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Homeowner assistance loans left unused

For more than a year, a state grant meant to provide down-payment assistance for low- and moderate-income first-time homeowners in Flowery Branch has sat nearly unspent.

October 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Paying taxes will be difficult for some

Nobody likes paying taxes, especially when money is tight.

October 22, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Retirement for teachers may change

ATLANTA - A proposed change to the way Georgia doles out teacher pensions has retired educators angry that the state wants to change a 40-year-old policy on cost-of-living adjustments.

October 22, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Event gives hope, support to cancer survivors

Pink was the fashion statement of choice Saturday at the eighth annual Harvest of Hope.

October 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Wall Street’s tumult worries some residents

While the economic outlook darkened even further with bad reports on layoffs and consumer confidence, Friday was one of the quietest days since the financial meltdown began a month ago. Wall Street's tumultuous week turned out to be its best in five years.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 127 points Friday, but turned in the strong week because of two huge days of gains - a record 936-point jump on Monday and an increase of 401 points Thursday.

October 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Thurmon Tanner project may go to Monroe contractor

A Monroe contractor has been named as the apparent low bidder for the last leg of a planned extension of Thurmon Tanner Parkway, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said Friday.

Gary's Grading and Pipeline Co. submitted the lowest bid out of 11 bidders on the project Friday, spokesman Mark McKinnon said.

October 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall company investigated for fraud

A Gainesville business is the focus of a wide-reaching criminal investigation that could involve dozens of victims and losses in the millions.

Hall County Sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland confirmed Friday that officials are conducting a financial crimes investigation into North Georgia Equipment Sales, an Aviation Boulevard business that deals in heavy equipment.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two merchants arrested on charges of gambling at convenience store

Two merchants were arrested at a Flowery Branch convenience store Thursday on charges of making cash payouts for video gambling machines.

October 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


North Hall rabies case marks No. 38 this year

Hall County has recorded its 38th case of rabies this year, continuing an unprecedented epidemic of the fatal disease in wild animals.

October 21, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall tax assessor resigns

The chairman of Hall County's Board of Tax Assessors resigned Friday after the district attorney wrote a scathing letter that stopped short of bringing criminal charges for misuse of taxpayer money.

Emory Martin Jr., who served on the board since the late 1980s, was accused of misappropriating more than $60,000 by padding per diem time sheets and taking $100 per day payment for days when he did not work.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson school board approves more room for schools

The Jefferson City Schools Board of Education has approved the removal of the annex building at Jefferson High School in exchange for more classroom space and a larger cafeteria.

"Jefferson High School only has three classrooms available for future growth," said John Jackson, school system superintendent. "There is also a kitchen problem (at the high school). It's the smallest one in the entire school system."

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Unemployment rate steady in Gainesville, increases statewide

While statewide employment hit a 16-year high in September, Gainesville's jobless rate remained the same. While the state has not released localized percentages for September, in August Gainesville's rate of unemployment was 5.5 percent, up 0.2 percent from July.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Park stings net range of suspects

From all walks of life, they have come to tiny Lula Park.

Men seeking anonymous, casual sexual encounters in the woods repeatedly have propositioned undercover officers there over the course of a six-month sting operation that was prompted by complaints.

October 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Emergency helicopter is coming to Gainesville

Considering that Hall County is home to the region's largest hospital, many people are surprised to learn there has never been an air ambulance service stationed in Gainesville.

But that will change later this month. LifeNet Georgia, which currently operates a helicopter out of a base in Jefferson, is leasing the helipad at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park campus.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jackson County residents can get rid of tires for free

If you have old tires lying around, you may want to load them up and head over to the Jackson County Transfer Station.

On Saturday, Keep Jackson County Beautiful and the Jackson County Solid Waste Department will be sponsoring a scrap tire collection day.

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Car hit 4 children, injuring 2 critically in N. Hall

Four children were injured, two critically, Sunday afternoon when a car was knocked out of gear at a home in North Hall, authorities reported.

July 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


‘The Great War’ remembered, 100 years later

The 29 names inscribed on the American Legion plaque proclaim the Hall County troops' "ultimate sacrifice" in World War I, but their stories are tucked away in state records from the era.

July 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


State’s child well-being rank improves slightly

Data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its Kids Count Data Book rank Georgia as 42nd in the nation for child well-being.

July 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


New nonprofit helps parents grieving over loss of child

Gainesville resident Deana Martin-Owens knows all too well the grief from losing a child is often debilitating and not many know what to do with it.

July 27, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Your tax Q&A: Officials answer questions about appeals

Several Hall County residents who are appealing the reassessments of their lakefront home values have raised questions about that process.

July 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Overdoses down, drug-related deaths up in Hall

Though overdoses are down, Hall County has experienced a comparatively higher number of drug-related deaths through July on the heels of varying substance-abuse initiatives.

July 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Martial arts champs of all ages compete in Riverside event

The clanking of metals and cracks of splitting wood filled Riverside Military Academy's Curtis Hall Gym on Saturday as Riverside played host to the 2014 National Championships martial arts event for the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation.

July 27, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Area schools brace for Central American refugee kids

Area school officials say they don't know how many refugee students, if any, will enter local schools this year but they are prepared to teach them as they would any others.

July 26, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville boy to help raise $1M for cancer research at Care-A-Thon

A Gainesville boy will be participating in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's annual Care-A-Thon to raise over $1 million for cancer research.

July 26, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


South Hall flooding case goes to US court

The case involving two Flowery Branch business owners seeking damages for their flooded property has been moved to U.S. District Court, with both parties filing disclosures this week.

July 26, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Rogers named co-chairman of Georgia House committee

State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, has been named co-chairman of the Georgia House of Representatives' Role of Federal Government in Education Study Committee.

July 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Philanthropist of Year nominations sought

The North Georgia Community Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2014 Philanthropist of the Year award.

July 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Immersive summer studies teach languages differently

Every summer, students from around the world come to Dahlonega to immerse themselves in weeks of all-day, immersive study of foreign languages - but they don't begin their day with classes.

July 25, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


State park lodges get a face-lift

Two Northeast Georgia state park lodges, the Lodge at Amicalola Falls and Unicoi Lodge, are being renovated under the direction of the state of Georgia and the management of Coral Hospitality.

July 25, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Falcon fans welcome Birds back to the Branch

James Fox and his family of five were like many others who arrived early Friday for the first day of Atlanta Falcons training camp.

July 25, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Local


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