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City leaders want golf course to make par

Gainesville City Council will hold a planning retreat this week, and officials say the profitability of the city's municipal golf course will be on the agenda.

February 01, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tumbling tourism: Travel destinations try to lure winter visitors

The cold weather and gray skies of winter don't inspire many people to leave home. But deals available at nearby travel destinations could change their minds.

February 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


300 people attended Vietnamese New Year celebration

Their legs flew all over the stage as the four young men danced to the taped music, a mixture of dance tunes. A couple of them broke into a Christian rap song.

February 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lessie Smithgall’s ‘story’ recounts 97 years of seeking the road less traveled

Condensing 97 years into 202 pages isn't easy, but Lessie Smithgall has done it.

January 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Carnival brings Super Bowl fun to Hall County

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, but families got a head start on the fun Saturday at the third annual Super Bowl Carnival held by Hall County Parks and Leisure.

January 31, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Shoot house practice gives Rangers on-target combat training

BRASELTON - Spc. Daniel Garcia of the 5th Army Ranger Training Battalion had quite the task in front of him. He had to pull a thin sled with a dummy wounded soldier on it 250 feet, lie down and aim his semi-automatic weapon at a target 50 feet away and shoot four rounds each into the remaining targets from different distances.

January 31, 2009 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Fire drill for firemen

JEFFERSON - It was like a scene straight off the pages of Fahrenheit 451.

January 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Citizens Bank alumni gather to reminisce

Fifteen years after Gainesville's Citizens Bank ceased to be, nearly 100 former employees gathered Saturday to catch up and reminisce, flipping through bank books instead of yearbooks at a reunion that paid tribute to a bygone institution.

January 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Oakwood wants control over banners

Banners make up a big chunk of Jay Kelly's sign-making business, but he'd like to see that form of sign put under control.

January 31, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Winning bid lands $20,000 for family in need

Gregg and Brittiny Peters had no idea that what started out as a crazy way to pay their children's medical bills 10 days ago would soon make them international celebrities.

January 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Man gets 3 years for arson

A Clermont arsonist who set fire to a grocery store garbage bin while out on bond on two other arson charges was sentenced to three years in prison this week.

January 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Attorney is removed from Midtown project

The Gainesville Redevelopment Authority agreed Friday to remove attorney Tread Syfan for any issues surrounding the a proposed hotel and office complex in Midtown.

January 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County tax assessor Vaughan steps down

Bill Vaughan has resigned from the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors after 13 years.

January 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson looks to refinance bond to save about $1 million

Homeowners aren't the only ones looking for lower loan interest rates; so is the city of Jefferson.

January 31, 2009 | | Local


DOT engineer set to retire after 34 years of service

The Georgia Department of Transportation's assistant area engineer for maintenance in Lumpkin, Towns, Union and White counties is set to retire March 1.

January 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Gainesville schools plan change to attendance policy

Hall and Gainesville schools have similar philosophies on student attendance, but opposite reactions to new attendance guidelines from the state Department of Education.

October 09, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville officials questioning employees about morale

Gainesville officials intend to interview personnel in all city departments, beginning with the fire department, after an inquiry into the police department this summer revealed growing concerns about employee morale.

October 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jeff Foxworthy helps raise money for My Sister's Place

Jeff Foxworthy got local residents to open their checkbooks Thursday evening at Denim and Diamonds, the annual fundraiser benefiting My Sister's Place.

October 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Special Olympics kick off today in Hall County

Thousands of Special Olympics Georgia athletes and coaches will be in Hall County this weekend for the 2014 State Fall Games.

October 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall commissioners delay vote on Deaton Creek tennis court repair

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has postponed a decision on whether to spend $20,000 to repair a tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek.

October 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Dead woman found in park was strangled with Ethernet cable

The Flowery Branch woman whose remains were found last October in a Hall County park was strangled with an Ethernet cable, according to Gwinnett County warrants.

October 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall inmate indicted 3 days after slaying

The suspect in the murder of a Hall County Jail inmate was indicted on a murder charge just three days after the slaying.

October 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flat Creek restoration work poised to get underway

Work could start in November on a new round of efforts to help with flood protection and water quality in Gainesville's Flat Creek watershed.

October 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Badge and Bar: Probable cause hearing set in cellmate murder case

A probable cause hearing has been set in the case of an inmate accused of killing his cellmate at the Hall County Jail.

October 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Greenway connections to be explored in Forsyth County

Forsyth County plans to explore the possibility of creating connections to the popular Big Creek Greenway through bicycle trails in District 4.

October 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Business group supports tax extension in Dawson County

Dawson County is voting on extending the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax in the Nov. 4 election, and the local chamber is getting behind it.

October 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Husband won’t be charged in fatal car wreck that killed community leader

No charges will be filed against William Robert "Bob" Johnson, who the Georgia State Patrol said failed to yield in a Sept. 30 wreck that killed his wife, Nola "Erice" Johnson.

October 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Behind the scenes of Kelly’s ouster as police chief

Concerns about employee morale and a silent mutiny within the Gainesville Police Department were on the minds of city management and human resources officials when they interviewed candidates to fill the role of major in mid-August, just weeks before Chief Brian Kelly resigned.

October 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jarrard left Riverside over 'management decision'

Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard left Riverside Military Academy over a managerial disagreement, according to an email sent Wednesday to parents.

October 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Chamber discusses, addresses health at expo

People took advantage of free health screenings Wednesday at the HealthSmart Expo in Gainesville.

October 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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