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What is SPLOST?

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is a 1 percent tax Hall County has used to fund construction projects and land and equipment purchases since state law made it possible in 1985.

February 15, 2009 | | Local


Schools pull plug on excess energy use

Rising energy costs coupled with lagging revenues have local schools going green to save green.

February 15, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Voters to decide on extending SPLOST for big-ticket needs

Early voting for SPLOST VI, a six-year tax to fund capital projects, begins Tuesday, and Hall County officials hope voters approve another round of the 1-cent sales tax.

February 15, 2009 | BY ASHLEY FIELDING and MELISSA WEINMAN | Local


Church program seeks to help girls combat low self-esteem

HOSCHTON - Peer pressure to look and act a certain way can make middle and high school a tough time for girls. Sometimes this pressure even causes them to suffer from low self-esteem and other identity crises.

February 15, 2009 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Local community leaders come together for 'One Community'

A community isn't just a group of people who live close to each other, Rev. Stephen Samuel said during the first meeting of Gainesville's new "One Community Organization" Saturday at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.

February 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Former Kroger executive stocks Eagle Ranch’s shelves

Thanks to Paul Smith, the house parents at Eagle Ranch don't have to go much farther than their front door to get all the fixings for a healthy meal or nutritious snack.

February 14, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall officials seek to improve indigent defense system

Faced with a growing indigent defense bill where costs were once much lower, Hall County State Court officials want to improve how they provide lawyers for the poor in 2009.

February 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Woman’s boyfriend to be charged in child’s death

A Cumming man will be charged in connection with the death Friday of a 2-year-old boy.

February 14, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Clinic’s offer of free dental work draws big crowd

For Brenda Anderson, Friday's "Dentists with a Heart" event at Gainesville Dental Group was a chance to mend two broken teeth.

February 14, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Two area teachers among 10 finalists for state honor

Teachers from Jackson and Forsyth counties are among 10 finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year.

February 14, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Retirees start effort to offer low-cost items

GeeGe and London Goldman were restless retirees in Gatlinburg, Tenn., before they moved to Gainesville.

February 14, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Pump prices are sliding back up

Gas prices are creeping back up towards $2 per gallon, and unfortunately, there's nothing consumers can do about it.

February 14, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Death penalty defendant faces new charges

A Maryland man facing the possibility of the death penalty was charged with a new felony this week after allegedly roughing up a jail guard.

February 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Second rabies case of 2009 confirmed

For the second time so far this year, a case of rabies has been confirmed in Hall County.

February 14, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Dawson County can’t, won’t pay Grady Hospital’s bill

DAWSONVILLE - Grady Health System wants Dawson County to pay nearly $211,000 to cover the cost of medical care the Atlanta trauma hospital says it provided to 35 local patients in 2008.

February 14, 2009 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


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Suspect identified in hit-and-run that injured homeless bicyclist

A suspect in a hit-and-run that sent a homeless man to the hospital in critical condition has been identified by Oakwood police as Deboris Joshua Owens, 26, of Gainesville.

January 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Clermont elections set for Nov. 3

Clermont Town Council has set its 2015 election for Nov. 3.

January 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Georgia's senators introduce Fair Tax Act of 2015

Georgia Republican U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson recently introduced the Fair Tax Act of 2015, which seeks to eliminate income taxes, abolish the Internal Revenue Service and enact a national sales tax.

January 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood City Council OKs Nov. 3 election

Oakwood City Council gave its final OK on Monday night to a Nov. 3 election filling four council seats.

January 27, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


North Hall prepares for new theater while East Hall still waits

North Hall musicians, singers and thespians will soon have a state-of-the-art performing arts center, but East Hall performers will have to wait longer for the same facility.

January 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville man accused of rape at Hall campground

Investigator Scott Ginn testified Monday that a 60-year-old Gainesville man raped a 20-year-old woman with an intellectual disability.

January 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Vision 2030 group touts trails development

Area government leaders wanted a community group to step up and shepherd putting plans into action for a Hall County

January 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Poultry expo commands expanded trade show floor

ATLANTA - The International Production & Processing Expo opened this week to a greatly expanded trade show covering three halls of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

January 26, 2015 | By Barbara Olejnik Poultry Times | Local


Report: Home market trends up across state

Steady and stable.

January 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Missing Buford man's family raises reward to $50K

The family of a missing Buford man last seen three weeks ago is hoping a bump in the reward money will bring the needed information to find him.

January 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula in somber mood in wake of councilwoman’s death

The flag was at half-staff at Lula City Hall on Monday and a memorial wreath hung on the building's front door, stark reminders this small town on the Hall-Banks county line was deep in mourning for one of its most energetic leaders.

January 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Student arrested after drugs, knife found at East Hall High

A 17-year-old was found with drugs and a razor knife at East Hall High School on Friday, according to school officials.

January 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville First United Methodist Church ignites hope with new youth wing

January 25, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Class Notes: Hall County considering ‘magnet school’ distinction

Hall County Schools has all but ruled out becoming a charter system, but the Board of Education did weigh another option at its January meeting.

January 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Agencies work to count homeless, secure funding for programs that help them

The past few days have broken a cold, wet spell in the region, but it's only small relief for many of Hall County's homeless.

January 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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