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Church hopes to buy building to house mission

St. Michael Catholic Church has signed a contract to purchase the current building of Emmanuel Baptist Church as a mission. The $1.3 million contract is contingent upon the church's ability to raise $300,000 in donations and pledges by the end of April.

Emmanuel Baptist, located at 177 Atlanta Highway, is in a business district that is dominated by businesses owned by or catering to Latino clientele. It backs up to a residential area that is also primarily populated by Hispanics.

April 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Residents give ideas to improve libraries

A group of nearly 20 Hall County residents and elected officials gathered Monday at Blackshear Place Library in Oakwood to brainstorm improvement ideas for Hall County libraries.

Adrian Mixson, Hall County Library System director, said the purpose of the focus group was to determine how library patrons' needs regarding facilities, services and programs might change during the next five years.

April 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Holly tree pruning will block off lane of downtown traffic

GAINESVILLE- It's not Christmas, but they'll still be trimming the holly tree.

Gainesville motorists should be advised that the Green Street lane that turns right onto E.E. Butler will be blocked off this afternoon while Jackson EMC prunes the Green Street holly tree.

April 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


An exercise in auctioneering: Uptown Fitness equipment sold to pay taxes

They came in search of the elusive bargain, and some found it Tuesday as Gainesville and the Hall County Tax Commissioners office sold some of the equipment at the former Uptown Fitness on Bradford Street.

April 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Car theft, chase lead to arrest of Talmo teenager

An 18-year-old Talmo resident is being held in the Hall County Jail without bond after he allegedly fired a gun at someone, stole a car and fled from deputies Sunday morning.

April 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Uptown Fitness Center equipment up for auction

The Hall County Tax Commissioners Office and the city of Gainesville will host an auction from 8 to 10 a.m. today at the former site of Uptown Fitness Center at 131 Bradford St.

April 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Forum on HOPE set for tonight

A forum on changes made last year in HOPE scholarship grade-point average calculations is set for 7 tonight at the Hall County school system offices at 711 Green St.

April 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville braces for less money in budget

GAINESVILLE - The city of Gainesville may be running on a slimmer budget in the coming fiscal year than in years past.

A lag in construction and an uncertain economy has Gainesville's financial experts projecting revenues for this fiscal year to be less than had been expected. But Gainesville City Manager Brian Shuler insists the outlook is not so grim.

April 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


14 arrested for underage drinking at Buford party

Two Buford residents have been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and keeping a disorderly house after 14 teenagers were arrested for underage drinking at their home early Sunday morning.

April 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Sardis Elementary examines whether charter school status could help close academic achievement gap

Principal Jan Hughes sees a wide academic achievement gap between "children of poverty and children of wealth" at Sardis Elementary School.

April 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fair Street center's grand opening gives Southside a boost

The Fair Street Neighborhood Center officially opened for business Sunday with a dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting.

April 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kidney transplant patient rides his bike for charity

Peter Kite has battled adversity since the day he was born. But now the Dawsonville resident is focused on making life easier for others.

Kite, 39, has endured two consecutive kidney transplants. A congenital defect caused his kidneys to fail by the time he was 13, when he received a living donor transplant from his mother.

April 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lawyers sponsor run for a good cause: helping those in the court system to recover

As a run up to Law Day, Gainesville lawyers are running for a cause.

April 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shearing day gets woolly

Despite gray skies and chilling temperatures, more than 300 people flocked to Wauka Valley Farm near Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the spring shearing of Lynn Johnson's 59 sheep.

For the seventh year, Johnson invited the public to her 40-acre farm that rests under the steadfast watch of Wauka Mountain.

April 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County court clerk legally pockets passport fees

When Hall County Clerk of Court Dwight Wood began processing passport applications in his office in 1991, they came trickling in a few per week, offering a modest supplement to his regular salary from fees of $7.50 each he kept as personal compensation.

April 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

The iconic fountain on Brenau University's front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau's longtime figures.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Campaigns may rake up even more money under new rules

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows individuals to donate to any number of federal candidates they want and promises to pour millions more dollars into an election system already swamped in money.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Animal shelter works to raise funds, awareness

Wagging tails, barking, laughter and smiles were found on the Gainesville square Saturday as the Hall County Animal Shelter held the first Mutts On Main fundraising event.

April 12, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Coinciding cleaning events beautify county

Under a clear weekend sky, volunteers on land and water did some spring cleaning to make Hall County a bit more pristine.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Deal to sign criminal justice bill at Gainesville event

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign the third phase of his criminal justice reforms today at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Fifth fire in 3 days destroys North Hall home

Fire destroyed a house Saturday afternoon, causing $150,000 in damage, not including the contents.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Shred Day raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a Shred Day event Friday in Gainesville to benefit Hall County Relay for Life. The public was invited to bring their documents to be shredded and to offer a donation. The Times Relay for Life team also will host a community yard sale at The Times from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 26. Residents interested in participating can rent a space for $20, with proceeds from space rentals going to Relay. Participants will need to provide their own tables. For more information or to reserve a space for the yard sale, call Dana Erwin ...

April 12, 2014 | | Local


Fire destroys shop

A fire Friday night at a personal shop in the 5600 block of Raintree Trace caused $70,000 of damage to the structure and contents, authorities said.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


UNG club sponsors event to support LGBT community

Students at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus gathered Friday to silently support members of the school's LGBT community.

April 12, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Drug court graduates do well, statistics show

Hall County's drug court program is an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders. Successful completion ensures there is never a conviction on their record.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Rabid raccoon found Friday

A rabies alert has been issued for the Persimmon Tree Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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