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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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Gainesville home permits hit record high this year

Gainesville has set a new record this year for the number of home permits issued, according to Community Development Director Rusty Ligon.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Affordable housing plan awaits OK from church

While the plan has been downsized, city officials and many members of the local community believe a better project is now in the works to build five homes on land between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mill Street in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


West Hall students practice job interview ‘soft skills’

High school students don't usually wear dresses and heels or shirts and ties to school.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Suspect pleads not guilty to June shooting in Gainesville

One of the men charged in a Gainesville shooting June 5 pleaded not guilty in a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Missing Gainesville man’s family offers reward

The family of a missing Gainesville man is offering a reward for any information into his disappearance.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Homeless man pleads not guilty to August slaying

A Gainesville homeless man accused of killing another homeless man and assaulting others pleaded not guilty at a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gas prices drop and family travel rises during holidays

Georgia residents are in luck this holiday season, as gas prices hang well below $3 just in time for family travels.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


House Study Committee voices support of Common Core

Parents, teachers, superintendents and state legislators are warily supportive of Common Core standards.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Jingle Mingle brings chicken lighting, celebration to downtown Gainesville

A family-filled event included kiddie train rides and free horse-drawn carriage rides with the evening culminating in the lighting of the Main Street Market's Holiday Chicken, which sits atop the building. This year's lighting was accompanied by a sound and light show by Deb and Don Harkrider. Adults could also marvel at the beautifully lit trees adorning the square. Stores on the square decorated for the season and extended their hours, allowing shoppers extra time to find and purchase Christmas gifts.

November 21, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Hall County man reported missing

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man reported missing since Tuesday afternoon.

November 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Concerns emerge as Kubota deal moves forward

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has approved a rezoning needed for the estimated $100 million expansion of Kubota Manufacturing of America into the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man killed in West Avenue shooting in Gainesville

Gainesville police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting on West Avenue that led to a 21-year-old's death.

November 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Foundation honors two couples for philanthropy

Two area couples were honored Thursday for their generosity and service to the community at an annual philanthropy luncheon.

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man surrenders following standoff at Laurel Park

A man suspected of child enticement surrendered to authorities following an hour-and-a-half standoff Thursday at Laurel Park.

November 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County Schools projector installations underway

The traditional classroom setting, with students poring over notes and teachers scribbling on chalkboards, is a thing of the past.

November 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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