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Politicians: Give Obama a chance

Rep. Paul Broun got his share of publicity last week after voicing fears President-elect Barack Obama could be planning to rule as a Marxist dictator with his own domestic security force.

"That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany, and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did," Broun said. "In fact, every fascist dictatorship has been established basically this way, by establishing a national police force or a national security force that's answerable to the one in power. That's the reason I'm so fearful of it."

November 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Oakwood City Council hopes grant makes trails

Oakwood hopes to get a leg up in the next round of applications for state trails money.

November 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents ditch junk for recycling effort

A steady stream of folks turned out Saturday to dump their junk.

November 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


The economy hits home: More tenants ousted in Hall

Hall County's sheriff's deputies don't enjoy evictions, but it's part of the job.

November 19, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dogs, their owners show off skills

Janelle Julyan ran alongside her small dog, Eve, in the competition ring as a judge looked on, encouraging the 6-year-old Welsh corgi as she navigated jumps, ramps, tunnels and plastic poles at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

November 19, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Without a sponsor, Tour de Georgia cancels next year's race

ATLANTA - The Tour de Georgia canceled its 2009 race because of financial struggles, yet plans to return in 2010.

November 18, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Hall County records 40th case of rabies

It's a milestone no one wants to celebrate: The number of rabies cases in Hall County this year has hit the big 4-0.

November 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board holds tuition hearings

The Gainesville school board finance committee will hold two hearings today regarding out-of-city tuition for students.

November 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Corps OKs reduced water releases from Lake Lanier

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved a request from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to reduce the amount of water released from Buford Dam.

November 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Schools cheer football teams to shot at state title

It's beginning to look a lot like the high school football state playoffs are here.

Gainesville High School, North Hall High School and Flowery Branch High School all earned at least one shot at the state championship title on Dec. 13. Cheerleaders and football fans have spent the past week decking the halls of their high schools with Red Elephant, Trojan and Falcon cheer in preparation for the first round of the state playoff games.

November 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


In lean times, students still see a payoff

Even in lean financial times, local educators make sure student athletes' hard work is rewarded.

November 18, 2008 | | Local


Citizens' group says tax assessors board members must go

When Emory Martin resigned from the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors last month, some county officials considered a long-simmering controversy surrounding financial improprieties, per diems and padded time sheets over and done with.

November 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Songs and games help young Spanish learners

JEFFERSON - Students in Lucy Bush's classes tend to say things differently than you would expect.

November 18, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


$10,000 award set to help business

The parent company of a Gainesville plastic recycling firm has contributed $10,000 to establish an award to honor business entrepreneurs. Soin International, owner of Sundance Products in Gainesville, will award the Soin Award of Innovation at a ceremony on March 20.

The award is to identify, honor and financially assist a company or entrepreneur in Hall County that is demonstrating an innovative spirit through a product or service. The product must have the ability to sustain long-term growth for the applicant, increase local employment and assist in the creation of economic development prosperity.

November 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County administrator new to job, not area

Charley Nix may be the new Hall County administrator, but he is no newcomer to Hall County.

"I was born here, raised here," Nix said.

November 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | 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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