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Residents worry about plans for more homes, businesses in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Six people spoke about traffic and commercial development concerns at a public hearing Thursday night on a proposal to expand the already massive Sterling on the Lake development off Spout Springs Road.

November 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Center Point mentors play key role in learning

On Wednesdays during recess, David Garcia, 10, gladly trades in his fifth-grade playmates for Millie Plants, a retired Gainesville resident.

November 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Turn clocks back Sunday

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, and local governments say they are ready for the time change.

The time will fall back an hour in the middle of the night, but not everyone will be asleep when it happens.

November 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Experts: Cars more dangerous than candy on Halloween

Have you heard about the neighborhood madman handing out poisoned treats on Halloween?

How about the child who fell gravely ill after eating candy taken from a stranger while trick-or-treating?

November 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Mandated time off begins Friday for Hall County

Hall County will begin its employee furlough Friday, and all administrative offices will be closed.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Big dogs available for adoption at store Saturday

The Humane Society of Hall County has scheduled adoption of big dogs for 10 a.m. Saturday. The humane society plans to host an adoption on the first Saturday of each month. It will be located at PetSmart, 5873 Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville to hold workshop on monument care

The city of Gainesville is teaming up with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Municipal Cemetery Association to hold a monument conservation workshop Friday at Alta Vista Cemetery. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the class at 9 a.m. Attendees will learn about types of monuments, why different types fail, the proper way to clean and reset monuments and how best to repair fractured monuments. There is a $60 fee for the class.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Church seeks ideas for projects

Gainesville First United Methodist Church is planning its third annual Great Day of Service for March 21.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Public packs mountains center to learn about Lanier

If you saw someone bleeding to death, wouldn't you do whatever you could to help?

November 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Man charged with burglary after chase

A burglar was caught by sheriff's deputies after a brief chase Wednesday when he tried to burglarize a South Hall house while the resident was at home, authorities said.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Blue bins remind of recycling in Gainesville

Gainesville wants you to think about recycling.

The city's Public Works Department lined Jesse Jewell Parkway with 250 blue recycling bins from its intersection with E.E. Butler Parkway to the Hall County Farmers Market Wednesday to call attention to the need to reduce waste and recycle.

November 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Librarian turns page on nearly 30-year career

Twelve years after Hall County parked the last one, Ella Jean Smith is still referred to as "Bookmobile Lady."

"That's my name. I think that's all (people) ever knew me by, they never really called my name - it was just 'Bookmobile Lady,'" Smith recalls.

November 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Agency ready to mediate water wars

Could stakeholders along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin come together and solve the 18-year-old impasse over water between Georgia, Florida and Alabama?

November 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lanier Tech told to slice budget another 2 percent

The Technical College System of Georgia asked technical schools such as Lanier Technical College to make another 2 percent in budget cuts Monday, said Lanier Tech President Mike Moye. The reduction comes in addition to the 6 percent systemwide cut already imposed. Moye said Lanier Tech has already implemented a 10 percent budget cut in anticipation that the Technical College System of Georgia will cut yet another 2 percent from this fiscal year's budgets.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Chick-fil-A gives it away

FLOWERY BRANCH - Teresa Henderson brought her Chick-fil-A gear featuring the restaurant's cow mascot. Another group of people brought a TV and a propane heater.

November 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Recovering couple’s marriage, success made possible through Drug Court

November 23, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Changes coming to Common Core Standards

The state seems to want to please the public when it comes to the controversial Common Core education standards.

November 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Christmas in the Cabbage Patch

Christmas officially came to North Georgia on Saturday when BabyLand General Hospital kicked off its 36th annual Appalachian Christmas Celebration.

November 22, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


From Web to table: Grant helps farmers market reach customers

An Internet-based farmers market was awarded a grant Wednesday to help get the word out and expand in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Vets chip in to help homeless comrades with food, clothing, advice

Just over a week ago, churches, businesses and schools gathered to thank local veterans for their service in celebration of Veterans Day.

November 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Rain moves in tonight with storms in some areas of state

A few days after shivering through January-like cold, Northeast Georgians now are looking at a Sunday of springlike rain.

November 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville home permits hit record high this year

Gainesville has set a new record this year for the number of home permits issued, according to Community Development Director Rusty Ligon.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Affordable housing plan awaits OK from church

While the plan has been downsized, city officials and many members of the local community believe a better project is now in the works to build five homes on land between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mill Street in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


West Hall students practice job interview ‘soft skills’

High school students don't usually wear dresses and heels or shirts and ties to school.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Suspect pleads not guilty to June shooting in Gainesville

One of the men charged in a Gainesville shooting June 5 pleaded not guilty in a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Missing Gainesville man’s family offers reward

The family of a missing Gainesville man is offering a reward for any information into his disappearance.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Homeless man pleads not guilty to August slaying

A Gainesville homeless man accused of killing another homeless man and assaulting others pleaded not guilty at a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gas prices drop and family travel rises during holidays

Georgia residents are in luck this holiday season, as gas prices hang well below $3 just in time for family travels.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


House Study Committee voices support of Common Core

Parents, teachers, superintendents and state legislators are warily supportive of Common Core standards.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Jingle Mingle brings chicken lighting, celebration to downtown Gainesville

A family-filled event included kiddie train rides and free horse-drawn carriage rides with the evening culminating in the lighting of the Main Street Market's Holiday Chicken, which sits atop the building. This year's lighting was accompanied by a sound and light show by Deb and Don Harkrider. Adults could also marvel at the beautifully lit trees adorning the square. Stores on the square decorated for the season and extended their hours, allowing shoppers extra time to find and purchase Christmas gifts.

November 21, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


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