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Drought won’t stop July 4 fireworks

Northeast Georgia's drought conditions won't prevent many Fourth of July events from lighting up the sky with fireworks.

"We are definitely having fireworks, because we're in a protected area," said Hal Williams, the Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Dahlonega. "We're firing (the fireworks) from the parking lot on the university campus. They will go over the college drill field. ... There should be no problem."

July 06, 2008 | | Local


Kids raise funds to buy phone cards for soldiers

This year, the inspiration for the mission project of Chestnut Mountain Church's vacation Bible school was close to home.

July 06, 2008 | | Local


City is closer to buying 13-acre site

The Gainesville City Council is laying the legal groundwork that moves the city one step closer to relocating its public safety facility.

The council passed two resolutions that will allow the city to purchase about 13 acres for its new public safety buildings with cash from other city funds.

July 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


A wider Sardis relieves residents

For most of the two-and-a-half years that Stanley Gibbs has lived on Sardis Road, bulldozers and Trackhoes have been his neighbors.

July 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


July Fourth holiday delays trash pickup in Gainesville

Gainesville residents who normally have their trash picked up on Friday will have to wait until Tuesday because of the July Fourth holiday, according to the city.

July 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch Preservation commission cancels today's meeting

The Flowery Branch Historic Preservation Commission's meeting for 2:30 p.m. today has been canceled because of an expected lack of commission members.

The next meeting is set for 2:30 p.m. Aug. 6.

July 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Atmos Energy wants more money from natural gas customers

The first of three planned hearings on a $6.1 million rate increase for Atmos Energy began Monday before the Georgia Public Service Commission in Atlanta.

July 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


State Supreme Court says Agri-Cycle violated water quality law

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the decision of a Jackson County Superior Court judge and the state's Environmental Protection Division to close a Talmo wastewater treatment plant.

July 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Kids get their hands dirty at Elachee day camp

Nature was captured in miniature Monday at Elachee Nature Science Center's Inspired by Nature day camp. Diminutive bear tracks, turtles and beavers walked all over the pottery as campers decorated their clay discs using 3-D stamps.

"I think this is going to be the coolest thing ever," said Evan Moore, 5, as he began his art design, sifting his hand through a box of stamps.

July 04, 2008 | | Local


Retired Hall County administrator not gone yet

Hall County Administrator Jim Shuler officially retired Monday after more than 30 years of working for the county. But he won't be going too far just yet.

"I still have roots here," Shuler said. "I'll always be connected to Hall County; I grew up here. Hall County's basically been my only employer, and Hall County's the only place I've ever lived."

July 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch water, sewer rates increase today

Flowery Branch's new water and sewer rates take effect today.

The Flowery Branch City Council voted June 18 to approve the higher rates, which distinguish between customers inside and outside the city and customers whose accounts with the city predate June 2000.

July 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


DOT scales back for Fourth of July

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending project-related lane closures on all interstate and major state system highways through Sunday night to ease July Fourth weekend traffic congestion. Lanes will be clear between noon Thursday and 5 a.m. Monday.

July 04, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Cancer activist dies

A Gainesville woman who shared her story of living with terminal cancer died Thursday, 11 months after being diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Kaye Carlton, 67, was profiled in The Times in March. She wanted to publicize her illness in order to encourage others to get screened.

July 04, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville school board keeps financial wheels rolling for 30 days

The Gainesville city school board unanimously approved a continuing resolution to allow the school district to operate on 30-day budget periods until the board can approve a fiscal year 2009 budget.

July 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Despite new state law, there's no merlot to go in Gainesville

More than 100 new laws took effect in Georgia at the stroke of midnight. However, there are administrative hurdles to be cleared for one law and a needed change of Gainesville ordinance for another.

July 04, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood and Ashley Fielding | Local


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Hall turnout in runoff on pace with primary

Turnout during the early voting period for the July 22 runoff was on par with turnout during the May primary in Hall County.

July 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lake stakeholders plan to decide how to manage water quality

A watershed moment may be in store for a group working with state environmental officials on a water quality plan for Lake Lanier.

July 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tax debate at core of Hall school board runoff

Brian Sloan and Mark Pettitt have a lot in common: Both are graduates of Johnson High School, both have a passion for education, and both are Republicans in favor of small government.

July 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Prayer Band celebrates 64th anniversary with interfaith gathering

Hallelujahs were shouted, hands were raised and stories were told about how the Gainesville Prayer Band had impacted lives and churches for the past 64 years.

July 19, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Collins on downed Malaysian jet: ‘World deserves answers’

Northeast Georgians weighed in Friday to the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukrainian airspace.

July 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Area real estate market again on the move

A few fluctuations in the local real estate market in recent months haven't changed the positive trend lines in home sales, according to brokers.

July 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Snakes alive! It’s a busy summer for serpents

Hall County resident Jennifer Sargent has found three snakes in her yard over the past six weeks.

July 19, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Driver in fatal June wreck tested positive for meth

A Gainesville woman behind the wheel in a June wreck that killed five people, including three children, had methamphetamine in her system, according to a toxicology report released Friday by the Georgia State Patrol.

July 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Camp helps kids face loss

Camp Braveheart, founded in 1996 by the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, is a weeklong summer camp designed to help children who have experienced a significant loss in their family. The camp is free of charge. Volunteer camp counselors are joined by licensed social workers and an art therapist to help the grieving campers at Cedar Hill Enrichment Center in Gainesville.

July 18, 2014 | | Local


Plans for new school in Mundy Mill neighborhood still on track

With two elementary schools near capacity, Gainesville City Schools is going forward with plans to build a new elementary school in the Mundy Mill neighborhood.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Museum to be first of its kind in Georgia

A museum dedicated to education is one step closer to reality in Flowery Branch.

July 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


New test designed to allow for more truck drivers, improve safety

Georgians will be seeing more trucks on the highway in coming years - at least, if economic development plans pan out as the governor's office expects.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Jumping right in: A swimmer at last

Until my adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, there was no way I would go into a pool past my shoulders.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State jobless patterns are not felt locally

The rising jobless rate in Georgia doesn't reflect the local employment picture, area business leaders say.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


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