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Sunny, warm and tasty, events fill the weekend

A warm, sunny afternoon, a plate of grilled chicken and candy falling from the sky - it's hard to imagine a better spring day in Hall County than Saturday.

April 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Competition gives young bird watchers chance to search for a few feathered friends

BRASELTON - With binoculars poised, heads tilted back and eyes trained on the treeline above, Esther Lloyd, 11, Jamie Pearce, 11, and Lindsey Pearce, 10, scan the sky intently until a small body flits past them.

April 26, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Fundraiser planned for emergency shelter

What do motorcycle riders, a singles group and shelter volunteers have in common?

April 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Antiques examined, restored at history center

Appraiser Richard Williams made a few people's day and left others crestfallen.

April 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Plans firming up for annual Memorial Day parade

This year's Memorial Day Parade on Green Street could get off to a soaring start, with a possible flyover by an Army Black Hawk helicopter.

April 25, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch class views the world through special ed students

The environmental science class at Flowery Branch High School celebrated Earth Day for an entire week and learned a lot about their peers in the process.

April 25, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Lanier advocates oppose increased water flows

Two Lake Lanier advocacy groups are upset with a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to resume regular water discharges from Buford Dam into the Chattahoochee River.

April 24, 2009 | BY HARRIS BLACKWOOD AND ASHLEY FIELDING | Local


Judicial review panel faces budget cut

Budget cuts are threatening the ability of a state commission to effectively investigate complaints against sitting judges, officials say.

April 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cagle's spinal surgery set for Monday

The spinal surgery that led to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's sudden departure from the governor's race has been scheduled for Monday at Emory University Hospital in an Atlanta.

April 24, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hoschton residents want say in property tax changes

HOSCHTON - Hoschton resident Kelley Gary wants his neighbors to have a voice when it comes to the possibility of Hoschton having a property tax.

April 24, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Heads Up: ‘Candy Bombing’ today in Flowery Branch

Uncle Wiggly Wings is coming to Flowery Branch.

April 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Laurel Park ramp is ready for boaters

The newly minted Laurel Park Boat Ramp is now open to the public in time for a sunny spring weekend.

April 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Arrest near Murrayville school prompts lockdown

The arrest of a former Dawson County sheriff's investigator near Lanier Elementary School on Friday prompted an evacuation of the playground and a lockdown of the school.

April 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Councilman to challenge Braselton mayor in fall

BRASELTON - Braselton councilman Ralph Richardson Jr. announced this week that he will run for mayor in the town's Nov. 3 election.

April 23, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Hopewell Christian Academy students pay grocery bills for random J&J customers

As she made her way through the aisles of J&J Foods on Jesse Jewell Parkway, Elma Blackwell didn't realize she was about to get a surprise.

April 23, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | 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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