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Federal stimulus to spend $126 per person in Hall County

A snapshot of spending so far from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act shows that Hall County ranks near the state average in per capita spending and slightly below the national average.

August 15, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Search goes on for Blairsville woman feared kidnapped

A woman who authorities believe was kidnapped near her Blairsville home remained missing Friday as authorities widened their search and interviewed sex offenders in a four-county area.

August 15, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Price Road development rejected by Hall commissioners

Hall County commissioners voted 4-0 Thursday night to deny a request for a large development on Price Road.

August 14, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Former deputy, police officer gets 5 years for stalking

A former police officer whose acquittal on animal cruelty charges nine years ago drew national media attention was sentenced to five years in prison this week on unrelated charges.

August 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Black, Cooley drive neighborhood holds reunion, forum

A Community Forum and Neighborhood Reunion for residents of Black and Cooley drives is scheduled for 3 p.m. today at the Community Outreach Center.

August 14, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Tree inventory boosts plans for Jefferson forestry program

JEFFERSON - Barbara Johnson's lifelong dream is finally coming true.

Following a yearlong tree inventory, Jefferson is one step closer in its quest to establish a community forestry program.

August 14, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Public defender Morris works as he rehabs from accident injury

Brad Morris said if anything positive came from his near-fatal traffic accident in May, it was the outpouring of support he felt from the Gainesville community.

August 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jackson County schools have first H1N1 case confirmed

ATHENS - The Jackson County School System had its first confirmed case of the H1N1 flu Thursday at Kings Bridge Middle School, and the system is taking precautions to prevent more students from getting the virus.

August 14, 2009 | By Claire Miller cmiller@clickthepaper.com | Local


Business owners show up to oppose annexation

Hall County residents came out to voice their disapproval of forced annexation at a commission meeting Thursday.

August 13, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Local colleges dealing with furloughs, additional cuts

Local colleges are grappling to figure out how to deal with state-mandated budget cuts and furlough days.

August 13, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Man forced to wait to plead guilty

A Blairsville man who authorities say fatally shot his ex-girlfriend was ready to admit to the murder in court just two days later, but a Georgia law prevented the swift guilty plea.

August 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson school board won’t alter millage rate

JEFFERSON - Despite budget cuts at the state level and a reduction in local sales-tax collections, the Jefferson City Schools Board of Education plans to keep its millage rate the same in 2010 and keep its expenditures down.

August 13, 2009 | By CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson's mayor serves up cold treats for good cause

JEFFERSON - Within his first half hour behind the counter at Dairy Queen, Jefferson Mayor Jim Joiner had the steps to making a Blizzard down pat.

August 13, 2009 | By CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


U.S. Attorney appointed to fill state Supreme Court vacancy

The top federal prosecutor for a region of the state that includes Gainesville was named on Thursday to the Georgia Supreme Court.

August 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville council wants to double Cedar Creek reservoir's capacity

The city of Gainesville plans to speed up plans for a new water treatment plant in light of the recent federal court ruling that limits how much drinking water can be pulled from Lake Lanier.

August 13, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Regulators OK tougher rules for Internet providers

Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

February 26, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Winter storm downgraded; black ice possible on roads

A winter storm that dropped a slushy mix Wednesday on North Georgia was downgraded overnight, though light snow and black ice may still cover some roadways, making travel dangerous early in the day.

February 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Shoppers stock up as storm approaches

A quick drive on Wednesday morning down Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville revealed just how seriously local residents were taking the prospect of a major snowstorm bearing down on the region.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Lake Lanier DNR officer gets award

An officer patrolling Lake Lanier earned the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

February 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Papa’s Pizza To-Go seeks to leave Clermont, convert to sports bar

In a rare request, a North Hall County pizzeria is seeking to leave Clermont so it can convert to a sports bar and serve alcohol.

February 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Weather closings, delays, cancellations

Friday

February 25, 2015 | | Local


State lawmakers eye taxes, alcohol, criminal justice reforms

As state lawmakers push closer to Crossover Day - the 30th day of the 40-day session when bills have to pass out of either the House or Senate, which is tentatively set for March 13 - a grab bag of news is coming out of Atlanta.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ruling leaves area immigrants in limbo

Hall County's Latino communities were left in limbo after a federal judge's ruling last week blocked President Barack Obama's executive action to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Johnson High School students improving church playground

Playing in nature is a proven way to improve a child's development.

February 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Authorities search for man in CVS robbery

February 25, 2015 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Man charged with enticing girl following undercover operation

Authorities arrested a Dahlonega man accused of enticing a child for sexual purposes.

February 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Green group says transit needs emphasis in new roads bill

City and county government officials statewide aren't the only ones upset about the General Assembly's proposed Transportation Funding Act of 2015.

February 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Career coach helps boost area employment

With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, there wasn't a rush on the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission's Workforce Development Career Coach as it opened its doors Tuesday morning in Flowery Branch.

February 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Power outage at 911 center during ice storm sparks concerns

For nearly 48 hours last week, Hall County's emergency 911 center relied on a generator to remain operational as a crippling ice storm brought down trees, knocked out power for tens of thousands of residents and made many residential streets impassable.

February 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Students learn at home during snow days

While a dusting of snow kept teachers and students at home Tuesday, it didn't keep them from teaching and learning.

February 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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