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Residents worry about plans for more homes, businesses in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Six people spoke about traffic and commercial development concerns at a public hearing Thursday night on a proposal to expand the already massive Sterling on the Lake development off Spout Springs Road.

November 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Center Point mentors play key role in learning

On Wednesdays during recess, David Garcia, 10, gladly trades in his fifth-grade playmates for Millie Plants, a retired Gainesville resident.

November 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Turn clocks back Sunday

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, and local governments say they are ready for the time change.

The time will fall back an hour in the middle of the night, but not everyone will be asleep when it happens.

November 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Experts: Cars more dangerous than candy on Halloween

Have you heard about the neighborhood madman handing out poisoned treats on Halloween?

How about the child who fell gravely ill after eating candy taken from a stranger while trick-or-treating?

November 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Mandated time off begins Friday for Hall County

Hall County will begin its employee furlough Friday, and all administrative offices will be closed.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Big dogs available for adoption at store Saturday

The Humane Society of Hall County has scheduled adoption of big dogs for 10 a.m. Saturday. The humane society plans to host an adoption on the first Saturday of each month. It will be located at PetSmart, 5873 Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville to hold workshop on monument care

The city of Gainesville is teaming up with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Municipal Cemetery Association to hold a monument conservation workshop Friday at Alta Vista Cemetery. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the class at 9 a.m. Attendees will learn about types of monuments, why different types fail, the proper way to clean and reset monuments and how best to repair fractured monuments. There is a $60 fee for the class.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Church seeks ideas for projects

Gainesville First United Methodist Church is planning its third annual Great Day of Service for March 21.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Public packs mountains center to learn about Lanier

If you saw someone bleeding to death, wouldn't you do whatever you could to help?

November 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Man charged with burglary after chase

A burglar was caught by sheriff's deputies after a brief chase Wednesday when he tried to burglarize a South Hall house while the resident was at home, authorities said.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Blue bins remind of recycling in Gainesville

Gainesville wants you to think about recycling.

The city's Public Works Department lined Jesse Jewell Parkway with 250 blue recycling bins from its intersection with E.E. Butler Parkway to the Hall County Farmers Market Wednesday to call attention to the need to reduce waste and recycle.

November 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Librarian turns page on nearly 30-year career

Twelve years after Hall County parked the last one, Ella Jean Smith is still referred to as "Bookmobile Lady."

"That's my name. I think that's all (people) ever knew me by, they never really called my name - it was just 'Bookmobile Lady,'" Smith recalls.

November 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Agency ready to mediate water wars

Could stakeholders along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin come together and solve the 18-year-old impasse over water between Georgia, Florida and Alabama?

November 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lanier Tech told to slice budget another 2 percent

The Technical College System of Georgia asked technical schools such as Lanier Technical College to make another 2 percent in budget cuts Monday, said Lanier Tech President Mike Moye. The reduction comes in addition to the 6 percent systemwide cut already imposed. Moye said Lanier Tech has already implemented a 10 percent budget cut in anticipation that the Technical College System of Georgia will cut yet another 2 percent from this fiscal year's budgets.

November 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Chick-fil-A gives it away

FLOWERY BRANCH - Teresa Henderson brought her Chick-fil-A gear featuring the restaurant's cow mascot. Another group of people brought a TV and a propane heater.

November 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Group seeks opportunities for the disabled

All About Developmental Disability advocates asked the public Thursday to "be the voice" for people with developmental disabilities.

September 26, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Rabid beaver had contact with human in Hall County

A rabies alert has been issued for the Looper Lake Point area in North Hall County after a person had contact with a rabid beaver.

September 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Fallen trooper honored with highway marker 37 years after death

The call came over the radio, a 10-7 (out of service) and 10-42 (end of tour of duty) for Georgia State Patrol Trooper Tyrone Collier Dillard. It was a call that gave a dignified sign-off for Dillard, who died while directing traffic Feb. 3, 1977, on U.S. 129.

September 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall commissioners deny request to close Beards Road

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a request Thursday night to abandon a 1,200-foot portion of Beards Road in South Hall and intends to pave the dirt road instead.

September 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two suspects indicted in West Avenue shooting

An alleged drug deal ending in the death of the man police say was the dealer has led to two men being indicted on felony murder charges.

September 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville homeless man indicted on murder charges

A Gainesville homeless man was indicted Tuesday on two counts of felony murder, having allegedly slammed another homeless man's head against a metal guardrail.

September 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Metro Gainesville jobless rate down in August

The metro Gainesville unemployment rate for August fell to 6.7 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7 percent in July, Georgia Department of Labor announced today.

September 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Middle school students collect, present insects

Wednesday was the day for Directed Studies' annual Bug Extravaganza in the media center of North Hall Middle School. Students had to collect at least 25 insects over the summer for the independent study project and research their scientific classifications and names. The event also featured musical presentations as well as entomology presentations by the students and buggy treats to eat.

September 25, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


Six computers stolen from Oakwood Wal-Mart

Oakwood police are asking for any information in the theft of six computers from a local Wal-Mart.

September 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall fire marshal elected to state association post

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle traveled to Macon last week to represent only Hall County, but he came back as an advocate for 118 more counties.

September 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Governor’s race ads drive campaign spending

ATLANTA - Georgia voters who are tired of political advertising this year should count small blessings: It could always be worse.

September 25, 2014 | By Bill Barrow Associated Press | Local


No death penalty for dad charged in toddler death

September 25, 2014 | KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Local


Hospital, BlueCross still negotiating insurance contract

It seems like an annual or biennial ritual: Contract talks between a hospital and a major health insurer break down, and customers and patients are warned of looming deadlines.

September 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lakefront property owners plan 2nd appeal of tax bills

Some lakefront property owners are still unhappy with their tax assessments after revised notices were mailed last week, and promise to appeal once more, this time to the state Board of Equalization.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Newly widened section of Ga. 347 set to open

Four lanes of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between Interstate 985 and McEver Road are expected to be open to motorists today, nearly two months earlier than expected.

September 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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