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No one hurt in Gainesville apartment fire

A Gainesville apartment caught fire Wednesday evening while the resident was at church. No one in the 10-apartment building was hurt.

December 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Street collapse may cost Flowery Branch up to $100K to fix

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch may end up spending $75,000 to $100,000 for repairs to a portion of Spring Street that collapsed last week after overnight steady rainfall, city officials said Wednesday.

December 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Shelters caution impulsive pet adoptions

As Christmas approaches, local shelters and rescue groups hope families will consider adopting a pet.

December 15, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Grand jury hearing case of slain minister in Toccoa

A grand jury met Tuesday to begin considering whether criminal charges should be brought against undercover drug officers involved in the Sept. 1 shooting death of a Baptist minister outside a Toccoa convenience store.

December 15, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Governors vow to compromise in water wars

Local officials are pleased that the governors of Georgia, Alabama and Florida, after meeting privately Tuesday in Montgomery, Ala., say they will solve the tri-state water war before their terms are over at the end of 2010.

December 15, 2009 | By Melissa Weinman and Jeff Gill mweinman@gainesvilletimes.com | jgill@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gainesville, Jefferson police get high marks

Two local police departments have gone through the necessary steps to show the public that they are committed to providing a high, standards-based level of service.

December 15, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


School celebrates Christmas traditions from other lands

Students of the World Language Academy learned Tuesday that other cultures somehow manage to celebrate Christmas without Santa Claus.

December 15, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Habersham couple reunited after soldier’s Afghanistan deployment

Ginny Thibeault got her Christmas gift early - her husband returning from deployment in Afghanistan. And that he showed up in time for her graduation from Piedmont College in Demorest.

December 15, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville will start Main Street program

Gainesville's City Council voted Tuesday to pull its funding for Main Street Gainesville and instead start its own Main Street program.

December 15, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Are those Christmas packages ready to go?

Christmas is still 10 days away but thousands of people are already mailing gifts to friends and family far away.

December 14, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville school board renews Dyer’s contract

Gainesville schools Superintendent Merrianne Dyer will remain the district's head Red Elephant through July 1, 2012.

December 14, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall schools move away from block schedule

The Hall County Board of Education unanimously approved a high school schedule change for next school year that will shift high schools from a four-period block schedule to a hybrid seven-period day schedule.

December 14, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville buys CSX property for greenway

Gainesville officials have closed on the property key to the construction of a greenway in the Midtown area.

December 14, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Oakwood City Council OKs sewer pump station

OAKWOOD - Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to spend $1.1 million to start construction on a pump station as part of a project that eventually could bring 2.5 million gallons of sewer per day from Braselton.

December 14, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


2 zoning requests attract crowd at Jefferson work session

JEFFERSON - Two proposed rezoning requests brought residents out en masse to Monday's Jefferson City Council work session.

December 14, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Schools respond to Blue Bell recall

With this week's voluntary recall of all Blue Bell Creameries products, some schools across Georgia faced a choice about removing items from the cafeteria line. But in Hall County and Gainesville, no such dairy quandary exists.

April 22, 2015 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Square plantings showcase new garden

Earth Day got off to a good start in Gainesville on Wednesday as members of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and city representatives gathered in the downtown square to plant flowers and other vegetation.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch equine, cattle expert named Farmer of the Year

A fourth-generation family farmer known across the country for her cattle and equine expertise is Hall County's 2015 Farmer of the Year.

April 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


A world of differences among environmental issues

While environmental issues are more ingrained in the public mind than ever, Earth Day isn't treated with the same level of gravitas in America that it was when first celebrated 45 years ago today, according to some local academics and activists.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal aid to offset local costs of ice storm clean up

President Barack Obama has allocated federal aid funding to assist Hall County and other regions affected by an ice storm in mid-February, which toppled trees and knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents.

April 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Clermont Town Council ponders possible alcohol resolution for Nov. 3 ballot

The Clermont Town Council talked Tuesday night about holding a straw poll or nonbinding resolution on whether to allow beer and wine sales on U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway, a major road running through town.

April 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lanier Charter Career students craft sustainable products for market, spa

At Lanier Charter Career Academy, horticulture students grow herbs while cosmetology students work in the school's onsite salon.

April 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Groundbreaking event for new athletic park takes place at Brenau University

Construction is underway on a future Brenau University athletic complex.

April 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners considering $61,000 tennis court repair contract

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider awarding a $61,000 contract to demolish and rebuild a tennis court in the Village at Deaton Creek subdivision when it meets Thursday night.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville City Council approves lease agreement with Kubota

The Gainesville City Council approved a lease agreement Tuesday with Kubota Manufacturing of America, granting the company access to city-owned land in exchange for site improvements.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Road: Planning group gives its OK to "complete streets"

A group of area planners has given its OK to a policy that requires considering all modes of travel in road construction.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


District attorney drops charge against grieving father

Charges have been officially dropped against a grieving father arrested April 12 for trying to put up safety barriers at his daughter's wreck site.

April 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall planning commission OKs mobile home relocation

The controversial relocation of a mobile home near Lake Lanier was recommended for approval by the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, with board members expressing sympathy for nearby homeowners while saying their hands are tied.

April 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


US 129 passing lane changing to turn lane Tuesday

Ga. 11/U.S. 129 is scheduled for a face-lift Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Child advocates gather for memorial garden dedication

Nineteen years ago, Investigator Gerald Couch began his work on a case involving a 19-month-old beaten and killed by his babysitter.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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