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Paying taxes will be difficult for some

Nobody likes paying taxes, especially when money is tight.

October 22, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Retirement for teachers may change

ATLANTA - A proposed change to the way Georgia doles out teacher pensions has retired educators angry that the state wants to change a 40-year-old policy on cost-of-living adjustments.

October 22, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Event gives hope, support to cancer survivors

Pink was the fashion statement of choice Saturday at the eighth annual Harvest of Hope.

October 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Wall Street’s tumult worries some residents

While the economic outlook darkened even further with bad reports on layoffs and consumer confidence, Friday was one of the quietest days since the financial meltdown began a month ago. Wall Street's tumultuous week turned out to be its best in five years.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 127 points Friday, but turned in the strong week because of two huge days of gains - a record 936-point jump on Monday and an increase of 401 points Thursday.

October 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Thurmon Tanner project may go to Monroe contractor

A Monroe contractor has been named as the apparent low bidder for the last leg of a planned extension of Thurmon Tanner Parkway, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said Friday.

Gary's Grading and Pipeline Co. submitted the lowest bid out of 11 bidders on the project Friday, spokesman Mark McKinnon said.

October 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall company investigated for fraud

A Gainesville business is the focus of a wide-reaching criminal investigation that could involve dozens of victims and losses in the millions.

Hall County Sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland confirmed Friday that officials are conducting a financial crimes investigation into North Georgia Equipment Sales, an Aviation Boulevard business that deals in heavy equipment.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two merchants arrested on charges of gambling at convenience store

Two merchants were arrested at a Flowery Branch convenience store Thursday on charges of making cash payouts for video gambling machines.

October 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


North Hall rabies case marks No. 38 this year

Hall County has recorded its 38th case of rabies this year, continuing an unprecedented epidemic of the fatal disease in wild animals.

October 21, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall tax assessor resigns

The chairman of Hall County's Board of Tax Assessors resigned Friday after the district attorney wrote a scathing letter that stopped short of bringing criminal charges for misuse of taxpayer money.

Emory Martin Jr., who served on the board since the late 1980s, was accused of misappropriating more than $60,000 by padding per diem time sheets and taking $100 per day payment for days when he did not work.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson school board approves more room for schools

The Jefferson City Schools Board of Education has approved the removal of the annex building at Jefferson High School in exchange for more classroom space and a larger cafeteria.

"Jefferson High School only has three classrooms available for future growth," said John Jackson, school system superintendent. "There is also a kitchen problem (at the high school). It's the smallest one in the entire school system."

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Unemployment rate steady in Gainesville, increases statewide

While statewide employment hit a 16-year high in September, Gainesville's jobless rate remained the same. While the state has not released localized percentages for September, in August Gainesville's rate of unemployment was 5.5 percent, up 0.2 percent from July.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Park stings net range of suspects

From all walks of life, they have come to tiny Lula Park.

Men seeking anonymous, casual sexual encounters in the woods repeatedly have propositioned undercover officers there over the course of a six-month sting operation that was prompted by complaints.

October 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Emergency helicopter is coming to Gainesville

Considering that Hall County is home to the region's largest hospital, many people are surprised to learn there has never been an air ambulance service stationed in Gainesville.

But that will change later this month. LifeNet Georgia, which currently operates a helicopter out of a base in Jefferson, is leasing the helipad at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park campus.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jackson County residents can get rid of tires for free

If you have old tires lying around, you may want to load them up and head over to the Jackson County Transfer Station.

On Saturday, Keep Jackson County Beautiful and the Jackson County Solid Waste Department will be sponsoring a scrap tire collection day.

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gang members charged in confrontation

Three teenage gang members were arrested Wednesday night in connection with a confrontation involving a knife at a Georgia Avenue home.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Lula nearing budget as it wraps up downtown work

Lula is cutting it close on dollars as it wraps up a downtown improvements project.

December 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


3 men arrested in robbery investigation suspected of gang ties

Three suspects arrested at a Hall County home Sunday following a robbery investigation were charged with having alleged criminal street gang ties.

December 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall Schools to finally buy rest of land school built upon

For decades, a Hall County school sat on property the system did not own.

December 15, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Budget bill passed by Congress includes $1.5M for Savannah harbor

December 15, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Local


2 injured after crash with school bus

Two people were injured Monday morning when a Jeep rolled over after it crashed with a Gainesville school bus.

December 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Chattahoochee Riverkeeper: Environmental watchdog group’s founder hands over reins

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper has worked the past 1½ years on a "seamless transition" in top leadership, as one of Georgia's most recognizable faces in environmental advocacy heads into retirement.

December 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Brenau director of research publishes debut nonfiction book on ecotheology

A Brenau University director of research has published his debut book.

December 15, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Medicaid change could limit access to doctors

With a Medicaid fee boost set to expire at the end of the year, health care professionals in Gainesville fear the effects will be seen the most with children.

December 14, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


UNG group spearheads awareness campaign for Medical Amnesty Law

If there's life, there is hope.

December 14, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


State senator wants immunity for victims of human trafficking

December 14, 2014 | BY KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Three men arrested on gun, drug charges

A robbery investigation at a Hall County home led to three Gainesville men being arrested Sunday on drug and gun charges.

December 14, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Local nonprofits need more volunteers

The elderly need company, the hungry need food, the poor need affordable homes, but people in Hall County don't have much time to help.

December 14, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Education, medicine top legislative priority lists for local leaders

From teaching medicine to practicing medicine, education and health care are two key areas for Hall County's delegation coming into the next legislative session.

December 14, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Transportation funding at a crossroads yet again

A slowing of state transportation projects getting contracts looks to start again next year, as uncertainty over future federal funding builds anew.

December 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Low gas prices leave more cash left for convenience items

As gas prices hit a record low for the year Saturday morning at $2.48 a gallon average in Gainesville, the steady decline in gas prices across the country has everyone excited - not just customers.

December 14, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


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