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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


Ex-Flowery Branch coach faces stalking charge

A former Flowery Branch High School track and assistant football coach has been arrested and charged with stalking.

July 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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State investigating 5-year-old's injury at Gainesville child care center

A Department of Early Care and Learning investigator spent Tuesday in Gainesville looking into allegations concerning a child's injury at a local child care provider.

February 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Medical marijuana bill passes key hurdle in state legislature

ATLANTA - A bill to legalize cannabis oil to treat seizure disorders and seven other debilitating health problems passed a key committee in the Georgia House on Monday but faces an uphill battle in the state Senate, even in its latest, watered-down version.

February 24, 2015 | BY BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Local


Railroad work in Flowery Branch should mean smoother ride for motorists

Work done on the railroad going through Flowery Branch should provide a smoother ride for vehicles and trains alike.

February 24, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


North Georgia braces for blast of heavy snow

Monday night brought the kind of winter storm Hall County residents wished had rolled through last week in place of crippling ice that knocked out power to tens of thousands.

February 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ice queen Elsa arrested as snowstorm bears down on Gainesville

Gainesville Police couldn't let it go any longer.

February 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Snow leaving some roads slick in North Hall

Some roads are slick this morning in Hall County following a dusting of snow.

February 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Power company, county still working at Laurel Park

Power companies worked feverishly last week to restore power to tens of thousands, but there was still work to be done Monday at Laurel Park in Gainesville.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Voting on sales tax underway

In the first day of early voting to decide the fate of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, 110 Hall County voters cast ballots, according to Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee.

February 23, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood delays action on residential parking ordinance

A proposal to limit parking in the front of houses in Oakwood will get further study from the city's planning commission.

February 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County, Gainesville City schools to make up lost class time creatively

After nearly a week of winter weather, Hall County and Gainesville schools will get creative to make up missed class time.

February 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Schools leaning toward becoming IE2 system

The Hall County Board of Education is considering giving its strongest schools a bit more flexibility.

February 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Armed robbery case moving to Superior Court

A Hall County man accused of armed robbery and aggravated assault had his case moved forward to Superior Court.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Rape case committal hearing continued to March

A case involving a 16-year-old accused of rape was continued to a later date.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Lone tennis court repair bid for Deaton Creek fails to satisfy

Spring may arrive without fixes to a troubled tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek neighborhood in Hoschton.

February 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Suspect’s ex-wife, Flowery Branch man killed in Clarkesville shooting

A former deputy shot and killed his ex-wife and wounded the Habersham County sheriff and a deputy in an ambush Sunday night at a Clarkesville home, authorities said.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | Local


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