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Many lament loss of diversion center

Georgia's prison chief said Thursday that a 100-bed diversion center scheduled for closure Oct. 1 will be converted into a center where felony probationers under heavy supervision will be required to report daily.

August 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Customers take advantage of tax free holiday

A sign welcoming shoppers to Lakeshore Mall on Thursday proclaimed "Save it for your tank!"

August 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville Diversion Center falls victim to budget cuts

The Georgia Department of Corrections has announced the Gainesville Diversion Center will close Oct. 1 due to agency budget constraints.

August 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


About 100 dogs seized in Lumpkin cruelty case

DAHLONEGA - Lumpkin County sheriff's officials raided an alleged puppy mill Wednesday, seizing close to 100 small dogs that were kept in what authorities said were crowded and substandard living conditions.

August 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce touts record year for business investment

The Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce reported Thursday that new investments set a county record in the fiscal year ending June 30.

August 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville council hears proposed 'happy hour' ordinance

Happy hours soon could become a part of the Gainesville day, but not all the city's council members are pleased.

August 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County Humane Society abandoning euthanasia

The Humane Society of Hall County announced Thursday will end its contract with Hall County Animal Control as of July 1, 2009.

Humane Society president Rick Aiken said the nonprofit organization's board of directors voted this week to operate a "selective admission" shelter, which will not euthanize animals simply because of lack of space.

August 04, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Starting today, $9 will freeze credit reports

A new law goes into effect today that will allow Georgia consumers to protect themselves from the ever-growing concern of identity theft.

August 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Children's flotation gear may be less than safe

Renee Reeves' two young grandsons swim almost every day in her backyard pool near Murrayville. She always made sure the 20-month-old, Phoenix, was dressed in a one-piece "flotation" swimsuit to keep him buoyant.

August 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall County school system welcomes 275 new teachers

Allison Carpenter is returning to the stomping grounds of her youth, this time as a teacher.

August 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Longwood parking lot to close for 4 days for repaving

The main parking lot to one of Gainesville's most popular parks will close for four days next month.

August 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall fire department investigating Lula Road house fire

Hall County Fire Services is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a home at 8071 Lula Road Tuesday morning.

August 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Waffle House wants to cook in Flowery Branch

Waffle House is looking to locate in Flowery Branch, but the restaurant chain wants to do so under the city's old sewer rates.

August 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


For decades, Gainesville Toastmasters Club has taught speaking, leadership

On quiet evenings at the Hall County Library, a handful of people get together for the "best kept secret" in town and encourage each other to do what the librarians don't - speak.

August 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Federal mortgage help too late for many

For 162 property owners, any mortgage relief is coming too late. Their homes or land in Hall County are in foreclosure and due to be sold at public auction in front of the courthouse Tuesday.

August 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Gainesville water rates to remain unchanged

Gainesville City Council voted 4-1 today to leave water rates unchanged and raise the account service fee 85 cents.

September 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities searching water for drowning victim

Authorities are searching this morning for the victim of a possible drowning reported Monday night, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

September 02, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville botanical garden renamed

The previously dubbed Smithgall Woodland Garden is now called the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville.

September 02, 2014 | BY KRISTEN OLIVER koliver@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Good weather propels Ga. 347 work

Orange construction barrels are scattered across 7 miles of Ga. 347 as road crews are taking advantage of the summer's good weather to move along two separate widening efforts in what is Hall County's biggest road project.

September 02, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville councilman spearheads neighborhood watch

A Gainesville city councilman, working with the police department, is organizing a neighborhood watch program for the location of two recent West Avenue killings.

September 02, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Possible drowning reported near Big Creek Park

A possible drowning Monday night was the second incident of the day to mar the end of the holiday weekend on Lake Lanier.

September 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | 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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