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Slowing economy takes toll on service industry

As people scrimp and save because of the increasing price of food and gas, dining out is often cut from budgets. That's not only leaving some local restaurants feeling a loss, but their employees as well.

July 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


New drug card gives prescription discount — for free

Imagine a free card that allows you to save money on prescription drugs, and it has no restrictions, no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out.

July 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board fires Steven Ballowe

Citing fiscal irresponsibility as the primary factor, the Gainesville city school board voted 3-2 Thursday to fire Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

July 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fourth of July events

  • Fourth of July, Stone Mountain. Lasershow and fireworks. Today-Saturday, Stone Mountain Park, U.S. 78 E. Exit 8, Stone Mountain. $10 vehicle admission. 770-498-5690.
  • Annual Community 4th of July Celebration, Gainesville. Free food and games. 4 p.m. today, Bethel Community Center, Mount Vernon Road, Gainesville. 770-983-7772.
  • Independence Day Celebration, Chattanooga, Tenn. Fireworks, 10 tonight, Lake Winnepesaukah amusement park. Children age 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. $5 gate admission, free parking. Tickets for rides priced separately. 706-866-5681 or

July 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Keeping the Fourth safe a priority for law enforcement

Many people likely will spend the Fourth of July relaxing at Lake Lanier or vacationing out of town, but regardless of your plans, make sure to be prepared and stay safe this holiday weekend.

July 08, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


A timeline of Steven Ballowe's tenure with Gainesville city schools

May 8, 2001: The Gainesville school board votes unanimously to hire Steven Ballowe.

July 08, 2008 | | Local


Officials expect a lively, crowded lake for holiday

Don't expect solitude if you go to Lake Lanier this weekend.

July 08, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Holiday travel: Car checkups boost gas mileage

Snacks? Check. Music? Check. Directions? Check.

There are a lot of things that go into preparing for a road trip, so don't forget to have your car checked out for any possible problems before you head out on the road for a Fourth of July getaway.

July 07, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Kroger expands voluntary ground beef recall to include Georgia

CINCINNATI -- First it was the tomatoes. Now it's the beef.

Fourth of July picnic tables are getting a careful look as familiar hamburgers are feared to be among the tainted ingredients in separate food safety scares.

July 07, 2008 | By Terry Kinney The Associated Press | Local


Hero’s name graces Lula post office

LULA - The Lula post office was formally renamed in honor of Pfc. Johnathon Millican during a ceremony Thursday morning.

July 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


'Improprieties' in Jefferson Police Department probed

JEFFERSON - In the process of auditing its evidence room policies and procedures, the Jefferson Police Department found some "improprieties" that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation soon will be examining, according to a news release.

July 07, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Code Orange: Air pollution alert in effect for Hall County

Hall County was included in Atlanta's Code Orange air quality alert Thursday. But that doesn't mean the county was smoggier than usual.

July 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville Symphony kicks off holiday weekend with a pop

Gainesville Symphony Orchestra treated a star-spangled audience to patriotic tunes Thursday at the annual Patriotic Pops Concert at the Brenau University Amphitheater.

July 07, 2008 | | Local


Sugar Hill looking for new principal

There will be a new face in the principal's office at Sugar Hill Elementary School soon.

Rick Quarles has served as principal of the school since it opened about five years ago, but will be leaving his position at Sugar Hill this month for another administrative position in the Hall County school system, according to Will Schofield, superintendent of Hall County schools.

July 06, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Despite high gas prices, bicycle sales haven't taken off

As the price of gasoline continues to climb, sales of both motorcycles and motorized scooters have increased in Hall County.

July 06, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Performance scores to be released for area schools

Individual school scores could possibly go down this year, but that's ultimately a good thing according to state officials.

April 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Class Notes: UNG considered top underrated Georgia college

The University of North Georgia Nighthawks were proclaimed the most underrated college in the state by a business news website.

April 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Voter registration deadline is today

Today is the voter registration deadline for the May 20 primary election.

April 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area breast cancer education events offer weekend of awareness

Two area events this weekend are striving to provide free education and awareness on breast cancer.

April 21, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Panter ready for ‘nervous’ run a year after Marathon bombing

For his part, Dr. Allan Panter couldn't say whether his wife, Theresa, should run in this year's Boston Marathon - as he's not the one logging the miles by foot.

April 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Many like changes to state’s health insurance plan

State employees, including teachers, are a little bit happier with their health benefit plans following some changes.

April 20, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


People’s pontif earns praise from religious leaders

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, became the first non-European pope in 1,200 years in March 2013, he also carried a burden of expectation.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Weather Service aims for more accurate tornado warnings

False alarms during severe weather can draw the ire of residents, or worse a complacency that causes people to ignore real dangers.

April 20, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Celebrating Mother Earth

Earth Day isn't until Tuesday, but a few residents grabbed shovels, axes and rakes and got their hands dirty to show appreciation to Mother Nature.

April 19, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Rain not a damper for March of Babies

Doctors, former patients and hundreds of other walkers didn't let rain dampen their enthusiasm for helping ensure healthy babies Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Development Authority considers financing Brenau projects

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority is considering issuing $8 million in bonds to pay for a new dormitory, anatomy lab and field house at Brenau University.

April 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Photo essay: Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Members of St. Michael Catholic Church spend Good Friday at Laurel Park for the living Stations of the Cross.

April 19, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall officials seek extension of Glades Reservoir agreement

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority on Monday will consider renewing an agreement for the Glades Reservoir project with Hall County and Glade Farm LLC.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Plaza redevelopment poses traffic problems

If the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is redeveloped as proposed into a 42,000-square-foot grocery store and accompanying 12-pump fueling station, it will generate 6,627 daily two-way trips down the Gainesville thoroughfare, according to a traffic study performed in late March.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tuition rates to increase at public institutions

Tuition rates are rising once again at public colleges and universities in Georgia, including the University of North Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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