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Corps says it has legal right to supply water to metro Atlanta

ATLANTA - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued an opinion saying that it has the legal authority to supply metro Atlanta's drinking water from Lake Lanier.

January 24, 2009 | From staff, wire reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


North Hall family tries to bounce back from devastating fire

For Todd Chaney, just walking from the doorstep to the mailbox is a difficult task for the 44-year-old, who suffers from congestive heart failure.

January 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall commissioners iffy on cell phone tower

South Hall residents could be in for better cell phone service if the Hall County Board of Commissioners approves a new Verizon Wireless tower.

January 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Sampling the (non)local flavor

Only at Flowery Branch High School will you find Chile adjacent to Germany, which is immediately next door to Jamaica.

January 24, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Security is tightened on Gainesville utility accounts

Customers of Gainesville's Public Utilities Department will have to do more to prove their identities beginning in February, all in the name of security.

January 24, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Escape leads Hall County jail chief to step down

The commander of the Hall County jail has voluntarily stepped down from his post following last week's escape of an inmate trustee from the $54 million lockup.

January 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Former sheriff’s deputy, wife admit to nanny abuse

A former Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy and his wife have admitted wrongdoing in a case of reported nanny abuse.

January 24, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times Regional Staff | Local


Package store heist ends with no arrests

Police and sheriff's officers searched without success for a trio of robbers who held up a Gainesville liquor store shortly after noon Friday.

January 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Old parking deck makes way for new one

Plans for Gainesville's new parking deck are pushing up and over the old one.

January 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Crimes against people slightly up in Hall

For the third consecutive year, property crime was down in Hall County in 2008.

January 23, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Budget problems plague Commerce’s hospital

The future of Banks-Jackson-Commerce Medical Center remains uncertain, as the 90-bed Commerce hospital has faced one setback after another.

January 23, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Agency says Dawsonville man took millions from investors in scheme

DAWSONVILLE - The owner of an Alpharetta-based financial firm who lives in Dawsonville has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with operating a Ponzi scheme worth at least $25 million.

January 23, 2009 | By Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


Hall commissioners chide Perdue over tax relief

Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Oliver read a letter at the commission's board meeting Thursday blasting Gov. Sonny Perdue for his proposal to withhold the Homeowner's Tax Relief Grant.

January 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Federal officers helping in Forsyth fire investigation

CUMMING - Authorities have not determined whether a suspicious weekend fire that destroyed the home of a Barack Obama supporter was arson.

January 23, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Lanier Tech gets $794,480 federal grant

Lanier Technical College has been awarded a $794,480 federal grant by the U.S. Department of Labor to fund expansion of the college's Clinical Laboratory Technology program.

January 23, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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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


Hall GOP unveils new headquarters

Local officials, state representatives and conservative voters turned out Tuesday night for the grand opening of the Hall County Republican Party's headquarters in Gainesville.

August 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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