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Most of Georgia's counties are 'distressed'

Dawson County's Local Option Sales-Tax collections are down by 20 percent; its planning and zoning fee revenues are down by 50 percent; officials cut more than $4 million out of the county budget; and commissioners are considering furlough days for county employees. But it's not economically distressed.

August 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Teen dies after Tuesday wreck

A 16-year-old girl involved in a multiple-vehicle crash Tuesday in Gainesville has died, a family member said.

August 19, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Flowery Branch adopts new, 'cleaned up' alcohol ordinance

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday to fuse together a series of older, alcohol beverage-related ordinances into one law.

August 19, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local

One injured in Dawsonville Highway wreck

A Georgia State patrolman works the scene of a Dawsonville Highway wreck involving a passenger car and a tractor trailer blocking traffic in the westbound lanes Wednesday afternoon. Traffic in the westbound lanes was detoured to Jay Mountain Road to get past the scene. One person was injured, though not seriously, in the wreck, which happened at about 1:45 p.m near Deepwater Drive.

August 19, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

Court documents: Spell stole $16 million, not $60 million

Wendell Spell is no Bernie Madoff, his lawyer says.

August 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Brenau's newest students move in

Some 300 new Brenau University students from across the country and around the world started moving onto campus Wednesday to get settled in before they start cracking the books on Monday.

August 19, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local

Officials want to consolidate Flowery Branch alcohol laws

Over the years, Flowery Branch passed an array of alcohol-related laws that, today, could be merged to form one document that, city officials hope, will be easier for the public to grasp and the city to administer.

August 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local

Seniors missing school tax break

A misunderstanding has left some Hall County seniors upset to learn they can no longer apply for a tax exemption.

August 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Gainesville mayor seeks input on annexation plans

Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras wants residents concerned about a proposed annexation of "island" properties to take their questions to the city's staff.

August 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Trial starts for woman accused in embezzlement

Managers at Gainesville transmission maker ZF Industries considered Charlotte Jo Baghose a dedicated, hardworking and diligent employee of 20 years.

August 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Forsyth County deputy who shot suspect is on leave

CUMMING - A suspected bank robber was killed Monday in what authorities say was the first shooting involving a Forsyth County sheriff's deputy since 2006.

August 18, 2009 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local

Saved historic photos now available with a click on the Web

Hundreds of historic photographs documenting the history of Hall County are now just a click away.

August 18, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local

Jefferson schools deal with surging enrollment

Three weeks into the school year and the Jefferson City School System already has reached and exceeded the number of students it had at the same point last year.

August 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Hall County's Bell asks Gainesville's support on regional commission decision

If Hall County chooses to withdraw its membership from a regional planning commission, it will need the blessing of the Gainesville City Council.

August 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Seven injured in four-vehicle wreck

Seven people were injured early Tuesday in a four-vehicle wreck that began when one motorist crossed the centerline of Ga. 369/Browns Bridge Road and struck another vehicle.

August 18, 2009 | From staff reports | Local

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Georgia lawmakers consider rules for Airbnb, rental sites

Finding ways to regulate and tax Internet-based travel accommodations such as Airbnb and other rental websites may be on the agenda for Georgia lawmakers when ...

September 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Hoschton entrepreneur is finalist in Martha Stewart American Made contest

Hoschton entrepreneur Joel Gephart is among the finalists in the design category of the Martha Stewart American Made competition, which had its online voting begin ...

September 22, 2015 | By LeAnne Akin Times regional staff reports | Local

Seventh annual Empty Bowl luncheon raises money for local food bank

The parable of feeding the 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish is one of a few lessons of Christ told in ...

September 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Former Atlanta Falcons running back charged with DUI

A former Atlanta Falcons running back was charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane by the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

September 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Delay holds up child support, welfare payments across state

State officials expect debit cards for more than 4,000 recipients of child support and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, including more than 50 individuals ...

September 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Trooper says sleepy driver caused I-985 wreck Monday

A Clarkston man allegedly fell asleep while driving on Interstate 985 Monday afternoon, leading to nonlife-threatening injuries for himself and two passengers, authorities said.

September 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Gainesville Parks and Recreation earns national reaccreditation

The Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department has earned reaccreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies and the National Recreation and Park ...

September 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Debate between Gainesville council candidates set for Thursday

With two longtime Gainesville City Council members stepping down this year, the Nov. 3 election to replace them may be rather competitive.

September 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Whelchel Smith joins a crowded field in Ward 3 race

Montine Whelchel Smith, an associate minister at St. John Baptist Church, announced her candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat in early September.

September 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

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