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Proposed Flowery Branch historic district debated

FLOWERY BRANCH - Local residents and property owners pleaded Thursday night for Flowery Branch City Council to leave them out of a proposed historic district for the town or kill plans for the district altogether.

"What this town needs is construction, not preservation," said Dan Puckette during a public hearing at the Historic Depot on Railroad Avenue. "I don't think you need to ram this down people's throats. It's their property - let them do what they want."

July 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville looks at starting ‘happy hour’

Gainesville may soon see happier hours.

The Gainesville City Council has asked city staff to find a way to allow for "happy hours" in the city's alcoholic beverage ordinances.

July 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Grant puts undergraduates in field for hands-on study

A professor at North Georgia College & State University is trying to lure students out of the classroom and into research laboratories.

July 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Falling tree kills Gillsville man

An elderly Banks County man was killed Tuesday night when a large tree fell into his bedroom during a thunderstorm, though his wife survived because she had decided to sleep in the living room.

Lloyd Echols, 70, was asleep in bed when he suffered a fatal head injury at about 10 p.m., said Gene Hart, chairman of the Banks County Board of Commissioners.

July 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Judge: Child molester must face 15 years in prison

A judge said she felt sympathy for the mother of a 20-year-old man serving a 15-year prison term for molesting a 4-year-old girl, but wouldn't budge on the sentence.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


How safe is Lanier?

After a disastrous Fourth of July weekend in which four people died in Lake Lanier within 48 hours, officials are examining whether anything could have been done to prevent the tragedies.

July 13, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New Chestnut Mountain Elementary is ready for its close-up

The newest and biggest Hall County elementary school will hear its first pitter-patter of little feet Friday as students and parents get a sneak peek of the new Chestnut Mountain Elementary School.

July 13, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall woman accused of embezzling $1 million

Peggy Leigh Walker, who worked in the accounting department of Buford toolmaker Makita USA for nearly 20 years, owes her former employer $3 million.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ga. delegation checks on Army corps manual updates for Lanier

A delegation from the Georgia General Assembly, including state Sen. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, was in Washington on Wednesday to meet with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding Lake Lanier.

The delegation was led by state Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, and included Hawkins; Sen. Ross Tolleson, R-Perry; Rep. Tom Knox, R-Cumming; Rep. John Heard, R-Lawrenceville; and Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming.

July 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Enota's Meadors named High Performance Principal

The principal of Enota Elementary School is among 112 named Wednesday as High Performance Principals in an announcement by Gov. Sonny Perdue and state school Superintendent Kathy Cox.

July 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Dawsonville marsupials appearing on 'Today' show

The directors of the Kangaroo Conservation Center hopped on a plane to New York City with four of their marsupials Tuesday to make an appearance on NBC's "Today" show.

July 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Judicial nominee charged with family violence battery

A Gainesville lawyer who was nominated for a state court judgeship to be appointed by the governor has a misdemeanor domestic violence case pending in state court.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Judge ponders lawsuit over teen’s hanging

Lawyers for a Gainesville special-needs school where a troubled teen hanged himself in 2004 say his parents have no grounds to sue under a federal law.

The attorney representing the parents of 13-year-old Jonathan King said the case is important to the futures of "countless other severely behaviorally disordered children across the state" and what policies will be in place to protect them from themselves and others.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


City planners take no action on neighborhood zoning

Gainesville's Planning and Appeals board left unresolved an issue that has divided city residents and forced board members to question the boundaries of their powers to rezone property in the city.

July 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


High court contemplates Hall sex offender case

Three-time sex offender William James Santos couldn't register his home with local authorities because he had no home, his lawyers told Georgia's highest court this week.

July 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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State tax revenue totals $1.46B for November

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the state collected about $1.46 billion in net taxes during the month of November. Deal says the total is up roughly $60.5 million from November of 2013.

December 04, 2014 | Wire reports | Local


Authorities in Cumming say shoplifters took $1,000 in goods

Authorities are searching for two suspects who reportedly shoplifted at least $1,000 of merchandise from the Cumming Walmart late Wednesday night.

December 04, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Lanier Tech named state’s top technical college

When it comes to performance, education and development at technical colleges, Lanier Tech is ranked as the best in Georgia.

December 04, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville Police Department equips officers with body cameras

In her 25-year career with the Gainesville Police Department, interim chief Carol Martin watched the evolution of police technology. Gone are the days of VHS car camera videos, with everything now becoming digitized and downloaded.

December 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Miller aiming to ‘tend the garden’ planted

Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle joined in honoring state Sen. Butch Miller at a fundraiser Thursday night at the Robson Event Center.

December 04, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Green Street closing today for holiday event

The busy traffic on Green Street today will be people instead of cars as Gainesville celebrates its annual Christmas on Green festivities.

December 04, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch cuts liquor license fees

The fee for Flowery Branch businesses to sell distilled spirits has been lowered after local restaurant owners complained the original rates were too high.

December 04, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville airport move could boost area economy

Planes four times larger than previously allowed now can land at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, a move that some believe could boost economic development.

December 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




New state-mandated profiles to assess kindergarten readiness

A child entering kindergarten may already know how to read, while a classmate may not know one letter of the alphabet.

December 04, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Seniors warmed by group's gesture

Over 80 residents of Bell Minor Nursing Home were treated to handmade "lap cozies" from members of the Hall County Quilt Guild on Wednesday during a small morning reception in Gainesville.

December 04, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Lake group hopes to install lights on Lanier’s north side

Bill Tannahill saw firsthand how glowing solar lights placed atop hazard markers in Lake Lanier helped him and his family find the way home on a very dark night.

December 04, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Badge & Bar: Flowery Branch holds silent auction for charity

Flowery Branch is hosting a silent auction Saturday to fund its Shop With a Cop program benefiting needy children.

December 03, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local




Georgia joins 17-state lawsuit against Obama's immigration action

Georgia and 16 other states are filing suit against President Barack Obama's immigration executive action.

December 03, 2014 | From staff, wire reports | Local


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