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Homicides hit all-time high in White County

Five homicides in a year isn't exactly a shocking statistic, but for White County - population 25,000 - it's a record.

"That's an awful high number," said White County Sheriff Neal Walden, whose deputies made an arrest in the county's most recent homicide last week, charging a 45-year-old Cleveland woman in the shooting death of her husband.

September 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Something to crow about

HOSCHTON - Hoschton could soon hold a Guinness World Record. The city's bid to break the previous world record for most scarecrows in one area ended Sept.1, and the city more than met its goal.

Organizer Robbie Bettis said that as of last week, more than 5,000 scarecrows had been made.

September 17, 2008 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Picnic shows appreciation for veterans

Saturday's picnic honoring veterans and active military not only featured the traditional picnic trappings of food, sodas and live music, but also a fundraiser and information about benefits.

September 17, 2008 | By Megan Gill news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gainesville's conservation could pay off soon

Gainesville officials have been working to conserve fuel for months now, but their efforts - resulting in more than a 10 percent reduction in fuel consumption - haven't been reflected in the city's bank account.

September 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


State award honors Hall County schools for CRCT test scores

State Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox has honored five Hall County schools with Distinguished Achievement Awards for students' gains on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.

September 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lake Lanier: Site of 2009 tourism event

The 2009 Governor's Tourism Conference will be held next year at Lake Lanier Islands, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Friday.

September 17, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville pulls rank on fried chicken

While it long has been established that Gainesville is the Poultry Capital of the World, a local historian is now asserting that Gainesville may have been the place that fried chicken was invented.

September 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Declaring war on pest plants

The world of botany has its own version of homeland security: Groups of people dedicated to preventing invasive, exotic plant species from gaining a foothold in this country.

But invasive plants are a lot like terrorists. You wipe them out in one location, they pop up somewhere else. You "defeat" one species, only to see an even more aggressive one take its place.

September 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Perdue: Georgia won’t tolerate price gouging

Soaring fuel prices on Friday led Gov. Sonny Perdue to sign an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Georgia and activating the state's price-gouging statute.

September 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Radon gas closes one of Helen's five wells

Last week, the city of Helen shut down one of its five wells after a radioactive gas, radon, was detected in the water.

September 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Northeast Georgia History Center redesigns exhibit

The Northeast Georgia History Center is revealing its newly revamped Land of Promise exhibit today to show visitors what Northeast Georgia is all about.

September 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall makes arrests in burglaries

Investigators from the Hall County Sheriff's Office made multiple arrests in burglary cases during the past week, charging five people.

September 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Crisis averted: Repairs complete at Dahlonega water plant

After running at half capacity for almost two weeks, Dahlonega's water treatment plant was back to full strength Thursday afternoon.

September 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Food, friends, fashion: Fundraiser benefits new group

"The Power of the Purse" kicked off Thursday's fundraiser for WomenSource, a new nonprofit organization to help educate and connect women with resources in the community.

The event took place on the lawn at Brenau University and featured food, music and a fashion show with local women and retailers.

September 16, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


9/11 memorials dominate the day in Northeast Georgia

The sound of fifth-graders' voices raised in patriotic song ended a day filled with ceremonies to honor the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

September 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Eyes on the Road: New transit fares, route tweaks set for Wednesday

New Gainesville Connection fares and bus routes are set to take effect Wednesday.

June 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Public agencies brace for fuel tax, but helped by lower gas prices

Local governments, schools and public agencies are bracing for the impact of a 26-cent-per-gallon state excise tax on gasoline, which will contribute to $850 million or more in revenue for road and bridge projects across Georgia, that takes effect Wednesday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Banks County building new sports complex

The Banks County Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a groundbreaking for its Windmill Park Sports Complex at 10 a.m. July 14.

June 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Library board selects new director, approves new budget

Lisa MacKinney will oversee a better than $2.62 million budget that eliminates worker furloughs as the new director of the Hall County Library System.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends names Castell family services director

Challenged Child and Friends has named Creystal Castell as its family services coordinator.

June 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Chicopee Woods Golf Course completes shake-up of oversight committee

The shake-up of an oversight committee for the Chicopee Woods Golf Course was completed Tuesday, the latest move prompted by poor conditions and slipping revenues at the 600-acre course in Gainesville.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Child buying ice cream airlifted to hospital after being struck by car

A child buying ice cream Sunday was struck by a passing vehicle, Georgia State Patrol said.

June 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


SPLOST VII begins Wednesday, E-SPLOST scheduled for fall

Wednesday marks the start of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in Forsyth County

June 30, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


County finance director resigns, search to begin soon

Hall County Finance Director Vickie Neikirk resigned on Monday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Kipper Tool Co. celebrates military contract milestone

A Gainesville company is celebrating hitting the halfway mark in an $85 million contract with the Army to assemble and deliver 5-ton tool systems used in military engineering and demolition jobs.

June 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Action Ministries Gainesville event to unite local congregations

It's not often Christians of varying denominations gather for an evening of fellowship, but Terri Armour with Action Ministries Gainesville wants to bring people together for just that.

June 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville work session canceled

With only a few agenda items and the pending departure of City Manager Kip Padgett, who has resigned to take a similar job in North Carolina, the Gainesville City Council has canceled its scheduled work session for Thursday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Minorities unite to change Gainesville’s electoral system

The exterior of a house on residential Desota Street in Gainesville gives little away about the history it holds inside, save for a sign marking it as the office of the local Newtown Florist Club.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Electric car owners take hit with new tax

A new state tax structure that takes effect Wednesday has stirred ire among some electric car owners.

June 29, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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