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Why are we voting in March, anyway?

Whether or not they approve the sixth round of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax on March 17, Hall County's voters will pay.

March 01, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Operations of SPLOST projects increase bottom line

Sales tax funds have paid for some of Hall County's finest public facilities: the Frances Meadows center, the Spout Springs Library and the new Hall County Jail.

March 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Barrow County water board studies its own reservoir plan

WINDER - The Barrow County Water & Sewerage Authority is preparing a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners on how the community's thirst can be quenched with a new reservoir.

March 01, 2009 | BY LEANNE AKIN Times regional staff | Local


Another Hall reservoir sits full, but unused

The Glade Farm reservoir would not be the first in Northeast Hall.

March 01, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Second reservoir in Hall gets OK

WASHINGTON - A proposed 805-acre reservoir in North Hall County has cleared a major hurdle following a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill this week.

March 01, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Chicken Pie Supper raises money for school’s new playground

The annual Wauka Mountain Chicken Pie Supper is a big deal for Joan and Gilbert Martin.

March 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cumming may get assisted suicide trial

CUMMING - What is believed to be Georgia's first assisted suicide trial likely will occur in Forsyth County.

March 01, 2009 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Girl Scouts gather a global village for World Thinking Day

They managed to fit the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, a Bavarian village and more than 1,000 Girl Scouts into the Georgia Mountains Center on Saturday.

February 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Drug seizures, arrests down in ’08

Hall County drug arrests didn't make as many headlines in 2008 as they did two years ago.

February 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Up to an inch of snow could fall in area Sunday

Up to an inch of snow could fall in the Northeast Georgia area on Sunday as a cold front passes through the region.

But before the snow arrives, expect a wet, blustery - and, at times, stormy - Saturday.

February 28, 2009 | Mitch Clarke | Local


Snow could follow today's storms

Say it ain't snow.

Today will begin with heavy rain and the threat of severe weather, and it will end with temperatures dropping to near freezing and an increasing chance of snow.

February 28, 2009 | Mitch Clarke | Local


More alleged Ponzi scheme victims emerge

More than a dozen people have filed a lawsuit against a Clermont man who allegedly bilked local investors out of millions in a Ponzi scheme, bringing the number of alleged victims to 20 in what could be the biggest white-collar crime in Hall County history.

February 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Regions Bank seeks judge’s ruling on driveway access

Attorneys for Regions Financial Corp. have asked a judge to grant the Regions Operations Center access through a Midtown development before a lawsuit between the bank and the developers goes to trial.

February 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Falcons’ Hartsock marks Dr. Seuss' birthday by reading to Jones classes

Although Stephanie Chavez has read Dr. Seuss' "Fox in Socks" before, she didn't mind hearing it again Friday because a special guest was reading it to her second-grade class.

February 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall County summer school changes will save $1 million

Hall County students who fail the state's standardized test this year won't have to give up days on the lake to retake the test in summer school this June.

February 28, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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FBI nabs gang murders suspect in South Hall

A suspected MS-13 gang member was arrested Tuesday in Flowery Branch in connection with the 2011 execution-style deaths of two brothers in New York.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Historic building renovations progressing at Gym of '36

No matter how much his business grows, regardless of how rapidly his mortgage banking company expands, Wes Hunt's past and present will always be inextricably linked.

May 20, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Georgia science, social studies standards up for revision

To be literate in science and social studies, students need the most accurate, updated education possible.

May 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County welcomes businesses to discuss bid process

It's been a struggle for Hall County to drum up competition for its goods, services and capital improvement needs over the last year, and the result could be costly for taxpayers.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


North Georgia Community Foundation Hosts Philanthropy at its Best on June 2

North Georgia Community Foundation is hosting Philanthropy at its Best, an opportunity to learn how the foundation can be a charitable giving resource for professional advisors and their clients.

May 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Local business owner announces candidacy for Gainesville City Council

Gainesville resident Zack Thompson announced Wednesday that he will run against incumbent Bob Hamrick for the Ward 2 seat on the Gainesville City Council this fall.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Accused in taxi cab slaying file for judge recusal, separate trials

Five people indicted in the death of a Taxi El Palmar driver filed motions recently related to a new judge presiding over the case and to have separate trials.

May 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Teen driver sentenced in crash that killed North Forsyth student

The teenage driver in a single-vehicle wreck that killed a rising North Forsyth High School senior last June faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide.

May 20, 2015 | Kayla Robins Times regional staff | Local


Gainesville’s Serra earns certification from UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Alicia Serra earned local finance officer certification in the first quarter of 2015 through the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government's financial management training program.

May 20, 2015 | | Local


Department of Labor hosting Wrigley recruiting event

The Georgia Department of Labor will host a recruiting event next week to help Wrigley Manufacturing Company hire a number of workers for its plant in Flowery Branch.

May 20, 2015 | | Local


Online records, interpreters at center of courthouse budget requests

In the basement of the Hall County Courthouse, clerks go through anywhere between 8,500 and 9,000 files on cases in a month.

May 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Chicopee golf director let go amid financial woes

Deteriorating conditions and dwindling revenues have prompted officials at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course to lay off the director of golf, take ownership of the pro shop and consider a shakeup of members on an oversight committee in an effort to get the ball back on the green.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch moves forward on plans for new city hall

With Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller calling it the "second most important date" the city has had after becoming home base for the Atlanta Falcons, council members approved the very first steps of developing a new city hall location.

May 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville Council formally adopts 2016 budget

Gainesville City Council formally adopted a $30.7 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year Tuesday night.

May 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Kids create Northeast Georgia History Center activities for their peers

Young visitors to the Northeast Georgia History Center will now have activities made just for them, including scavenger hunts, scrapbooks, picture guides and more.

May 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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