's closing puts Dahlonega in 'crisis'

DAHLONEGA - Less than six months ago, Dahlonega Mayor Gary McCullough met with representatives of Mohawk Carpets to discuss a $3 million to $5 million expansion of their carpet yarn plant in Dahlonega.

April 19, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Businesses, road reopen after smoke detector in trash can triggers bomb scare

A bomb scare at the Dawsonville branch of the U.S. post office Monday afternoon ended when authorities discovered that a smoke detector was the source of a suspicious beeping from a trash can.

April 19, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Teen arrested near Skelton Road

A 17-year-old Gainesville man was arrested Monday after allegedly spray-painting gang graffiti on Victory Baptist Church. Hall County sheriff's officers saw Victoriano Lopez-Hernandez fighting with two individuals who bound his arms and legs and carried him into a residence on Skelton Road. The individuals were Lopez-Hernandez' brothers, who were trying to keep him from continuing to vandalize the church, officers said. Officers found that Lopez-Hernandez had been drinking, and charged him with underage consumption of alcohol, disorderly conduct, vandalism of a place of worship and violation of the street gang and terrorism act, according to the Hall County Sheriff ...

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


US 129 construction closes inside lanes

The inside shoulders and inside lanes of U.S. 129 will be closed in each direction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday. The closures will start at Ridge Road and run to Athens Street for construction of the new curb and gutter.

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Officials release sketch of robbery suspect

The Gainesville Police Department is continuing its investigation into the armed robbery that occurred March 12 at the Waffle House on Pentee Drive. During the robbery, three black males entered the business. One of them brandished a handgun and demanded cash from the clerk.

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia budget leaves Gainesville State College pleased, Lanier Tech 'cautiously optimistic'

Pardon Michael Moye for not getting overly excited about the state legislature's approval of funding for two needed construction projects.

April 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Amicalola, Unicoi go green to save money

Georgia's state parks already have a reputation for being "green," but now they're taking it a step further.

April 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


UGA student claims he was profiled

Jim Diffly says he was questioned by the FBI for taking pictures of a Gainesville poultry plant because of how he looks.

Local and federal authorities say Diffly was questioned because of what he was doing.

April 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Despite rain, Lanier still far from full

Recent rains have boosted Lake Lanier levels up by half a foot in the past week, according to the National Weather Service.

Gainesville received four-tenths of an inch of rain during the last two days of March, and lake levels continued to creep upward. On Friday and Saturday, about 1.5 inches fell in the area, raising water levels from 1,056.57 feet above sea level on March 30 to 1,057.03 feet on Sunday.

April 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Iraqi boy to have surgery in the US

All indications are that another Iraqi child has made it the United States to receive life-saving heart surgery thanks to the intervention of a Gainesville native.

Maj. Kevin Jarrard, a Marine from Gainesville who is currently in Iraq, has worked closely with the father of little Ammar Haddad Muhammad, a 5-year-old Iraqi boy. Jarrard has been clearing IEDs with father Hammad, who is an Iraqi police captain.

April 17, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Gainesville police, fire budgeting for growth

Two of the most expensive city-funded departments have asked the Gainesville City Council to consider the effects of city growth when tightening the belt on their departments' budgets.

April 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Bike races in downtown Gainesville lure hundreds of spectators, racers

Hundreds of cyclists turned out Sunday to wheel through the streets of downtown Gainesville for the third leg of the Georgia Cup racing series.

April 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Forest Service plans to assess trail conditions in the Jake and Bull Mountain area

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input on the future of a popular trail system near Dahlonega.

April 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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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


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


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


Remembrance wreaths to honor fallen veterans

Each year, Wreaths Across America holds a wreath-laying ceremony in Arlington and other cemeteries across the nation to remember and honor the country's veterans.

November 26, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


Heart-transplant recipient beats lymphoma

In the nearly 22 years of his son's life, Doug Carter recalls five moments in the last year so clearly.

November 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State leaders weigh in on closed Hall crossing

Local state lawmakers are now speaking out on the controversial closing of the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing after receiving a letter this week from county officials calling for a more thorough explanation.

November 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities: Homeless man drowned in Lake Lanier

November 26, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


Gainesville residents rally in support of Ferguson

The aftermath of a grand jury's decision this week not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown continues to resonate around the nation, and about two dozen residents took to the street Wednesday outside the Hall County courthouse in downtown Gainesville in a "call to action."

November 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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