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New bank dazzles Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - A year in the making, South Hall's newest bank on Spout Springs Road has caught the eye of motorists and gawking children alike.

November 13, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Festival rallies around the hemlock tree

People interested in good music and protecting the environment gathered near Murrayville this weekend for the Fourth Annual HemlockFest.

November 13, 2008 | Megan Gill | Local


Area meetings

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

November 13, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia House to decide on GOP leadership

Republicans in the Georgia House of Representatives will gather this morning to elect their party officers, including speaker of the House. It marks the first time since the GOP took control of the House in 2004 that Speaker Glenn Richardson faces a challenge from within his own party.

November 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Brothers in life, brothers in arms

The Martin brothers went off to war not knowing if they'd ever see each other again, and it was nearly two years before they were reunited on their family's farm.

November 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The doctor is in the house ... at assisted living facilities

Most residents of assisted living facilities are old enough to remember a time when doctors made house calls.

November 13, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville city schools finance director loves hiking, piano

It has been a long year for Janet Allison, who has served as the finance director for Gainesville schools since March.

November 13, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Braselton spreads Christmas cheer

BRASELTON - Not long after packing away the Halloween decorations and finishing off the candy corn, Braselton residents began celebrating the Christmas season with the annual Christmas in Braselton festivities.

November 12, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Hall surprised by tax collection vote

Hall County government officials were not expecting to hear that so many residents would rather pay their taxes twice a year.

November 12, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Residents cash in on yard sale tables in Pendergrass Flea Market

Residents of Jackson and Hall counties will be receiving an unexpected holiday gift this year: a free yard sale table at the Pendergrass Flea Market.

November 12, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Stories from three wars

OAKWOOD - A war story from Charles Grant Sr. could be just that.

November 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Young lawyer makes his mark

Not often does a defense attorney less than a year removed from law school get part of a controversial law thrown out by the Georgia Supreme Court.

November 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hospitals change focus of their services

The worsening economy has been tough on businesses of all types, including hospitals.

November 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


VFW marks upcoming holiday with celebration for veterans

Veterans and their families from the Gainesville area gathered Saturday for a Veterans Day celebration held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Gainesville.

November 12, 2008 | Megan Gill | Local


Annexation could add hundreds of students to city schools

Gainesville's pending annexation of unincorporated islands in Hall County could cause up to 500 county students to transfer into the Gainesville school system next year, according to the Gainesville schools superintendent.

Merrianne Dyer, superintendent of Gainesville schools, said Gainesville is planning to annex 563 individual properties in December. Dyer said the 526-acre annexation would incorporate 445 residential properties into the Gainesville city limits, bringing an estimated 300 to 500 Hall County students into Gainesville schools.

November 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Turnout sporadic in first week of early voting for Hall County SPLOST

Turnout during the first week of early voting on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, was sporadic, with snowy weather and government closings likely limiting the number who showed up to the polls.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Business-led committee behind push for SPLOST

The Hall Progress 2015 Committee, a group of local business leaders, is spearheading a campaign to pass SPLOST VII.

February 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


5 people arrested in what authorities call a North Ga. meth trafficking ring

Five people from across North Georgia were arrested Tuesday in the continued "dismantling of a local methamphetamine trafficking network," authorities said, that is suspected of handling more than 10 pounds of the drug.

February 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Fathers and daughters dance the night away

A popular song started blaring and girls screamed, starting to move to the music.

February 27, 2015 | | Local


'Tale of two cities’ makes decision to close schools tough

In Gainesville and Flowery Branch on Thursday, the overnight snow quickly turned to slush and what little ice remained on the pavements had melted by mid-morning.

February 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Man charged with stealing cash from sub shop, ID for shopping spree

An Ellijay man faces charges of robbery by intimidation, theft, fraud and forgery following multiple incidents in Gainesville, Oakwood and Gwinnett County.

February 26, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Georgia House passes $44.6B budget for Senate review

A $44.6 billion 2016 fiscal year state budget approved Thursday by the Georgia House would close previous cuts to public education spending, slash funding for low-interest student loans and ask local school districts to make $103 million more in employer contributions to keep state insurance coverage for some part-time school employees.

February 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville's snow is so-so, then it goes

If you were expecting Snowmageddon 2015 on Thursday, what you got in Gainesville was more like Snow-meh.

February 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Students out of school fashion makeshift sleds for a fun day in snow

School was out and snow was on the ground, so people in Hall County were ready to have some fun Thursday.

February 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Regulators OK tougher rules for Internet providers

Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

February 26, 2015 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Winter storm downgraded; black ice possible on roads

A winter storm that dropped a slushy mix Wednesday on North Georgia was downgraded overnight, though light snow and black ice may still cover some roadways, making travel dangerous early in the day.

February 26, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Shoppers stock up as storm approaches

A quick drive on Wednesday morning down Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville revealed just how seriously local residents were taking the prospect of a major snowstorm bearing down on the region.

February 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Lake Lanier DNR officer gets award

An officer patrolling Lake Lanier earned the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

February 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Papa’s Pizza To-Go seeks to leave Clermont, convert to sports bar

In a rare request, a North Hall County pizzeria is seeking to leave Clermont so it can convert to a sports bar and serve alcohol.

February 25, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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