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Census workers to be verifying addresses

If you see someone outside your home checking your address this week, don't be alarmed. It's a census worker.

March 29, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Braselton town planners approve senior living plans

BRASELTON - The decision to build a senior living facility in South Hall County is now up to the Braselton Town Council.

March 29, 2009 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Healthy Monday: All in your head

Using old-fashioned materials such as pencil and paper, Dr. James Mullin can tell you more about how your brain works than you could learn from any fancy imaging scan.

March 29, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Meet Your Government: A love of numbers becomes a career

While some people were still trying to figure out things like what to wear to the homecoming dance or what to do on Friday after school, Amie Vaughan already knew what she wanted to do with her life.

March 29, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


School book fairs retain popularity

JEFFERSON - Many adults can remember the excitement they felt when it was book fair time at school.

March 29, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


School boards may alter graduation units

In an effort to put more students on the fast track to high school graduation, the Gainesville and Hall County school boards have toyed with the idea of reducing the number of courses required for graduation.

March 28, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Some 600 runners hit the road to honor heroes

HOSCHTON - Runners braved wet and windy weather Saturday morning for the inaugural Fallen Heroes of Georgia race, held at the Reunion Golf Community subdivision.

March 28, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times Regional Staff | Local


Jefferson summer school a victim of budget cuts

Parent of elementary or middle school students may want to make sure their kids are minding their P's and Q's in class because this year they won't have the opportunity to take make-up classes in summer school.

March 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville may raise water fees

Gainesville Public Utilities Department is considering new service charges and raising existing ones following an analysis of the department's cost of service and months of declining revenue.

March 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Families struggle to pay for school lunches

The struggles many families are having during this troubled economy have trickled down to the contents of little Suzie and Bobby's lunchboxes.

March 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Sheriff should have new HQ, precinct by 2012

Hall County Sheriff's officials will get a new $10 million headquarters paid for with local sales tax money in the next few years, but it's the addition of a much smaller south end precinct that will go further toward Sheriff Steve Cronic's goal of decentralizing his department's operations.

March 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ethics board rejects complaint over Cagle’s old corporation

The State Ethics Commission has rejected a complaint filed against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

March 28, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Expect more rain, possible storms today

Thursday and Friday, Northeast Georgia saw plenty of rain.

March 28, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville, Hall at odds over jail contract

The Gainesville City Council is refuting comments made by Hall County Commission Chairman Tom Oliver to The Times regarding an agreement for the city to purchase the old county jail on Main Street.

March 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


36 may not be offered contracts with Gainesville schools

Gainesville schools may not offer contracts to 24 part-time employees and 12 noncertified teachers for the 2009-10 school year.

March 28, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Part of Hospitality Highway to be renamed in honor of tourism pioneer

The portion of Hospitality Highway that runs through Dawson and Lumpkin counties will soon be named in honor of the man first responsible for branding the state a tourism destination.

June 28, 2015 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff reports | Local


Swim lessons part of Discovery Day Camps

The pungent, yet pleasant, summery smell of chlorine filled the nostrils of roughly 75 children as they swam through the waters of Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, but they didn't seem to mind.

June 28, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gillsville Highway at Athens Highway re-opens after fire

Gillsville Highway was closed at Athens Highway for part of Sunday night while authorities worked to contain a fire. No one was transported to the hospital with injuries, according to authorities.

June 28, 2015 | | Local


Hall firefighters battle early Sunday blaze

No one was injured as Hall County firefighters battled a blaze Sunday morning at an empty 8,000-square-foot commercial building.

June 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Departing Gainesville city manager leaves big shoes to fill

When Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation in May, he expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to serve the city in many roles over the last 13 years.

June 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Window maker borrows European model, finds market in Ga.

Bernie Wolf sells the kind of windows built to frame beauty, be it the glistening waters of Lake Lanier or the rugged magnificence of the North Georgia mountains.

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Hall faces adoption gap: More kids than parents available

In Hall County, 15 of 63 children free for adoption need a permanent family, a problem the Division of Family and Children Services hopes to solve through a summer marketing campaign.

June 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New state tax structure for transportation takes effect Wednesday

June 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tadmore turns language barrier into strength

The ability to speak more than one language is a boon when searching for a job, yet many of Hall County's bilingual children have trouble overcoming the disadvantages of poverty and delayed English skills.

June 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Visitors get to 'taste a real tomato’ on farm tour

"Take your pick," Joni Kennedy told a handful of people standing on her porch as they perused refreshments. "Everything we grow fresh here, except the hot dogs."

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Budget breakdown: Details of Hall County's new funding in spending plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase on Thursday night.

June 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ask the Times: Reader sheds light on airport racetrack query

In a previous Ask the Times dated June 5, one reader had questions about the existence of a racetrack on the Gainesville airport grounds.

June 26, 2015 | | Local


Brenau’s first physical therapy students begin first semester

Brenau University's first class of physical therapy students are the state's "hungriest, most hardworking" future doctors.

June 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


'Watershed’ and ‘upsetting:’ Same-sex ruling stirs emotions locally

The outcome of Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage had some Hall County residents and politicians pleased, while others maintained their opposition to the 5-4 landmark decision.

June 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Canada pushes for repeal of US food labeling

United States labeling requirements that force meatpackers to list where animals were born, raised and slaughtered have stirred ire among countries that feel the mandates are discriminatory.

June 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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