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Hall County to close offices one day each month

Hall County announced Friday the dates it will close its offices, giving employees a mandatory unpaid day off, as a part of cost-cutting measures.

Interim County Administrator Charley Nix said after discussions this week with department heads, everyone agreed that shutting down all county offices for one day every month is the simplest way to handle the newly approved one-day- per-month furlough for all county employees. All county employees will take the days off without pay, with the exception of public safety, landfill and some public works personnel.

October 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Horse show brings riders from around the region

Horse riders from across the region gathered Saturday morning to show their skills at the New Classic Horse Show at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville.

October 15, 2008 | Megan Gill | Local


Grant will help Lanier Tech start solar program

A recently announced grant award will help Lanier Technical College students catch more sun in a couple of years.

The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded a $55,000 grant to Lanier Technical College to develop a two-year associate degree in solar technology installation and repair. The college will match the grant with $110,000 over the next two years as the school draws on its existing programs to develop the new solar technology curriculum.

October 15, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


State officials won't identify stations suspected of price gouging

The state has subpoenaed sales records from nearly 150 Georgia gas stations that are suspected of price gouging customers in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

But state officials won't identify the stations, and calls from The Times seeking comment were not returned by the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs.

October 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


GOP holds forum

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal will be speaking at this morning's Conservative Forum.

October 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


North Hall Middle wins fundraising contest

North Hall Middle School took home a trophy from the Chestatee Middle vs. North Hall Middle football game this week for winning a competition with Chestatee Middle School to see which school could raise the most money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

October 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Elderly can get help with heat

Starting next month, those who are elderly or home bound can get help paying heating costs through Ninth District Opportunity.

October 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Afghan students discuss war-torn home

In the same day Americans got a glimpse of the National Intelligence Estimate report that paints a grim outlook for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, three Afghan girls were planting seeds of peace at North Hall Middle School.

Three Brenau University students from Afghanistan echoed the findings of the national intelligence report draft. Khadija Safi and Shamim Siddiqi, both juniors at Brenau, and Najia Nasim, a freshman at Brenau, said despite the presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the safety of Afghanistan civilians has declined drastically in recent years.

October 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Brenau business professor says to hold on to stocks for now

Although the stock market may not have hit bottom, it will eventually rebound, said Suzanne Erickson, the chairwoman of business administration for Brenau University.

October 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


‘Phase two’ drug sweep nets 21

They weren't quite finished.

On the heels of a sweep of southeast Gainesville three weeks ago that netted 29 arrests, Hall County sheriff's officials and Gainesville police were back out Friday morning, rousing suspected drug dealers from their beds with arrest warrants.

October 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rezonings vote set for Wednesday in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH – Two proposed developments, including one featuring an office building and a mini-warehouse, are set to go before the Flowery Branch City Council for a first vote Wednesday.

October 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


State tax collections for September went in the right direction

The news on Georgia's fiscal crisis is like recent rains - welcomed, but not enough to fix the problem.

The state reported Wednesday that tax collections for September were up 4.5 percent, the first increase in four months. Revenues remained down 2.6 percent - or $110 million - for the fiscal year, though.

October 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lula woman dies in wreck

A 19-year-old Lula woman died and two others were injured Wednesday night in a collision on Old Cornelia Highway, according to the state patrol.

October 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Firefighters start fundraiser

Today, firefighters from Hall County Fire Services' 15 stations will be out and about asking for donations for the annual "Give Burns the Boot" fundraising drive.

Firefighters also will be out raising funds as the drive continues on Oct. 17 and 24.

October 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


First Baptist Church Gainesville to host event on leadership

First Baptist Church Gainesville is hosting Lead Like Jesus from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

October 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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


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