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Industry owner moves on after losing bid for Gainesville contract

Bruce Mistarz started making industrial electrical connectors in his kitchen oven in Illinois 20 years ago. Since then, he has consistently found himself in a building that becomes too small for his growing operation.

Mistarz, owner of Mencom Corp., brought part of his Illinois-based industry to Gainesville 12 years ago, and has since outgrown three buildings.

May 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


East Hall Community Center holds open house

Karen Owens, facility manager for the East Hall Community Center, hoped to give the community a glimpse of the center's offerings with an open house Monday.

The center opened last year, and Owens said the purpose of the event was "to get people familiarized with the new facility."

May 30, 2008 | | Local


WaterPark rides its first wave

Lake Lanier Islands flung open its gates this weekend to welcome about 800 visitors to its water park that will now close one day each week this summer to conserve water.

May 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood expects commercial land growth

Oakwood may grow one-third of an acre as a result of a Monday night meeting.

And a city official said slowly but surely, there's more commercial annexations to come with the expected Thurmond Tanner Parkway extension that will connect Mundy Mill Drive to Spout Springs Road.

May 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lumpkin job fair may help former Mohawk employees

The executive director of the Lumpkin County Development Authority says a number of top employers have recognized the value of the skilled work force at the Mohawk Industries plant in Dahlonega.

Bruce Abraham said 47 exhibitors have signed up for a job fair this afternoon at the Lumpkin County Recreation Center.

May 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


US Coast Guard Auxiliary passes along boating tips

FLOWERY BRANCH - Chris Mercer didn't have to take a boating safety course to legally pilot his 17-foot Sea Ray on Lake Lanier, but the Lawrenceville man didn't think it could hurt.

May 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


A turn of the tassel: Class of '08 graduates tell their stories

Hundreds of square-topped mortarboards will be tossed into the air this week as local high school seniors celebrate the end of 13 years of education.

May 29, 2008 | By Jessica Jordan and Ashley Fielding news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Cagle on track for a run at governor's mansion

Where will Casey Cagle be in January 2011?

May 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Invasion of the ducks: Derby makes its 10th splash

If you drove by Clarks Bridge Park on Saturday afternoon and wondered about the mass of rubber ducks floating down the lake, then you missed out on the 10th annual Rubber Duck Derby.

May 29, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Parade chugs its way through Lula

The 32nd annual Lula Railroad Days Festival kicked off Saturday morning with many local vendors and a bigger and longer parade.

May 29, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Turn of the Tassel: Alex Hutcheson

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's West Hall High School's Alex Hutcheson.

May 28, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Turn of the Tassel: Bill Dearybury

Bill Dearybury sticks with what he knows.

May 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Turn of the Tassel: Matt Merritt

One day, Matt Merritt could be standing on the sidelines at the Talladega Superspeedway, wind in his hair, wearing a shirt that announces him as a member of the pit crew.

May 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


War protesters greet Linder's visit to Braselton

BRASELTON -- Though the economy and federal spending dominated a town hall discussion Saturday with U.S. Rep. John Linder, it was the Iraq war that stirred emotions inside and outside the meeting.

May 28, 2008 | By NIKKI YOUNG Times regional staff | Local


Jailer fired after pornography arrest

The Hall County Sheriff's Office has fired a jailer after his arrest on a child pornography charge.

May 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Power failure led to medical issues for some

When the power goes out, the time on the air supply ticks down for those dependent on in-home oxygen.

February 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Cleaning chimneys can reduce fire risk

As cold weather continues to grip North Georgia, homeowners forced inside may begin to notice more how their homes could use a good sweep or vacuuming.

February 21, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Local Disabled American Veterans’ chapter gives back

Electric wheelchairs are scattered through an area of the Gainesville warehouse, some intact and some clearly needing parts.

February 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


No more ice, just rain in forecast for weekend

North Georgia was braced for a second winter storm Friday night, but forecasts of ice accumulation didn't materialize in most areas.

February 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Oakwood, Buford to use sales tax for routine projects

For some of the smaller cities in Hall County, sales tax revenue means assistance in routine infrastructure maintenance.

February 21, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Challenged Child and Friends school holding open houses to welcome community, boost awareness

February 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Study says the poor bear the brunt of sales tax hikes

Georgia's poorest residents will pay a larger share of their income this year in state and local taxes than the wealthiest earners, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, a nonprofit Washington think tank.

February 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth County man indicted, charged with making homemade explosive devices

A 24-year-old Forsyth County man has been indicted on one count of unlawful handling of explosive devices for a November incident at his parents' home.

February 20, 2015 | By Kayla Robins Forsyth County News | Local


Gainesville approves $50K for ice storm cleanup

The Gainesville City Council voted Friday to allocate $50,000 from the general fund contingency budget to support continued cleanup efforts in the wake of this week's ice storm, which sent trees and limbs crashing onto homes and power lines.

February 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall man convicted of shooting teenager in leg

A Hall County man was convicted Friday in Superior Court for firing four times at another man at City Park.

February 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Downed tree, explosions delayed firefighters’ efforts at large house fire

Firefighters had to clear a downed tree, shuttle water, work in frigid temperatures and beware of exploding ammunition as they battled a large house fire late Thursday night.

February 20, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Case moves forward for man accused of shooting at police

The case against an Oakwood man accused of firing a sawed-off shotgun in the direction of Oakwood Police moved on to Superior Court on Friday morning.

February 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Another blast of winter may be headed our way

Whether you've recovered from your latest bout with winter weather or not, brace yourself: More may be on the way.

February 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Trees took a hit after ice, wind during the week

It's been a tough week for all of North Georgia.

February 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Many local events rescheduled due to ice storm

  • The University of North Georgia's College Goal Georgia event, originally set for Thursday at the Cumming campus, has been rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. March 5. The free event helps college-bound students and their parents complete forms required to apply for federal financial aid. The campus is located at 300 Aquatic Circle in Cumming.

February 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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