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More than $500K in local funds suspended by state

The top leaders of the Georgia General Assembly announced Wednesday that they were suspending payment of local assistance grants until January, and the state budget crisis may eliminate them altogether.

October 06, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


New thrift store racks up customers

Amid bright yellow balloons and a remote radio-station broadcast, the Atlanta Union Mission celebrated the grand re-opening of its Gainesville thrift store Thursday morning.

The Potter's House at 328 Oak St. is now known as Thrift Store & More, and the name change isn't all that's new.

October 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Jackson County schools to keep accreditation; challenges remain

JEFFERSON -- Schoolteachers and administrators in Jackson County schools can breathe a little easier now that the eight-member quality assurance team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has said it will recommend that the system remain accredited.

October 05, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


State, local taxes waived on energy-efficient appliances this weekend

With all the recent emphasis on saving gasoline, Georgians may have forgotten that it's important to save energy at home, too.

October 05, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Short-term loan might help Hall County schools

Although in sound financial shape, the Hall County school board is considering approving a short-term loan for the district until it collects property tax revenue.

October 05, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch OKs amended tax agreement

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday morning to approve an amended tax allocation district agreement with Hall County government.

October 05, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Look what I grew!

Every year, Anastacia Rodriguez and her husband John grow watermelons to share with the Gainesville-Hall County Senior Center. This year's crop was a beauty, and it took John and two other men to get this melon into the trunk of Anastacia's car. Gloria Wilms, coordinator at the center, said they would cut it up and serve it to everyone at the center that day.

October 05, 2008 | Kristen Morales | Local


Motorcycle accident kills Lanier Tech student

Terrance Putman, 23, of Gainesville was killed in a motorcycle crash early Wednesday morning, Gainesville police said.

Lt. Floyd Canup said police and emergency medical personnel responded to a location on Hunter Street. They discovered that a motorcycle left the road, struck a utility pole and ejected the driver.

October 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gas tank explodes in Lula; 2 flown to Augusta burn center

Two men were wounded Wednesday in an explosion that shook the ground in a Lula subdivision and was the result of an accident involving a blowtorch and an old gas tank from a logging truck, fire officials said.

October 05, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rabid raccoon gives Hall 37th rabies case of the year

Hall County recorded its 37th rabies case this year after a rabid raccoon came into contact with a dog Sunday in northwestern Hall.

October 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall, Gainesville vehicles have steady fuel supply

As the fuel shortage continues to make Hall County residents anxious, it's "so far, so good with us," Hall County's purchasing manager Tim Sims said of the fuel supply.

October 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Lines ease at the gas pump

Lines eased somewhat Tuesday in Hall County as a hurricane-induced gas shortage continued to leave some stations without fuel, while others, albeit temporarily, had one or more grades of unleaded gasoline.

October 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Foundation will raise money to expand area shelter

The Medical Center Foundation is gearing up for Thursday's annual golf tournament to raise money for the Gateway Domestic Violence Center.

October 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Dawson bank complying with FDIC order

DAWSONVILLE - The president and chief executive of Chestatee State Bank said Tuesday that his bank has already taken steps to address most of the practices cited in a order made public last week by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

October 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hoschton/Braselton corridor gets new ambulance unit

In times of medical emergency, a 10-minute wait for an ambulance can seem like a lifetime and cost a life.

October 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Commercial land sees biggest increase in tax valuations this year

Hall County has now mailed residential, commercial, industrial and agriculture property tax assessments, but most land and building owners will not see any change in valuation this year.

April 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Party rental space, mobile home relocation on planning committee agenda

With restaurants, auto mechanics and small retail shops - among many others - already operating along Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, the busy thoroughfare crossing between predominantly Latino neighborhoods is one of the most diverse business districts in all of Hall County.

April 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Boat titles bill never advanced in 2015 General Assembly

A bill requiring boat titles never left the Georgia House in the recently ended legislative session, but the issue won't drop off the radar for lake advocates.

April 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Veterans resource and career expo set for Thursday in Cornelia

The Georgia Department of Labor is holding a resource and career expo for veterans and other job seekers this Thursday in Cornelia.

April 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Bear on the Square goes on rain-and-shine

For the past 10 years Jeff McWaters has attended the annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, which was held on the historic Dahlonega square over the weekend. The two-day festival was rain-or-shine, and this year vendors and visitors had the chance to experience both.

April 19, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Class Notes: Barrow County assistant superintendent joining Gainesville schools as CFO

Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel will be working with Chris Griner again.

April 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Churches put together 30,000 meals as part of feeding ministry

Area churches gathered Sunday to put their faith into action by pouring out and packaging some 30,000 meals as part of a global feeding ministry.

April 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Applications open for NGCF Community Impact Grants

The North Georgia Community Foundation is accepting applications for its 2015 Community Impact Grants.

April 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Tornado watch in effect for area until 3 p.m.

Heavy thunderstorms are moving through North Georgia today, with Hall County and the rest of the region under a tornado watch until 3 p.m.

April 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville’s budget solid, future less clear

The consensus among the Gainesville City Council is that the proposed 2016 fiscal year budget, unveiled by City Manager Kip Padgett on Thursday, is in good shape.

April 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flight center honors late instructor at ceremony

Family and co-workers of the Lanier Flight Center instructor who died after an October plane crash honored the passionate aviator Saturday in the most fitting way: teaching people to fly.

April 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Parents say ‘no’ to state milestones test

It's arguably a question of parental rights.

April 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Laurel Park hosts Five Points of Life Kids marathon

Gainesville is the newest of the 10 cities in Florida, Georgia and Alabama to host the Five Points of Life Kids marathon. The Five Points of Life Foundation, started by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, hosted the marathons as a fun way to get kids active. Participants walk or run 25 miles over a specified amount of time logging their distance as they go.

April 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Incidents put new focus on security in Hall courtrooms

Like their adult counterparts, juvenile offenders can pose potential threats for deputies working to secure the Hall County Courthouse.

April 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Water wars’ latest chapter is big legal affair

Typically, the real legal maneuvering begins once a lawsuit is filed.

April 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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