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CCA facility ready to open after years of discussion, months of renovation

On Monday, Gainesville and Hall County officials toured the newly renovated Corrections Corporation of America detention center that's ready to receive its first group of immigration detainees any day.

August 10, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville school board votes to support downtown TAD

The Gainesville Board of Education agreed Monday to re-enter into an agreement to support a tax allocation district in Gainesville.

August 10, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Mount Vernon road work slated for Aug. 17

Crews now will start work next Monday on resurfacing Mount Vernon Road from Thompson Bridge Road to Dahlonega Highway in North Hall.

August 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Price Road development goes before Hall commission again

A development with more than 1,200 homes proposed in the Price Road area is among items on the agenda for this morning's Hall County Board of Commissioners' work session.

August 09, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson firefighters to hold annual ball

JEFFERSON - Members of the Jefferson Fire Department are planning to burn up the dance floor this weekend.

August 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Apprenticeship scored this graduate a county job

Jesica Contreras got started on her career path early.

August 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


History Center visitors learn about ‘Good Old School Days’ first-hand

On Sunday, children marked the beginning of another school year by taking a trip back to the 1800s in a one-room schoolhouse with their lunch pails, quill pens and slates.

August 09, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Cardiac support group also reaches out to patients, families

Peter Rocco recalls the fear before he had triple bypass surgery 21 years ago.

August 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Slots fill up fast for health care forum

Registration is nearly full for an upcoming health care discussion at the Gainesville Civic Center on Wednesday, said Kit Dunlap, president of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

August 09, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Schools ready to roll with new buses and new campuses

Gainesville and Hall County school systems have endured strangely similar summers: Both experienced tragic bus incidents and opened sparkling new schools with price tags of more than $30 million.

August 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


3 charged in deadly gang shooting

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate a gang shooting early Sunday that left one teenager dead and three others injured.

August 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Work set to start on North Hall road project

Crews will begin today resurfacing Mount Vernon Road from Thompson Bridge Road to Dahlonega Highway in North Hall.

August 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Jackson OKs rules for Bear Creek Reservoir

JEFFERSON - A new set of regulations for using the Bear Creek Reservoir covers boat length, times of operation, bank fishing and rule enforcement.

August 08, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Events get students fired up for school

Kids geared up for the new school year Saturday with entertainment, games and free school supply giveaways at two events in Gainesville.

August 08, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Unrest in Iran sparks prayerful concerns here

Tension and riots continue to surround Iran's presidential election and the trial of religious and political leaders.

August 08, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


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Turnout sporadic in first week of early voting for Hall County SPLOST

Turnout during the first week of early voting on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, was sporadic, with snowy weather and government closings likely limiting the number who showed up to the polls.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Business-led committee behind push for SPLOST

The Hall Progress 2015 Committee, a group of local business leaders, is spearheading a campaign to pass SPLOST VII.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


5 people arrested in what authorities call a North Ga. meth trafficking ring

Five people from across North Georgia were arrested Tuesday in the continued "dismantling of a local methamphetamine trafficking network," authorities said, that is suspected of handling more than 10 pounds of the drug.

February 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Fathers and daughters dance the night away

A popular song started blaring and girls screamed, starting to move to the music.

February 27, 2015 | | Local


'Tale of two cities’ makes decision to close schools tough

In Gainesville and Flowery Branch on Thursday, the overnight snow quickly turned to slush and what little ice remained on the pavements had melted by mid-morning.

February 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Man charged with stealing cash from sub shop, ID for shopping spree

An Ellijay man faces charges of robbery by intimidation, theft, fraud and forgery following multiple incidents in Gainesville, Oakwood and Gwinnett County.

February 26, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Georgia House passes $44.6B budget for Senate review

A $44.6 billion 2016 fiscal year state budget approved Thursday by the Georgia House would close previous cuts to public education spending, slash funding for low-interest student loans and ask local school districts to make $103 million more in employer contributions to keep state insurance coverage for some part-time school employees.

February 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's snow is so-so, then it goes

If you were expecting Snowmageddon 2015 on Thursday, what you got in Gainesville was more like Snow-meh.

February 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Students out of school fashion makeshift sleds for a fun day in snow

School was out and snow was on the ground, so people in Hall County were ready to have some fun Thursday.

February 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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


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