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Governments cut back as sales tax revenues decline

Local government officials are having to adjust their spending to match that of Hall County consumers.

Revenues from the three local sales taxes were lower in October than they were the last four years, and those in charge of local government spending say they have been watching the revenues steadily decline with the crumbling economy since January.

December 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gun buffs flock to firearms show at Mountains Center

A sour economy has done nothing to damper gun sales, judging by the near-overflow crowd for the Eastman Gun Show on Saturday at the Georgia Mountains Center.

December 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Drought hangs on in Northeast Georgia

The drought isn't over by a long shot.

Welcome rains that brought Lake Lanier's levels up by more than a foot in recent weeks are not enough to pull Northeast Georgia from a stubborn drought that has persisted for more than two years.

December 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Age-old lore tries to predict the worst of winter

Long before there was Doppler radar and 24-hour weather on TV, prognostications on the climate ahead often were based on such things as where hornets and squirrels built their nests and the tightness of husks on corn.

Today is the first day of winter. Unlike some years, Northeast Georgia already has had a brush with Old Man Winter, with temperatures dipping well below freezing.

December 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Ex-police captain pleads not guilty to weapons charges

A former Jefferson police captain pleaded not guilty today to federal weapons charges.

December 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville High’s JROTC cadets crave structure

Many high school students try to avoid discipline, but the 72 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets of Gainesville High School are asking for it.

December 27, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Utility offering three college scholarships

The Jackson Electric Membership Corp. wants to do more than help light up a darkened home. The organization also wants to help illuminate the path to higher education for area students.

December 27, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Charities still need donations

Something shocking has happened at LAMP Ministries, Inc. They haven't received a single monetary donation.

December 27, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Think about gifts of safety

Looking for those last-minute gifts? Consider these holiday gift ideas for $30 or less to help keep your family safe and prepared in the event of a fire or other emergency:

December 27, 2008 | | Local


Four arrested on drug trafficking charges

Four people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday after law officers raided a trailer on Athens Highway, authorities said Friday.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County school system recognized by state

The Hall County school system was recognized as a leader in the state for outstanding efforts to improve the performance of students with disabilities at the annual fall conference of the Georgia Council for Administrators of Special Education.

December 27, 2008 | | Local


North Hall High teacher earns national honor

North Hall High School biology and chemistry teacher Rebecca Hartfield has been named a 2008 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Illegal immigrant gets federal sentence

A Mexican national who illegally entered the United States twice after being deported was sentenced to six years and seven months in a federal prison Friday.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Four arrested on cocaine trafficking charges

Four people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday after law officers raided a trailer on Athens Highway, authorities said Friday.

Lt. Scott Ware of the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad said officers developed information that crack cocaine and marijuana was being sold out of a trailer at Lot 44, 2335 Athens Highway and a search warrant was obtained.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville may curtail smoking in parks, recreation areas

The advisory board for Gainesville's parks has asked the City Council to consider limiting smoking in recreation areas.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


No one hurt in Atlanta Highway house fire

No one was injured in house fire Sunday evening on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, fire officials said.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville center to provide counseling for abused boys

Nearly one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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