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The last SPLOST: Where did all the money go?

Over the years, SPLOST revenues have stacked up in the form of wider roads and new community centers for county residents. Here's a look at projects funded by previous SPLOST:

February 15, 2009 | | Local


Major projects: Where will the money from SPLOST VI go?

If approved, SPLOST VI would start when the current SPLOST V ends, June 30. It will be collected through June 2015. Of the $240 million that would be raised in SPLOST VI, more than $195 million will be spent on county projects. Here's a breakdown of some of the major county projects and how much they will cost.

February 15, 2009 | | Local


What is SPLOST?

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is a 1 percent tax Hall County has used to fund construction projects and land and equipment purchases since state law made it possible in 1985.

February 15, 2009 | | Local


Schools pull plug on excess energy use

Rising energy costs coupled with lagging revenues have local schools going green to save green.

February 15, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Voters to decide on extending SPLOST for big-ticket needs

Early voting for SPLOST VI, a six-year tax to fund capital projects, begins Tuesday, and Hall County officials hope voters approve another round of the 1-cent sales tax.

February 15, 2009 | BY ASHLEY FIELDING and MELISSA WEINMAN | Local


Church program seeks to help girls combat low self-esteem

HOSCHTON - Peer pressure to look and act a certain way can make middle and high school a tough time for girls. Sometimes this pressure even causes them to suffer from low self-esteem and other identity crises.

February 15, 2009 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Local community leaders come together for 'One Community'

A community isn't just a group of people who live close to each other, Rev. Stephen Samuel said during the first meeting of Gainesville's new "One Community Organization" Saturday at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.

February 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Former Kroger executive stocks Eagle Ranch’s shelves

Thanks to Paul Smith, the house parents at Eagle Ranch don't have to go much farther than their front door to get all the fixings for a healthy meal or nutritious snack.

February 14, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall officials seek to improve indigent defense system

Faced with a growing indigent defense bill where costs were once much lower, Hall County State Court officials want to improve how they provide lawyers for the poor in 2009.

February 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Woman’s boyfriend to be charged in child’s death

A Cumming man will be charged in connection with the death Friday of a 2-year-old boy.

February 14, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Clinic’s offer of free dental work draws big crowd

For Brenda Anderson, Friday's "Dentists with a Heart" event at Gainesville Dental Group was a chance to mend two broken teeth.

February 14, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Two area teachers among 10 finalists for state honor

Teachers from Jackson and Forsyth counties are among 10 finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year.

February 14, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Retirees start effort to offer low-cost items

GeeGe and London Goldman were restless retirees in Gatlinburg, Tenn., before they moved to Gainesville.

February 14, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Pump prices are sliding back up

Gas prices are creeping back up towards $2 per gallon, and unfortunately, there's nothing consumers can do about it.

February 14, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Death penalty defendant faces new charges

A Maryland man facing the possibility of the death penalty was charged with a new felony this week after allegedly roughing up a jail guard.

February 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Qualifying for area elections begins Monday

August 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities: Argument at marina leads to assault, broken hand

An argument on the docks of Aqualand Marina ended with a man suffering a broken hand from after being hit with a metal pipe, according ...

August 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall Chamber to host seminar on business, personal success

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is holding a small business success seminar from 7:45-9:30 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Lanier Tech ...

August 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County's surviving World War II veterans

Editor's note: The following are veterans who responded to calls for information about World War II.

August 30, 2015 | | Local


World War II remembered 70 years after Japanese surrender

Ray and Ellie Williams are celebrating 70 years in both love and war.

August 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


‘When life gives you lemons ...,’ one woman's way to give back

Two years ago, as she sat in a bed at Emory University Hospital recovering from a bone marrow transplant, Kelsey Bishop picked up her smartphone.

August 30, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


‘We celebrated. Big time:’ Gainesville’s Vance was in Okinawa when war ended

Bill Vance was anxious to join the action.

August 30, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Churches form partnership to recruit, help foster parents

When Liz Coates saw the plight of foster care in Hall County, she said she knew the congregation at First Baptist Church in Gainesville needed ...

August 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Dancers cut a rug, for fun and a cause

Ten local celebrities partnered with professional dancers and competed in the Dancing for a Cause fundraiser Saturday night at the Chattahoochee Country Club.

August 29, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Public safety departments match grill skills at Laurel Summer Fest

What's the secret to good barbecue?

August 29, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


First Presbyterian Mission Expo encourages community volunteers

"Things that a lot of people dread, like a sink full of dishes, or raking leaves or sweeping up the porch, those are things that ...

August 29, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Expo gathers local women to network, shop, sell

Hundreds of women showed up Saturday at the Brenau Downtown Center, where they visited with health advocates, got massages, learned about local businesses and shopped ...

August 29, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Inaugural Women’s Expo celebrates ‘girls day out’

Think of today's inaugural North Georgia Women's Expo as "a very purposeful girls' day out," says event emcee Valerie Simmons-Walston.

August 29, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Law agency seeks medication for drug overdoses

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is training its officers to administer a medication that reverse the effects of opiate drug overdoses.

August 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall, Gainesville schools tout new modular units used for needed classrooms

One of the key necessities for a school to function is sufficient classroom space.

August 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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