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Perdue: State gas tax won’t jump

Gov. Sonny Perdue on Monday halted what would have been a 2.9 cent per gallon jump in the state gasoline tax, saying the state should not be taking advantage of a tax windfall driven by spiking prices at the pump.

"Frankly, I don't think we can justify raising taxes on gasoline in a time of economic stress for many families," Perdue said at a state Capitol news conference.

June 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Biologists say corps can keep more water in Lanier, other Georgia reservoirs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday released a biological opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Modified Interim Operating Plan for water releases at Jim Woodruff Dam into the Apalachicola River, saying it would not reduce the likelihood of survival for federally protected species.

June 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Walkers step forward for Chattahoochee's health

They walk, but not because of high gasoline prices. Instead, they walk for the health of the water.

"It's about our relationship with water and the Earth and to the natural world," Barbara Morton, a Bremen resident said as she walked through Clermont on U.S. 129 Monday afternoon.

June 13, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Higher taxes could hit businesses hard

While much has been written and discussed about the cost of a school tax hike to residential property owners in Gainesville, those who own businesses and rental property within the city are also bracing for additional costs they will have to pass on to customers.

June 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


In Lula man’s life, every day is a celebration

Mordecai Wilson's home bears the evidence of a happy life.

June 12, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Seasons on Lanier dreams dashed

The first residents of the Seasons on Lake Lanier community have been stuck in time since November.

June 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school board faces June 30 budget deadline

In wrestling with a deficit up to $7 million, the Gainesville school board may use up every available hour in approving a 2008-09 budget by the state's June 30 deadline. That budget may include raising property taxes up to 20 percent.

June 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Troublesome kudzu turns to useful items in artist’s hands

Many Southerners detest kudzu as much as they detest cockroaches.

But fiber artist Regina Hines demonstrated Sunday that kudzu can be used to create more than an overgrown garden.

June 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Old, new paddlers mix at regatta

After high-pressure competitions in Oklahoma City and Montreal, Saturday's Southern Invitational Regatta on Lake Lanier was a chance for local paddlers to loosen up and take a few victory laps.

June 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Georgia native returns to lead Gainesville congregation

Despite a gray and overcast sky Sunday morning, the spotlight in St. John Baptist Church shined brightly on the church's newest member and pastor elect, the Rev. Stephen Samuel.

Samuel led his first official church service on Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of June.

June 12, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


AARP holds two-day course to benefit older drivers

Turning 16 years old means one thing for most teens - it's time to take that driving test in hopes of earning the freedom to drive.

June 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


The Stonebridge Village alternative lures shoppers to Flowery Branch

To the delight of area shoppers, new retailers are popping up at the Stonebridge Village shopping center.

June 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


John Nicholson, owner of popular 1950s drive-in, dies at 96

John Nicholson, whose Gainesville drive-in hamburger restaurant was a landmark dining spot and cruising destination in the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday at Lanier Park Hospital after a brief illness. He was 96.

June 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fuel prices put squeeze on businesses' services

In large letters along the Corner Drugs van is "Free Delivery."

June 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cab business up as fewer Latinos drive

The traffic is unusually light on a recent afternoon on Atlanta Highway - the center of Gainesville's sizable working-class Hispanic population.

June 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Turnout sporadic in first week of early voting for Hall County SPLOST

Turnout during the first week of early voting on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, was sporadic, with snowy weather and government closings likely limiting the number who showed up to the polls.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Business-led committee behind push for SPLOST

The Hall Progress 2015 Committee, a group of local business leaders, is spearheading a campaign to pass SPLOST VII.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


5 people arrested in what authorities call a North Ga. meth trafficking ring

Five people from across North Georgia were arrested Tuesday in the continued "dismantling of a local methamphetamine trafficking network," authorities said, that is suspected of handling more than 10 pounds of the drug.

February 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Fathers and daughters dance the night away

A popular song started blaring and girls screamed, starting to move to the music.

February 27, 2015 | | Local


'Tale of two cities’ makes decision to close schools tough

In Gainesville and Flowery Branch on Thursday, the overnight snow quickly turned to slush and what little ice remained on the pavements had melted by mid-morning.

February 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Man charged with stealing cash from sub shop, ID for shopping spree

An Ellijay man faces charges of robbery by intimidation, theft, fraud and forgery following multiple incidents in Gainesville, Oakwood and Gwinnett County.

February 26, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Georgia House passes $44.6B budget for Senate review

A $44.6 billion 2016 fiscal year state budget approved Thursday by the Georgia House would close previous cuts to public education spending, slash funding for low-interest student loans and ask local school districts to make $103 million more in employer contributions to keep state insurance coverage for some part-time school employees.

February 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's snow is so-so, then it goes

If you were expecting Snowmageddon 2015 on Thursday, what you got in Gainesville was more like Snow-meh.

February 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Students out of school fashion makeshift sleds for a fun day in snow

School was out and snow was on the ground, so people in Hall County were ready to have some fun Thursday.

February 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Regulators OK tougher rules for Internet providers

Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

February 26, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Winter storm downgraded; black ice possible on roads

A winter storm that dropped a slushy mix Wednesday on North Georgia was downgraded overnight, though light snow and black ice may still cover some roadways, making travel dangerous early in the day.

February 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Shoppers stock up as storm approaches

A quick drive on Wednesday morning down Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville revealed just how seriously local residents were taking the prospect of a major snowstorm bearing down on the region.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Lake Lanier DNR officer gets award

An officer patrolling Lake Lanier earned the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

February 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Papa’s Pizza To-Go seeks to leave Clermont, convert to sports bar

In a rare request, a North Hall County pizzeria is seeking to leave Clermont so it can convert to a sports bar and serve alcohol.

February 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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