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Gainesville officials choose local contractor for parking deck job

Gainesville officials have chosen a local contractor to build the new downtown parking deck and plan to complete construction by July 2009.

Gainesville's own Optum Construction Group Inc. submitted the lowest bid for the cost of building the city's future 419-space parking deck that will stand in place of the current downtown deck by July 2009, Jarrett Nash, project manager for the construction, told City Council members Thursday.

September 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


On the road with Air Force One

GILLSVILLE - There is no airport in Gillsville, but Air Force One landed here earlier this week. It's parked in Donald Snare's driveway.

OK, it's not the real presidential aircraft, but it is a lifelike replica of the cockpit and presidential cabin of the plane used by Presidents Kennedy through the first Bush.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Unemployment claims double in Hall County

The number of unemployment claims in August more than doubled in Hall County from the same month a year ago. The Georgia Department of Labor released figures Thursday showing 945 people filed a first-time claim for unemployment insurance in August, compared with 471 in August 2007.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fast-food worker faked robbery, authorities say

CUMMING - If the employee of a local fast-food restaurant who reported a robbery Tuesday had it her way, she wouldn't have gotten caught.

As it turned out, however, Monica Montero Lane was arrested Thursday by Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies and charged with false statement and theft by taking.

September 15, 2008 | Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Police seek suspect in South Hall bank robbery

BRASELTON - A man robbed a Wachovia Bank this morning in Braselton, getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.

September 15, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Hall denies no-parking zone for subdivision

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided to stay out of neighborhood affairs when it voted unanimously to deny one neighborhood's request for a no-parking zone.

Some of the Southern Trace Subdivision neighbors, like Ronald and Lola Blackwell, accused others of having "weekend parties" where cars parked on the street posed a threat to public safety.

September 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Race for governor will be costly

A University of Georgia political scientist said that the race for governor in 2010 will come with a price tag of eight figures, a likely reason Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is beginning his exploratory campaign more than two years before the vote.

"He's lining up a date for the prom," said Charles Bullock, a UGA professor who analyzes state politics. He said Cagle is making sure that potential supporters don't commit to another candidate, such as Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, the only other Republican in the race.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gang’s leader gets 20 years for drug charges

Saying Charles Douglas Graham's criminal acts "can't be tolerated," a judge sentenced the admitted gang leader to 20 years in prison Wednesday.

September 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Panel: School board candidates should have education, face drug tests

The state Board of Education is reviewing a report by the Committee for School Board Excellence that proposes local school board members be held to statutory requirements that could include drug tests and the completion of a high school education.

September 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall school superintendent has favorable talks with US education secretary

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings recently lent an ear to four Atlanta-area school system superintendents, one of whom was Hall County schools superintendent Will Schofield.

September 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Police: Train runs over man who tried to jump aboard

A man was run over by a train he was trying to jump aboard Wednesday on Athens Street, police said.

September 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cagle will study run for governor

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle took the initial steps on Tuesday to begin a bid for governor in 2010.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Native son could be first Hall Countian to lead state in 108 years

Casey Cagle's political career began in 1994 when he ran what many considered an uphill race against first-term state Sen. Jane Hemmer, D-Gainesville.

Like Cagle, Hemmer had deep roots in Hall County, and had served as a county commissioner before running in 1992 for the Senate seat being vacated by Nathan Deal. Deal was elected that year to his first term in U.S. Congress.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Shopping center gets approval by Oakwood council

Oakwood City Council approved a rezoning and annexation of property for a shopping center off Winder Highway late Monday night.

September 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Happy hour might be coming to Oakwood

Oakwood has discussed a possible "happy hour" ordinance, such as the one approved in August by the Gainesville City Council.

September 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Leaders hope Christianity forum bridges denominational gaps

A forum scheduled for Aug. 12 at Grace Episcopal Church takes aim at defining Christianity, "beyond the catchphrases."

July 30, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Golf to teach character-building lessons to kids

Not many elementary P.E. classes include golf lessons, but Gainesville elementary schools want to use golf to teach their students healthy habits and values.

July 30, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lanier Flight Center charter service offers option of getting there faster

Lanier Flight Center's charter operations branch is about to add a $1.5 million jet to its fleet of general aviation aircraft.

July 30, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Badge & Bar: Defendant files to exclude use of word ‘victim,’ graphic photos

A defendant in a felony murder case, in which police believe an attempted drug deal led to a man's death, filed motions to exclude ...

July 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Local leaders disagree on how far Medicaid coverage should go as program celebrates 50 years

Wanda Turpin's medical problems are so numerous that she would be unable to receive the care she needs without Medicaid coverage.

July 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Son of Forsyth County state senator in critical condition

July 29, 2015 | By Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | Local


Eyes on the Road: Citizens roads group set to meet Thursday

A citizens group that monitors area road projects is set to hear about the soaring costs for right-of-way acquisition on a planned widening of Ga ...

July 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville High program aims to ease transition for freshmen

The transition from middle school to high school can be a challenge.

July 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


3 injured, 1 critically, in Dawsonville Highway wreck

A two-vehicle wreck on Dawsonville Highway in front of Gainesville First Church of the Nazarene injured three people, including one critically, Tuesday night, according to ...

July 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Family battling child’s rare blood disease

Christmas morning is supposed to be about smiles, laughter and good cheer.

July 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Citizen group aims to restore trust in SPLOST spending

The citizen review committee for the latest round of special purpose local option sales tax is the first of its kind in Hall County, and ...

July 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood manager wants cities, county to work closer on roads

Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown is calling for "better coordination and cooperation" between Hall County and its city governments on roads upkeep.

July 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Sales Tax Holiday set for Friday, Saturday

Georgia will hold its annual back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday this Friday and Saturday.

July 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Challenged Child and Friends names fundraising coordinator

Challenged Child and Friends has named Joseph "Joey" Tripp its fundraising coordinator.

July 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Local bank launches new website

Independence Bank of Georgia has launched a new website, mobile application and Facebook page.

July 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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