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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


Sewer line repaired after spill into Flat Creek tributary

A wastewater overflow within the Gainesville sewer system caused about 5,400 gallons to flow into a tributary of Flat Creek on Tuesday afternoon.

March 17, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jefferson house fire ruled arson

A fire that damaged a home early Monday in the Morgan Creek Subdivision in Jefferson has been ruled an arson by state officials.

March 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Five vehicles rear-end each other on Ga. 60

Five vehicles were involved in a chain of rear-end collisions this morning on Thompson Bridge Road at Club Drive.

March 17, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Attrition, firings, layoffs could save Gainesville schools $2.8 million

Despite drastic reductions in revenue this year, the Gainesville school board is hopeful it will pay off $1.8 million of its estimated $5.8 million deficit this summer.

March 17, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Nonprofit transforms old cell phones into calling cards for troops overseas

For soldiers serving overseas, a simple phone call home can be very meaningful.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Steady weekend rains raised Lake Lanier's level by half a foot

The rain that fell on Northeast Georgia this past weekend hardly seemed like a drought-buster. Most of the time, it wasn't much more than a drizzle.

March 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lula to vote on liquor, Dahlonega on council vacancy

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, put on your green and go to the polls.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Student art raises $2,000 for supplies

JEFFERSON - Becoming a professional artist has become child's play at Jefferson Elementary School.

March 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Forsyth family mourns daughter’s slaying

CUMMING - The Forsyth County father of a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer who was killed last week in the West African nation of Benin said her personality could brighten any room.

March 16, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Inquiry begins in Jefferson home fire

A fire on Hamilton Drive in Jefferson that officials are calling suspicious is being investigated by the city's police department and the state fire marshal.

March 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Officials unsure why patrons got sick at Cumming Publix

CUMMING - A northeastern Forsyth County supermarket has been deemed safe, though authorities are at a loss to explain what sickened several people and forced the store's evacuation Sunday afternoon.

March 16, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Army corps will reopen Bolding Mill campground

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that Bolding Mill campground will reopen this year for the first time since 2005.

March 16, 2009 | | Local


Challenged Child’s new director has background in helping children

As a newly appointed executive director, David Earnest knows that he has his work is cut out for him, but he's ready for the challenge.

March 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


John Jarrard Foundation hires director

The John Jarrard Foundation has hired an executive director, the first step in expanding the foundation into more than an annual benefit concert.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Georgia’s religious freedom bill creates a divide

Is it license to discriminate against gays and lesbians, or is it about protecting the interests of religious beliefs?

March 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Retroactive change in grad tests called ‘a life-changer’

Former students who met graduation requirements but did not pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test now can petition for their diploma.

March 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Monthlong, countywide cleanup begins Saturday

It's time to clean up our mess.

March 31, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville council to hear proposals on budget Thursday

The Gainesville City Council will continue hearing departmental accomplishments, goals and budget priorities for the next fiscal year when it meets for a work session Thursday morning.

March 31, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Fire Services get new gear for busy lake season

Before millions of people flock to Lake Lanier this summer, Hall County Fire Services Deputy Fire Chief Chad Black knew the county's marine rescue team needed reinforcement.

March 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


ER services at new Braselton hospital will help speed response

Making sure that Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton's opening syncs with Hall County's emergency services has been anything but an afterthought in the new hospital's overall planning efforts, officials say.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Good News Clinics executive director plans to retire

For Cheryl Christian, retiring was all about timing.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Authorities work to solve mystery of skeletal remains found in Flowery Branch

A partial human skeleton was found Sunday afternoon in Flowery Branch and law enforcement authorities are trying to determine the cause of death.

March 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


GBI: 3-year-old killed from accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound

A 3-year-old died Sunday after unintentionally firing a handgun, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Monday.

March 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Big crowd expected at job fair in Forsyth County

March 30, 2015 | BY KELLY WHITMIRE Times regional staff | Local


Thousands attend open house for new hospital in Braselton

Normally, people only go to the hospital if they have to.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


New party leaders set goals for political agenda in area

The influence of local political parties tends to ebb and flow with the election cycles.

March 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Job expo at Gainesville Civic Center to draw around 60 companies

About 60 employers will be hiring and hundreds of job seekers are expected to attend an annual job fair and career expo Thursday at the Gainesville Civic Center.

March 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall fire department to get new rescue boat

In time for Memorial Day, Hall County Fire Services will have a new 23-foot rescue boat.

March 29, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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