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Hall County to close offices one day each month

Hall County announced Friday the dates it will close its offices, giving employees a mandatory unpaid day off, as a part of cost-cutting measures.

Interim County Administrator Charley Nix said after discussions this week with department heads, everyone agreed that shutting down all county offices for one day every month is the simplest way to handle the newly approved one-day- per-month furlough for all county employees. All county employees will take the days off without pay, with the exception of public safety, landfill and some public works personnel.

October 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Horse show brings riders from around the region

Horse riders from across the region gathered Saturday morning to show their skills at the New Classic Horse Show at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville.

October 15, 2008 | Megan Gill | Local


Grant will help Lanier Tech start solar program

A recently announced grant award will help Lanier Technical College students catch more sun in a couple of years.

The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded a $55,000 grant to Lanier Technical College to develop a two-year associate degree in solar technology installation and repair. The college will match the grant with $110,000 over the next two years as the school draws on its existing programs to develop the new solar technology curriculum.

October 15, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


State officials won't identify stations suspected of price gouging

The state has subpoenaed sales records from nearly 150 Georgia gas stations that are suspected of price gouging customers in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

But state officials won't identify the stations, and calls from The Times seeking comment were not returned by the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs.

October 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


GOP holds forum

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal will be speaking at this morning's Conservative Forum.

October 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


North Hall Middle wins fundraising contest

North Hall Middle School took home a trophy from the Chestatee Middle vs. North Hall Middle football game this week for winning a competition with Chestatee Middle School to see which school could raise the most money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

October 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Elderly can get help with heat

Starting next month, those who are elderly or home bound can get help paying heating costs through Ninth District Opportunity.

October 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Afghan students discuss war-torn home

In the same day Americans got a glimpse of the National Intelligence Estimate report that paints a grim outlook for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, three Afghan girls were planting seeds of peace at North Hall Middle School.

Three Brenau University students from Afghanistan echoed the findings of the national intelligence report draft. Khadija Safi and Shamim Siddiqi, both juniors at Brenau, and Najia Nasim, a freshman at Brenau, said despite the presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the safety of Afghanistan civilians has declined drastically in recent years.

October 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Brenau business professor says to hold on to stocks for now

Although the stock market may not have hit bottom, it will eventually rebound, said Suzanne Erickson, the chairwoman of business administration for Brenau University.

October 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


‘Phase two’ drug sweep nets 21

They weren't quite finished.

On the heels of a sweep of southeast Gainesville three weeks ago that netted 29 arrests, Hall County sheriff's officials and Gainesville police were back out Friday morning, rousing suspected drug dealers from their beds with arrest warrants.

October 14, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rezonings vote set for Wednesday in Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH – Two proposed developments, including one featuring an office building and a mini-warehouse, are set to go before the Flowery Branch City Council for a first vote Wednesday.

October 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


State tax collections for September went in the right direction

The news on Georgia's fiscal crisis is like recent rains - welcomed, but not enough to fix the problem.

The state reported Wednesday that tax collections for September were up 4.5 percent, the first increase in four months. Revenues remained down 2.6 percent - or $110 million - for the fiscal year, though.

October 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lula woman dies in wreck

A 19-year-old Lula woman died and two others were injured Wednesday night in a collision on Old Cornelia Highway, according to the state patrol.

October 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Firefighters start fundraiser

Today, firefighters from Hall County Fire Services' 15 stations will be out and about asking for donations for the annual "Give Burns the Boot" fundraising drive.

Firefighters also will be out raising funds as the drive continues on Oct. 17 and 24.

October 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


First Baptist Church Gainesville to host event on leadership

First Baptist Church Gainesville is hosting Lead Like Jesus from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

October 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Schools across Georgia launch Milestones tests

The word "assessment" might make students, parents and even some teachers nervous.

January 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cannabis oil advocates upset by change in Georgia bill

Proponents of medical marijuana were left feeling deflated last week when politics unraveled parts of a state bill aimed at regulating use of the drug in limited form and scope.

January 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall businessman Bobby Poole owned last full-service gas station

Bobby Poole, a Gainesville businessman and active community member who owned the city's last full-service gas station died Friday at age 83.

January 17, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park on track to open this spring

Construction is ongoing at South Hall's Cherokee Bluffs Park in Flowery Branch.

January 17, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


State might allow districts to choose traditional math courses

January 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


5 people infected after rabid cat attacks in Lula

Lula and surrounding areas are still on alert after a cat that tested positive for rabies was found to have bitten five people, perhaps more.

January 16, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Attorneys for Hall County Schools respond to prayer lawsuit

Attorneys for Hall County Schools and others named in a U.S. District Court lawsuit filed an answer Friday related to religion in schools.

January 16, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville City Council set to tackle spending needs

It's all smiles this time of year when Gainesville officials "retreat" to a neighborhood meeting hall and take their first meaningful steps toward balancing next year's budget.

January 16, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities find more than $100,000 in drugs, cash at Gainesville home

Drugs worth almost $89,000 and about $23,700 in cash was found at a Sherry Lane home authorities searched Thursday, according to a news release from the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

January 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


University forum focuses on community-police relations

The key to preventing deaths like those of Michael Brown and Eric Garner is improving the relationship between police officers and the community they serve.

January 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Study: Hall County economy still not back to full strength after recession

Despite recent job growth across Georgia and the nation, Hall County has only recovered to prerecession levels in one of four key economic indicators, according to a new study released this week.

January 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cyclist injured in Oakwood hit-and-run identified as homeless man

The cyclist hit by a car Tuesday on Mundy Mill Road at Fairbanks Drive in Oakwood has been identified by police.

January 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Widening of Ga. 20 in Forsyth, Gwinnett hits snag

January 15, 2015 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


Grand jury indicts Dawsonville man in slaying

January 15, 2015 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Winterville man hit by semitrailer in Chicopee Mill area

A pedestrian suffered broken bones Thursday afternoon after being hit by a semitrailer on Atlanta Highway in the Chicopee Mill area, authorities said.

January 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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