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House, Senate pit state vs. regions in transportation sales tax

The members of the state House and Senate agree there is a need for an additional sales tax to pay for transportation projects. How that happens has the two chambers on different roads.

March 23, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville disputes annexation speed trap rap

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has called for a public hearing April 9 to discuss Gainesville's plans to annex a section of Interstate 985, an issue that has caused tension between the two governments.

March 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Ponzi scheme price: $60M stolen from 50; guilty man faces up to 20 years

The staggering scope of the largest fraud case in Hall County history was revealed in federal court Monday, where Wendell Ray Spell admitted to defrauding at least 50 people of more than $60 million in a Ponzi scheme.

March 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Job, children keep Hall County clerk busy

Hall County's clerk has a lot on her plate.

March 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Healthy Monday: 'Observation' could decide whether patient's stuck with entire tab

"He was admitted to the hospital for observation." You've heard that phrase plenty of times. But what does it really mean?

March 23, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jefferson schools face making improvements despite low revenues

Even in the face of state budget cuts, area school systems still have to educate students.

March 23, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Grady Young Foundation declares weekend successful

Some golfers didn't want to leave the Chattahoochee Golf Course, the weather was so good.

March 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Trout season begins Saturday

HELEN - Tom Query has Saturday circled on his calendar.

March 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Good News Clinics needs donations

Diminished by the recession, nonprofit foundations aren't able to donate to charitable causes as much as they used to.

March 23, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Women's Civic Club aims to update Hoschton's welcome signs

HOSCHTON - The two "Welcome to Hoschton" signs that greet visitors entering the city via Ga. 53 will soon get a face-lift, compliments of the Hoschton Women's Civic Club.

The signs, which the club erected in 1998, will be replaced by two wooden signs that celebrate the "old and new" in Hoschton.

March 22, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


New Riverside Military commander is a 'great gentleman'

A new era begins at Riverside Military Academy this June once Col. James Benson assumes the role of academy president.

March 22, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hundreds of volunteers tackle 60 projects countywide

Saturday was a great day for service.

March 22, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Is Hall County ready for organic?

Tim Mathias has eaten $300,000 worth of food in three years - or at least the cost of it.

March 21, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Longstreet faithful gather to tidy hotel

Members of the Longstreet Society gathered Saturday morning at the historical Piedmont Hotel to help clean, rake and mow around the hotel once owned by one of Gainesville's most famous residents, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet.

March 21, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Jefferson schools discuss applying for charter status

To transition or not to transition to a charter system - that is the question on the minds of members of the Jefferson City Schools Board of Education and system staff.

March 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Lakeview Academy kicks off school year with tradition

A bell tolls across Lakeview Academy's grounds, signaling the official start of the school year on Wednesday.

August 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Eyes on the Road: New traffic lanes help DOT construct median

Traffic is split on Ga. 347/Friendship Road as part of a Georgia Department of Transportation widening project.

August 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


New website showcases state rules, regulations

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has launched a new website for the rules and regulations of the Peach State.

August 18, 2015 | Times Staff Reports | Local


Hall considers precinct reduction, polling location changes

Hall County is considering reducing the number of voting precincts and shifting some polling locations to lower costs, streamline operations and mitigate risk.

August 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jerry Bowers ‘made content come to life’

Jerry Bowers, a retired longtime North Hall High history teacher, had a penchant for telling stories.

August 18, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Lula councilman annoyed over committee appointments

When tempers flare in city council meetings, it's usually not over the mayor's committee appointments.

August 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau students move in Tuesday

More than 300 new students are making a home at Brenau University.

August 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville approves zoning Catholic church

Gainesville City Council gave the final OK Tuesday for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta to proceed with building a church campus on Smith Road ...

August 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities: Six charged in armed robbery of rifle, drugs

Four Gainesville men and a 15-year-old allegedly robbed at gunpoint a person who was carrying a rifle and marijuana, authorities said Tuesday.

August 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Man charged with rape of 15-year-old

A Gainesville man was arrested and charged Saturday with rape involving a 15-year-old, according to authorities.

August 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Ex-Hall Commissioner Steve Gailey will seek chairman’s post next year

Former Hall County Commissioner Steve Gailey will run for the chairman's post on the board in 2016.

August 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Dealership fire damage limited thanks to burst pipe

A water line bursting may have helped prevent fire from spreading Monday night at the Hayes Chrysler dealership on Frontage Road in Oakwood.

August 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Friendship Elementary gets visit from film industry leaders

A green wine bottle smashes into the back of U.S. Rep. Doug Collins' head, and a room full of children burst into laughter.

August 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Chestnut Mountain property no longer in contention for Lanier Tech relocation

One site considered for the planned relocation of Lanier Technical College appears to no longer be on the table.

August 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Qualifying packets now available for Gainesville council races

Gainesville's Nov. 3 City Council elections are closing in and prospective candidates can obtain packets, which contain all documents to qualify, from the city ...

August 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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