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Goodbye, rabbit ears!

Atlanta TV stations pulled the plug on over-the-airwaves broadcasting on Friday afternoon, making the mandatory switch to digital TV at 12:30 p.m. - and fielding lots of calls about it, too.

June 13, 2009 | From staff and wire reports | Local


More lion sightings reported in Hall County

The Hall County Sheriff's Office responded to another reported lion sighting Friday morning, but deputies have yet to see the animal for themselves, according to Col. Jeff Strickland, the department's chief deputy.

June 13, 2009 | | Local


Small-town Lula mourns its second lost soldier

America's red, white and blue stands at half-staff today outside the Pfc. Johnathon Millican U.S. Post Office.

June 13, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Early peek at CRCT scores shows progress

As Georgia educators begin to analyze preliminary district level Criterion-Referenced Competency Test scores, Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield and Gainesville Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said they are pleased with what they've seen so far.

June 13, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Supreme Court race crowded

There is no shortage of people vying to succeed Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears on the state's highest court.

June 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


More public input sought on changes planned for I-85 car-pool lanes

The Georgia Department of Transportation has set a second round of public hearings on plans to allow solo commuters to ride - for a fee - in Interstate 85 car-pool lanes in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.

June 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Falcons release Michael Vick's contract

June 12, 2009 | | Local


Officials hope kids get hooked on the outdoors

Come Saturday at Vogel State Park, the fish will practically be leaping onto the fish hooks, and, organizers hope, luring in some new hobbyists.

June 12, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


'Jenrette paid the ultimate sacrifice'

Kelly McCloud stood on the corner of the driveway to Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport just before noon Thursday with her neighbors and their children holding flags.

June 11, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school system bracing for more cuts

Leaders of the Gainesville school system are taking an even closer look at the system's budget draft following a visit from state Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox who advised them to be prepared for further state cuts and possible furloughs which could prolong the system's time in the red.

June 11, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County promises water to Belmont area

County officials are promising the residents of South Hall's Belmont community water service, even if they have to break a three-year agreement with the city to do it.

June 11, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


County passes $92.7 million budget

Hall County commissioners approved the county's $92.7 million budget Thursday, but not without opposition.

While some commissioners praised county department heads for reducing their budgets and enduring furloughs to make ends meet this year, commissioners Ashley Bell and Steve Gailey said they were skeptical of the revenue projections on which the county's 2010 spending plan depends.

June 11, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


As they plan to merge, American Legion posts schedule picnic for Saturday

Two area American Legion posts will be celebrating their impending merger with a fellowship picnic on Saturday.

June 11, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Need to toss the TV? Saturday gives folks chance to recycle electronics

Keep Hall County Beautiful is trying to make the world a better place, one busted computer and bag of trash at a time.

June 11, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Puppeteer brings message of reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink to Jefferson library program

JEFFERSON - What do you get when you mix several wicker baskets and a couple sets of large, wooden salad spoons and forks?

June 11, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Final members of SPLOST citizens committee nominated

Gainesville City Council is poised to approve three nominations to the first-ever citizens committee overseeing how special purpose local option sales tax revenue is spent.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Chamber celebrates businesses, volunteers, leaders at annual gala

What sets Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce apart from the rest?

May 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Police: Drugs man gave friend weren’t oxycodone but something much stronger

Pills sold between two friends, according to a Gainesville Police investigator, led to one 23-year-old's death.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New rate offered to Gainesville-based Red Oak Sanitation

It is unclear whether a private trash collection service operating in Flowery Branch and unincorporated Hall County will accept a newly proposed discounted rate to dispose at the Candler Road landfill.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Escaped Jackson County inmate back in custody

A statewide lookout ended around 8 p.m. Thursday for an inmate from Jackson County who escaped from a work crew.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Man accused of driving toward deputy arrested in Flowery Branch

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


King’s Hawaiian cancels celebration event

The scheduled celebration for a new plant at the current King's Hawaiian Bakery Southeast in Flowery Branch was canceled due to the timing of a bird flu outbreak that has now affected more than 33 million turkeys, chickens and ducks in at least a dozen states.

May 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


5K benefits 1-year-old being treated for eye cancer

Asher Rock is a lively 1-year-old boy who loves blowing kisses and playing with his "Percy the Small Engine" model train.

May 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


TAD funds approved for real estate, construction business

The Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee recommended Wednesday that Owens Management Group receive $17,500 in funds to renovate and convert a residential home into an office space for its real estate investment company and light-construction business.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Free meals will be available for children in summer

Many children are reasonably well-fed from August to May - eating hot, balanced breakfast and lunch at school Monday through Friday.

May 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Slippery slope concerns arise as Hall officials debate trash dumping rate

Concerns about setting a bad precedent have given pause to some Hall County officials over whether to approve a discounted rate for a private trash collection service to dispose at the Candler Road landfill.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tri-state group OKs water management plan for basin

A private tri-state water group has settled in six years what remains a thorny issue for Georgia, Florida and Alabama after 20 years - the sharing of waters in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin.

May 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Major companies moving away from antimicrobial use in chickens

Nick Ball says putting antibiotics in poultry is "putting bandaids over bulletholes."

May 13, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Badge & Bar: Day care owner in toddler burn case pleads not guilty

The day care owner accused by the Hall County Sheriff's Office of concealing information in an investigation into a burned toddler has pleaded not guilty.

May 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Governor’s seal lifts local moonshiners’ spirits

May 13, 2015 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


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