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Area residents react with shock, sadness to Cagle's decision

Casey Cagle's many supporters in Gainesville were saddened and surprised by his sudden departure from the governor's race Wednesday.

April 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Exit means others could get in the race

The fallout from Casey Cagle's departure from the governor's race may indirectly result in the biggest change in statewide constitutional officers in the recent history.

April 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville school board still questions TAD participation

The Gainesville Board of Education is still unsure whether it wants to contribute to a redevelopment district in the city.

April 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Man charged with death of toddler

A Gainesville man who said his girlfriend's 1-year-old daughter was hurt in a fall has been charged with murder.

April 16, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cagle bows out of governor's race

ATLANTA - A reluctant Casey Cagle walked away Wednesday from his dream of being the state's next governor.

April 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall serves up hospitality with visitors

ALTO - As a retired high school French teacher, Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras regularly peppers her conversations with a sprinkling of Francais.

April 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Busy weekend of events on tap

No need to sit in the house this weekend because several local agencies have planned lots of family fun activities for this Saturday.

April 15, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Oakwood plans green events for Saturday

Oakwood and Keep Hall Beautiful, with help from Gainesville, have scheduled a stream and roadside cleanup for Saturday.

April 15, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Woman receives five years for tax conspiracy

A Gainesville woman who used an alias and more than 30 fake business names to hide a man's taxable assets from the IRS was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison Wednesday.

April 15, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Sentencing date is set for Spell

The man accused of perpetrating the biggest fraud in Hall County history will learn in 10 weeks how much time he will serve in prison.

April 15, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch OKs TAD financing for development

Flowery Branch City Council voted 3-2 Wednesday to commit up to $135,000 in tax increments for demolition work already done in the Old Town Flowery Branch development led by Buford-based Hortman & Dobbs Developers.

April 15, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville hires new assistant manager

Gainesville has a new assistant city manager.

April 15, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lt. Gov Cagle's statement on governor's race

ATLANTA - Lt. Governor Casey Cagle released the prepared statement below following a press conference regarding the 2010 governors race.

"For the past several months, it has been my full intention to campaign aggressively for election as Georgia's next Governor. We have recruited a top-notch team, raised over a million dollars, and I've worked to help my family understand the kind of stress we will face. I did this because I truly believe our state is at a crossroads, and the next Governor will play a critical role in determining whether our kids and grandkids have an opportunity to ...

April 15, 2009 | | Local


Man pleads guilty to impersonating a lawyer in court

Finesse Casado always aspired to be a lawyer, but he got a little ahead of himself.

April 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


University System of Georgia scales back fixed tuition program

The Georgia Board of Regents has halted its fixed tuition program for this fall's freshmen to raise more money in the face of the state's worst fiscal crisis in decades.

April 14, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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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


New amnesty law has limited impact in area

Despite Gov. Nathan Deal signing a medical amnesty bill three months ago, the new law allowing for immunities on arrests when a person seeks emergency services has not had many noticeable effects in the purview of law enforcement or medical staff.

July 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Officials: Hot car deaths avoidable

Accidents in which children die after being left in vehicles are more common than one might think. According to car safety expert Kimberly Martin, more than 40 children died in hot cars in the United States last year alone.

July 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


County to consider vendor for retirement accounts

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will likely select a vendor to manage employee retirement accounts this week.

July 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gut check graduation

The Gainesville Jaycees sponsor and conduct the military-style camp to instill discipline and teach leadership qualities to a wide ranging group of Hall County middle school boys. Graduation was Sunday at Gainesville Civic Center. Ryan Sawyer, one of the program's main instructors, said "This program is about getting them to grow up and contribute to the community."

July 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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