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Senate president pro tem predicted state's budget shortfall

The Republican leader of the state Senate predicted the state of Georgia's sliding revenues could lead to a $2 billion budget shortfall.

September 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Library system asks how it can serve community’s needs

Everyone knows there are libraries in the community, but many may not be aware of the diverse services offered through the Hall County Library System.

September 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Newtown Florist Club celebrates anniversary

Today, the Newtown Florist Club celebrates not only its 58th anniversary, but 30 years of fighting for environmental justice.

September 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Businesswoman wants to sell building — online

A Gainesville businesswoman is taking a different approach in trying to sell the 3,735-square-foot building that once housed her company.

September 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Does your pet have the look?

Do you have a pet that could pass as a pinup model? Let The Times' readers decide.

September 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


$50,000 worth of computers stolen from Lanier Tech Forsyth campus

Computers stolen from Lanier Tech campus in Forsyth

September 22, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Atmos Energy granted partial rate increase

The Georgia Public Service Commission Wednesday granted Atmos Energy a $3.4 million rate increase. The company had sought a $6.1 million hike.

September 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lessons from the top

A government class at Flowery Branch High School spent U.S. Constitution Day with a first-rate substitute.

September 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


School vouchers dominate speech by Senate president pro tem

Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson of Savannah ate lunch with the Habersham Rotary Club and dished about his plan that he said could be "the single best change Georgia can make to improve education."

September 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Mom pleads not guilty to reckless conduct, drug charges

A Gainesville woman arrested in connection with severe burns sustained by her young daughter in a house fire pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless conduct and drug possession Thursday.

Patricia Darlene Turpin was in the courtroom of Hall County Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin Thursday but left before her plea of not guilty was entered on her behalf by her attorney, Dan Summer.

September 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville clinic gives city employees free medical care

The city of Gainesville opened the doors of its on-site medical clinic Thursday with appointments to see 11 patients between noon and the end of the day.

September 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Water main break floods Club Drive area

A contractor laying a sewer line on Thompson Bridge Road hit a water main this morning, flooding areas of Club Drive.

September 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Civil rights pioneer Lewis to speak at rally for North Georgia Democrats

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, will be the keynote speaker for a North Georgia Democratic rally at the Georgia Mountains Center on Sunday.

September 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Sheriffs, coroners worry cuts could delay cases, autopsies

Georgia's association of elected coroners says mandated budget cuts at the state agency that performs nearly 3,000 autopsies a year could mean longer waits for families of the deceased and higher costs to county taxpayers.

September 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Health fair partners with Brenau University nursing school

This isn't the first year that St. John Baptist Church has sponsored a community health fair for Gainesville's Southside. But for the first time, the church's health ministry is partnering with Brenau University's Department of Nursing to organize the event.

September 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | 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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