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Deal making 'everything public' about governor's race on Friday

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal has reserved the plaza between the old and current Hall County courthouses on Friday and is expected to announce he is entering the race for governor.

April 29, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Visitors bureau touts area with new Web site

BRASELTON - Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to launch a new Web site next week as part of an ongoing effort to "reposition" itself to a larger market, its president said Tuesday.

April 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Atlanta metro area’s air among dirtiest in U.S.

A report released by the American Lung Association on Tuesday ranks the Atlanta metropolitan area, which includes Gainesville, in the nation's top 25 cities with air pollution problems.

April 29, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Want to carpool? Group will pay you

Clean commuting is not only good for the environment, but for your wallet, too.

April 29, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Potential candidates begin eyeing Deal's congressional seat

While U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal is expected to make an announcement about his political future this week, the mad scramble to fill his 9th District seat is quietly happening in the background.

April 29, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Schools to start getting stimulus money soon

Georgia school districts will start to get $665 million of stimulus cash flow now that the state Board of Education unanimously approved the allocation of federal funds Tuesday.

April 29, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Georgia Supreme Court reverses man’s conviction in Hall

The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the conviction of a man who was accused of striking and seriously injuring a Hall County sheriff's deputy with his car during a drug bust.

April 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lanier, dam to receive $8.3 million in federal funds

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Mobile District, which governs Lake Lanier, will get $293 million in federal stimulus money, including about $8.3 million for Buford Dam and Lake Lanier, officials announced Tuesday.

April 29, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville First United Methodist Church outspells competitors

Shown up too many times by their rivals from Grace Episcopal Church, the Methodists were out for respect, the kind Aretha Franklin spelled out, in Tuesday's 18th Annual Spelling Bee at Brenau University.

April 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cocaine seized in South Hall worth $500,000, official says

Hall County authorities seized more than 10 pounds of cocaine worth half a million dollars Monday in a "buy-bust" operation, officials announced Tuesday.

April 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ex-worker says Gainesville retaliated by eliminating his job

The city's Public Works Department eliminated its engineering services administrator position Thursday, a move that City Manager Kip Padgett said was an effort to cut costs.

April 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Academy day could become good investment for military hopefuls

Students who are considering applying to a military academy may want to think about attending the upcoming Military Academy Day at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Atlanta.

April 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lanier Park ER to shut its doors at midnight tonight

At midnight tonight, something will happen at the emergency room at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park campus that hasn't happened since it opened: The doors will be locked.

April 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Purple Passion: Wednesday sales, paint campaign raise money to fight and awareness about cancer

You may not need an excuse to shop or eat dinner out Wednesday, but the American Cancer Society will reap the benefits if you partake.

April 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Can you spell literacy? This bee helps raise money for reading classes

Put on your thinking caps and get ready to spell. The 18th annual spelling bee for the Gainesville/Hall Alliance for Literacy is 7 tonight at Pearce Auditorium.

April 27, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


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Man in Habersham County wins $1 million in Georgia Lottery

A man from Habersham County has rounded up a $1 million prize from the Georgia Lottery just in time for the holidays. Tommy Bell of Demorest won his prize playing the instant game $10 Million Cash Spectacular.

December 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gray, drizzly weekend ahead for holiday shopping

Those of you hitting the stores for last-minute Christmas gifts or getting in a little caroling will need to brace for a soggy weekend.

December 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


There’s still time: Christmas shipping hasn’t sailed yet

With Christmas just a few days away, the scramble for last-minute gifts is matched only by the rush to ship them.

December 19, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Hall County teacher builds student a prosthetic hand

A boy bends his wrist and watches his blue metal fingers curl.

December 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Narcotics squad searches turn up $145K in meth

Some $144,800 in methamphetamine was found between two Hall County locations following searches by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

December 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Middle schoolers make ornaments for kids

Thursday morning members of Gainesville Middle School's Tome Society student literary group visited Challenged Child & Friends in Gainesville. Challenged Child and Friends offers a tailored and integrated experience where children with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities learn and grow in a full inclusion program with children who have typical development. The middle-school students also brought books for the students, along with snowman ornaments.

December 19, 2014 | | Local


New poultry lab’s operations smooth so far

The Georgia Poultry Laboratory is up and running in North Hall County, with ties mostly cut to its 50-year-old building in Oakwood.

December 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Radford Murphy works 60 years in poultry industry

December 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Adult club's alcohol license hearing focuses on food sales

Food sales and registration were at the center of a hearing Thursday involving Gainesville adult club Top of Gainesville and its alcohol license.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch sets list for tax projects

A new City Hall and road improvements are among potential projects that could be completed in Flowery Branch pending approval of a countywide sales tax.

December 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville, Hall governments look at cost of paid leave

When government employees are suspected of workplace misconduct, they are routinely placed on paid administrative leave while internal investigations are conducted, and the result can be costly to taxpayers.

December 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Local business leaders see upside in new U.S.-Cuba relations

The controversial move Wednesday by the Obama administration to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was met with approval from business leaders in Hall County who said they believe the economic benefit could be substantial for local industries.

December 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


H&R Block pros to offer tax tips

Two H&R Block tax professionals will present a free Tax Talk from 6-8 p.m. today at Blackshear Place Library in Gainesville.

December 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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