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Debt-ridden Commerce hospital may have a buyer

The struggling Banks Jackson Commerce Medical Center may have found a buyer to help alleviate some of its debts.

June 24, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Sales tax distributions won’t be late

A letter that told local government officials earlier this month that sales tax payments would arrive later than usual was poorly worded, a Department of Revenue spokesman said Tuesday.

June 24, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Helen helicopter service owner vows legal battle

A man whose helicopter flights over Helen have drawn the ire of some residents said he's not backing down after a judge ruled against him.

June 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Kids soak in safety tips at daylong camp

"Handcuff me!" five children shout as Gainesville community police officer Melissa Begley holds up her pink handcuffs.

June 24, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Special session of legislature may be on horizon

A special session of the Georgia General Assembly to discuss further state budget cuts is likely, according to a local state representative.

June 24, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school board OKs 2010 budget that cuts pay

The Gainesville school board approved a $53.4 million budget Tuesday that includes pay cuts for all system employees including the superintendent, board members, teachers and bus drivers.

June 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville says judge should decide open records lawsuit

Lawyers for the city of Gainesville want a lawsuit filed against the city by The Times to be decided without a trial.

June 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints close to opening South Hall site

FLOWERY BRANCH - Down to a final "punch list" of construction details, South Hall's new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is getting ready to open.

June 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Collins tells Kiwanis about service in Iraq, caring for veterans

State Rep. Doug Collins, who in January returned from a tour in Iraq, told Kiwanis International members on Tuesday that governments will have to start preparing now to support veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

June 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall will help Lula pave Victoria Lane roads

The Hall County Board of Commissioners agreed to use SPLOST money to help the city of Lula pave the roads in the Victoria Lane neighborhood at its work session Tuesday.

June 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hollywood looks at Hall for filmmaking sites

The 1970s film "Deliverance" certainly is not the most flattering depiction of North Georgia. But despite the scary hillbilly characters, people were drawn to the beautiful scenery they saw in the movie.

June 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT crews working on Ga. 60 bridge through next week

North Hall commuters can expect delays through next week as they travel Thompson Bridge Road/Ga. 60 over Lake Lanier.

June 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Academy gets thumbs-up after its first year

The World Language Academy survived its first school year and has earned glowing reports from parents, educators and students alike.

June 22, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood’s city manager returns from Iraq duty

Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown has returned to the United States after serving in Iraq since December as part of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

June 22, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lawrenceville National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan

A Georgia National Guard soldier from Alpha Company in Lawrenceville was killed in action Saturday.

June 22, 2009 | | Local


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Deputy struck by vehicle while directing traffic at school

October 28, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS krobins@forsythnews.com | Local


Oakwood budget hearing draws no residents

No one showed for Oakwood's public hearing Monday on the South Hall city's fiscal 2015 budget.

October 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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


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