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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


Frightful fun: Jefferson High performs ‘Dracula’

JEFFERSON - Dracula may have been killed hundreds of years ago in Transylvania, but that won't stop the Drama Dragons of Jefferson High School from bringing the vampire to life on stage tonight.

At 7:30 p.m., Jefferson High School students will bring Bram Stoker's classic tale to the stage in the school's performance arts center just in time for Halloween.

November 02, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Police ACE unit to focus on problem areas

Gainesville police looking for worsening crime trends in a ragged economy have an ACE in the hole.

Starting next month, a pair of hand-picked officers will be assigned to the Gainesville Police Department's new Aggressive Criminal Enforcement unit. Officers Justin Martin and Josh Shifflett will spend their time on the job focusing on problematic areas where property crime, like burglaries or auto break-ins, has increased. They'll also spend some time on a portion of Interstate 985 looking for drug traffickers.

November 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dogs, bird saved from Hall fire

Hall County firefighters rescued 14 dogs and a bird from a burning home early Tuesday morning, rendering life-saving aid to some with a breathing apparatus designed for pets.

November 01, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch considers more homes at Sterling on the Lake

The developer of Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch is seeking to add about 100 more acres and 200 more homes to the neighborhood, bringing the total of potential homes that could be built to 2,000.

November 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville starts Flat Creek restoration

Gainesville officials are moving forward on plans to restore an eroded, underground portion of Flat Creek.

November 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Adcock misses his students

Katie Collier, a senior at Johnson High School, recalls the visit Mike Adcock, assistant principal at Johnson High School, made to her class on the first day of school this year.

November 01, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Money talks: Seized cash beefs up Jefferson police force

JEFFERSON - Crime may not pay, but it has definitely benefited the Jefferson Police Department.

November 01, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


New advocacy group bands together for Lake Lanier

An advocacy group with plans to become a major voice for Lake Lanier was officially announced Tuesday.

November 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Jefferson approves annexing property

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson City Council voted Monday to annex a nearly 33-acre parcel of property along Interstate 85. But the group's approval did not come without several stipulations.

November 01, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Sunset blogger: Octogenarian trades shuffleboard for keyboard

Anne Cleveland isn't your typical 84-year-old grandmother.

November 01, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


20 people show up for last scheduled meeting on Oakwood 2030

Another 20 or so area residents gave their input Tuesday night on Oakwood's conceptual plans to redefine a 250-acre core around downtown by 2030.

November 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Divisive immigration debate takes a new turn

President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday night that he would act unilaterally to allow about 5 million undocumented immigrants to work legally in the United States without fear of deportation was met with both personal and political responses in Hall County and across the state and nation.

November 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Recovering couple’s marriage, success made possible through Drug Court

November 23, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Changes coming to Common Core Standards

The state seems to want to please the public when it comes to the controversial Common Core education standards.

November 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Christmas in the Cabbage Patch

Christmas officially came to North Georgia on Saturday when BabyLand General Hospital kicked off its 36th annual Appalachian Christmas Celebration.

November 22, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


From Web to table: Grant helps farmers market reach customers

An Internet-based farmers market was awarded a grant Wednesday to help get the word out and expand in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Vets chip in to help homeless comrades with food, clothing, advice

Just over a week ago, churches, businesses and schools gathered to thank local veterans for their service in celebration of Veterans Day.

November 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Rain moves in tonight with storms in some areas of state

A few days after shivering through January-like cold, Northeast Georgians now are looking at a Sunday of springlike rain.

November 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville home permits hit record high this year

Gainesville has set a new record this year for the number of home permits issued, according to Community Development Director Rusty Ligon.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Affordable housing plan awaits OK from church

While the plan has been downsized, city officials and many members of the local community believe a better project is now in the works to build five homes on land between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mill Street in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


West Hall students practice job interview ‘soft skills’

High school students don't usually wear dresses and heels or shirts and ties to school.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Suspect pleads not guilty to June shooting in Gainesville

One of the men charged in a Gainesville shooting June 5 pleaded not guilty in a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Missing Gainesville man’s family offers reward

The family of a missing Gainesville man is offering a reward for any information into his disappearance.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Homeless man pleads not guilty to August slaying

A Gainesville homeless man accused of killing another homeless man and assaulting others pleaded not guilty at a Thursday arraignment.

November 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gas prices drop and family travel rises during holidays

Georgia residents are in luck this holiday season, as gas prices hang well below $3 just in time for family travels.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


House Study Committee voices support of Common Core

Parents, teachers, superintendents and state legislators are warily supportive of Common Core standards.

November 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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