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Local governments: No new taxes this year

Taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief - taxes will not go up this year.

Hall County cut more than $5 million to keep costs down. And both Hall County and Gainesville school systems will maintain the same millage rates as fiscal year 2009.

June 08, 2009 | By Melissa Weinman and Jessica Jordan mweinman@gainesvilletimes.com; jjordan@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Regions property could become green space

Now that the legal struggle is settled, the site of the Regions Operations Center on Jesse Jewell Parkway may one day be turned into green space.

The 1.23-acre tract was not part of the original plan for City View Center - a planned high-rise hotel and office complex touted as a keystone of redeveloping Gainesville's Midtown. Now that Gainesville City Center owns the property as part of an out-of-court settlement with Regions, developer Wendell Starke said he still has no plans to incorporate the tract into his development. Doing so would only delay the development more than the lawsuit ...

June 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County may use SPLOST to pay sewer debt

South Hall sewer users could avoid the high sewer rates proposed by the county earlier this year.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided at its Monday work session to use SPLOST VI funds to help pay the debt owed on the Mulberry Creek Sewer Project. An actual vote will come at Thursday's 5 p.m. board meeting.

June 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


As Relay for Life grew, so did the traffic

As Hall County Relay for Life participants recover from this past weekend's overnight walkathon, they also might be trying to shake off memories of the traffic crunch at Road Atlanta.

Some 22,000 people attended the American Cancer Society's annual fundraiser, compared to 10,000 last year, creating a logjam at the track off Winder Highway.

June 08, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville teachers concerned about planned salary cut

A flat $100 to $200 pay cut proposal has new and more experienced Gainesville school system teachers squaring off.

In a Monday meeting in which the Gainesville school board tentatively adopted a $51 million general fund budget, school board members fielded comments from several teachers who voiced concerns regarding the proposed pay cut, which would last no longer than two years.

June 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Budding chefs learn skills in new school program

Drew Smith may just be heading to the eighth grade, but she is already taking steps to plan out her future as an adult.

Instead of wasting away on her sofa all summer, the budding chef decided to enroll in a culinary summer camp to further sharpen her cooking skills.

June 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Missing Lumpkin County teen found safe in Alabama

A Lumpkin County teenager who disappeared in May has been found, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office.

Hannah Thompson, 16, was found unharmed Thursday in Etowah County, Ala.

June 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson officials start budget talks

JEFFERSON - It's nearly halfway through the current fiscal year and the city of Jefferson is getting started on the 2010 budget.

Monday's City Council work session marked the first budget presentation discussion for the upcoming year. Unlike many other municipalities, the Jefferson fiscal year is the same as a regular calendar year instead of beginning in July.

June 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lula professor wins $1,000 a week for year in lottery

A Piedmont College professor is feeling "surprised" following a $52,000 lottery win.

Robert Wainberg, 55, of Lula won $1,000 a week for a year from matching five out of six winning numbers plus the Free Ball in the May 27 Win for Life drawing.

June 08, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville teachers disagree on pay cut calculations

A flat $100 to $200 monthly pay cut proposal has new and more experienced Gainesville school system teachers squaring off.

June 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall may use SPLOST funds to pay debt on Mulberry project

South Hall sewer users could avoid the high sewer rates proposed by the county earlier this year.

June 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Police: Commerce man kills young grandson

COMMERCE - Police say a Jackson County man has shot and killed his 6-year-old grandson and wounded his wife before being shot by police.

Police said Sunday they shot 55-year-old Robert L. Clark after he opened fire on police.

June 08, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


2 colleges team up to expand course offerings

Young Harris College and North Georgia Technical College are working together to bring more coursework to both students at both institutions.

June 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Summer makes an early entrance this week

The summer heat that Georgians know well is arriving this week.

June 07, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Screamin’ Eagles look for landing at nationals

It's been another successful season for the Screamin' Eagles.

June 07, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


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Gas prices drop and family travel rises during holidays

Georgia residents are in luck this holiday season, as gas prices hang well below $3 just in time for family travels.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


House Study Committee voices support of Common Core

Parents, teachers, superintendents and state legislators are warily supportive of Common Core standards.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Jingle Mingle brings chicken lighting, celebration to downtown Gainesville

A family-filled event included kiddie train rides and free horse-drawn carriage rides with the evening culminating in the lighting of the Main Street Market's Holiday Chicken, which sits atop the building. This year's lighting was accompanied by a sound and light show by Deb and Don Harkrider. Adults could also marvel at the beautifully lit trees adorning the square. Stores on the square decorated for the season and extended their hours, allowing shoppers extra time to find and purchase Christmas gifts.

November 21, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Hall County man reported missing

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man reported missing since Tuesday afternoon.

November 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Concerns emerge as Kubota deal moves forward

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has approved a rezoning needed for the estimated $100 million expansion of Kubota Manufacturing of America into the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man killed in West Avenue shooting in Gainesville

Gainesville police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting on West Avenue that led to a 21-year-old's death.

November 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Foundation honors two couples for philanthropy

Two area couples were honored Thursday for their generosity and service to the community at an annual philanthropy luncheon.

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man surrenders following standoff at Laurel Park

A man suspected of child enticement surrendered to authorities following an hour-and-a-half standoff Thursday at Laurel Park.

November 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County Schools projector installations underway

The traditional classroom setting, with students poring over notes and teachers scribbling on chalkboards, is a thing of the past.

November 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville approves new guidelines for tax district funding

Gainesville City Council has approved new policies and procedures for the ways redevelopment projects seeking Tax Allocation District financing are evaluated and approved.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula hopes to restore its caboose, a downtown fixture

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annual deer hunt closes southern corps’ parks

November 20, 2014 | Times regional staff | 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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