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New thrift shop aims to help church, suicide prevention

Opening a combination thrift shop and gift shop was something Hoschton resident Michelle Worthy always wanted to do, but didn't have an opportunity to pursue until recently.

December 30, 2008 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Chaplain in Iraq: Leaving the field means saying goodbye to special people

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil. Collins has begun the process of transitioning to leave Iraq shortly, so this will be his last column from there.

December 30, 2008 | By Doug Collins For The Times | Local


Jackson County has party options for New Year's Eve

Jackson County residents and visitors who are looking for something to do on New Year's Eve but don't feel like driving all the way to Atlanta to watch the peach drop, don't worry.

December 30, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Get last-minute tax breaks done soon

With just two days left in 2008, there are only a few things you can do that may offer potential income tax benefits.

December 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall families welcome Russian orphans home for the holidays

Two Hall County families flung open their doors and hearts this holiday season and invited five Russian orphans into their homes.

December 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Looking Ahead: Schools prepare for a year of expansion

Construction is the name of the game for local schools and colleges in 2009.

December 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville may increase tax on hotel stays

Gainesville officials are considering a hike in the hotel-motel tax that could tack on as much as an 8 percent tax to room rates for hotel guests in the city.

December 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


24 die on state roads during holiday

A fatal wreck Friday in Dawson County was among the 3,325 crashes statewide that killed 24 people during the 102-hour Christmas holiday travel period.

Timothy Brian Pettyjohn, 19, of Carlton, died after the 1996 Geo Tracker he was driving hit a tree shortly before 7 a.m. Friday, according to an operator at the state patrol post in Cumming.

December 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood City Council approves 21-acre mixed-retail project

A 21-acre, mixed-retail development has gotten final approval from the Oakwood City Council.

December 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Questions remain in Hoschton teen's death

HOSCHTON - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into how a 14-year-old Jackson County Comprehensive High School student died over the weekend.

December 30, 2008 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Hall County board reinstates chief tax appraiser

After holding a special called executive session Monday, the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors voted 3-2 to reinstate Mike Henderson as the county's chief tax appraiser following an audit of his tax records.

December 30, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


The original Collegiate returns

Jeff Worley's first job was working at The Collegiate Grill at the age of 12. He was so small that the owner placed a wooden Coca-Cola crate on the floor so the youngster could reach the soft drink dispenser.

December 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Prayers answered: Growing S. Hall church to add parking lot

Church leaders are thankful for the growth, but more members means the need for more asphalt.

December 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Take care, because holiday traditions can be painful

The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but they also can be a disaster waiting to happen.

December 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


The self-sufficiency wage: Sometimes a job isn't enough

Opponents to public assistance - aka, welfare - often say that recipients should go out and get a job. But a recent study has revealed that being employed may not necessarily decrease a person's chances of needing assistance from the government.

December 29, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Eyes on the Road: Planning group gives its OK to "complete streets"

A group of area planners has given its OK to a policy that requires considering all modes of travel in road construction.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


District attorney drops charge against grieving father

Charges have been officially dropped against a grieving father arrested April 12 for trying to put up safety barriers at his daughter's wreck site.

April 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall planning commission OKs mobile home relocation

The controversial relocation of a mobile home near Lake Lanier was recommended for approval by the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, with board members expressing sympathy for nearby homeowners while saying their hands are tied.

April 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


US 129 passing lane changing to turn lane Tuesday

Ga. 11/U.S. 129 is scheduled for a face-lift Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Child advocates gather for memorial garden dedication

Nineteen years ago, Investigator Gerald Couch began his work on a case involving a 19-month-old beaten and killed by his babysitter.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Superintendent clarifies how parents can refuse Georgia Milestones test for children

With the contested testing set to begin Wednesday, Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield further clarified how parents may refuse the Georgia Milestones exam for their children at Monday night's school board meeting at Flowery Branch High School.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Parents, faculty take up redistricting for South Hall elementary schools

The latter half of the Hall County school board meeting Monday night at Flowery Branch High School focused on where the lines will be made regarding elementary schools in the southern part of the district.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville school board hears concerns about Vickery’s treatment

The Gainesville City School Board meeting Monday had a larger-than-average crowd, when a number of residents came to express support for Wayne Vickery.

April 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


University of North Georgia expanding to Blue Ridge

The University of North Georgia plans to open an instructional site in Blue Ridge this fall.

April 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Banks County deputy injured in hit-and-run

A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence after a hit-and-run collision with a Banks County Sheriff's Office patrol car on Interstate 85 near Homer.

April 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Bird researcher alarms UNG campus with unusual attire

To University of North Georgia students at the Dahlonega campus, fear not: Someone in a Ronald Reagan mask lurking in the bushes is simply a professor doing research about birds.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Severe storms bring possibility of tornadoes

Hall County and much of Northeast Georgia is under a tornado watch until 8 p.m.

April 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Outreach Center plans rally to raise awareness of veteran suicides

The North Georgia Veteran's Outreach Center will host a rally Wednesday afternoon in the downtown Gainesville square to raise awareness about suicide among military veterans.

April 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ga. Supreme Court upholds Hall man’s murder conviction

All of the Georgia Supreme Court justices ruled to uphold a Hall County man's murder conviction and life sentence, which stem from a 2008 shooting.

April 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Commercial land sees biggest increase in tax valuations this year

Hall County has now mailed residential, commercial, industrial and agriculture property tax assessments, but most land and building owners will not see any change in valuation this year.

April 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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