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Debt-ridden Commerce hospital may have a buyer

The struggling Banks Jackson Commerce Medical Center may have found a buyer to help alleviate some of its debts.

June 24, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Sales tax distributions won’t be late

A letter that told local government officials earlier this month that sales tax payments would arrive later than usual was poorly worded, a Department of Revenue spokesman said Tuesday.

June 24, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Helen helicopter service owner vows legal battle

A man whose helicopter flights over Helen have drawn the ire of some residents said he's not backing down after a judge ruled against him.

June 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Kids soak in safety tips at daylong camp

"Handcuff me!" five children shout as Gainesville community police officer Melissa Begley holds up her pink handcuffs.

June 24, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Special session of legislature may be on horizon

A special session of the Georgia General Assembly to discuss further state budget cuts is likely, according to a local state representative.

June 24, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school board OKs 2010 budget that cuts pay

The Gainesville school board approved a $53.4 million budget Tuesday that includes pay cuts for all system employees including the superintendent, board members, teachers and bus drivers.

June 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville says judge should decide open records lawsuit

Lawyers for the city of Gainesville want a lawsuit filed against the city by The Times to be decided without a trial.

June 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints close to opening South Hall site

FLOWERY BRANCH - Down to a final "punch list" of construction details, South Hall's new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is getting ready to open.

June 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Collins tells Kiwanis about service in Iraq, caring for veterans

State Rep. Doug Collins, who in January returned from a tour in Iraq, told Kiwanis International members on Tuesday that governments will have to start preparing now to support veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

June 23, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall will help Lula pave Victoria Lane roads

The Hall County Board of Commissioners agreed to use SPLOST money to help the city of Lula pave the roads in the Victoria Lane neighborhood at its work session Tuesday.

June 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hollywood looks at Hall for filmmaking sites

The 1970s film "Deliverance" certainly is not the most flattering depiction of North Georgia. But despite the scary hillbilly characters, people were drawn to the beautiful scenery they saw in the movie.

June 23, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT crews working on Ga. 60 bridge through next week

North Hall commuters can expect delays through next week as they travel Thompson Bridge Road/Ga. 60 over Lake Lanier.

June 23, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Academy gets thumbs-up after its first year

The World Language Academy survived its first school year and has earned glowing reports from parents, educators and students alike.

June 22, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood’s city manager returns from Iraq duty

Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown has returned to the United States after serving in Iraq since December as part of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

June 22, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lawrenceville National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan

A Georgia National Guard soldier from Alpha Company in Lawrenceville was killed in action Saturday.

June 22, 2009 | | Local


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Four-legged police aides get trained

Gainesville Police Sgt. Jim Von Essen lobbed his keys, a wallet and a plastic shotgun shell into high grass.

July 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Trail network meeting planned in August

A meeting to talk about plans and ideas for the newly dubbed "Highlands to Islands" trail could take place in August.

July 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville stormwater upgrades a tough sell to public

Outreach, education and community meetings will be a critical part of selling Gainesville residents on the need for a new utility to pay for upgrades to the city's aging stormwater infrastructure, according to officials.

July 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Poultry industry leader Nathaniel Ashe dies

Nathaniel "Nat" E. Ashe, an area poultry industry leader, died Monday at the age of 86.

July 21, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Jury to begin deliberation Wednesday in felony murder case

The defense rested before 3 p.m. Tuesday in the felony murder case for David William Keener in the death of Randall Huling.

July 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville Councilman Bob Hamrick says he's retiring

Gainesville City Councilman Bob Hamrick shocked his colleagues Tuesday when he announced that he will not seek reelection in November and plans to retire at the end of the year.

July 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Timetable moving up for Spout Springs road widening

Hall County could start buying property in mid-2016 for the Spout Springs Road widening project, earlier than previously thought thanks to voters passing the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax in March.

July 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Murder trial begins for man convicted last week in homeless beating

Removing his jacket, defense attorney Dan Sammons approached the witness stand and grabbed the trash can in Superior Court on Monday.

July 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville stormwater fee program moving forward

Gainesville City Council will approve an agreement today with an Atlanta engineering consultant to develop a comprehensive stormwater management program, which includes implementing a "rain tax" to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging drainage infrastructure.

July 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula OKs street improvement project

More improvements to downtown Lula's appearance could take place later this year.

July 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville school board remembers Gus Whalen

Gainesville City Schools are still mourning the loss of one of their most notable and best-loved Red Elephants.

July 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flat Creek restoration project hits halfway mark

Work is about halfway done on a $1 million restoration of Flat Creek as it flows through an industrial section of Gainesville.

July 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall 911 systems getting upgrades

Hall County's emergency 911 systems will soon get some long-awaited improvements, beginning with upgrades to the main phone network.

July 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police: Victim in armed robbery stabbed in arm; 4 suspects arrested

An armed robbery victim suffered a minor stab wound to the arm when he was approached by a group that stole his car, police said. All four suspects are now in custody.

July 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Coroner: Fieldale Farms death was accidental electrocution

A Fieldale Farms employee died of "low-voltage electrocution," according to Hall County Coroner Marion Merck's office, where an autopsy was performed.

July 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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