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Gainesville still plans water lines to Belmont

Gainesville Public Utilities Director Kelly Randall said the city utility is still moving forward with plans to provide water service to the residents of Belmont, despite Hall County's recent discussions with Jackson County water officials.

June 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall authorities ID motorcyclist killed Saturday

A motorcyclist killed in a head-on collision Saturday on McEver Road has been identified as Douglass Cole, 39, of Sugar Hill.

June 28, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Iron girl Amanda Duncan has an iron will

Amanda Duncan doesn't run by the street any more. It isn't that she's fearful; she just doesn't.

June 27, 2009 | Katie B. Davis | Local


New fiscal budget year, with same challenges for schools

As the sun sets this week on the most trying fiscal year educators can recall, superintendents and legislators brace for the dawn of fiscal year 2010, which begins Wednesday.

June 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jefferson's Freedom Festival dishes out old-fashioned fun

JEFFERSON - In an age when everyone seems to be clamoring for the newest model of gizmo or gadget, there are still people clinging to good old-fashioned fun.

June 27, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Local tattoo artists welcome regulation, aim to clean up industry's image

To many tattoo artists, skin is a blank canvas and every tattoo tells a story.

June 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County receives less revenue from state court fines

Through good economic times and bad, one source of revenue most county governments can count on to remain constant is court fines. That's not the case in Hall County.

June 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Motorcyclist killed in collision with car on McEver Road

A motorcyclist was killed in a head-on collision with a car Saturday on McEver Road, officials said.

June 27, 2009 | | Local


Thunderstorm watch in effect in area through tonight

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect throughout North Georgia today until 11 p.m.

The National Weather Service is reporting a chyance of isolated thunderstorms across North and Central Georgia this afternoon and evening. Some could bring frequent lightning, hail and strong winds up to 45 mph.

June 27, 2009 | | Local


Climate bill passes despite opposition by Deal, GOP

Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, said he voted against the "cap and trade" bill that narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday night, despite a conservative talk show host's claim that the Republican congressman would vote with House Democrats.

June 27, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson’s self-proclaimed historian, ‘Buz’ Ward, dies

It is quite possible that history never had a more devoted fan than Winfield "Buz" Ward III.

June 27, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ribbons pay tribute to patriotic sacrifice

Placing handmade red, white, blue and yellow ribbons on the large holly tree on the corner of Green and West Academy streets is an annual tradition of the Gainesville chapter of the Phoenix Society.

June 27, 2009 | Ashley Bates | Local


Lula sewer plans get state’s approval

Lula is one step closer to a new sewer system.

June 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


New principal seeks to lead school's revival

The tide is turning for Maranatha Christian Academy as a new but familiar face will lead the Oakwood school into another year.

June 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Emergency drill aimed to defend hospital

Four security officers creep down the hospital's hallway, guns poised, as they check each door.

June 27, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


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Lake group privately hashing out water management plan

Jim McClatchey said he hopes a private water group can still produce its own water management plan for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin, which includes Lake Lanier.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Local Agenda: Early voting remains steady for 2nd week

As far as midterm elections go, Hall County voters appear to be taking advantage of early voting options.

October 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local priorities for 2015 General Assemby taking shape

The Georgia Municipal Association, a lobbying group for the interests of Georgia cities, laid out several priorities for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly during a meeting Monday night in Buford with local government officials.

October 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville workshop to focus on starting a business

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will offer a workshop for individuals who are interested in either starting or growing a new venture.

October 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


$565K grant to help Hall schools improve Wi-Fi access

Hall County schools have been awarded a $565,189 grant from the state to help cover the costs of upgrading the district's Wi-Fi infrastructure, district officials announced Monday at a school board meeting.

October 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kubota expanding, plans to create 650 jobs

Kubota Manufacturing of America plans to expand its headquarters in Gainesville, creating 650 jobs and investing $100 million into the project over the next several years.

October 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




Students attend climate march in New York

Kayla Ballenger has been an environmentalist for as long as she can remember, so when she had a chance to attend the People's Climate March, a march on the United Nations Climate Summit in New York last month, the decision was easy.

October 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Air Force vet, mom of 3 calls getting Habitat home 'emotional,' 'overwhelming'

At first glance, the newly rebuilt house, situated in a nondescript neighborhood called Wintergreen Court, doesn't look any different from every other freshly constructed home in the Flowery Branch area.

October 27, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Ga. Senate debate: Nunn, Perdue spar over gridlock

October 27, 2014 | By BILL BARROW Associated Press | Local


Dogs dress up for charity

The 2014 Howl-O-Ween pet costume contest and parade Sunday brought furry friends and their owners to Laurel Park in Gainesville for the event sponsored by Hall County Parks & Leisure and the Hall County Animal Shelter. Contest categories included scariest, funniest, cutest, best owner/pet look-alike and best overall. After the contest, the pets were paraded around the park. Participants were asked to donate pet-friendly items such as newspapers or paper towels for the Hall County Animal Shelter.

October 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Middle school programs of choice open for applications

Applications are now open for rising sixth-graders at the Da Vinci Academy and the Earhart-Edison Exploration Academy, Hall County's programs of choice for middle school students.

October 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Governor candidates clash on education, jobs, taxes

ATLANTA - The candidates for Georgia governor came to their third and final debate ready to attack, ramping up their accusations on education, taxes and the economy.

October 26, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Oakwood plans only hearing on 2015 budget

Now that it has approved a significant tax increase to support its 2015 budget, Oakwood City Council is looking to nail down the spending plan itself.

October 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Edgewater apartments to undergo renovation after sale

One of Gainesville's lakefront properties is getting a makeover.

October 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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