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Jefferson City Council OKs church’s rezoning request

JEFFERSON - After months of postponing action, the Jefferson City Council approved a rezoning request from First United Methodist Church of Jefferson during a special called meeting Wednesday.

February 11, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville business owner wins $1M in lottery

An owner of a Gainesville business won $1 million after purchasing a lottery ticket at Granny's Country Store on Dawsonville Highway.

February 11, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Local students compete to earn Youth of the Year award

There were no referees, scoreboards or coaches to call out plays, but the competition to become the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County's Youth of the Year still was pretty stiff.

February 11, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local


Officials: Economy influenced burglaries in ’09

An economy on the skids brought an expected increase in burglaries in Gainesville and Hall County in 2009, though officials believe the spike in the numbers could have been worse without a full-court press of enforcement efforts.

February 11, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville schools want input on Mundy Mill plan

A proposal to ease some of the zoning conditions on the mega-development on Mundy Mill Road won't be heard by Gainesville's Planning and Appeals Board until representatives of Gainesville's school system can negotiate with developers about the future school site on the development.

February 11, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Incomplete development finds new owner

Seasons on Lake Lanier has a new owner and residents have one thing to say - they're happy.

February 11, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall, city schools mostly in the clear in CRCT review

Only one Gainesville city school is under investigation after a state review of standardized test score data flagged 20 percent of Georgia elementary and middle schools for possible cheating last year.

February 10, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local


Board recommends moving new library out of Clermont

Despite hearing from many passionate Clermont library supporters, the Hall County library board voted Wednesday to recommend the county proceed with plans to build a North Hall library at Nopone Road and Hwy. 129.

February 10, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville, Hall schools mostly in clear on CRCT review

A state review of standardized test score data has found that 20 percent of Georgia elementary and middle schools had possible cheating on the exams last year.

February 10, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local


Gainesville planning board gets behind Ga. 53 development

A new development with a grocery store and a restaurant may soon replace the boarded-up nursing home on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville.

February 09, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Road plans move ahead in South Hall

South Hall is getting closer to some much-needed traffic relief.

February 09, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Proposed bill could reward Hall County for immigration enforcement

A state senator wants to reward law enforcement agencies like the Hall County Sheriff's Office with financial incentives for helping enforce federal immigration law.

February 09, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Commission chairman wants to move Clermont library site to ‘centralized’ location

A potential change in the location of the future North Hall library has many Clermont residents upset.

February 09, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Teens charged in thefts, car break-ins

Two Flowery Branch teens have been charged with stealing items from 13 cars in a South Hall neighborhood, the Hall County Sheriff's Office said.

February 09, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Oakwood water main update to cause service hiccup

Cedar Springs Apartments in Oakwood will have water interruptions from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday while Gainesville's Public Utilities Department works on water main improvements.

February 09, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


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Public agencies brace for fuel tax, but helped by lower gas prices

Local governments, schools and public agencies are bracing for the impact of a 26-cent-per-gallon state excise tax on gasoline, which will contribute to $850 million or more in revenue for road and bridge projects across Georgia, that takes effect Wednesday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Banks County building new sports complex

The Banks County Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a groundbreaking for its Windmill Park Sports Complex at 10 a.m. July 14.

June 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Library board selects new director, approves new budget

Lisa MacKinney will oversee a better than $2.62 million budget that eliminates worker furloughs as the new director of the Hall County Library System.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends names Castell family services director

Challenged Child and Friends has named Creystal Castell as its family services coordinator.

June 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Chicopee Woods Golf Course completes shake-up of oversight committee

The shake-up of an oversight committee for the Chicopee Woods Golf Course was completed Tuesday, the latest move prompted by poor conditions and slipping revenues at the 600-acre course in Gainesville.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Child buying ice cream airlifted to hospital after being struck by car

A child buying ice cream Sunday was struck by a passing vehicle, Georgia State Patrol said.

June 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


SPLOST VII begins Wednesday, E-SPLOST scheduled for fall

Wednesday marks the start of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in Forsyth County

June 30, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


County finance director resigns, search to begin soon

Hall County Finance Director Vickie Neikirk resigned on Monday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Kipper Tool Co. celebrates military contract milestone

A Gainesville company is celebrating hitting the halfway mark in an $85 million contract with the Army to assemble and deliver 5-ton tool systems used in military engineering and demolition jobs.

June 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Action Ministries Gainesville event to unite local congregations

It's not often Christians of varying denominations gather for an evening of fellowship, but Terri Armour with Action Ministries Gainesville wants to bring people together for just that.

June 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville work session canceled

With only a few agenda items and the pending departure of City Manager Kip Padgett, who has resigned to take a similar job in North Carolina, the Gainesville City Council has canceled its scheduled work session for Thursday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Minorities unite to change Gainesville’s electoral system

The exterior of a house on residential Desota Street in Gainesville gives little away about the history it holds inside, save for a sign marking it as the office of the local Newtown Florist Club.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Electric car owners take hit with new tax

A new state tax structure that takes effect Wednesday has stirred ire among some electric car owners.

June 29, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Spraygrounds require regular checking of chemical levels

Kayla Spurlock watched Monday afternoon as her daughter enjoyed the sprayground at Laurel Park. She takes Violet, who is 18 months old, about once a week to the area where she can play in the water spraying up from the ground.

June 29, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


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