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Memorial Park’s new funeral home chapel is a showplace

It once housed a supermarket and later became a church, but there is no sign of either in the newly renovated building that is now Memorial Park Funeral Home's North Riverside Chapel.

From Italian marble flooring in the foyer to high-tech video screens in the staterooms, the funeral home is owner Jack Frost's showplace.

December 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County tax payments trickling in

By Friday afternoon, 71 percent of Hall County property taxes had been paid, and though there are still more to process, Tax Commissioner Keith Echols said he thinks there will be more late tax payments this year than in the past.

"It's a little bit worse than what I thought it was going to be," Echols said.

December 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall tax board under fire again

A watchdog citizens' group alleges the county's chief appraiser incorrectly received a homestead exemption and owes almost $900 in back property taxes.

The allegations come months after an investigation and subsequent resignation of the former chairman of the board of tax assessors.

December 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Falcons’ fans fired up for semifinal road trip

Another road trip for Flowery Branch High football fans?

Not a problem.

December 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Local


North Georgia gospel trio gets Grammy nod

A couple of hometown girls received a nod in Thursday night's Grammy nominations.

December 13, 2008 | Kristen Morales | Local


Brenau University bestows honors on 3

Two community leaders and a longtime educator were honored at a ceremonial dinner Thursday night by Brenau University.

December 13, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Florida man acquitted of child molestation

A 20-year-old Florida man who faced a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years and lifetime registry as a sex offender if convicted of child molestation was acquitted by a Hall County jury Friday.

Joshua Stewart, who was 17 when he was accused of molesting a 4-year-old girl he was baby-sitting in an Athens Highway mobile home, wept after the jury found him not guilty on two counts of aggravated child molestation, his lawyer said.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


No connection between chaplain and murder suspects, police say

CLEVELAND - A chaplain who was robbed, stabbed and run over in a Cleveland neighborhood Sunday apparently had no connection to his killers other than the gesture of kindness he extended to them, authorities confirmed Thursday.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Family of suspect charged in chaplain's murder offers condolences

Family members of a Cleveland man charged in the murder of a youth minister reached out Friday with condolences.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shelters share holiday wish lists

While most shoppers are busy compiling their lists of gifts that need to be purchased for loved ones this holiday season, many area shelters are hoping they will add a few items for those who are less fortunate.

"With the economy being so bad, we are seeing more and more women in need of our services than ever before," said Sylvia Stoltzfus, executive director of My Sisters' Place.

December 13, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lobbyist: $2.5 billion state shortfall makes money tight for cities

City officials in Northeast Georgia are going to have to be prepared for what may come out of a state legislative session in which lawmakers are walking in facing a $2.5 billion budget shortfall, a municipal lobbyist said Thursday.

December 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Got your flu shot? Less than half of health care workers do

You've probably seen the public service announcements on TV recently about "the faces of influenza." These commercials urge you to get a flu shot if you're at risk for flu, or if you're a caregiver for someone who is.

December 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Skaggs: Grant helps scientists study soybean genes

For millennia, people have grown soybeans and turned them into useful products like oil and livestock feed. But when it comes to understanding why a soybean grows, blooms or produces like it does, researchers are left with unanswered questions.

December 12, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Local


Jilted bride case over as ex-fiance pays judgment of $150,000

The case of the jilted bride is officially over.

December 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Schools get $3.1 million grant for career academy

Hall County schools and Lanier Technical College finally received the green light for a joint $3.1 million state grant to fund Lanier Charter Career Academy, which will include a culinary arts school and public restaurant.

The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia awarded six charter grants Thursday totaling $16.7 million to public school system and technical college partnerships statewide.

December 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Area Agencies offer aid for uninsured immigrants

An estimated 398,000 undocumented immigrants currently live in Georgia, according to a report released Thursday by The Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., and most of them lack health insurance.

January 17, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Schools across Georgia launch Milestones tests

The word "assessment" might make students, parents and even some teachers nervous.

January 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cannabis oil advocates upset by change in Georgia bill

Proponents of medical marijuana were left feeling deflated last week when politics unraveled parts of a state bill aimed at regulating use of the drug in limited form and scope.

January 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall businessman Bobby Poole owned last full-service gas station

Bobby Poole, a Gainesville businessman and active community member who owned the city's last full-service gas station died Friday at age 83.

January 17, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park on track to open this spring

Construction is ongoing at South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park in Flowery Branch.

January 17, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


State might allow districts to choose traditional math courses

January 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


5 people infected after rabid cat attacks in Lula

Lula and surrounding areas are still on alert after a cat that tested positive for rabies was found to have bitten five people, perhaps more.

January 16, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Attorneys for Hall County Schools respond to prayer lawsuit

Attorneys for Hall County Schools and others named in a U.S. District Court lawsuit filed an answer Friday related to religion in schools.

January 16, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council set to tackle spending needs

It's all smiles this time of year when Gainesville officials "retreat" to a neighborhood meeting hall and take their first meaningful steps toward balancing next year's budget.

January 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities find more than $100,000 in drugs, cash at Gainesville home

Drugs worth almost $89,000 and about $23,700 in cash was found at a Sherry Lane home authorities searched Thursday, according to a news release from the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

January 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


University forum focuses on community-police relations

The key to preventing deaths like those of Michael Brown and Eric Garner is improving the relationship between police officers and the community they serve.

January 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Study: Hall County economy still not back to full strength after recession

Despite recent job growth across Georgia and the nation, Hall County has only recovered to prerecession levels in one of four key economic indicators, according to a new study released this week.

January 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cyclist injured in Oakwood hit-and-run identified as homeless man

The cyclist hit by a car Tuesday on Mundy Mill Road at Fairbanks Drive in Oakwood has been identified by police.

January 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Widening of Ga. 20 in Forsyth, Gwinnett hits snag

January 15, 2015 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


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