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New Hoschton council members dig into 2010 budget

HOSCHTON - During their inaugural meeting on Monday, the newest members of the Hoschton City Council wasted no time in addressing two major issues facing the city - the 2010 budget and the city charter.

December 09, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Rain keeps corps from reducing lake level

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had hoped to reduce Lake Lanier's elevation to its winter full pool of 1,070 feet above sea level by Dec. 1.

December 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Quad Oaks residents stuck after rain washes out culvert

FLOWERY BRANCH - All Tami Earl and neighbors at Quad Oaks apartments could do Wednesday was sit and wait.

December 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Charity ball to mark its 58th year

Though a lot has changed in 50 years - cars, clothes, technology - there are still some things that remain the same.

December 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Motorcade takes gifts to patients in regional hospital

Gainesville city employees and school children celebrated the 51st Annual Mayors' Motorcade Send-off Wednesday with holiday tunes and a special visit from Santa.

December 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Arbitration panel sides with Hall County in annex dispute

A state-appointed panel voted 3-2 in favor of Hall County's objection to converting homes into businesses in the Holiday Heights subdivision at an arbitration hearing Wednesday.

December 09, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Water to be off on much of Bradford Street Thursday

Some Bradford Street residents and businesses will be without water Thursday for most of the business day, according to a news release from the city.

December 08, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Service men, women send messages to area families

"Love you, miss you bunch. Merry Christmas," Maj. Jay McNair said from Camp Mike Spann, Afghanistan.

December 08, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Condemned Dahlonega man dies

Tim Pruitt once said death row could destroy a man's will to live.

December 08, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rain should ease up by midday

Though Gainesville got about half an inch during the day Tuesday, the heaviest rain was expected to fall overnight.

December 08, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Chestatee students showing off their knowledge

Did you know Laika was the first dog in space, but lived only a few hours in her Russian rocket ship? Did you know giraffes have knees that can bend forwards and backwards?

December 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Grant will help agency increase access for Latinos

An organization that provides legal assistance to low-income individuals has received a nearly $1 million grant to expand its offering to the Latino community.

December 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gas station opponent now pleased with developers’ plans

Though he fought hard - and lost - against developers who wanted to bring a gas station to the edge of his retirement community, Tuesday night John Snyder spoke on behalf of the owners of the future RaceTrac gas station at the corner of McEver and Browns Bridge roads.

December 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lula officials hope new pump ends rain-induced sewage spills

Lula City Manager Dennis Bergin gets nervous every time it starts to rain.

December 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County set to alter school schedules

The Hall County Board of Education is on track to adopt a hybrid schedule next school year that would allow the system's high schools to operate with 35 fewer teachers. Hall Superintendent Will Schofield estimates the move will annually save the system between $2.5 million and $3 million.

December 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Oakwood poultry producer Wayne Farms plans public stock sale

An Oakwood-based poultry producer is forging ahead with plans for an initial public stock offering.

June 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Dawsonville man guilty of murder, believed cellmate was the devil

Believing his cellmate was the devil, John Darrell Setchel grabbed 72-year-old Ronald Sailers off of the top bunk in the Hall County Jail and slammed his head into the ground until he died, prosecutors said Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Judge rejects Georgia’s motion to dismiss water wars case

A Maine lawyer overseeing the latest legal battle in the tri-state water wars has denied Georgia's motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


New rules coming for commercial vehicles

To be compliant with new federal rules, the Georgia Department of Driver Services is making procedural changes next month for commercial drivers, limiting cell phone use while driving and enacting new road testing requirements.

June 18, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Brenau construction continues on schedule

Four stately homes with towering white columns line the west side of Prior Street, ready for their tenants to move in this fall.

June 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Dump the Pump Day promotes local public transportation

Gainesville participated in the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday to promote public transportation as gas prices climb over the summer months.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fireworks law not sparking much response in Hall

Local response to a new state fireworks law is, so far, a dud.

June 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch approves budget, tax increase

Flowery Branch leaders approved next year's budget along with a tax increase at Thursday's meeting, but it wasn't without some dissonance.

June 18, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Charleston shooting latest incident in ‘history with hate violence’

A church shooting in Charleston, S.C., that killed nine, didn't come as a surprise to the Rev. Rose Johnson.

June 18, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall officials split on budget options, others undecided

The two budget scenarios Hall County officials are considering for the 2016 fiscal year boil down to whether to approve a tax increase or use additional reserve funds to balance the spending plan.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Plaintiffs in Chestatee prayer case may proceed anonymously

A U.S. District Judge granted the American Humanist Association's motion Tuesday to allow the three plaintiffs in the Chestatee High School prayer case to stay anonymous.

June 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


With changes to alcohol regulations, what’s next for Gainesville?

For a community long accustomed to unusual restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol, it's been a remarkable change of pace for Gainesville to amend its ordinances over the last year or so to accommodate businesses serving up beer, liquor and wine.

June 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: North Hall student indicted in alleged bomb threat

A North Hall High School senior was indicted on June 11 for his alleged threat at the school in February.

June 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Sugar Hill Elementary educates, entertains during summer school

At Sugar Hill Elementary School, summer school is more than remedial classes. It also includes hands-on workshops with Home Depot, lessons from historical re-enactors and visits from the Hall County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.

June 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cook Out coming to Oakwood

Cook Out Restaurants is expanding in Hall County, adding an Oakwood location that also will serve as a regional payroll operation.

June 17, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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