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Flowery Branch: Hotel-motel tax gets first OK

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew already sees how new dollars from a proposed hotel-motel tax would benefit the city.

The town has just one hotel, Hampton Inn and Suites, which is under construction on Holland Dam Road at Spout Springs Road. It is expected to open this fall.

August 25, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fire marshal named Gainesville's deputy fire chief

Fire Marshal Jerome Yarbrough has been appointed deputy chief of the Gainesville Fire Department, city Fire Chief Jon Canada announced Thursday.

Yarbrough has worked for the city for 24 years and is a Georgia EMT-I. He has worked in the fire prevention division since 1997 as a fire inspector and arson investigator and as fire marshal for the last six years.

August 25, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Census ranks Forsyth as nation's 7th-fastest growing county

ATLANTA - Three Northeast Georgia counties rank as among the nation's 100 fastest-growing areas based on July 2007 housing estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.

August 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Car seat safety event is Friday

Safe Kids Gainesville-Hall County is sponsoring a free car seat check event from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. The event will be held at Target in Gainesville and will feature certified child passenger safety specialists checking car seats and providing education on proper installation.

August 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia promotes discount card for prescription drugs

Having trouble paying for prescription medicines? It seems there's no shortage of companies that want to help out.

First, there was Wal-Mart with its $4 generic prescriptions, a program that was quickly copied by other national pharmacy chains.

August 25, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Brenau University’s new students move into dorms

About 150 Brenau University students kissed curfews and parents goodbye Wednesday.

Parents driving overloaded minivans flooded the campus of Brenau University as freshmen and transfer students moved into residence halls. On Saturday, 315 returning students will move into university housing, an administrator said.

August 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


For a price, Hall County to let others use high-tech communications system

Hall County has been so satisfied with its improved emergency communications that it soon will offer surrounding areas the opportunity join the 800 MHz radio system.

August 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fay might bring rain to Northeast Georgia next week

Tropical Storm Fay has a mind of her own, and where she'll go next is anyone's guess, said Mike Griesinger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

August 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Volunteers honored by Red Cross

Toccoa Falls College faculty members Bill and Cynthia "Cyd" Quarterman had the rare opportunity to put some lifesaving skills to use last year.

The two longtime American Red Cross volunteers were vacationing on Tybee Island in June 2007 when they came to the aid of boy named Anthony Holland who nearly drowned in a swimming pool. Cyd breathed into the boy's mouth while her husband did chest compressions. After three cycles, the boy gurgled and began breathing on his own.

August 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


White County residents sue septic disposal business

After almost a year of protesting against a septic waste disposal facility in southern White County, some residents have decided to take a more drastic step.

August 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Deal protests Congress' adjournment

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, addressed members of the House Energy and Commerce committee Tuesday on the House floor as members of the GOP caucus continue to voice their displeasure with a failure to act on oil drilling before adjourning for a six-week recess.

August 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Reputed gang leader back in court

A jury could decide today whether reputed gang leader and frequent law enforcement target Charles Douglas Graham is guilty of selling cocaine and the designer drug Ecstacy.

August 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Marking an educational milestone: Brenau at 80

Brenau Academy may be a small boarding and day school, but it has a big history stretching back to 1928.

August 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Happy hour gets final approval in Gainesville

The Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday to approve an audit of commercial solid waste companies that legally operate within the city.

August 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Flowery Branch to consider hotel-motel tax

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August 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Ethics agency chief placed on leave following fine

ATLANTA - The head of the state ethics commission was placed on administrative leave with pay Friday, two days after a judge fined her $10,000 for failing to turn over key documents in a lawsuit against the agency and called her actions "dishonest and non-transparent."

September 06, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


DOT work could back up I-985 traffic

Motorists could see "large backups" next week as trees are trimmed on Interstate 985, Georgia Department of Transportation district spokeswoman Teri Pope said.

September 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cause of Friday’s power outage still being determined

About 625 customers in the Green Street and Park Hill Drive areas of Gainesville were without power for a period of time Friday afternoon.

September 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Businesses get boost during First Fridays on the square

Some downtown Gainesville businesses see a surge in traffic and sales on the first Friday each month, according to local business owners and managers.

September 06, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Deputy coroner from Lumpkin County arrested in Cumming

September 06, 2014 | Crystal Ledford Times Regional Staff | Local


Safety officers will remember 9/11 with Thursday memorial

Gainesville police and fire personnel will mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a public memorial service Thursday morning.

September 06, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


Power outage affected Green Street area

Power was restored by 3:30 p.m. Friday to most customers in the Green Street and Park Hill Drive areas of Gainesville.

September 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Morale rises after interim police chief takes over

Morale appears to be on the upswing at the Gainesville Police Department in the week since Chief Brian Kelly resigned, according to sources inside the force.

September 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


West Avenue Neighborhood Watch seeks more people

With only six people in attendance, a major theme of the first Neighborhood Watch meeting for West Avenue was getting more people to attend.

September 05, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Area disabled residents want better services

People with disabilities in the Gainesville area expressed a desire for better quality services and support at a meeting Thursday with the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities.

September 05, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | 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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