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Union County jails man on robbery charges

A North Carolina man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the robbery of Appalachian Community Bank in Blairsville.

December 25, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Hall rejects 608 homes on 418 acres

The Hall County Commission denied a rezoning request for a 608-unit residential development in northwest Hall opposed by many in the area.

December 25, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Her loss of locks is another child’s gain

After three long years of waiting, the time for Danielle Richey's haircut finally arrived Thursday morning.

December 25, 2007 | Edie Rogers | Local


Drought taxes revenue: Public utilities earns less from water sales

Ongoing water conservation efforts, both local and state-mandated, may cause Gainesville's public utilities department to lose its streak of steadily increasing revenue, a financial auditor for the city said today.

December 25, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Ongoing cleanup effort a ‘super’ idea

As the rapidly shrinking Lake Lanier reveals unprecedented amounts of previously buried trash, the Lake Lanier Association has come up with a new way to tackle the problem.

Shore "Super" Sweep is a twist on Shore Sweep, the association's annual lake cleanup that's usually held in September. The "super" sweep is an ongoing effort rather than a single event.

December 24, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


New southbound I-985 bridge to open, help ease traffic

A new bridge spanning Mundy Mill Road will open this afternoon to accommodate Interstate 985 southbound traffic.

December 24, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Can't slow her down: Paralyzed from an injury, student wants to change minds

It's safe to assume that anyone with the nickname "Hot Wheels" isn't afraid of attracting attention.

Kristina Shepard figured out a long time ago that she can't avoid drawing curious stares everywhere she goes, so she uses it as an opportunity to educate people.

December 24, 2007 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Catholic community observes rare rites

GAINESVILLE - For the first time in the history of Atlanta's Archdiocese, Catholic priests Wednesday crowned the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Father Fabio Sotelo performed the rite at St. Michael Catholic Church in Gainesville, along with priests in 17 other parishes throughout the Atlanta Roman Catholic district.

December 24, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Cookie package causes bomb scare at Buford Dam

These cookies really bombed.

December 24, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Just call him Santa Cronic

He wasn't wearing a white beard or red suit, but Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic got a chance to play Santa Wednesday, giving away bicycles for needy children in a program that will benefit nearly twice the number of families as last year.

December 24, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Breakfast gives Georgia representatives a peek at needs

State representatives will act as Santa's elves Friday and take note of local officials' wish lists for next year's legislative session.

The representatives for legislative districts within Hall County will meet with local council members, commissioners and school board members at Lanier Tech to see what they want to happen in the upcoming legislative session.

December 24, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Authorities: Pair stole debit card

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man and woman they say stole a debit card.

December 23, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Brazilian educators tour area schools

GAINESVILLE - Three secondary school principals from Brazil and the director of a national organization of top Brazilian state educators are touring Northeast Georgia this week, sampling the culture and visiting schools.

December 23, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Realtors want county to keep building

Area Realtors plan to attend the Hall County Board of Commissioners' meeting Thursday to discuss rumblings of a moratorium on residential building permits.

Last month, a suggestion from Hall County Commissioner Bobby Banks that the county place a 90-day moratorium on residential development concerned members of the area's real estate and construction industries.

December 23, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Account set up for victim’s family

An account has been set up to help the children of William Anthony "Andy" Standridge, who died in an automobile wreck recently.

December 23, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


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Study: Income gap may complicate Ga. sales tax plans

ATLANTA - A new study suggests the growing share of income earned by the rich could raise the costs of a Republican proposal to replace Georgia's income tax with an expanded sales tax.

September 15, 2014 | Ray Henry Associated Press | Local


Deal, Carter duel over education at Atlanta forum

September 15, 2014 | BY CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


UNG to help boost teachers’ knowledge of science

In an increasingly technology-centered society, science education is growing in importance. Even on its own, it remains a critical part of helping students develop thinking and problem-solving skills.

September 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Clemency ‘transparency’ may be hot issue at Capitol

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles' silence on the July 10 clemency it granted a death-row inmate in a 1991 murder case has stirred strong emotions in North Georgia, with ripple effects possibly leading to the doors of the 2015 General Assembly.

September 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fall festivities chug into the Lula Train Depot

Lula held its inaugural fall festival Saturday, hosted by the Lula-Belton Historical Society, even as rain clouds threatened the cloudy blue skies.

September 13, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Hot rides, chili take over in Flowery Branch

Thousands of spectators showed up Saturday to one of Flowery Branch's much-loved annual events.

September 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County Schools prepare for testing change

Hall County schools are getting ready for a big transition.

September 13, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


The changing face of civic engagement

September 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Local officials plan for life after SPLOST

Concerns that Hall County voters will not approve a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax money to pay for capital needs have led local government officials to begin preparing contingency plans to deal with the potential loss of revenue.

September 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atkins chosen as Times publisher

Veteran newspaper executive Charlotte Atkins has been named publisher of The Times.

September 13, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Culture, competition ride Lanier’s waves in Dragon Boat event

Hall County residents may be used to a variety of boats on Lake Lanier, but thousands watched several unusual crafts on the lake Saturday during the 19th annual Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.

September 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Legendary GHS football announcer honored

Walt Snelling waves to an appreciative crowd at City Park Stadium along with wife Carol, right, and surrounded by family members during a special presentation honoring the longtime Gainesville High announcer.

September 13, 2014 | | Local


Food bank’s annual Empty Bowl lunch to help feed Georgia residents in need

One in 5 Georgians are food-insecure, a statistic the Georgia Mountain Food Bank hopes to improve.

September 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Natural dog treats company starts operating in Gainesville

When it comes to its new Gainesville business, the Gay family hopes it's a dog-eat-healthy-treats world.

September 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Spout Springs one of healthiest schools in US

Right by the front door of Spout Springs School of Enrichment is a vending machine wrapped in kraft paper; on it, student signatures are scrawled across it, promising to make healthy choices. The machine's only option is bottled water.

September 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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