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Fewer houses, more businesses going up

Recently released building permit figures indicate residential building is down 63 percent in unincorporated Hall County so far this year, while commercial building is on a slight upswing.

Last year, 339 residential building permits were obtained from Hall County government from January through March, but only 125 were granted in that same time period this year, according to Hall County Building Inspection Services.

April 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Medical Center Foundation wants to make Hall healthier

If you've got an idea for improving the health of Hall County residents, the Medical Center Foundation wants to hear from you.

April 19, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Carpet maker's closing puts Dahlonega in 'crisis'

DAHLONEGA - Less than six months ago, Dahlonega Mayor Gary McCullough met with representatives of Mohawk Carpets to discuss a $3 million to $5 million expansion of their carpet yarn plant in Dahlonega.

April 19, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Businesses, road reopen after smoke detector in trash can triggers bomb scare

A bomb scare at the Dawsonville branch of the U.S. post office Monday afternoon ended when authorities discovered that a smoke detector was the source of a suspicious beeping from a trash can.

April 19, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Teen arrested near Skelton Road

A 17-year-old Gainesville man was arrested Monday after allegedly spray-painting gang graffiti on Victory Baptist Church. Hall County sheriff's officers saw Victoriano Lopez-Hernandez fighting with two individuals who bound his arms and legs and carried him into a residence on Skelton Road. The individuals were Lopez-Hernandez' brothers, who were trying to keep him from continuing to vandalize the church, officers said. Officers found that Lopez-Hernandez had been drinking, and charged him with underage consumption of alcohol, disorderly conduct, vandalism of a place of worship and violation of the street gang and terrorism act, according to the Hall County Sheriff ...

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


US 129 construction closes inside lanes

The inside shoulders and inside lanes of U.S. 129 will be closed in each direction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday. The closures will start at Ridge Road and run to Athens Street for construction of the new curb and gutter.

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Officials release sketch of robbery suspect

The Gainesville Police Department is continuing its investigation into the armed robbery that occurred March 12 at the Waffle House on Pentee Drive. During the robbery, three black males entered the business. One of them brandished a handgun and demanded cash from the clerk.

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia budget leaves Gainesville State College pleased, Lanier Tech 'cautiously optimistic'

Pardon Michael Moye for not getting overly excited about the state legislature's approval of funding for two needed construction projects.

April 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Amicalola, Unicoi go green to save money

Georgia's state parks already have a reputation for being "green," but now they're taking it a step further.

April 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


UGA student claims he was profiled

Jim Diffly says he was questioned by the FBI for taking pictures of a Gainesville poultry plant because of how he looks.

Local and federal authorities say Diffly was questioned because of what he was doing.

April 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Despite rain, Lanier still far from full

Recent rains have boosted Lake Lanier levels up by half a foot in the past week, according to the National Weather Service.

Gainesville received four-tenths of an inch of rain during the last two days of March, and lake levels continued to creep upward. On Friday and Saturday, about 1.5 inches fell in the area, raising water levels from 1,056.57 feet above sea level on March 30 to 1,057.03 feet on Sunday.

April 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Iraqi boy to have surgery in the US

All indications are that another Iraqi child has made it the United States to receive life-saving heart surgery thanks to the intervention of a Gainesville native.

Maj. Kevin Jarrard, a Marine from Gainesville who is currently in Iraq, has worked closely with the father of little Ammar Haddad Muhammad, a 5-year-old Iraqi boy. Jarrard has been clearing IEDs with father Hammad, who is an Iraqi police captain.

April 17, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Gainesville police, fire budgeting for growth

Two of the most expensive city-funded departments have asked the Gainesville City Council to consider the effects of city growth when tightening the belt on their departments' budgets.

April 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Bike races in downtown Gainesville lure hundreds of spectators, racers

Hundreds of cyclists turned out Sunday to wheel through the streets of downtown Gainesville for the third leg of the Georgia Cup racing series.

April 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Forest Service plans to assess trail conditions in the Jake and Bull Mountain area

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input on the future of a popular trail system near Dahlonega.

April 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Fire damages Atlanta Highway house in Flowery Branch

Hall County firefighters were called to a blaze on Atlanta Highway in Flowery Branch this afternoon.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville man pleads guilty in $12 robbery case

The most serious violent felonies were dropped against a Gainesville man after he pleaded guilty to robbery Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville school officials implement new juvenile code changes

Gainesville schools have eliminated about 700 days of out-of-school suspension for students this academic year after implementing changes from the state juvenile code.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man charged in April 5 wreck in East Hall

A Grandview, Wash., man has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide in an April 5 wreck in East Hall County that resulted in the death of a Gainesville woman.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents offer feedback over lakefront reassessments

Blane Spence seemed satisfied with the presentation concerning property reassessments, but what the Flowery Branch lake dweller had trouble swallowing is how his tax money is spent.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Send us your summer events for Splash leisure guide

The annual Splash summer leisure guide will be published with The Times on May 25.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Annual burn ban to begin on May 1

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division's burn ban that applies to 54 counties, including Hall and several others in Northeast Georgia, is set to begin May 1.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Earth Day too big for April 22

Area schools and environmental groups are teaming for a series of events to celebrate Earth Day and educate citizens of Hall County about climate change, conservation and eco-technology.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Day care parade a moment for celebrating, remembering

Heather Webb started crying in the atrium of her son's day care as she embraced Quinsha Cheeks.

April 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Flowery Branch weighs benefits of tax change

Flowery Branch City Council discussed three revised occupational tax rate structures designed to bring the city's business license fees more in line with the county and surrounding cities.

April 18, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


Chief planner urges cities to consider top road needs

The head of Hall County's main transportation planning group told area government leaders Wednesday they should consider "critical needs" in terms of projects as the county moves forward on updating its long-range transportation plan.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water district councils seek Hall residents

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water District is seeking Hall County residents to serve on the Lake Lanier and Oconee basin advisory councils.

April 17, 2014 | | Local


Lanier Village Estates holds fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends

The young and old, two humans dressed as a biddy and a bunny, some dogs for petting and a U.S. representative turned out Wednesday for the fifth annual Lanier Village Estates Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends.

April 17, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Panel publicly upholds firing of Hall fire official

The Hall County Civil Service Board publicly voted 4-2 Wednesday to affirm the termination of an ex-Hall County Fire Department battalion chief.

April 17, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Cattle farmer honored for conservation efforts

Some say the agricultural industry in Hall County, worth $298 million to the area economy, is the backbone of the community.

April 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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