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Prostitution goes high-tech

Some are paid with playing cards or poker chips for 15-minute allotments in run-down houses.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


No bail for 3 suspects in blue jean caper

DAWSONVILLE - Authorities say they believe at least one suspect arrested after Tuesday's botched burglary at the Dawsonville outlet mall was involved in a similar burglary in Buckhead, during which a female employee was assaulted.

June 24, 2008 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


A starry night of fireworks and music

Gainesville State College took on the atmosphere of a summer picnic Friday evening as thousands turned out for fireworks, fun and, of course, music.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Maple Street building to become parking lot

Gainesville appears ready to tear down the old Greater South Supply building at 320 Maple St.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


State OKs Gainesville charter system plan

The State Board of Education voted 8-2 Thursday to approve the Gainesville school system's application to become a charter school system.

The Charter Systems Act gives school systems freedom from some state restrictions so that they can develop innovative ways to increase student achievement, but it also makes school systems more accountable for academic results.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Village at Deaton Creek involved in nationwide EPA settlement

Four of the nation's largest homebuilders, including one with a major residential development in Hall County, have agreed to pay $4.3 million in fines for failing to control runoff at construction sites in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County budget plan won’t increase tax rates

The Hall County budget for fiscal year 2009 was presented at Thursday afternoon's commission meeting to mixed reviews.

The budget, presented by Hall County Finance Director Michaela Thompson, did not increase the millage, or tax rate - in fact a slight decrease is proposed - and was drafted to make cuts to counteract lower revenues and a slumping economy.

June 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Ingles grocery sprouts in South Hall

The expansion of new retail shopping in South Hall County gains another player on Saturday as Ingles, the North Carolina-based supermarket chain, opens a store at 4260 Winder Highway, near the Martin Road intersection.

"This is an 80,000-square-foot store with a pharmacy, a fuel center and a car wash," said Ron Freeman, chief financial officer of Ingles.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Volunteers help send greetings to soldiers overseas

"Worst-case scenario, if you send a MARSgram to a guy on a ballistic-missile submarine that only surfaces every three months, he probably won't get it for a few months," Chuck Leming said.

Leming, the Georgia MARS training officer, was not talking about the candy bar nor the red planet. Leming was referring to a way of messaging soldiers overseas, the MARSgram.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Company wins national award for completion of Hall jail

"On time and on budget" was the mantra when Hall County's $54 million jail was built on Barber Road last year.

June 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Camp’s art mirrors life

Like kids in a candy shop, the class eagerly crowded around the drawers and boxes of the art supply station. They sifted their fingers through the assortment of supplies, which included everything from seashells and sequins to Popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville schools: Ballowe doesn’t have the answers

Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe was unable to provide definitive answers Wednesday for why the district has amassed a $6.6 million deficit over two years or why this year's budget has huge spending increases in several areas.

Instead, Ballowe pushed off specific questions about the district's spending to chief financial officer Janet Allison.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water babies: Little ones learn to swim at Green Street pool

Sunshine and splashes abounded Thursday as kids, with the help of kickboards and their parents, made their way around the Green Street Pool during the Water Babies class.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville denies schools' request for tax collection waiver

Gainesville City Council voted Thursday morning to deny the Gainesville school board's request to not charge the system the city's 1 percent fee for property tax collection and sending out tax notices.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ceremony marks end of first phase of Flowery Branch streetscape project

Melting ice cream and a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of Flowery Branch's phase one streetscape project.

Former DOT Chairman Mike Evans and state Rep. James Mills, who were instrumental in securing the funding for the $321,000 project, spoke to the crowd of about 30 people at the celebration Wednesday afternoon in the railroad depot.

June 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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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


Human bones found by hunters in Dawson

December 03, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Bus, vehicle collide in front of East Hall Middle

No students were injured when a Hall County school bus and vehicle collided on the bus' morning route Wednesday.

December 03, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Health care panel’s report due Dec. 31

A legislative joint study committee addressing violence against health care workers now has until Dec. 31 to complete its report.

December 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tadmore Elementary student video in GEMA contest finals

Nothing says "emergency preparedness" quite like a winter weather jingle.

December 03, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Officials offer reward for info in high school powder scare in Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch High School has returned to normal after a brief scare Tuesday morning involving a note containing a powdery substance.

December 03, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Winter supplies arrive for children in need

The second annual Winter Wonderful has arrived, which means free coats, hats, gloves and more for kids.

December 03, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


Dooley makes book tour stop in area

For a moment, Vince Dooley is back on the sideline at Sanford Stadium, wide-eyed at what his freshman star Herschel Walker was about to achieve.

December 03, 2014 | David Thackham | Local


Local property tax abatement, cell tower relocation agreed upon to secure Kubota deal

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority voted Tuesday to approve, among other items, a "Repayment Agreement" between the county and Kubota Manufacturing of America over the purchase of 180 acres in the Gateway Industrial Centre in North Hall.

December 03, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Eyes on the Road: City to move water lines as part of project

Gainesville has begun the process to move water lines on U.S. 129/Athens Highway, which the Georgia Department of Transportation has targeted for widening.

December 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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