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No one injured in Hickory Hills house fire

No one was injured in a fire that destroyed an upscale, three-story home on Hickory Hills Drive early Friday, officials said.

June 24, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood and Stephen Gurr hblackwood@gainesvilletimes.com; sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Fundraiser honors life of slain hiker Meredith Emerson

Meredith Emerson would have turned 25 this Friday. But instead of celebrating, her family and friends can only reflect on her absence from their lives.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Candidates address Lake Lanier worries

DAWSONVILLE - Local and state candidates vying for votes in the upcoming July 15 primary told members of the Lake Lanier Association on Monday that they would do whatever it takes at the regional, state and national level to slow outtake and refill the lake.

June 24, 2008 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Livestock requests bother residents at Hall planning meeting

Chickens and horses were a point of contention for many Hall County residents at Monday's packed planning commission meeting.

Lora and Paul Cushard drew a crowd of unhappy neighbors when they asked the commission to rezone their property to allow them to operate a commercial equestrian center.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hamrick fighting higher trash fees

With the wave of at least three hands today, Gainesville residents soon will have more to pay for what they throw away.

A $2.20 increase in trash collection and recycling fees is imminent for Gainesville residents if the Gainesville City Council votes the same way today as it did two weeks ago, when four out of five council members voted in favor of the hike.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Voters register for primary elections deadline

Monday was the last day to register to vote in the July 15 Hall County primary elections, and Interim Director of Elections Charlotte Sosebee-Hunter said the elections office saw a steady, but typical, stream of voters in the office.

About 55 people came to register, but Sosebee-Hunter attributed the number to the fact that voters have other options for registration. She said numbers were much higher before 1995, when a number of other options became available for voters.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Police ID man found dead in Buford home

Gwinnett authorities have determined the identity of a Decatur man who was found dead June 12 at a home on Buford Dam Road.

June 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools to consider tax note next Tuesday

The Gainesville school board will convene Tuesday to consider using a tax anticipatory note to help finance the school system until it receives property tax revenues this fall.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Family escapes house fire

A fire caused about $100,000 in damage Thursday morning to a house off Dawsonville Highway, officials said. A woman and three teenage children escaped the fire without injury.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Adult day care enlists flamingos for fundraiser

It's a sight that has some Gainesville drivers wondering if they're hallucinating. Did they really see a yard full of pink flamingos?

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Parents riled at Banks school official

Angry Banks County parents want an assistant principal fired after she reportedly made about 100 fifth-graders drink from a fountain that may have been contaminated with urine.

Some 25 parents have retained Cornelia attorney Chan Caudell, though no lawsuit has been filed. They are seeking the ouster of Lori Rylee, the assistant principal at Banks County Elementary School in Homer.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville school board to vote on budget Monday night

The Gainesville school board is set to vote tonight on a $50 million-plus 2008-09 budget that carries a potential increase in the property tax rate of nearly 21 percent.

As of Sunday night, a copy of the budget was not available. The Times has requested a copy of the line-item budget as soon as it becomes available for board members.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood planners consider requests for new businesses

The Oakwood Planning Commission recommended approval on two annexation requests Monday for a possible commercial property and a child care center.

Frank Turk asked the commission to recommend annexation of a .19-acre tract at 3916 Hilldale Road and rezoning it from Hall County agricultural residential to Oakwood highway business. Turk, who is a member of the city planning commission, recused himself from the vote.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Post office stamps out its vending machines

Need a stamp?

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cagle calls Florida action ‘shocking’

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Friday that he was shocked by Florida's announcement that it would file suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for alledgedly violating federal law.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Gainesville home permits hit record high this year

Gainesville has set a new record this year for the number of home permits issued, according to Community Development Director Rusty Ligon.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Affordable housing plan awaits OK from church

While the plan has been downsized, city officials and many members of the local community believe a better project is now in the works to build five homes on land between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mill Street in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


West Hall students practice job interview ‘soft skills’

High school students don't usually wear dresses and heels or shirts and ties to school.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Suspect pleads not guilty to June shooting in Gainesville

One of the men charged in a Gainesville shooting June 5 pleaded not guilty in a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Missing Gainesville man’s family offers reward

The family of a missing Gainesville man is offering a reward for any information into his disappearance.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Homeless man pleads not guilty to August slaying

A Gainesville homeless man accused of killing another homeless man and assaulting others pleaded not guilty at a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gas prices drop and family travel rises during holidays

Georgia residents are in luck this holiday season, as gas prices hang well below $3 just in time for family travels.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


House Study Committee voices support of Common Core

Parents, teachers, superintendents and state legislators are warily supportive of Common Core standards.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Jingle Mingle brings chicken lighting, celebration to downtown Gainesville

A family-filled event included kiddie train rides and free horse-drawn carriage rides with the evening culminating in the lighting of the Main Street Market's Holiday Chicken, which sits atop the building. This year's lighting was accompanied by a sound and light show by Deb and Don Harkrider. Adults could also marvel at the beautifully lit trees adorning the square. Stores on the square decorated for the season and extended their hours, allowing shoppers extra time to find and purchase Christmas gifts.

November 21, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Hall County man reported missing

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man reported missing since Tuesday afternoon.

November 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Concerns emerge as Kubota deal moves forward

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has approved a rezoning needed for the estimated $100 million expansion of Kubota Manufacturing of America into the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

November 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man killed in West Avenue shooting in Gainesville

Gainesville police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting on West Avenue that led to a 21-year-old's death.

November 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Foundation honors two couples for philanthropy

Two area couples were honored Thursday for their generosity and service to the community at an annual philanthropy luncheon.

November 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man surrenders following standoff at Laurel Park

A man suspected of child enticement surrendered to authorities following an hour-and-a-half standoff Thursday at Laurel Park.

November 20, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County Schools projector installations underway

The traditional classroom setting, with students poring over notes and teachers scribbling on chalkboards, is a thing of the past.

November 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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