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Economy may make voters think twice about approving sales tax

In a down economy, voters, like consumers who are choosing to spend less, could say "no" to six more years of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, but one economic expert said retirees could help it pass.

March 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


United Community Bank announces layoffs

United Community Bank has become the latest bank to announced layoffs due to the economy.

Mike Infante, a bank spokesman in Blairsville, said United Community reduced its work force company-wide, including at the corporate level. He declined to say how many employees were let go. The workers were told of the layoffs last week.

March 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Corps will reopen Bolding Mill campground

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that Bolding Mill campground will reopen this year for the first time since 2005.

The park, located on the Chestatee River arm of Lake Lanier in North Hall, will open for the season on April 22 and close on Sept. 13.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Weekend honors Grady Young, education, builds scholarships

The Grady Young Foundation is gearing up for its sixth annual Memorial Weekend, which will focus on "recognizing service in our communities."

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville to receive stimulus funds for housing

At least one Gainesville department will get some of the federal stimulus money being given to local governments across the country.

March 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


FBI to help make law enforcement firing range ring more quietly

BRASELTON - The FBI will pay for the construction of a sound barrier at Braselton's Todd Helcher Memorial Firing Range.

March 16, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Dieting: It's all about the calories

When the weather turned warm last week, Georgians began wearing shorts and tank tops again. To their dismay, some found that the body they had been hiding under winter clothing was larger than what they remembered.

March 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Ladies group aims to keep troops cool

Sure it gets hot in Georgia come August, but it's even hotter in Afghanistan.

March 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rain expected this morning

The Hall County area enjoyed a good, soaking rain this weekend, with few, if any, reports of flooding.

March 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Sales tax can bring matching state cash for roads, libraries

SPLOST is often the mechanism that brings local funding to new construction projects.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Development slowdown prompts reassessment of planners' role

The economy hasn't throttled growth in South Hall, but it has changed the duties somewhat of key planners in Flowery Branch and Oakwood.

March 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dawson County: Communications honored for customer service

DAWSONVILLE - Dawson County has been recognized by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia's Fourth Annual County Excellence Award program.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Register children for kindergarten in Hall County

Kindergarten registration for Hall County school system children starting school this fall will take place at each of Hall County's elementary schools from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 through April 1 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 2.

Children not enrolled in Hall County schools who will be entering first grade should preregister during this time, too.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


More rain is on the way

Nearly 1 1/4 inches of rain have fallen in the past 24 hours at the National Weather Service recording station at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

March 15, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Zell Miller mourns loss of ‘old mountain ways’ in new book

Last semester, Zell Miller stepped back into the role of professor at Young Harris College.

March 15, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Gainesville: 4th side of downtown square for sale

Plans to develop the fourth side of the downtown Gainesville square have fallen through and the property owner is now looking to sell the site.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Schools struggle with religious expression on campus

For faculty at public schools, there is a fine line between the right to express personal religious belief and the need to respect the range of beliefs held by students.

August 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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