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Gainesville officials choose local contractor for parking deck job

Gainesville officials have chosen a local contractor to build the new downtown parking deck and plan to complete construction by July 2009.

Gainesville's own Optum Construction Group Inc. submitted the lowest bid for the cost of building the city's future 419-space parking deck that will stand in place of the current downtown deck by July 2009, Jarrett Nash, project manager for the construction, told City Council members Thursday.

September 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


On the road with Air Force One

GILLSVILLE - There is no airport in Gillsville, but Air Force One landed here earlier this week. It's parked in Donald Snare's driveway.

OK, it's not the real presidential aircraft, but it is a lifelike replica of the cockpit and presidential cabin of the plane used by Presidents Kennedy through the first Bush.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Unemployment claims double in Hall County

The number of unemployment claims in August more than doubled in Hall County from the same month a year ago. The Georgia Department of Labor released figures Thursday showing 945 people filed a first-time claim for unemployment insurance in August, compared with 471 in August 2007.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fast-food worker faked robbery, authorities say

CUMMING - If the employee of a local fast-food restaurant who reported a robbery Tuesday had it her way, she wouldn't have gotten caught.

As it turned out, however, Monica Montero Lane was arrested Thursday by Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies and charged with false statement and theft by taking.

September 15, 2008 | Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Police seek suspect in South Hall bank robbery

BRASELTON - A man robbed a Wachovia Bank this morning in Braselton, getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.

September 15, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Hall denies no-parking zone for subdivision

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided to stay out of neighborhood affairs when it voted unanimously to deny one neighborhood's request for a no-parking zone.

Some of the Southern Trace Subdivision neighbors, like Ronald and Lola Blackwell, accused others of having "weekend parties" where cars parked on the street posed a threat to public safety.

September 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Race for governor will be costly

A University of Georgia political scientist said that the race for governor in 2010 will come with a price tag of eight figures, a likely reason Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is beginning his exploratory campaign more than two years before the vote.

"He's lining up a date for the prom," said Charles Bullock, a UGA professor who analyzes state politics. He said Cagle is making sure that potential supporters don't commit to another candidate, such as Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, the only other Republican in the race.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gang’s leader gets 20 years for drug charges

Saying Charles Douglas Graham's criminal acts "can't be tolerated," a judge sentenced the admitted gang leader to 20 years in prison Wednesday.

September 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Panel: School board candidates should have education, face drug tests

The state Board of Education is reviewing a report by the Committee for School Board Excellence that proposes local school board members be held to statutory requirements that could include drug tests and the completion of a high school education.

September 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall school superintendent has favorable talks with US education secretary

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings recently lent an ear to four Atlanta-area school system superintendents, one of whom was Hall County schools superintendent Will Schofield.

September 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Police: Train runs over man who tried to jump aboard

A man was run over by a train he was trying to jump aboard Wednesday on Athens Street, police said.

September 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cagle will study run for governor

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle took the initial steps on Tuesday to begin a bid for governor in 2010.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Native son could be first Hall Countian to lead state in 108 years

Casey Cagle's political career began in 1994 when he ran what many considered an uphill race against first-term state Sen. Jane Hemmer, D-Gainesville.

Like Cagle, Hemmer had deep roots in Hall County, and had served as a county commissioner before running in 1992 for the Senate seat being vacated by Nathan Deal. Deal was elected that year to his first term in U.S. Congress.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Shopping center gets approval by Oakwood council

Oakwood City Council approved a rezoning and annexation of property for a shopping center off Winder Highway late Monday night.

September 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Happy hour might be coming to Oakwood

Oakwood has discussed a possible "happy hour" ordinance, such as the one approved in August by the Gainesville City Council.

September 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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2 men safely escape morning house fire

Two residents escaped an early morning house fire without injury south of Gainesville.

January 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Schrader reflects on 10 years as president of growing Brenau University

January 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Small battles emerge as development returns

First, there are the traffic studies and plan reviews and recommendations. Then comes the inevitable backlash, the protest of residents fearing a hit to their quality of life.

January 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Green Alliance keeps it green with annual awards

The day was gray and gloomy, but a group of dedicated community members and volunteers have proven that Hall County is nothing but green.

January 23, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


No one hurt in small fire at Church's restaurant

Gainesville fire crews quickly put out a fire Friday night at the Church's Chicken on E.E. Butler Parkway.

January 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville Police looking for man missing since June

Gainesville Police are looking for a man who has been missing since June 7 after a fight in the Skelton Road area.

January 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Vehicular homicide charges filed in councilwoman’s death

The Gainesville man charged for driving under the influence in a crash that later killed a Lula councilwoman now has been charged with vehicular homicide.

January 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Rabid skunk found in Lula; 2nd animal to test positive this month

A skunk has been tested positive for rabies following contact with two dogs in the Grove Street area of Lula.

January 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Former jailer claims religious off-duty activities led to firing

A former Hall County Jail employee claims a religious Facebook page he ran called Revival 172 and related materials led to the end of his employment Tuesday.

January 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Cold rain could turn to snow in mountain areas overnight

A late January snowstorm such as the one that paralyzed North Georgia almost a year ago isn't in the forecast, but some areas could see a bit of a wintry mix late tonight.

January 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


East Hall Middle needs community votes for $200,000 contest

The school entered the Follett Challenge, a program that rewards schools for their efforts to use creativity and technology in the classroom.

January 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flowery Branch City Council OKs sales tax agreement with Hall County

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved an intergovernmental agreement with Hall County for participation in an upcoming sales tax referendum.

January 22, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Law enforcement, clergy in Gainesville discuss training, community concerns

Two Marines sat across from each other Thursday night at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

January 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


East Hall High symphony to perform for state educators

January 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Man suffers moderate burns in East Hall County house fire

A man suffered "moderate burn injuries" and was flown to Grady Burn Center in Atlanta after a house fire Thursday in East Hall County, a fire official said.

January 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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