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Gainesville planning board gives woman OK to build circular driveway

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board voted on Tuesday to approve a request for a circular driveway on a piece of property that city code would normally only allow one access point to a roadway.

June 09, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Braselton will issue bonds to pay for revitalizing downtown

BRASELTON - The Braselton Town Council voted Monday to fund five planned projects in its downtown area by issuing bonds.

June 09, 2009 | | Local


Jefferson system seeks money to study charter school options

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson City Schools System is continuing its study to determine if the system should pursue charter status.

June 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


2 suspects sought after cabbie robbed at gunpoint

Authorities are looking for a pair of suspects in the armed robbery late Monday of a taxi cab driver.

June 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


South Hall street closed through June 19 for utility work

Due to utility work going on in the area, Elizabeth Lane in South Hall from Squirrel Nest Court to Mulberry Preserve Drive will be closed through June 19.

June 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Corps will start taking dock requests 'shortly'

With water levels on the rise and predicted to remain stable for the near future, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, expects to soon lift the moratorium on new dock permits.

June 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Local governments: No new taxes this year

Taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief - taxes will not go up this year.

Hall County cut more than $5 million to keep costs down. And both Hall County and Gainesville school systems will maintain the same millage rates as fiscal year 2009.

June 08, 2009 | By Melissa Weinman and Jessica Jordan mweinman@gainesvilletimes.com; jjordan@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Regions property could become green space

Now that the legal struggle is settled, the site of the Regions Operations Center on Jesse Jewell Parkway may one day be turned into green space.

The 1.23-acre tract was not part of the original plan for City View Center - a planned high-rise hotel and office complex touted as a keystone of redeveloping Gainesville's Midtown. Now that Gainesville City Center owns the property as part of an out-of-court settlement with Regions, developer Wendell Starke said he still has no plans to incorporate the tract into his development. Doing so would only delay the development more than the lawsuit ...

June 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County may use SPLOST to pay sewer debt

South Hall sewer users could avoid the high sewer rates proposed by the county earlier this year.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided at its Monday work session to use SPLOST VI funds to help pay the debt owed on the Mulberry Creek Sewer Project. An actual vote will come at Thursday's 5 p.m. board meeting.

June 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


As Relay for Life grew, so did the traffic

As Hall County Relay for Life participants recover from this past weekend's overnight walkathon, they also might be trying to shake off memories of the traffic crunch at Road Atlanta.

Some 22,000 people attended the American Cancer Society's annual fundraiser, compared to 10,000 last year, creating a logjam at the track off Winder Highway.

June 08, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville teachers concerned about planned salary cut

A flat $100 to $200 pay cut proposal has new and more experienced Gainesville school system teachers squaring off.

In a Monday meeting in which the Gainesville school board tentatively adopted a $51 million general fund budget, school board members fielded comments from several teachers who voiced concerns regarding the proposed pay cut, which would last no longer than two years.

June 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Budding chefs learn skills in new school program

Drew Smith may just be heading to the eighth grade, but she is already taking steps to plan out her future as an adult.

Instead of wasting away on her sofa all summer, the budding chef decided to enroll in a culinary summer camp to further sharpen her cooking skills.

June 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Missing Lumpkin County teen found safe in Alabama

A Lumpkin County teenager who disappeared in May has been found, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office.

Hannah Thompson, 16, was found unharmed Thursday in Etowah County, Ala.

June 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson officials start budget talks

JEFFERSON - It's nearly halfway through the current fiscal year and the city of Jefferson is getting started on the 2010 budget.

Monday's City Council work session marked the first budget presentation discussion for the upcoming year. Unlike many other municipalities, the Jefferson fiscal year is the same as a regular calendar year instead of beginning in July.

June 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lula professor wins $1,000 a week for year in lottery

A Piedmont College professor is feeling "surprised" following a $52,000 lottery win.

Robert Wainberg, 55, of Lula won $1,000 a week for a year from matching five out of six winning numbers plus the Free Ball in the May 27 Win for Life drawing.

June 08, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Habersham Sheriff’s Office settles with family of toddler burned in raid

The Habersham County government reached a settlement agreement with the family of a toddler critically injured by a flash grenade in May.

April 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall jobless rate down to 4.9 percent, still best in Georgia

Hall County continues to lead the state in putting people into jobs.

April 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Lack of foster families leads to temporary hotel housing for few children

In the first three months of 2015, more than a handful of Hall County foster care kids with the Division of Family and Children Services spent an average of two nights in a hotel.

April 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Rally raises awareness about suicide among veterans

"I know that lonely, dark feeling," said Chris Dorsey, an Iraq War veteran from Winder.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Butterfly release Friday for National Victims’ Rights Week

Capping off the week honoring crime victims, the Hall County Solicitor's Office and District Attorney's Office will hold its annual butterfly release at 11 a.m. Friday.

April 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gateway to Hope set for Friday

Gateway Domestic Violence Center will put on a fundraiser Friday evening at the Chattahoochee Country Club featuring cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an extensive silent auction.

April 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Schools respond to Blue Bell recall

With this week's voluntary recall of all Blue Bell Creameries products, some schools across Georgia faced a choice about removing items from the cafeteria line. But in Hall County and Gainesville, no such dairy quandary exists.

April 22, 2015 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Square plantings showcase new garden

Earth Day got off to a good start in Gainesville on Wednesday as members of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and city representatives gathered in the downtown square to plant flowers and other vegetation.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch equine, cattle expert named Farmer of the Year

A fourth-generation family farmer known across the country for her cattle and equine expertise is Hall County's 2015 Farmer of the Year.

April 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


A world of differences among environmental issues

While environmental issues are more ingrained in the public mind than ever, Earth Day isn't treated with the same level of gravitas in America that it was when first celebrated 45 years ago today, according to some local academics and activists.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal aid to offset local costs of ice storm clean up

President Barack Obama has allocated federal aid funding to assist Hall County and other regions affected by an ice storm in mid-February, which toppled trees and knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clermont Town Council ponders possible alcohol resolution for Nov. 3 ballot

The Clermont Town Council talked Tuesday night about holding a straw poll or nonbinding resolution on whether to allow beer and wine sales on U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway, a major road running through town.

April 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lanier Charter Career students craft sustainable products for market, spa

At Lanier Charter Career Academy, horticulture students grow herbs while cosmetology students work in the school's onsite salon.

April 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Groundbreaking event for new athletic park takes place at Brenau University

Construction is underway on a future Brenau University athletic complex.

April 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners considering $61,000 tennis court repair contract

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider awarding a $61,000 contract to demolish and rebuild a tennis court in the Village at Deaton Creek subdivision when it meets Thursday night.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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