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Forsyth voters approve transportation referendum

Forsyth County residents may see construction begin to thin traffic congestion along Ga. 400 and other sore spots by next year after a $200 million bond referendum to fund road projects passed in Tuesday's election.

November 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins Times regional Staff | Local


Gas prices expected to stay low through Thanksgiving, analysts say

Prices at the pump have been falling consistently for the past several weeks nationwide, and Gainesville has been no exception.

November 06, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Roads not only concern in transportation planning

The talk was mostly about roads, but concerns also were raised in a transportation public meeting Thursday night about bicycle paths, airport improvements and even the long-range possibility of commuter rail.

November 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


UNG public safety chief, faculty discuss emergency preparations

Every college or university is vulnerable to a natural or manmade disaster. University of North Georgia Public Safety Chief Justin Gaines wants to do something about that.

November 06, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Audit reveals systemic problems at ethics commission

An audit of the state ethics commission has revealed systemic problems, including inequitable handling of complaints, fines and investigations, within the agency.

November 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County officials plan new SPLOST VII meetings

Hall County officials have announced they will host two additional public input meetings in an effort to generate interest and support for a new round of special purpose local option sales tax.

November 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Mobile job-search unit to offer assistance Nov. 19

Georgia Mountains Workforce Development is bringing its Mobile Career Coach to the Spout Springs library in Flowery Branch on Nov. 19 to help residents with job-searching skills.

November 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Elderly, indigent can apply for help with their heating costs

The Georgia Department of Human Services is offering help with home heating costs for those who meet income eligibility requirements and are either homebound due to health reasons or live in a household in which everyone is 65 or older.

November 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lanier Tech career fair brings applicants in droves

Students and job seekers in the community donned their business-professional attire Wednesday and mingled with more than 60 potential employers.

November 06, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Badge and Bar: City police receive $1K grant from railroad company

The Gainesville Police Department may pass Go and collect $1,000 after landing at the railroad Wednesday morning with Norfolk Southern officials.

November 06, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Joggers share precautions used during exercising

After training for the Chicago Marathon last year, LeAnne Gilleland decided to purchase a handgun and a permit to protect herself.

November 06, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Man who restored ‘Miss Daisy’ car dies at 80

Tolbert N. Lester Jr. had his favorite car, a 1957 Ford Ranchero, but the Gainesville man was best known for another set of wheels - a maroon Hudson featured in the movie "Driving Miss Daisy."

November 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall deputy says teen assault victim was ‘targeted’

A 17-year-old girl who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted Sunday escaped her alleged captor when a neighbor knocked on the door, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

November 05, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Voter demographics reveal GOP’s success

So much for a resurgent Democratic Party in Georgia.

November 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Class Notes: Dyer named to UGA College of Education Board of Visitors

Merrianne Dyer, former Gainesville City Schools superintendent, was recently named to the University of Georgia College of Education's inaugural Board of Visitors.

November 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Private company to operate dorms at UNG

Students residing on the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus may notice changes over the next year.

November 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Republicans select elections board appointees

The Hall County Republican Party has selected its appointments to the new elections board that will launch Jan. 1.

November 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville consulting company moves into renovated gas station

The former Lee's Pure Oil Service Station has been renovated and set up as a new corporate headquarters.

November 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Troubling cases lead to attrition on Sheriff’s Office staff

While significant attrition at the Hall County Sheriff's Office over the last two years has largely been filled by new hires, recent staffing shortages in the patrol division have prompted a new directive subjecting officers to 24-hour availability.

November 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia Center for Nonprofits raises money for local organizations

Nonprofit organizations across Georgia were the real winners Thursday as the third annual Georgia Gives Day saw another increase in donations from the inaugural event in 2012.

November 16, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


City hopes to restore Flat Creek's water quality, appearance

November 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County Library seeks public’s help with historical photos

A woman in a floral-print sheath dress pinned a "Jimmy Carter for Governor" poster on a bulletin board.

November 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Recent Juvenile Court appointments raise questions

In a year's time, decades of experience in Hall County Juvenile Court have been lost.

November 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Growth could max out Gainesville High School

As the recession declines, the housing market improves and area schools scramble to make room for students in their halls.

November 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


A new home for the law in South Hall

With the snip of a ribbon, the Hall County Sheriff's Office has a permanent presence in the South Hall area.

November 15, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Give thanks and food during the holidays

November 15, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


NASA director visits Chestnut Mountain

Children bounced on their knees and shot their hands into the air, hoping the NASA scientist would call on them.

November 15, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Sen. Butch Miller cited by Association County Commissioners of Georgia

Sen. Butch Miller was honored Wednesday by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia for his efforts this year to improve policy that affects county operations and infrastructure.

November 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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