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Gainesville titan Ray McRae dies at age 85

J.M. "Ray" McRae, one of Hall County's most powerful business figures of the past century, died late Thursday night following a brief illness. He was 85.

McRae, who came to Gainesville in 1953, is remembered as the consummate deal maker. McRae was the key player in recruiting a number of industries, including Wrigley's and Rockwell International, which manufactured engines for the Tomahawk missile.

April 17, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hospital pays tribute to donors

It's been a long time coming, but the new North Patient Tower at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center officially is complete.

April 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Forsyth arson suspect transferred to Hall County

A missing arson suspect who turned up last week in a Northeast Georgia hospital has been transferred to medical isolation at the jail in Hall County.

April 16, 2009 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Hundreds turn out to Get Fit

Crowds of people covered the Riverside Military Academy campus on Thursday afternoon as live music wafted through the air.

April 16, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Public hearings coming soon about Glades Farm reservoir

Hall County officials met with Glades Farm representatives Thursday at Chateau Elan to discuss a reservoir nearly 16 years in the making.

April 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fuel co-op with other governments might save Gainesville money

Gainesville is one of 12 local governments that may participate in a fuel cooperative.

April 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


OSHA cites Fieldale Farms for safety violations

Federal officials are proposing a $73,275 fine against Fieldale Farms Corp. following a January inspection that turned up 22 violations.

April 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Election 2010: Will others get in now that Cagle has left governor's race?

The departure of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle from next year's governor's race has touched off rampant speculation about potential Republican candidates for a variety of state offices.

April 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


In a switch, Gainesville will OK permits for work at old jail

Gainesville officials said Thursday that, despite previous statements to the contrary, they will continue to issue building permits to Corrections Corp. of America for renovations on the future North Georgia Detention Center.

April 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Residents oppose planned Flowery Branch duplex

FLOWERY BRANCH - Two Flowery Branch residents protested a planned Church Street duplex Thursday night.

April 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall parapro suspended after arrest

Hall County Schools officials have suspended a paraprofessional following an arrest by the Pendergrass Police Department with a case that involves several law enforcement agencies around Northeast Georgia.

April 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Man charged with stealing items from dozens of cars

A Gainesville man was jailed Thursday on suspicion that he stole items from as many as 30 cars in recent months.

April 16, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Georgia jobless rate holds steady in March

ATLANTA - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate did not increase from one month to the next for the first time in 20 months.

April 16, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


Tax day protests draw large crowds

Area conservatives rallied in Poultry Park on Wednesday with signs and American flags to participate in Gainesville's Tea Party.

April 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cagle’s spinal condition will require surgery, rest

Although Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has announced that he will be withdrawing from the 2010 governor's race due to a medical condition, he is expected to make a full recovery.

April 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Oakwood mayor recovering in hospital after medical incident

Oakwood Mayor Lamar Scroggs is recovering at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after suffering a drop in blood pressure Sunday.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Atlanta Ballet pro brings artistry, experience to Gainesville summer intensive program

For many dancers at the Gainesville Ballet Company, dance is more than just an after-school activity.

July 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Gainesville schools to put goals in action

Gainesville schools have begun implementing their new strategic plan, and that plan is all about putting district goals in action.

July 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall considers cost of inmates’ medical care

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider approving contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution when it meets this Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula OKs rezoning for trucking operations

It took a tie-breaking vote by the mayor, but Lula City Council approved 3-2 Tony McGuire's request to change zoning from highway business to light industrial on 17 acres in the Mountain View Industrial Park.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall retirement plans may merge to cut costs

Hoping to cut costs and streamline services, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to select a new company to manage employee retirement plans when it meets Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pilots petition Army Corps of Engineers for right to land on Lake Lanier

Troy Wheeler dipped the wings of his bright yellow Piper Cub seaplane toward Lake Lanier as he circled back toward Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mobile Vet Center to be at Habersham County Labor Department

Counseling for veterans will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31 as the Mobile Vet Center visits the Georgia Department of Labor's Habersham Career Center at 205 Hodges St., Cornelia.

July 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall Democratic Party to hold delegate election

A caucus will be held at 10 a.m. at the Hall County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1011-1021 Athens St., Gainesville, to elect delegates to the Georgia Democratic Convention.

July 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Training to start for CASA volunteers

Training is Aug. 12 for those interested in becoming court-appointed special advocates in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit covering Hall and Dawson counties.

July 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools begin implementing strategic plan

Gainesville schools have begun implementing their new strategic plan, and that plan is all about putting district goals in action.

July 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Pregnant woman hit by car ID'd as nearby resident

A pregnant Hall County woman was heading home from a Ga. 365 convenience store when she was struck and killed by a motorist Sunday night, a Georgia State Patrol trooper said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


King’s Hawaiian expansion underway

Work is moving along in the expansion of the King's Hawaiian plant in Oakwood, an effort that could eventually double employment there.

July 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch schedules hearing for downtown neighborhood proposal

A planned neighborhood may soon be coming to an area near downtown Flowery Branch with a few modifications from the original plans.

July 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall narrows focus to specific tax collections

The Hall County Tax Commissioner's Office has slowed its efforts to collect taxes owed on watercraft and personal property due to budget constraints and understaffing.

July 21, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


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