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Roadwork on Ga. 13 nears end

The Georgia Department of Transportation is working on a $1.2 million resurfacing of Ga. 13 between Buford and Flowery Branch.

The project, which began in June, involves a 5.43-mile stretch between City Hall Street in Gwinnett County to north of Cantrell Road in Flowery Branch, including a section of Atlanta Highway that skirts downtown Flowery Branch.

July 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gallons down, dollars up for police

Gainesville Police Chief Frank Hooper applauded his officers last week for their fuel conservation efforts, and he had every right to.

Last month, the 103-vehicle department had used only 91 percent of the gasoline it had used at the same point last year due to a new approach to policing that requires officers to get out of their cars more and rely on fuel less.

July 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hopewell Baptist marks milestone

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, close to 1,000 people gathered at Laurel Park to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Hopewell Baptist Church.

The celebration began earlier in the day with a church service, where about 1,300 people came dressed in old-fashioned clothing.

July 31, 2008 | Allison Shuler | Local


Dispatcher for White County found dead

The White County Sheriff's Office is expected to provide more information this morning about a Saturday afternoon shooting that killed a White County 911 dispatcher.

July 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Women’s charity aims to link people to services

Two years ago, the idea of a charity for women was planted in Jackie Wallace's head while at a conference in Denver.

July 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Area food bank closer to reality

Those who serve Hall County's hungry know that rising food and energy costs mean more people are having to make choices between their bills and their bellies.

July 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


AquaPalooza lures about 230 boats to water party on Lake Lanier

Low lake levels and high gas prices didn't deter boaters from bringing their vessels - in all shapes and sizes - to Lake Lanier Islands' Beach & Water Park this weekend.

July 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce pushing employee wellness programs

There's no question about it: Employee wellness programs can benefit a company's bottom line.

July 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


A hero's funeral: 'He will live in our hearts forever'

COAL MOUNTAIN -- They came from all over to pay their respects.

July 31, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Bikers ride to honor slain troops

COAL MOUNTAIN - Gene Altman of Jessup saddled up early Saturday for a one-way, 280-mile trip astride his Harley-Davidson. The grizzled veteran had another funeral to go to - another fallen soldier to honor.

July 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Retailers expect boost from sales tax holiday

The state of Georgia is giving shoppers a tax break on back-to-school items for four days beginning Thursday. The annual sales tax holiday has become a tradition in Georgia, according to state Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville.

"People just expect the holiday now," Rogers said. "It's important now, especially with the softness in the economy."

July 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Flowery Branch erects new sign off I-985

FLOWERY BRANCH - Motorists leaving Interstate 985 at Spout Springs Road now will be greeted by flashing messages from a sturdy new brick-and-stone Flowery Branch sign.

July 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hunting and fishing retailers still at odds with DNR

Some local hunting and fishing retailers are still at odds with the Department of Natural Resources despite the DNR's relaxing of a new licensing procedure set to take effect in January 2009.

July 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Is a hurricane our only hope?

"The only thing that's going to help Lake Lanier is a good, strong tropical storm system."

July 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Wreck shut down Ga. 53 for 3 hours

A serious wreck between a tractor trailer and a passenger car on Ga. 53 near the Hall County-Jackson County line shut down the two-lane road Thursday for about three hours, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

July 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Library director asks board to review operating hours

The Hall County Library System may begin a review of operating hours based on worries about future finances going sour.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




Gym of ‘36 makeover staying true to roots

Don't be alarmed, area history buffs and longtime Gainesville residents. The boarded-up windows don't mean the hallowed Gym of '36 is going into decline.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Golf tourney raises money for injured firefighters

A group of golfers came out Monday to support three Hall County firefighters, hoping to chip in to their relief fund.

October 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Deputy struck by vehicle while directing traffic at school

October 28, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS krobins@forsythnews.com | Local


Oakwood budget hearing draws no residents

No one showed for Oakwood's public hearing Monday on the South Hall city's fiscal 2015 budget.

October 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lake group privately hashing out water management plan

Jim McClatchey said he hopes a private water group can still produce its own water management plan for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin, which includes Lake Lanier.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Local Agenda: Early voting remains steady for 2nd week

As far as midterm elections go, Hall County voters appear to be taking advantage of early voting options.

October 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local priorities for 2015 General Assemby taking shape

The Georgia Municipal Association, a lobbying group for the interests of Georgia cities, laid out several priorities for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly during a meeting Monday night in Buford with local government officials.

October 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville workshop to focus on starting a business

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will offer a workshop for individuals who are interested in either starting or growing a new venture.

October 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


$565K grant to help Hall schools improve Wi-Fi access

Hall County schools have been awarded a $565,189 grant from the state to help cover the costs of upgrading the district's Wi-Fi infrastructure, district officials announced Monday at a school board meeting.

October 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kubota expanding, plans to create 650 jobs

Kubota Manufacturing of America plans to expand its headquarters in Gainesville, creating 650 jobs and investing $100 million into the project over the next several years.

October 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




Students attend climate march in New York

Kayla Ballenger has been an environmentalist for as long as she can remember, so when she had a chance to attend the People's Climate March, a march on the United Nations Climate Summit in New York last month, the decision was easy.

October 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Air Force vet, mom of 3 calls getting Habitat home 'emotional,' 'overwhelming'

At first glance, the newly rebuilt house, situated in a nondescript neighborhood called Wintergreen Court, doesn't look any different from every other freshly constructed home in the Flowery Branch area.

October 27, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


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