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Gainesville schools to hold meetings about financial issues

The Gainesville school system will hold two "State of the System" presentations Wednesday to update the community on financial and public policy issues affecting the system.

January 13, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


School board applauds football team, teacher

Monday's Hall County school board meeting was dominated by recognition for the teacher of the year and several students, including the Flowery Branch High School football team.

January 13, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood City Council considers law on banners

Oakwood is looking at cracking down on what officials see as a proliferation of banner signs throughout the city.

January 13, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Bird’s-eye view maps coming to Jackson County

JEFFERSON - The detailed topographical maps often depicted in social studies books give the reader a good sense of the lay of the land, where the mountains slope into valleys and where rivers give way to the sea.

January 13, 2009 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Church wants apartments, not store, next door

JEFFERSON - Instead of seeking to have a piece of property rezoned to allow for the potential construction of a Dollar General Store, Harvest Chapel Ministries is now considering building an apartment community for area seniors.

January 13, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Sittin' pretty: Pieces of Brenau gazebo

Though it was a puzzle to assemble, Brenau University's latest monument is nearly complete.

January 13, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Sewer changes may lure developers to Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch is looking to tweak its sewer reservation policy, allowing developers to get a full refund on capacity after holding it for two years rather than a partial one, as the current policy states.

January 13, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Supreme Court declines to hear Georgia's case in water wars

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would let stand a lower court ruling in a case involving water storage in Lake Lanier. The decision was hailed as a victory by leaders in Florida and Alabama, but Georgia officials contend it was no decision at all.

January 13, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Take your can to Jefferson

JEFFERSON - If you think you don't have enough money in the bank to make a charitable donation, think again.

January 12, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


New parking deck to get under way

Make sure you don't leave your car in the Georgia Mountains Center parking deck after Thursday evening, as the 28-year-old deck is about to be torn down.

January 12, 2009 | | Local


In to India: Hall fire marshal gets a look at firefighting in Bangalore

Traveling as part of Gainesville ministry Rahab's Rope, Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle took part in a massive Christmas celebration in Bangalore, India.

January 11, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall loaded with records requests

Some Hall County officials claim the cost of open government was too high in 2008.

January 11, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville man dies in wreck

A Gainesville man was killed and a woman and child injured seriously in a Friday evening wreck on Poplar Springs Road in South Hall.

January 11, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Even in slow times, building inspector keeps fairly busy

OAKWOOD - A slumping economy has made things a little quieter in Joe Hayes' office.

January 11, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Bulls and their riders return to Gainesville

A chair to get your boots shined and the smells of leather mixing with popcorn in the lobby - sure signs that bull riding was back in Gainesville.

January 11, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Flowery Branch approves property tax increase

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved the city's first millage rate increase since 2006.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

No one was hurt Thursday when a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 985 southbound shut down the highway for a time.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to life without parole for rape

A Gainesville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday on charges of rape and false imprisonment, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man convicted of attempted murder

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of attempted murder in connection with an October 2012 knife attack, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lesson seven: Kick, hands, kick, hands

Wednesday marked my second-to-last adult swim lesson at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. It also marked my first time swimming across the pool, a full 25 yards, from the three-foot side of the pool to the six-foot side.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Alto man sentenced to 25 years in child molestation case

An Alto man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole following a conviction of aggravated child molestation, among other charges.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County yet to feel state revenue windfall

State revenues are increasing this year over last, but economic hiccups remain and local governments have yet to see the payoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville fan program eases seniors’ swelter

Gainesville residents are trying to find ways of keeping cool in the summer heat that won't empty their wallets.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Demolition of Lanier Plaza begins, to take 2-3 weeks

Demolition of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is underway.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Wreck injuries not life-threatening

All three occupants involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lula on Tuesday came away from the collision without life-threatening injuries, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jonathan S. Munger said Wednesday.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Perdue, Kingston visit Hall County, try to woo voters

David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, each rolled through Hall County on Wednesday, hoping to turn out the vote in the July 22 runoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


End of course tests show area high schoolers struggling in math

Scores released Wednesday show math remains a struggle for students locally and statewide.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Former Flowery Branch woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

TEXARKANA, Texas - A former Flowery Branch resident who had minor acting roles in film and television was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Art as science as life

A visit from artist Carol Christie was the highlight Wednesday of the summer art camp, "Art As Science, Science As Art," at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville. Each student took a turn at the large canvas, applying paint with many different brushes or sometimes, no brush at all. During the project, students were able to apply knowledge learned during the camp such as mixing colors and using various objects to scratch, smear and remove paint, as well as applying paint using traditional brushes.

July 16, 2014 | | Local


New bike/ped panel would target projects that can be done sooner

Rather than let a newly completed bicycle-pedestrian plan collect dust, area officials agreed Wednesday to form a committee that would talk about possibly kick-starting "some early-action" projects.

July 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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