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Many lament loss of diversion center

Georgia's prison chief said Thursday that a 100-bed diversion center scheduled for closure Oct. 1 will be converted into a center where felony probationers under heavy supervision will be required to report daily.

August 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Customers take advantage of tax free holiday

A sign welcoming shoppers to Lakeshore Mall on Thursday proclaimed "Save it for your tank!"

August 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville Diversion Center falls victim to budget cuts

The Georgia Department of Corrections has announced the Gainesville Diversion Center will close Oct. 1 due to agency budget constraints.

August 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


About 100 dogs seized in Lumpkin cruelty case

DAHLONEGA - Lumpkin County sheriff's officials raided an alleged puppy mill Wednesday, seizing close to 100 small dogs that were kept in what authorities said were crowded and substandard living conditions.

August 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce touts record year for business investment

The Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce reported Thursday that new investments set a county record in the fiscal year ending June 30.

August 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville council hears proposed 'happy hour' ordinance

Happy hours soon could become a part of the Gainesville day, but not all the city's council members are pleased.

August 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County Humane Society abandoning euthanasia

The Humane Society of Hall County announced Thursday will end its contract with Hall County Animal Control as of July 1, 2009.

Humane Society president Rick Aiken said the nonprofit organization's board of directors voted this week to operate a "selective admission" shelter, which will not euthanize animals simply because of lack of space.

August 04, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Starting today, $9 will freeze credit reports

A new law goes into effect today that will allow Georgia consumers to protect themselves from the ever-growing concern of identity theft.

August 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Children's flotation gear may be less than safe

Renee Reeves' two young grandsons swim almost every day in her backyard pool near Murrayville. She always made sure the 20-month-old, Phoenix, was dressed in a one-piece "flotation" swimsuit to keep him buoyant.

August 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall County school system welcomes 275 new teachers

Allison Carpenter is returning to the stomping grounds of her youth, this time as a teacher.

August 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Longwood parking lot to close for 4 days for repaving

The main parking lot to one of Gainesville's most popular parks will close for four days next month.

August 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall fire department investigating Lula Road house fire

Hall County Fire Services is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a home at 8071 Lula Road Tuesday morning.

August 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Waffle House wants to cook in Flowery Branch

Waffle House is looking to locate in Flowery Branch, but the restaurant chain wants to do so under the city's old sewer rates.

August 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


For decades, Gainesville Toastmasters Club has taught speaking, leadership

On quiet evenings at the Hall County Library, a handful of people get together for the "best kept secret" in town and encourage each other to do what the librarians don't - speak.

August 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Federal mortgage help too late for many

For 162 property owners, any mortgage relief is coming too late. Their homes or land in Hall County are in foreclosure and due to be sold at public auction in front of the courthouse Tuesday.

August 02, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Growth could max out Gainesville High School

As the recession declines, the housing market improves and area schools scramble to make room for students in their halls.

November 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


A new home for the law in South Hall

With the snip of a ribbon, the Hall County Sheriff's Office has a permanent presence in the South Hall area.

November 15, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Give thanks and food during the holidays

November 15, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


NASA director visits Chestnut Mountain

Children bounced on their knees and shot their hands into the air, hoping the NASA scientist would call on them.

November 15, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local




Sen. Butch Miller cited by Association County Commissioners of Georgia

Sen. Butch Miller was honored Wednesday by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia for his efforts this year to improve policy that affects county operations and infrastructure.

November 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lobbying group lays out legislative priorities for counties

In late October, the Georgia Municipal Association, a lobbying group for the interests of Georgia cities, laid out several priorities for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly during a meeting with local government officials.

November 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


N. Ga. men convicted in terror plot sentenced to 10 years

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Church serves a feast of thanks to area first responders

Multiple agencies responded to a call Thursday afternoon at West Hall Baptist Church to a Thanksgiving feast that needed to be put away for good.

November 14, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


2 arrested in South Hall burglaries

A Gainesville couple are in custody after Hall County authorities linked them to a string of residential burglaries in South Hall.

November 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


West Hall focuses on community ahead of big football game

For West Hall High Principal Scott Justus, tonight's football game is less about the result and more about the community the team's winning season has inspired.

November 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County not ready to forsake Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

The Hall County Board of Commissioners wants answers from the Georgia Department of Transportation and state lawmakers about why the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing has been closed despite the county's objection.

November 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch to lift suspension of Growlers on Main license early

Flowery Branch's Growlers on Main will reopen a week after being shuttered by the city for violations of its alcoholic beverage license.

November 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Clermont approves resolution on voting wards

Clermont approved changes to its charter that would divide the town into four voting wards.

November 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Sales tax meeting draws few Hall residents

If Hall County officials thought additional public input meetings would generate greater turnout and broader interest in a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, they got a rude awakening Thursday night.

November 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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