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Gainesville First United Methodist Church outspells competitors

Shown up too many times by their rivals from Grace Episcopal Church, the Methodists were out for respect, the kind Aretha Franklin spelled out, in Tuesday's 18th Annual Spelling Bee at Brenau University.

April 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cocaine seized in South Hall worth $500,000, official says

Hall County authorities seized more than 10 pounds of cocaine worth half a million dollars Monday in a "buy-bust" operation, officials announced Tuesday.

April 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ex-worker says Gainesville retaliated by eliminating his job

The city's Public Works Department eliminated its engineering services administrator position Thursday, a move that City Manager Kip Padgett said was an effort to cut costs.

April 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Academy day could become good investment for military hopefuls

Students who are considering applying to a military academy may want to think about attending the upcoming Military Academy Day at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Atlanta.

April 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lanier Park ER to shut its doors at midnight tonight

At midnight tonight, something will happen at the emergency room at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park campus that hasn't happened since it opened: The doors will be locked.

April 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Purple Passion: Wednesday sales, paint campaign raise money to fight and awareness about cancer

You may not need an excuse to shop or eat dinner out Wednesday, but the American Cancer Society will reap the benefits if you partake.

April 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Can you spell literacy? This bee helps raise money for reading classes

Put on your thinking caps and get ready to spell. The 18th annual spelling bee for the Gainesville/Hall Alliance for Literacy is 7 tonight at Pearce Auditorium.

April 27, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Gainesville Fire Department rules chicken-cooking contest

Gainesville Fire Department cleaned up at Saturday's Spring Chicken Festival, winning three awards and taking home the Grand Champion prize for its finger-licking chicken cooking.

April 27, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Jackson County eases watering restrictions

Recent rains have spurred the Jackson County Water and Sewer Authority to update previous outdoor watering restrictions.

April 27, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Official: Northeast Ga. is prepared for a flu pandemic

Local officials said though there haven't been any confirmed cases of swine flu in Georgia, they are prepared for a pandemic.

April 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Rep. Deal may join 2010 governor's race

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal is seriously considering a bid for governor and could make an announcement as early as this week, sources close to the nine-term congressman said Monday.

April 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Surgeon: Cagle’s surgery a ‘success’

The surgeon who operated on Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle says the procedure was a success and that his patient's prognosis is good.

April 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Working from home can be good when business is blue

When times get tough, the tough get creative, at least that is the case with local entrepreneurs.

April 27, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Official wants governments to prepare now for 2010 census

A senior partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau told officials gathered Monday at the Frances Meadows center that although the 2010 Census is months away, the time to prepare is now.

April 27, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Joan Sheffield to retire from Gainesville after 9 years

Gainesville Human Resources Director Joan Sheffield announced her retirement Monday.

"I appreciate the opportunity and job fulfillment my position has provided me. After much thoughtful contemplation, however, I have decided to retire from public service effective Friday, June 26th," Sheffield said. "Gainesville is a great place to be, and I will certainly miss the many relationships I have acquired over these past nine years."

April 27, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Health system plans Dawson expansion

Officials with Northeast Georgia Health Systems last week confirmed the hospital has purchased a building on Ga. 400 with plans to expand medical services in Dawson County.

April 15, 2015 | By Michelle Hester The Times regional staff | Local


Cheerleading coach accused of molesting student

A Gainesville man and cheerleading coach has been charged with molesting one his students.

April 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities see rise in identity theft in last days of tax season

In the past eight days, potential victims of identity fraud filed in to the Hall County Sheriff's Office in droves to make a report.

April 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Medical campus planned across from new hospital

The newly opened Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton in South Hall will have a large healthcare neighbor across the street in the next year or so.

April 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cancer survivors attend annual Relay for Life dinner

A teenage girl and an elderly man may not have much in common.

April 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Eyes on the Road: North Hall passing lane to become left-turn lane

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to convert a northbound passing lane on U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway at Jess Helton Road in North Hall County into a northbound left turn lane.

April 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Papa’s Pizza To-Go owner resubmits deannexation request

Businessman Chris Nonnemaker has reapplied for deannexation from Clermont, fulfilling a pledge he made at the April 7 Town Council meeting.

April 14, 2015 | Times Staff Reports | Local


Planning board keeps buffer requirement for office proposal

An office development proposed for Thompson Bridge Road is on its way to City Council review after the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board made its recommendation Tuesday to require a 25-foot buffer.

April 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

Students at Georgia's public colleges and universities will see tuition increases this fall, after university system officials Tuesday backed increases including a 9 percent per semester boost at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | Local


Area teachers humble in accepting recognition as masters at their craft

Teachers are more than educators, they are facilitators of life experiences.

April 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: City manager’s budget to be unveiled Thursday

Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett will unveil his proposed 2016 fiscal year budget Thursday morning during a work session.

April 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall family unharmed by Monday night garage fire

A family escaped without injury Monday night when a fire started in the garage of their Gainesville home.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County courts shuffle in annex plan

With the preliminary plan for reopening of the courthouse annex, the functions of the Hall County Courthouse will shift around like checkers on a checkerboard, said court administrator Reggie Forrester.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood OKs parking ordinance

Oakwood City Council unanimously, but unsmoothly, gave its first OK Monday night to an ordinance restricting parking in residential areas.

April 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Board discusses new school for South Hall

The southern portion of Hall County is booming, and the school board is planning for growth.

April 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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