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Gainesville one of nation’s fastest-growing areas

Gainesville and two other cities are tied for third among the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. between 2007-08, according to Census Bureau estimates released today.

March 19, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Some officials seek to strengthen sunshine laws

It is possible that Georgia's sunshine laws may be shining brighter in the coming years.

March 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Only 2 precincts voted ‘no’ to SPLOST

Turnout for Tuesday's SPLOST vote was low- only 9 percent of voters decided the fate of the countywide sales tax.

March 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville State building funds slashed

House budget writers have slashed $6.2 million from a proposed academic building at Gainesville State College, leaving college officials with a planned building and not enough money to pay for it.

March 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


National columnist pledges donation during for the Gainesville Care Center

Conservative columnist Cal Thomas went so far as to offer up his own money when he urged anti-abortion supporters to give theirs Tuesday to the Gainesville Care Center.

March 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Caterpillar to shut Jefferson facility

The closing of a Caterpillar fuel system facility in Jefferson has caught some area officials by surprise.

March 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


SPLOST wins passage from Hall voters

Hall County residents have voted to extend SPLOST for another six years.

March 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Dahlonega elects new councilmember; Lula rejects liquor sales

The new Dahlonega city councilman was able to snag his seat Tuesday with just four more votes than the competition.

March 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hester’s team starts defense against 2007 murder charge

Two experts differed in court Tuesday on how they interpreted tiny specks of blood found near the body of a woman who prosecutors say was murdered.

March 17, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Realtor: Price cuts spark renewed interest in Flowery Branch housing development

Things are looking up for Waterstone Crossing, a Flowery Branch town home development that had, like many other fledgling developments, stumbled in the deep recession.

March 17, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville City Council cuts spending by more than $300,000

The City Council approved a budget adjustment Tuesday that shrinks city spending by more than $300,000.

The revised budget will include a 5 percent reduction in all city departments' operating costs, and accounts for significant losses in sales tax revenue.

March 17, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Sewer line repaired after spill into Flat Creek tributary

A wastewater overflow within the Gainesville sewer system caused about 5,400 gallons to flow into a tributary of Flat Creek on Tuesday afternoon.

March 17, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jefferson house fire ruled arson

A fire that damaged a home early Monday in the Morgan Creek Subdivision in Jefferson has been ruled an arson by state officials.

March 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Five vehicles rear-end each other on Ga. 60

Five vehicles were involved in a chain of rear-end collisions this morning on Thompson Bridge Road at Club Drive.

March 17, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Attrition, firings, layoffs could save Gainesville schools $2.8 million

Despite drastic reductions in revenue this year, the Gainesville school board is hopeful it will pay off $1.8 million of its estimated $5.8 million deficit this summer.

March 17, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Experts shed light on health care law

Change was the overarching theme at a Tuesday forum on health care law at Brenau University's downtown center in Gainesville.

August 13, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County still pressing Gainesville to annex 'islands'

Hall County officials are still jabbing at Gainesville's decision to annex unincorporated "islands" last year, asking the city for an update on its plans with regard to additional properties.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two Hall County schools placed on state’s alert list

Two Hall County schools are on the state's radar as a result of a lack of progress in student achievement over a three-year period.

August 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Planning board tables talk of Broad Street abandonment

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tabled a request Tuesday from Medical Arts Properties, a local real estate firm, to have the city abandon a portion of Broad Street between Prior and Spring streets.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89

NEW YORK - Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood's most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89.

August 12, 2014 | By Ryan Parker And Dennis Mclellan Los Angeles Times | Local


Group alleges illegal religious practices at Chestatee High School

August 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Roads group balks on Ga. 347 funding

Funding for Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway improvements between McEver Road and Lake Lanier Islands hit a bump Tuesday, when a roads planning group decided to hold off assigning money for the project.

August 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Judge: Board must hear fired deputies’ case again

A ruling by the Civil Services Board to reinstate two Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies who were fired after an inmate escaped must be voted on again.

August 12, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County schools enroll refugee children

Eleven Central American refugee students have enrolled at Chicopee Woods Elementary, with another five expected to enroll soon.

August 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


National Guardsmen help tackle Honduran drug violence

Lawlessness stemming from rising drug trafficking and violent gang attacks has resulted in thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border from Central America in recent months, seeking refuge.

August 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


CASA info session set for today; class begins Aug. 26

The Hall-Dawson CASA program will have an informational meeting today, and its training will officially begin Aug. 26.

August 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Varied businesses scolded by board for underage drinking

A diverse group of businesses was disciplined Thursday by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners for underage alcohol sales.

August 12, 2014 | From Times regional staff | Local


The Local Agenda: Board to address Cherokee Bluffs project’s budget

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday to approve a $2.8 million project budget for Cherokee Bluffs Park.

August 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula skips to phase 3 in downtown project

Lula is playing leapfrog as it prepares to open bids on the third phase of an effort to spruce up downtown.

August 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tour shows connection between farmers and UGA

New faculty with the University of Georgia stopped at Jaemor Farms on Monday as part of a statewide tour designed to illustrate the connections between university research and economic development in the state.

August 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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