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Gainesville officials choose local contractor for parking deck job

Gainesville officials have chosen a local contractor to build the new downtown parking deck and plan to complete construction by July 2009.

Gainesville's own Optum Construction Group Inc. submitted the lowest bid for the cost of building the city's future 419-space parking deck that will stand in place of the current downtown deck by July 2009, Jarrett Nash, project manager for the construction, told City Council members Thursday.

September 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


On the road with Air Force One

GILLSVILLE - There is no airport in Gillsville, but Air Force One landed here earlier this week. It's parked in Donald Snare's driveway.

OK, it's not the real presidential aircraft, but it is a lifelike replica of the cockpit and presidential cabin of the plane used by Presidents Kennedy through the first Bush.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Unemployment claims double in Hall County

The number of unemployment claims in August more than doubled in Hall County from the same month a year ago. The Georgia Department of Labor released figures Thursday showing 945 people filed a first-time claim for unemployment insurance in August, compared with 471 in August 2007.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fast-food worker faked robbery, authorities say

CUMMING - If the employee of a local fast-food restaurant who reported a robbery Tuesday had it her way, she wouldn't have gotten caught.

As it turned out, however, Monica Montero Lane was arrested Thursday by Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies and charged with false statement and theft by taking.

September 15, 2008 | Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Police seek suspect in South Hall bank robbery

BRASELTON - A man robbed a Wachovia Bank this morning in Braselton, getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.

September 15, 2008 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Hall denies no-parking zone for subdivision

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided to stay out of neighborhood affairs when it voted unanimously to deny one neighborhood's request for a no-parking zone.

Some of the Southern Trace Subdivision neighbors, like Ronald and Lola Blackwell, accused others of having "weekend parties" where cars parked on the street posed a threat to public safety.

September 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Race for governor will be costly

A University of Georgia political scientist said that the race for governor in 2010 will come with a price tag of eight figures, a likely reason Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is beginning his exploratory campaign more than two years before the vote.

"He's lining up a date for the prom," said Charles Bullock, a UGA professor who analyzes state politics. He said Cagle is making sure that potential supporters don't commit to another candidate, such as Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, the only other Republican in the race.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gang’s leader gets 20 years for drug charges

Saying Charles Douglas Graham's criminal acts "can't be tolerated," a judge sentenced the admitted gang leader to 20 years in prison Wednesday.

September 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Panel: School board candidates should have education, face drug tests

The state Board of Education is reviewing a report by the Committee for School Board Excellence that proposes local school board members be held to statutory requirements that could include drug tests and the completion of a high school education.

September 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall school superintendent has favorable talks with US education secretary

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings recently lent an ear to four Atlanta-area school system superintendents, one of whom was Hall County schools superintendent Will Schofield.

September 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Police: Train runs over man who tried to jump aboard

A man was run over by a train he was trying to jump aboard Wednesday on Athens Street, police said.

September 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Cagle will study run for governor

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle took the initial steps on Tuesday to begin a bid for governor in 2010.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Native son could be first Hall Countian to lead state in 108 years

Casey Cagle's political career began in 1994 when he ran what many considered an uphill race against first-term state Sen. Jane Hemmer, D-Gainesville.

Like Cagle, Hemmer had deep roots in Hall County, and had served as a county commissioner before running in 1992 for the Senate seat being vacated by Nathan Deal. Deal was elected that year to his first term in U.S. Congress.

September 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Shopping center gets approval by Oakwood council

Oakwood City Council approved a rezoning and annexation of property for a shopping center off Winder Highway late Monday night.

September 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Happy hour might be coming to Oakwood

Oakwood has discussed a possible "happy hour" ordinance, such as the one approved in August by the Gainesville City Council.

September 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Hall seeks flexibility in state school standards

As class resumes in Hall County next week, school leaders are seeking more flexibility from state rules.

July 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Toddler recovered from burns allegedly suffered at day care

At age 2, Damon Gaddis is graduating. And his family is ecstatic.

July 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Workers comp claims keep governments on their toes

There is a certain trust that comes with workers' compensation claims.

July 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Disabilities act at 25: ‘That was our moment’

Emilie Angle struggles to speak and her movements are dictated by the effects of mitochondrial disease, a genetic disorder that is both progressive and incurable.

July 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Johnny’s BBQ is still smokin’ after all these years

Step inside the little building behind Johnny's BBQ and you'll find yourself squinting through a dense, hickory-flavored fog. There's a rotisserie oven ...

July 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Cancer survivor paddles circumference of Lake Lanier

Paddling the circumference of Lake Lanier - roughly 350 accessible miles in total - Dana Richardson has seen a lot of water and a lot of parks.

July 25, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Gainesville teens stress how ‘lives matter’ at justice form

Teenagers of Generation Inspiration came together Saturday morning at the Beulah Rucker Museum to ask Gainesville's government and law enforcement officials some tough questions ...

July 25, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Local


Military recruiters try to rein in armed supporters

Armed residents have taken to guarding military recruitment centers across the nation, including in Gainesville, after a deadly attack on Marines at a recruiting office ...

July 24, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville’s Will Crain to compete in World Special Olympics next week in LA

"Mama! Mama! How was that?"

July 24, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County Boys & Girls Clubs expand their reach

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County offer kids a safe, structured place to go after school. But some kids have trouble getting there.

July 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


A fresh start for 16 lives: Drug Court graduates largest class in 14 years

Looking out over the front pews with 16 Drug Court graduates, Superior Court Judge Jason Deal congratulated the group for passing the arduous program akin ...

July 24, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Motor home ‘just wouldn’t stop,’ sinks in Lake Lanier

Gray leather couches were scattered around the interior of a customized motor home as water poured out every nook and cranny.

July 24, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Rabid raccoon found in northwest Hall County

A raccoon in the Cool Springs Road area of northwest Hall County had rabies, the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur confirmed Friday.

July 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


New-look Wendy’s coming to Braselton

A new Wendy's is coming to Braselton as part of the company's "brand transformation."

July 23, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Summer program makes 'overwhelming' change in kids

The skating rink will skin your knees.

July 23, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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