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Procrastination, days off lead to long lines at tax office

Those who paid their property taxes Monday most likely were greeted with a long line of like-minded procrastinators.

December 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville wants sales tax advance from Hall County

If Hall County voters approve a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in March, Gainesville might get an advance.

December 09, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Chaplain in Iraq: Thankfulness is a state of mind

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

December 09, 2008 | Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Oakwood city manager called for third tour

For the third time since 2005, Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown has been deployed for a tour of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force reservist.

December 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rain and snow mix could pepper area tonight

Don't get too excited, but North Georgia will be ushering in the month of December today with a slight chance of S-N-O-W, according to the National Weather Service.

But don't rush out to stock up on groceries and movie rentals before all the good stuff is gone; there isn't a chance of accumulation in Gainesville. The ground is just too warm and it's supposed to be a mix of rain and snow anyway, according to Laura Griffith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

December 09, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Lula keeps contractor for veterans park

After reconsidering the low bidder for the Lula Veterans Park, the Lula City Council decided to stick with the original contractor.

December 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


15 people die in holiday wrecks in Georgia

The Georgia State Patrol said rain was a contributing factor in many of the wrecks that happened during the holiday weekend, resulting in more wrecks than had been predicted.

December 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Pilgrim's Pride files for bankruptcy

Saddled with debt from the costly acquisition of a competitor and facing skyrocketing feed prices, Pilgrim's Pride Corp. had been swimming for months in red ink.

December 09, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Gainesville residents get first choice on elementary enrollment

Gainesville residents will get a two-week head start in January on enrolling their children into the Gainesville elementary school of their choice.

The Gainesville school board adopted a new procedure Monday that will allow the parents of Gainesville school children to enroll kids into any of the school system's five elementary schools beginning Jan. 15.

December 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hampton Inn near complete in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch has a skyline forming with the planned opening this month of its first modern-era hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites.

December 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Holiday eats can be land mines for health

The holidays can be a minefield for anyone who's on a special diet.

December 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jefferson singer/songwriter brings tour home for benefit concert

Corey Smith comes off with a certain coolness. He just conveys that quality. It's the calm confidence of a man going his own way, doing his own thing, writing what he wants to write, singing what he wants to sing.

December 09, 2008 | BY BEN HOLCOMBE Times regional staff | Local


Mountain counties get grant to study fiber optic network

DAHLONEGA - A quartet of Lumpkin County officials welcomed Gov. Sonny Perdue to town by singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." Perdue later responded by playing Santa Claus.

December 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Tri-state water wars fought on many fronts

The 18-year-old dispute over water between Georgia, Florida and Alabama is a tangled web that includes seven federal lawsuits in three different court systems and a plethora of plaintiffs.

December 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Toys for Tots campaign almost didn't happen

This year, Gail Detraz believes more local families will need a little help to have a merry Christmas.

December 08, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Fall festivities chug into the Lula Train Depot

Lula held its inaugural fall festival Saturday, hosted by the Lula-Belton Historical Society, even as rain clouds threatened the cloudy blue skies.

September 13, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Hot rides, chili take over in Flowery Branch

Thousands of spectators showed up Saturday to one of Flowery Branch's much-loved annual events.

September 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County Schools prepare for testing change

Hall County schools are getting ready for a big transition.

September 13, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


The changing face of civic engagement

September 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Local officials plan for life after SPLOST

Concerns that Hall County voters will not approve a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax money to pay for capital needs have led local government officials to begin preparing contingency plans to deal with the potential loss of revenue.

September 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Atkins chosen as Times publisher

Veteran newspaper executive Charlotte Atkins has been named publisher of The Times.

September 13, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Culture, competition ride Lanier’s waves in Dragon Boat event

Hall County residents may be used to a variety of boats on Lake Lanier, but thousands watched several unusual crafts on the lake Saturday during the 19th annual Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.

September 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Legendary GHS football announcer honored

Walt Snelling waves to an appreciative crowd at City Park Stadium along with wife Carol, right, and surrounded by family members during a special presentation honoring the longtime Gainesville High announcer.

September 13, 2014 | | Local


Food bank’s annual Empty Bowl lunch to help feed Georgia residents in need

One in 5 Georgians are food-insecure, a statistic the Georgia Mountain Food Bank hopes to improve.

September 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Natural dog treats company starts operating in Gainesville

When it comes to its new Gainesville business, the Gay family hopes it's a dog-eat-healthy-treats world.

September 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Spout Springs one of healthiest schools in US

Right by the front door of Spout Springs School of Enrichment is a vending machine wrapped in kraft paper; on it, student signatures are scrawled across it, promising to make healthy choices. The machine's only option is bottled water.

September 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County denies Publix request for tax refund

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a claim by Publix Supermarkets for a refund on property taxes paid from 2011 through 2013, a move that has been repeated by other counties across the region.

September 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Colleges seek to answer health industry needs

When new jobs come to Georgia, new workforce demands come with them.

September 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Ryan Casper replaces legend Walt Snelling as GHS announcer

Gainesville's Red Elephants will hear a new voice at tonight's football season home opener against Winder-Barrow.

September 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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