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Flowery Branch: Hotel-motel tax gets first OK

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew already sees how new dollars from a proposed hotel-motel tax would benefit the city.

The town has just one hotel, Hampton Inn and Suites, which is under construction on Holland Dam Road at Spout Springs Road. It is expected to open this fall.

August 25, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fire marshal named Gainesville's deputy fire chief

Fire Marshal Jerome Yarbrough has been appointed deputy chief of the Gainesville Fire Department, city Fire Chief Jon Canada announced Thursday.

Yarbrough has worked for the city for 24 years and is a Georgia EMT-I. He has worked in the fire prevention division since 1997 as a fire inspector and arson investigator and as fire marshal for the last six years.

August 25, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Census ranks Forsyth as nation's 7th-fastest growing county

ATLANTA - Three Northeast Georgia counties rank as among the nation's 100 fastest-growing areas based on July 2007 housing estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.

August 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Car seat safety event is Friday

Safe Kids Gainesville-Hall County is sponsoring a free car seat check event from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. The event will be held at Target in Gainesville and will feature certified child passenger safety specialists checking car seats and providing education on proper installation.

August 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia promotes discount card for prescription drugs

Having trouble paying for prescription medicines? It seems there's no shortage of companies that want to help out.

First, there was Wal-Mart with its $4 generic prescriptions, a program that was quickly copied by other national pharmacy chains.

August 25, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Brenau University’s new students move into dorms

About 150 Brenau University students kissed curfews and parents goodbye Wednesday.

Parents driving overloaded minivans flooded the campus of Brenau University as freshmen and transfer students moved into residence halls. On Saturday, 315 returning students will move into university housing, an administrator said.

August 25, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Chick-fil-A founder talks faith, business and charity

OAKWOOD - At 87, Truett Cathy claims he is not a public speaker. But you might have a hard time convincing the crowd that came to listen to him Tuesday night.

August 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


For a price, Hall County to let others use high-tech communications system

Hall County has been so satisfied with its improved emergency communications that it soon will offer surrounding areas the opportunity join the 800 MHz radio system.

August 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fay might bring rain to Northeast Georgia next week

Tropical Storm Fay has a mind of her own, and where she'll go next is anyone's guess, said Mike Griesinger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

August 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Volunteers honored by Red Cross

Toccoa Falls College faculty members Bill and Cynthia "Cyd" Quarterman had the rare opportunity to put some lifesaving skills to use last year.

The two longtime American Red Cross volunteers were vacationing on Tybee Island in June 2007 when they came to the aid of boy named Anthony Holland who nearly drowned in a swimming pool. Cyd breathed into the boy's mouth while her husband did chest compressions. After three cycles, the boy gurgled and began breathing on his own.

August 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


White County residents sue septic disposal business

After almost a year of protesting against a septic waste disposal facility in southern White County, some residents have decided to take a more drastic step.

August 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Deal protests Congress' adjournment

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, addressed members of the House Energy and Commerce committee Tuesday on the House floor as members of the GOP caucus continue to voice their displeasure with a failure to act on oil drilling before adjourning for a six-week recess.

August 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Reputed gang leader back in court

A jury could decide today whether reputed gang leader and frequent law enforcement target Charles Douglas Graham is guilty of selling cocaine and the designer drug Ecstacy.

August 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Marking an educational milestone: Brenau at 80

Brenau Academy may be a small boarding and day school, but it has a big history stretching back to 1928.

August 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Happy hour gets final approval in Gainesville

The Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday to approve an audit of commercial solid waste companies that legally operate within the city.

August 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Universities not immune to religious controversy

The issue of religion in schools doesn't end with the 12th grade. Public universities also have to tread carefully when it comes to expressions of faith.

August 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Suspect faces additional charges in shooting of 2 women

The Gainesville man charged in the shooting of two women Friday at Atlanta Street Apartments in Gainesville is now facing additional charges in the incident.

Antwan Xavier Earls, 24, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault related to the attack on Sheena Mattox and Angelene Hall, who were both believed to have been shot in the upper torso. They were shot outside the apartment complex near the First Congregational Holiness Church.

August 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


State GOP responds to racial discrimination suit

The Georgia Republican Party and its chairman, John Padgett, filed their response Tuesday in the racial discrimination suit filed by a Gainesville woman.

August 19, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Vogel turns out Democrats in Gainesville

Area Democrats gathered at the Gainesville Convention Center on Tuesday night to welcome and support U.S. Ninth Congressional District candidate David Vogel.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the road: Gainesville hopes to restart its tree project

Gainesville hopes to restart efforts to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

August 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Storm doesn’t mar Brenau’s 1st day

Damage from a Monday afternoon storm won't affect the first day of school at Brenau University, but students can expect to see some other changes as they begin the school year today.

August 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville council at stalemate over raising water rates

Gainesville City Council is deadlocked on whether to raise water rates 1 percent after a 3-3 vote Tuesday night.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Police identify Texas woman shot and killed in Helen

A Texas woman killed in downtown Helen late Saturday has been identified.

August 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


American Legion drive going through city

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Run is scheduled Wednesday to zoom through Flowery Branch.

August 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Brenau University takes on ice bucket challenge

The ALS ice bucket challenge has arrived in Gainesville. The nationally ranked Brenau University competitive cheerleading squad was challenged on Facebook by Chestatee High junior varsity cheerleader Kaylee Grace Lucas to take the ALS ice bucket challenge. The challenge is raising funds for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

August 18, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville to cast 1st vote on water rates increase

Gainesville City Council will meet today to cast a first vote on whether to raise water rates 1 percent next year.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cleveland Bypass work won’t finish Dec. 31 as expected

Area residents waited for years for construction to start on the Cleveland Bypass. Now that the project is underway, they'll have to wait longer for it to finish.

August 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fire chief relieved of command following truck accident

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell has been relieved of command over fire services but will retain his post as Emergency Management Agency director following a mishap with a fire truck last month that injured three firefighters.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


2 women injured in shooting ID'd

The two women shot near the Atlanta Street Apartments on Friday are out of the hospital and recuperating, one of them said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Investigation finds brakes worked in runaway car that injured four children

All of the brakes in the 1988 Acura Legend that injured four children on Price Way last month were functioning, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brodie Forrester said.

August 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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