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Rain, lower temperatures help stabilize Lake Lanier

At last, rain has returned to summer in Hall County, bringing with it slightly lower and more bearable temperatures.

August 20, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jobless rate shows glimmer of hope for economy

Unemployment rates may be higher now than they were at this time last year, but labor officials are optimistic that things are starting to turn around.

August 20, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ponzi schemer Spell gets a dozen years in federal prison

A self-described "master of deceit" who bilked dozens of investors out of at least $16 million in the largest fraud in Hall County history was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in federal prison.

August 20, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Four lanes now open on Ga. 13 across I-985 in South Hall

Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway in South Hall is now open to four lanes of travel - two lanes in each direction - between Frontage Road and Blackshear Place Baptist Church.

August 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Rabid skunk in North Hall is county's 15th case this year

The Gainesville-Hall County Animal Control Department today confirmed the county's 15th rabies case of the year involving a skunk in North Hall.

The rabid skunk came in contact with three dogs Monday in the Green Drive area. The animal was shipped the next day to the Georgia Public Health Lab-Virology Section in Decatur, where it was confirmed to be rabid.

August 20, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Bridge club members celebrate new location

The Lanierland Duplicate Bridge Club is holding a grand opening Sunday to celebrate its new building and introduce people to the game of bridge.

August 19, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Federal grants give boost to sidewalk plans

Thanks to $500,000 in promised federal funding, Gainesville's annual sidewalk expansion program has a leg to walk on around city schools.

August 19, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


New racetrack may be coming to Braselton

BRASELTON - Soon, Road Atlanta and Lanier National Speedway may not be the only places in Braselton to see a good car race.

August 19, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Most of Georgia's counties are 'distressed'

Dawson County's Local Option Sales-Tax collections are down by 20 percent; its planning and zoning fee revenues are down by 50 percent; officials cut more than $4 million out of the county budget; and commissioners are considering furlough days for county employees. But it's not economically distressed.

August 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Teen dies after Tuesday wreck

A 16-year-old girl involved in a multiple-vehicle crash Tuesday in Gainesville has died, a family member said.

August 19, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Flowery Branch adopts new, 'cleaned up' alcohol ordinance

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday to fuse together a series of older, alcohol beverage-related ordinances into one law.

August 19, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


One injured in Dawsonville Highway wreck

A Georgia State patrolman works the scene of a Dawsonville Highway wreck involving a passenger car and a tractor trailer blocking traffic in the westbound lanes Wednesday afternoon. Traffic in the westbound lanes was detoured to Jay Mountain Road to get past the scene. One person was injured, though not seriously, in the wreck, which happened at about 1:45 p.m near Deepwater Drive.

August 19, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Court documents: Spell stole $16 million, not $60 million

Wendell Spell is no Bernie Madoff, his lawyer says.

August 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Brenau's newest students move in

Some 300 new Brenau University students from across the country and around the world started moving onto campus Wednesday to get settled in before they start cracking the books on Monday.

August 19, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Officials want to consolidate Flowery Branch alcohol laws

Over the years, Flowery Branch passed an array of alcohol-related laws that, today, could be merged to form one document that, city officials hope, will be easier for the public to grasp and the city to administer.

August 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Parking, traffic plans made for Gainesville High graduation

Gainesville High School will hold graduation commencement exercises for the class of 2015 Friday at 7 p.m. at City Park Stadium.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


ADA Tour comes to Brenau Downtown Center on Friday

The Americans with Disabilities Act Legacy Tour will make its second visit to Gainesville from noon to 3 p.m. Friday with exhibits on display at Brenau University's Downtown Center at 301 Main St. SW.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local




FBI nabs gang murders suspect in South Hall

A suspected MS-13 gang member was arrested Tuesday in Flowery Branch in connection with the 2011 execution-style deaths of two brothers in New York.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Historic building renovations progressing at Gym of '36

No matter how much his business grows, regardless of how rapidly his mortgage banking company expands, Wes Hunt's past and present will always be inextricably linked.

May 20, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Georgia science, social studies standards up for revision

To be literate in science and social studies, students need the most accurate, updated education possible.

May 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County welcomes businesses to discuss bid process

It's been a struggle for Hall County to drum up competition for its goods, services and capital improvement needs over the last year, and the result could be costly for taxpayers.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


North Georgia Community Foundation Hosts Philanthropy at its Best on June 2

North Georgia Community Foundation is hosting Philanthropy at its Best, an opportunity to learn how the foundation can be a charitable giving resource for professional advisors and their clients.

May 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Local business owner announces candidacy for Gainesville City Council

Gainesville resident Zack Thompson announced Wednesday that he will run against incumbent Bob Hamrick for the Ward 2 seat on the Gainesville City Council this fall.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Accused in taxi cab slaying file for judge recusal, separate trials

Five people indicted in the death of a Taxi El Palmar driver filed motions recently related to a new judge presiding over the case and to have separate trials.

May 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Teen driver sentenced in crash that killed North Forsyth student

The teenage driver in a single-vehicle wreck that killed a rising North Forsyth High School senior last June faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide.

May 20, 2015 | Kayla Robins Times regional staff | Local


Gainesville’s Serra earns certification from UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Alicia Serra earned local finance officer certification in the first quarter of 2015 through the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government's financial management training program.

May 20, 2015 | | Local


Department of Labor hosting Wrigley recruiting event

The Georgia Department of Labor will host a recruiting event next week to help Wrigley Manufacturing Company hire a number of workers for its plant in Flowery Branch.

May 20, 2015 | | Local


Online records, interpreters at center of courthouse budget requests

In the basement of the Hall County Courthouse, clerks go through anywhere between 8,500 and 9,000 files on cases in a month.

May 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Chicopee golf director let go amid financial woes

Deteriorating conditions and dwindling revenues have prompted officials at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course to lay off the director of golf, take ownership of the pro shop and consider a shakeup of members on an oversight committee in an effort to get the ball back on the green.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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