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Hospitals change focus of their services

The worsening economy has been tough on businesses of all types, including hospitals.

November 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


VFW marks upcoming holiday with celebration for veterans

Veterans and their families from the Gainesville area gathered Saturday for a Veterans Day celebration held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Gainesville.

November 12, 2008 | Megan Gill | Local


Annexation could add hundreds of students to city schools

Gainesville's pending annexation of unincorporated islands in Hall County could cause up to 500 county students to transfer into the Gainesville school system next year, according to the Gainesville schools superintendent.

Merrianne Dyer, superintendent of Gainesville schools, said Gainesville is planning to annex 563 individual properties in December. Dyer said the 526-acre annexation would incorporate 445 residential properties into the Gainesville city limits, bringing an estimated 300 to 500 Hall County students into Gainesville schools.

November 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Pets get pics with Santa to help other pooches

Santa Claus and puppies: What more could you ask for?

November 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville customers still conserving water

Numbers show that Gainesville residents and businesses are continuing to do their part to conserve water during the ongoing drought.

November 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


State Supreme Court redefines kidnapping

When Christopher Joseph Emerson was accused last March of grabbing a woman's elbow in a Flowery Branch supermarket parking lot and moving her toward his car, he was charged with kidnapping, though she never was forced into the car or carried away.

That's because in Georgia's courts, the term "kidnapping" has evolved to mean any movement, however slight, of a person against his or her will.

November 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Man found guilty of child molestation

More than seven years after molesting a 5-year-old boy in a trailer off Athens Highway, a Gainesville man was found guilty of aggravated child molestation Friday in Hall County Superior Court.

November 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Potential city residents can talk about annexation

Property owners affected by a possible mass annexation into the Gainesville city limits will have a chance to ask questions about becoming city residents Monday.

November 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Brian Nichols found guilty in Atlanta courthouse shootings

A jury has found courthouse gunman Brian Nichols guilty of murder in a 2005 shooting spree that left a judge and three others dead and turned Atlanta's seat of justice into a crime scene.

November 11, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Richardson to allow Collins to vote for state House speaker

Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson acted quickly Thursday to clear the way for state Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, to vote by proxy in next week's vote for speaker and other party officers of the GOP.

November 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Apply to Habitat in a hurry if you need a house

Habitat for Humanity of Hall County is holding its final 2008 application for housing meetings today and Saturday.

November 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson's Holiday Market is today, Saturday

JEFFERSON - Sarah Trippe and Karyn Wilburn have been baking delicious cakes, painting delicate ornaments and sewing decorative pillows and purses around the clock.

November 10, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Deportations up 63 percent in Georgia, the Carolinas

There was a 63 percent increase in illegal immigrants deported from Georgia and the Carolinas in the 12 months ending in October, and thousands of criminals were tagged for removal from the country upon their release from prison, federal officials said Thursday.

November 10, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Study emphasizes expanding existing reservoirs

A study ordered in the wake of the epic drought gripping Georgia concluded that authorities should first devote resources toward expanding existing reservoirs before building new ones.

November 10, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Flowery Branch gives first OK to Sterling on the Lake expansion

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council gave its first OK Wednesday to a nearly 200-home expansion of the already massive Sterling on the Lake development off Spout Springs Road.

November 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Dock permit process to begin again Sept. 16

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin accepting applications Sept. 16 for the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

August 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Threat leads to brief evacuations at North Georgia Tech

Students at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville have been given the all-clear to re-enter most buildings on campus after a threat was written on the wall of one building.

August 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville may increase service fee instead of water rate

After deadlocking earlier this month on whether to raise water rates 1 percent, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote to try and end the stalemate Tuesday night.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Glades Reservoir: County holds off on seeking loans as project delays mount

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $26 million in loans this week for three reservoir projects, but the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County was not one of them.

While county officials have requested about $14.5 million in direct investment from the state - which does not require any payback - through the Governor's Water Supply Program, they did not apply for a loan.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family honors Keaton Coker with charity

When Keaton Coker was struggling with brain cancer, his positivity was so persistent his family found it almost hard to believe.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bricks help build memorial

Area veterans replaced old sidewalk with new bricks Wednesday at a war memorial in Gainesville's Rock Creek Park. The bricks are inscribed with the names of people who have donated money for improvements to the park's memorials, including a planned archway. More than 200 inscribed bricks were installed.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Commissioner of DJJ appointed to state council

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to be chairman of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

August 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman arrested at rally

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


One person qualifies for Clermont council seat

Eric Thomas is the lone candidate in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Carter picks up support from state's teachers' group

ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter picked up the endorsement of one of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia on Wednesday, a move that was largely expected but helped him underscore a central message of his campaign against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Humanist group not satisfied with school system’s response on religious activity

A humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of leading students in prayer is not backing down after receiving a letter on behalf of the school district stating it will ensure all staff, students' and residents' rights are protected.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, responded to the letter by alleging that religious activity is continuing at the school and in fact "these practices have been ongoing, pervasive and longstanding."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


District responds to letter: Prayers occurred a year ago

Hall County Schools' response to a letter from a humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of illegally leading students in prayer during football games and practices says the alleged offenses happened "almost a year ago."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


No candidates yet in special election

Today's the last chance for candidates to emerge in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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