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Economy may make voters think twice about approving sales tax

In a down economy, voters, like consumers who are choosing to spend less, could say "no" to six more years of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, but one economic expert said retirees could help it pass.

March 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


United Community Bank announces layoffs

United Community Bank has become the latest bank to announced layoffs due to the economy.

Mike Infante, a bank spokesman in Blairsville, said United Community reduced its work force company-wide, including at the corporate level. He declined to say how many employees were let go. The workers were told of the layoffs last week.

March 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Corps will reopen Bolding Mill campground

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that Bolding Mill campground will reopen this year for the first time since 2005.

The park, located on the Chestatee River arm of Lake Lanier in North Hall, will open for the season on April 22 and close on Sept. 13.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Weekend honors Grady Young, education, builds scholarships

The Grady Young Foundation is gearing up for its sixth annual Memorial Weekend, which will focus on "recognizing service in our communities."

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville to receive stimulus funds for housing

At least one Gainesville department will get some of the federal stimulus money being given to local governments across the country.

March 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


FBI to help make law enforcement firing range ring more quietly

BRASELTON - The FBI will pay for the construction of a sound barrier at Braselton's Todd Helcher Memorial Firing Range.

March 16, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Dieting: It's all about the calories

When the weather turned warm last week, Georgians began wearing shorts and tank tops again. To their dismay, some found that the body they had been hiding under winter clothing was larger than what they remembered.

March 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Ladies group aims to keep troops cool

Sure it gets hot in Georgia come August, but it's even hotter in Afghanistan.

March 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rain expected this morning

The Hall County area enjoyed a good, soaking rain this weekend, with few, if any, reports of flooding.

March 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Sales tax can bring matching state cash for roads, libraries

SPLOST is often the mechanism that brings local funding to new construction projects.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Development slowdown prompts reassessment of planners' role

The economy hasn't throttled growth in South Hall, but it has changed the duties somewhat of key planners in Flowery Branch and Oakwood.

March 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dawson County: Communications honored for customer service

DAWSONVILLE - Dawson County has been recognized by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia's Fourth Annual County Excellence Award program.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Register children for kindergarten in Hall County

Kindergarten registration for Hall County school system children starting school this fall will take place at each of Hall County's elementary schools from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 through April 1 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 2.

Children not enrolled in Hall County schools who will be entering first grade should preregister during this time, too.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


More rain is on the way

Nearly 1 1/4 inches of rain have fallen in the past 24 hours at the National Weather Service recording station at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

March 15, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Zell Miller mourns loss of ‘old mountain ways’ in new book

Last semester, Zell Miller stepped back into the role of professor at Young Harris College.

March 15, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Collins' GOP address recorded at Brenau

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville delivered the Republican Party's weekly radio address last weekend in response to President Barack Obama's usual Saturday remarks. And in this case, it was recorded in Gainesville.

August 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


One man hopes to make Gainesville a craft beer haven

Pap Datta hopes to turn Gainesville into the next hub of the craft brewing industry.

August 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Court Judge Jolliff retiring after 24 years

After almost a quarter century with the Hall County Juvenile Court, Judge Cliff Jolliff is retiring from the work he calls "extremely satisfying and extremely difficult."

August 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Communiversity trend catches on

An idea that started in Gainesville has begun to grow.

August 23, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Farmers bring the market to the shoppers

Residents of a local assisted living home didn't have far to go Friday to shop in the area's newest farmers market. Several area farmers, as well as craft and lotion businesses, set up in the parking lot of Summer's Landing at Limestone for the first annual farmers market. The market was to let residents at the assisted living and memory care facility get the farmers market experience without the travel, said Life Enrichment Director Rachel Wallace.

August 23, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Lula mobile home destroyed in overnight fire

No one was home when a doublewide mobile home was destroyed by fire overnight in Lula, totalling $35,000 in damage.

August 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Event takes aim at human trafficking

One tiny finger at a time, Officer Terrelyn Singleton rubbed Cecilia Sisk's fingers in dark ink for fingerprinting. With her face consumed by a large pair of sunglasses, the 4-year-old was taking the same precautions as her mother.

August 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Patients with insurance wait it out

Patients with health insurance through BlueCross BlueShield Georgia hang in limbo as the insurance company and Northeast Georgia Health System head toward contract deadlines.

August 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Judge rules woman incompetent to stand trial in child sex trafficking case

A Gainesville woman accused of child molestation and rape involving a 4-year-old girl will not stand trial until she is further evaluated by mental health professionals.

August 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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August 22, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Nunn ramps up attacks on Perdue at Senate forum

MACON - Democrat Michelle Nunn on Thursday ramped up her attacks on Republican David Perdue in Georgia's closely watched Senate race, portraying her opponent as an obstructionist who would continue gridlock in Washington.

August 22, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


Woman greets, thanks the responders who saved her life

Sondra Cochran called it a "perfect storm." Her husband Gerard Schroeder thinks of it as a "royal flush."

August 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch ready to get started on Cinnamon Cove project

The bidding process is set to begin for a $2.2 million project that will add more volume to Flowery Branch's water treatment plant.

August 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Officials delay vote on funding projects through special tax credits

Gainesville, Hall County and city Board of Education officials have tabled three requests for taxpayer funding to help renovate Lakeshore Mall, a building along Green Street for Looking Glass Surveys and for completion of phase two of the midtown multiuse trail.

August 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jailer accused of hitting inmate pleads guilty

The former Hall County Sheriff's Office employee accused of hitting a handcuffed inmate in 2012 pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

August 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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