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Rabbit fleet gets a makeover; city’s buses now really are red

Since 2001, Hall Area Transit Red Rabbit buses have traversed Gainesville roadways sporting two shades of blue. But as of this month, four new predominantly red-painted Red Rabbit buses will operate three bus routes in the city.

"We've frequently been asked 'Why are your buses blue if you're called the Red Rabbit?'" said Janice Crow, general manager for Hall Area Transit.

January 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Professor gets national award

DAHLONEGA - Two national education groups have named North Georgia College & State University's Linda Williams their 2007 Georgia Professor of the Year.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education selected her from more than 300 professors in the United States.

January 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


New 'mega-ramp' could lure fishing events to Lanier

Laurel Park on Lake Lanier was named Friday as a site for one of 10 "mega-ramps" to accommodate large fishing tournaments.

January 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Investigators can’t determine cause of fatal fire

Four Hall County Fire officials and multiple insurance investigators on Wednesday said the Flowery Branch subdivision fire that engulfed four homes during the early hours of Dec. 18 was caused by an undetermined accident.

January 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Christmas gifts lead 4-H to give safety class for kids

To keep the youth of Hall County from shooting their eyes out, Sherman Pass shows them how to handle, know what to expect from, and how to be safe with their new Christmas BB guns.

January 08, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Link to open emergency water source

Jackson County and Gainesville are close to finalizing the details for a plan that would provide an emergency water source for both, according to officials with the two utilities.

January 08, 2008 | By Edie Rogers and Ashley Fielding news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gainesville aims to balance greenbacks with green trees

Money does not grow on trees. In fact, people in Gainesville have made more money by mowing them down and building houses and shopping centers.

January 08, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Perry likely site for Go Fish Center

MACON - Perry officials say their city is the likely site of a new $22 million hatchery and visitor center - part of a plan by state officials to promote fishing tourism in Georgia.

Mayor Jim Worrall said Perry has been in contact with state officials in the past three weeks about the Go Fish Georgia Center being built at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry.

January 08, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Fishing for wheels: Radio station, car dealer help stroke survivor, mother of 3

Thanks to an Atlanta radio station, Cathryn Hollabaugh and Bob Powers traded in their walking shoes for car keys.

January 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Authorities seek long-haired woman after accident

Forsyth County authorities are looking for a long-haired woman driving a black or dark blue Jeep with damage to the front left bumper area.

January 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Two charged with robbing taxi driver on Flat Creek Drive

Authorities charged two men with armed robbery Thursday morning after a taxi driver was robbed on Flat Creek Drive, according to Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Kiley Sargent.

January 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Medical center won't oppose Gwinnett heart surgery plans

Northeast Georgia Medical Center officials say they don't feel threatened by Gwinnett Medical Center's bid to start an open-heart surgery program.

Gwinnett, which claims to be the nation's most populated county without an open-heart program, wants to apply to the Georgia Department of Community Health for a certificate of need, which the state requires in order to create any major medical facility or program.

January 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Retailers take returns as shoppers snap up sales

An hour before sunrise, there is a cadre of determined shoppers on the prowl. Most are women, many are sans makeup with their hair covered by a baseball cap. They are clad in sneakers to give them additional agility as they search for the coveted prize - a bargain worth bragging about.

The scene is repeated at store after store in Gainesville, such as Kohl's, Belk and J.C. Penney, which all opened their doors at 6 a.m. As other stores opened, so came the shoppers.

January 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Traffic deaths for Christmas falls below projection

Twelve people were killed in crashes on state roadways over the Christmas holiday period, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety. But the latest number of fatalities falls well short of the prediction, perhaps a sign of increased vigilance among drivers and law enforcement.

January 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Area company gains several food contracts

For Jack Hough, it all began with a single yogurt shop in an outlet mall in Helen.

But in 1992, Hough's Gainesville company, MSE Branded Foods, introduced a concept of multiple brands sharing a common kitchen and management at North Georgia Premium Outlets.

January 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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No death penalty for dad charged in toddler death

September 25, 2014 | KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Local


Hospital, BlueCross still negotiating insurance contract

It seems like an annual or biennial ritual: Contract talks between a hospital and a major health insurer break down, and customers and patients are warned of looming deadlines.

September 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lakefront property owners plan 2nd appeal of tax bills

Some lakefront property owners are still unhappy with their tax assessments after revised notices were mailed last week, and promise to appeal once more, this time to the state Board of Equalization.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Newly widened section of Ga. 347 set to open

Four lanes of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between Interstate 985 and McEver Road are expected to be open to motorists today, nearly two months earlier than expected.

September 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County likely to rescind vote on prison steel contract

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners meets tonight, it will likely rescind a vote made two weeks ago awarding a contract to Scroggs & Grizzel Contracting of Gainesville to provide structural steel and other construction materials for the new correctional institute.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


All lanes of Ga. 347 stretch set to open Thursday

Four lanes of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between Interstate 985 and McEver Road are expected to be open to motorists by 5 p.m. Thursday, nearly two months earlier than expected.

September 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville police prepare for digital system

Two weeks before Christmas, the Gainesville Police Department will ditch pen and paper and begin the process of digital reporting.

September 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall hopes to improve rundown areas by purchasing vacant property

Hall County officials are considering creating a new agency that aims to revitalize tax-foreclosed, vacant and abandoned property.

September 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the Road: Lane shift scheduled on Ga. 347 project

Traffic is scheduled to shift Monday on Ga. 347 in Braselton as the Georgia Department of Transportation continues work on widening the South Hall County road.

September 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Disability advocates to hold meeting

The public is invited to take part in "Conversations that Matter," a town hall meeting addressing employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

September 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


North Forsyth woman charged with taking $33K for legal services she couldn’t provide

A Forsyth County grand jury handed down an indictment last week of a North Forsyth woman arrested as part of an investigation into possible fraudulent legal practices.

September 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man indicted on murder charges Forsyth child’s death

A 25-year-old Butts County man has been indicted on several charges in connection with the February beating death of a 3-year-old North Forsyth County boy.

September 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Supreme Court advised to delay taking on water war case

The U.S. solicitor general said he believes the Supreme Court should put off accepting a Florida lawsuit that accuses Georgia of consuming too much water.

September 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chapter for Don Carter State Park OK’d

Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites has given its OK to a new chapter representing Don Carter State Park in North Hall County.

September 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Part of Wilshire Trails Park to close Wednesday for concrete maintenance

A portion of Wilshire Trails Park will be closed Wednesday and possibly Thursday, according to Gainesville Parks and Recreation.

September 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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