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$10,000 award set to help business

The parent company of a Gainesville plastic recycling firm has contributed $10,000 to establish an award to honor business entrepreneurs. Soin International, owner of Sundance Products in Gainesville, will award the Soin Award of Innovation at a ceremony on March 20.

The award is to identify, honor and financially assist a company or entrepreneur in Hall County that is demonstrating an innovative spirit through a product or service. The product must have the ability to sustain long-term growth for the applicant, increase local employment and assist in the creation of economic development prosperity.

November 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County administrator new to job, not area

Charley Nix may be the new Hall County administrator, but he is no newcomer to Hall County.

"I was born here, raised here," Nix said.

November 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


2009 Tour de Georgia canceled

ATLANTA - The Tour de Georgia, which last year featured two stops in Hall County, including a daylong time trial at Road Atlanta near Braselton, will not hold its annual race through the state in 2009 but plans to return in 2010.

November 18, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Sex offenders sue for right to volunteer at churches

ATLANTA - Georgia's registered sex offenders should not be prevented from volunteering in church, a legal advocacy group argued in federal court Thursday, saying a state law that went into effect in July is overbroad and violates their rights of freedom of association.

November 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville water rates likely to increase 5.5 percent

Gainesville water customers may see an increase in their bills in 2009.

November 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall public works honored for cooperation with Elachee Nature Science Center

The Hall County Board of Commissioners recognized the public works department for its work with the Elachee Nature Science Center at Thursday's commission meeting.

November 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Protesters want convenience store to pipe down

About 250 protesters picketed a Dawson County convenience store Thursday, calling for store management to quit selling glass pipes that they claim are used for smoking illegal drugs.

November 17, 2008 | BY MICHELE HESTER AND STEPHEN GURR news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Jefferson school system on track to make budget

JEFFERSON - Although the Jefferson city school system has had to adjust its budget to accommodate state budget cuts, school officials say they are on track to come out on top financially if things continue as they have for the past month.

November 17, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall hires Charley Nix as county administrator

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to name Charley Nix county administrator at its board meeting Thursday.

Nix has been serving as interim county administrator since July 1, following former administrator Jim Shuler's retirement.

November 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Brenau nursing hopefuls operate on computer-controlled simulated patient

Until recently, the only way for a doctor or nurse to learn a new procedure was to practice their skills on an actual patient.

November 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Insurance commissioner on hand as suspect nabbed in Gainesville office

A Lawrenceville resident was arrested Thursday morning at his workplace in a Gainesville office on Jesse Jewell Parkway for allegedly collecting nearly $1 million in misappropriated claims from a Japanese insurance company.

November 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Shuler says decision to resign as city manager was difficult

Bryan Shuler said his sudden resignation Thursday as Gainesville's City Manager was a "difficult personal decision."

Shuler, who had been employed by the city for 11 years, would not say much else.

November 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County to sell used water for irrigation

Hall County is about a month away from an eco-friendly source of revenue.

Public Works Director Ken Rearden said a new system that is almost complete will allow the county to sell reuse water for irrigation.

November 16, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville High brings college application process to seniors

Nearly all of Gainesville High School's 208 seniors applied to college Wednesday.

Many applied online to four-year universities while others applied to two-year or technical colleges as part of the state's pilot program "Apply On-line."

November 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Man says Gainesville annex will ruin his business

Shane Reidling is no longer as worried about the extra $1,300 he will have to pay in property taxes if Gainesville annexes his two-acre mobile home park next month.

November 16, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

The iconic fountain on Brenau University's front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau's longtime figures.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Campaigns may rake up even more money under new rules

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows individuals to donate to any number of federal candidates they want and promises to pour millions more dollars into an election system already swamped in money.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Animal shelter works to raise funds, awareness

Wagging tails, barking, laughter and smiles were found on the Gainesville square Saturday as the Hall County Animal Shelter held the first Mutts On Main fundraising event.

April 12, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Coinciding cleaning events beautify county

Under a clear weekend sky, volunteers on land and water did some spring cleaning to make Hall County a bit more pristine.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Deal to sign criminal justice bill at Gainesville event

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign the third phase of his criminal justice reforms today at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Fifth fire in 3 days destroys North Hall home

Fire destroyed a house Saturday afternoon, causing $150,000 in damage, not including the contents.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Shred Day raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a Shred Day event Friday in Gainesville to benefit Hall County Relay for Life. The public was invited to bring their documents to be shredded and to offer a donation. The Times Relay for Life team also will host a community yard sale at The Times from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 26. Residents interested in participating can rent a space for $20, with proceeds from space rentals going to Relay. Participants will need to provide their own tables. For more information or to reserve a space for the yard sale, call Dana Erwin ...

April 12, 2014 | | Local


Fire destroys shop

A fire Friday night at a personal shop in the 5600 block of Raintree Trace caused $70,000 of damage to the structure and contents, authorities said.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


UNG club sponsors event to support LGBT community

Students at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus gathered Friday to silently support members of the school's LGBT community.

April 12, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Drug court graduates do well, statistics show

Hall County's drug court program is an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders. Successful completion ensures there is never a conviction on their record.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Rabid raccoon found Friday

A rabies alert has been issued for the Persimmon Tree Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


School resource officers brush up on safety protocol

When the kids are away, school resource officers get in their training.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Study: Atlanta sprawls while Hall County hangs tight

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta region - perhaps not surprisingly - is the most sprawling large metropolitan area in the country.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two overnight fires in N. Hall deemed suspicious

Two overnight fires in North Hall County are believed to be suspicious but not connected, according to Hall County Fire Services.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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