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House, Senate pit state vs. regions in transportation sales tax

The members of the state House and Senate agree there is a need for an additional sales tax to pay for transportation projects. How that happens has the two chambers on different roads.

March 23, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville disputes annexation speed trap rap

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has called for a public hearing April 9 to discuss Gainesville's plans to annex a section of Interstate 985, an issue that has caused tension between the two governments.

March 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Ponzi scheme price: $60M stolen from 50; guilty man faces up to 20 years

The staggering scope of the largest fraud case in Hall County history was revealed in federal court Monday, where Wendell Ray Spell admitted to defrauding at least 50 people of more than $60 million in a Ponzi scheme.

March 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Job, children keep Hall County clerk busy

Hall County's clerk has a lot on her plate.

March 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Healthy Monday: 'Observation' could decide whether patient's stuck with entire tab

"He was admitted to the hospital for observation." You've heard that phrase plenty of times. But what does it really mean?

March 23, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jefferson schools face making improvements despite low revenues

Even in the face of state budget cuts, area school systems still have to educate students.

March 23, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Grady Young Foundation declares weekend successful

Some golfers didn't want to leave the Chattahoochee Golf Course, the weather was so good.

March 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Trout season begins Saturday

HELEN - Tom Query has Saturday circled on his calendar.

March 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Good News Clinics needs donations

Diminished by the recession, nonprofit foundations aren't able to donate to charitable causes as much as they used to.

March 23, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Women's Civic Club aims to update Hoschton's welcome signs

HOSCHTON - The two "Welcome to Hoschton" signs that greet visitors entering the city via Ga. 53 will soon get a face-lift, compliments of the Hoschton Women's Civic Club.

The signs, which the club erected in 1998, will be replaced by two wooden signs that celebrate the "old and new" in Hoschton.

March 22, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


New Riverside Military commander is a 'great gentleman'

A new era begins at Riverside Military Academy this June once Col. James Benson assumes the role of academy president.

March 22, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hundreds of volunteers tackle 60 projects countywide

Saturday was a great day for service.

March 22, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Is Hall County ready for organic?

Tim Mathias has eaten $300,000 worth of food in three years - or at least the cost of it.

March 21, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Longstreet faithful gather to tidy hotel

Members of the Longstreet Society gathered Saturday morning at the historical Piedmont Hotel to help clean, rake and mow around the hotel once owned by one of Gainesville's most famous residents, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet.

March 21, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Jefferson schools discuss applying for charter status

To transition or not to transition to a charter system - that is the question on the minds of members of the Jefferson City Schools Board of Education and system staff.

March 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Threat leads to brief evacuations at North Georgia Tech

Students at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville have been given the all-clear to re-enter most buildings on campus after a threat was written on the wall of one building.

August 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville may increase service fee instead of water rate

After deadlocking earlier this month on whether to raise water rates 1 percent, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote to try and end the stalemate Tuesday night.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Glades Reservoir: County holds off on seeking loans as project delays mount

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $26 million in loans this week for three reservoir projects, but the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County was not one of them.

While county officials have requested about $14.5 million in direct investment from the state - which does not require any payback - through the Governor's Water Supply Program, they did not apply for a loan.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family honors Keaton Coker with charity

When Keaton Coker was struggling with brain cancer, his positivity was so persistent his family found it almost hard to believe.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bricks help build memorial

Area veterans replaced old sidewalk with new bricks Wednesday at a war memorial in Gainesville's Rock Creek Park. The bricks are inscribed with the names of people who have donated money for improvements to the park's memorials, including a planned archway. More than 200 inscribed bricks were installed.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Commissioner of DJJ appointed to state council

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to be chairman of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

August 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman arrested at rally

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


One person qualifies for Clermont council seat

Eric Thomas is the lone candidate in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Carter picks up support from state's teachers' group

ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter picked up the endorsement of one of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia on Wednesday, a move that was largely expected but helped him underscore a central message of his campaign against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Humanist group not satisfied with school system’s response on religious activity

A humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of leading students in prayer is not backing down after receiving a letter on behalf of the school district stating it will ensure all staff, students' and residents' rights are protected.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, responded to the letter by alleging that religious activity is continuing at the school and in fact "these practices have been ongoing, pervasive and longstanding."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


District responds to letter: Prayers occurred a year ago

Hall County Schools' response to a letter from a humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of illegally leading students in prayer during football games and practices says the alleged offenses happened "almost a year ago."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


No candidates yet in special election

Today's the last chance for candidates to emerge in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Loan to boost Oakwood sewer plans

Braselton received a state loan Tuesday that will enable Oakwood to tap into a long-anticipated sewer project involving the two cities.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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