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Food, friends, fashion: Fundraiser benefits new group

"The Power of the Purse" kicked off Thursday's fundraiser for WomenSource, a new nonprofit organization to help educate and connect women with resources in the community.

The event took place on the lawn at Brenau University and featured food, music and a fashion show with local women and retailers.

September 16, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


9/11 memorials dominate the day in Northeast Georgia

The sound of fifth-graders' voices raised in patriotic song ended a day filled with ceremonies to honor the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

September 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Brenau holds political forum

The Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute will host a political forum open to the public Saturday featuring Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, North Georgia posts in the U.S. House of Representatives and candidates for the Georgia General Assembly.

September 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


HOV lanes to open on Interstate 85

The new High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on Interstate 85 southbound and on Ga. 316 westbound will be opened beginning late Thursday night with the lanes open by 5 this morning, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

September 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch grants alcohol license to eatery

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted Thursday night to approve a beer, wine and alcohol license for a new restaurant in the Stonebridge Village shopping center.

The council approved the license for Shogun Japanese Steakhouse on the condition that the applicant undergoes a criminal background check when renewing the license in 2010.

September 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville officials choose local contractor for parking deck job

Gainesville officials have chosen a local contractor to build the new downtown parking deck and plan to complete construction by July 2009.

Gainesville's own Optum Construction Group Inc. submitted the lowest bid for the cost of building the city's future 419-space parking deck that will stand in place of the current downtown deck by July 2009, Jarrett Nash, project manager for the construction, told City Council members Thursday.

September 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


On the road with Air Force One

GILLSVILLE - There is no airport in Gillsville, but Air Force One landed here earlier this week. It's parked in Donald Snare's driveway.

OK, it's not the real presidential aircraft, but it is a lifelike replica of the cockpit and presidential cabin of the plane used by Presidents Kennedy through the first Bush.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Unemployment claims double in Hall County

The number of unemployment claims in August more than doubled in Hall County from the same month a year ago. The Georgia Department of Labor released figures Thursday showing 945 people filed a first-time claim for unemployment insurance in August, compared with 471 in August 2007.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fast-food worker faked robbery, authorities say

CUMMING - If the employee of a local fast-food restaurant who reported a robbery Tuesday had it her way, she wouldn't have gotten caught.

As it turned out, however, Monica Montero Lane was arrested Thursday by Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies and charged with false statement and theft by taking.

September 15, 2008 | Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Police seek suspect in South Hall bank robbery

BRASELTON - A man robbed a Wachovia Bank this morning in Braselton, getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.

September 15, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Hall denies no-parking zone for subdivision

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided to stay out of neighborhood affairs when it voted unanimously to deny one neighborhood's request for a no-parking zone.

Some of the Southern Trace Subdivision neighbors, like Ronald and Lola Blackwell, accused others of having "weekend parties" where cars parked on the street posed a threat to public safety.

September 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Race for governor will be costly

A University of Georgia political scientist said that the race for governor in 2010 will come with a price tag of eight figures, a likely reason Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is beginning his exploratory campaign more than two years before the vote.

"He's lining up a date for the prom," said Charles Bullock, a UGA professor who analyzes state politics. He said Cagle is making sure that potential supporters don't commit to another candidate, such as Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, the only other Republican in the race.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gang’s leader gets 20 years for drug charges

Saying Charles Douglas Graham's criminal acts "can't be tolerated," a judge sentenced the admitted gang leader to 20 years in prison Wednesday.

September 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Panel: School board candidates should have education, face drug tests

The state Board of Education is reviewing a report by the Committee for School Board Excellence that proposes local school board members be held to statutory requirements that could include drug tests and the completion of a high school education.

September 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall school superintendent has favorable talks with US education secretary

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings recently lent an ear to four Atlanta-area school system superintendents, one of whom was Hall County schools superintendent Will Schofield.

September 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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University of North Georgia adds film degree as Georgia industry grows

As Georgia's film industry booms, creating billions of dollars in annual wages, the University of North Georgia wants to help its students enter the field.

May 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Mixed-use proposal follows opening of new hospital

A proposed residential and commercial project along Friendship Road in South Hall could establish a trend for developers looking to piggyback on the opening this spring of North Georgia Medical Center hospital in Braselton.

May 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


McEver Road turn lanes hit snag

The exact scope of a Flowery Branch road project is still up in the air as city and county officials continue ironing out an intergovernmental agreement regarding financial responsibility.

May 29, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Ask The Times: Work for bridges over Chattahoochee portion of Lake Lanier set to begin July 1

I would like to know plans for paving the bridge on Ga. 53 at the edge of Gainesville city limits. The east side of the bridge looks brand new, while the west side looks like a patchwork quilt.

May 29, 2015 | | Local




Neighbors report explosions in fire that destroyed doublewide home

A mobile home was destroyed in East Hall County late Thursday night.

May 29, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Bruner seeking re-election to Gainesville City Council

Gainesville Councilwoman Ruth Bruner has announced that she will seek reelection this fall.

May 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


GSP: Dancing teen caused serious Sardis Road wreck

A 17-year-old dancing on Sardis Road is believed to be the cause of a wreck that injured five people, sending one to the hospital in serious condition.

May 29, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Recognizing a need and fulfilling it

While farmers, gardeners and growers typically spend the summer with plenty of crops, many children find themselves without enough food during the summer months.

May 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Roosevelt Square renovation designs released

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt arrived in Gainesville to deliver an impassioned speech about revitalizing the city following a deadly tornado in 1936, he could not have envisioned plans today to honor and build upon the legacy of a square bearing his name.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Schools recommend 4 for leadership spots

Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield announced the recommendation of four hires for leadership positions Thursday, with the nods to officially be brought before the school board's called personnel meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

May 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall officials approve additional funding for Glades Reservoir study

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved an additional $1.5 million in funding for AECOM, a firm contracted by the Army Corps of Engineers, to complete an environmental impact statement on the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


1 seriously injured in Sardis Road wreck

Four people were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center - one with serious injuries - after a collision Tuesday afternoon on Sardis Road.

May 28, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville CFO named interim city manager

Gainesville's chief financial officer, Melody Marlowe, has been named interim city manager while officials seek a permanent replacement for Kip Padgett.

May 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Metro Gainesville unemployment rate drops to 4.7 percent

The unemployment rate for the metro Gainesville area, which includes all of Hall County, ticked down to 4.7 percent in April, its lowest mark since April 2008, in numbers released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

May 28, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


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