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Federal tobacco tax to go up in April

On April 1, the federal tax on cigarettes will jump from 39 cents per pack to $1.01. Not surprisingly, many smokers would like to stock up on cigarettes now, to save a little money before the price increase goes into effect.

March 19, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jury to get murder case today

Hall County jurors will be asked today to decide whether a woman killed by a gunshot to the head committed suicide or was murdered.

March 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch council clashes over inspections contract

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council has OK'd a contract with a local company to provide building and soil erosion inspections, as well as construction management and minor construction work.

March 19, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Budget woes may hit crossing guards

As the Gainesville Police Department prepares its budget for next year, Chief Frank Hooper has notified Gainesville schools the department may not be able to fund crossing guards next school year.

March 19, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville one of nation’s fastest-growing areas

Gainesville and two other cities are tied for third among the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. between 2007-08, according to Census Bureau estimates released today.

March 19, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Some officials seek to strengthen sunshine laws

It is possible that Georgia's sunshine laws may be shining brighter in the coming years.

March 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Only 2 precincts voted ‘no’ to SPLOST

Turnout for Tuesday's SPLOST vote was low- only 9 percent of voters decided the fate of the countywide sales tax.

March 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville State building funds slashed

House budget writers have slashed $6.2 million from a proposed academic building at Gainesville State College, leaving college officials with a planned building and not enough money to pay for it.

March 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


National columnist pledges donation during for the Gainesville Care Center

Conservative columnist Cal Thomas went so far as to offer up his own money when he urged anti-abortion supporters to give theirs Tuesday to the Gainesville Care Center.

March 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Caterpillar to shut Jefferson facility

The closing of a Caterpillar fuel system facility in Jefferson has caught some area officials by surprise.

March 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


SPLOST wins passage from Hall voters

Hall County residents have voted to extend SPLOST for another six years.

March 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Dahlonega elects new councilmember; Lula rejects liquor sales

The new Dahlonega city councilman was able to snag his seat Tuesday with just four more votes than the competition.

March 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hester’s team starts defense against 2007 murder charge

Two experts differed in court Tuesday on how they interpreted tiny specks of blood found near the body of a woman who prosecutors say was murdered.

March 17, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Realtor: Price cuts spark renewed interest in Flowery Branch housing development

Things are looking up for Waterstone Crossing, a Flowery Branch town home development that had, like many other fledgling developments, stumbled in the deep recession.

March 17, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville City Council cuts spending by more than $300,000

The City Council approved a budget adjustment Tuesday that shrinks city spending by more than $300,000.

The revised budget will include a 5 percent reduction in all city departments' operating costs, and accounts for significant losses in sales tax revenue.

March 17, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Martial arts champs of all ages compete in Riverside event

The clanking of metals and cracks of splitting wood filled Riverside Military Academy's Curtis Hall Gym on Saturday as Riverside played host to the 2014 National Championships martial arts event for the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation.

July 27, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Area schools brace for Central American refugee kids

Area school officials say they don't know how many refugee students, if any, will enter local schools this year but they are prepared to teach them as they would any others.

July 26, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville boy to help raise $1M for cancer research at Care-A-Thon

A Gainesville boy will be participating in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's annual Care-A-Thon to raise over $1 million for cancer research.

July 26, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


South Hall flooding case goes to US court

The case involving two Flowery Branch business owners seeking damages for their flooded property has been moved to U.S. District Court, with both parties filing disclosures this week.

July 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Rogers named co-chairman of Georgia House committee

State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, has been named co-chairman of the Georgia House of Representatives' Role of Federal Government in Education Study Committee.

July 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Philanthropist of Year nominations sought

The North Georgia Community Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2014 Philanthropist of the Year award.

July 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Immersive summer studies teach languages differently

Every summer, students from around the world come to Dahlonega to immerse themselves in weeks of all-day, immersive study of foreign languages - but they don't begin their day with classes.

July 25, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


State park lodges get a face-lift

Two Northeast Georgia state park lodges, the Lodge at Amicalola Falls and Unicoi Lodge, are being renovated under the direction of the state of Georgia and the management of Coral Hospitality.

July 25, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Falcon fans welcome Birds back to the Branch

James Fox and his family of five were like many others who arrived early Friday for the first day of Atlanta Falcons training camp.

July 25, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Local


Clarks Bridge Road has reopened

Clarks Bridge Road reopened to through traffic this morning, one day earlier than expected.

July 25, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Goodbye, chalkboards; school districts add new technology

July 25, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Voices of North Georgia community chorus gets $10K grant for operations

The Voices of North Georgia community chorus has been awarded a $10,000 operations grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts, kicking off its 2014-2015 rehearsals with new excitement.

July 25, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Flowery Branch council approves rezoning for planned unit development

A rezoning of residential land near downtown Flowery Branch opens the property for new homes.

July 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


County approves medical contracts for jail, correctional institute

Despite concerns about rising costs and how to pay for them, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to approve contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New data show area student growth in line with statewide averages

The Georgia Department of Education has released new data that show student achievement in Gainesville and Hall County is growing at a similar rate to achievement statewide.

July 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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