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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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Burned toddler recovering after surgeries

Progress is being made in the recovery of a burned 16-month-old, whose injuries led to the closing of a Clermont day care center.

July 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hospital ranks among top in state

Northeast Georgia Medical Center has been ranked among the best in the state according to the 25th U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Ranking.

July 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local




Gainesville City Council approves road project for Chicopee Mill

Gainesville City Council approved an agreement Tuesday with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority for a road construction project in the Chicopee Mill Industrial Center.

July 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Eyes on the Road: Traffic shifts on stretch of new Ga. 347

The Georgia Department of Transportation shifted a half-mile section of Ga. 347 in South Hall County onto a temporary section of roadway Tuesday to allow construction to continue on a culvert protecting Sherwood Creek.

July 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville Theatre Alliance gets $10K grant

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance has been awarded a $10,000 Partner Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts, just in time for its 35th anniversary season.

July 15, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Lula wreck sends 3 to hospital

Three people were sent to a hospital in Gainesville on Tuesday after a two-vehicle wreck in Lula, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

July 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


2 hurt in wreck on Browns Bridge Road in Forsyth

Two women were hospitalized after a two-vehicle head-on collision Tuesday along Browns Bridge Road in northeastern Forsyth County.

July 15, 2014 | | Local


Dentistry offers pleasant experience for kids

When dental hygienist Margaret Conrad arrives at work in the morning, she's not greeted by the quiet beige walls and elevator music of a typical dentist's office. Instead she hears upbeat pop tunes and sees a colorful mural of life under the sea.

July 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Fire rating may lower insurance in Hall County

An improved insurance rating for Hall County Fire Services could spell financial relief for some residents, according to county officials.

July 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


TV 18 funding causes confusion

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the city of Gainesville last week to continue splitting the cost of operating the local government channel, TV 18.

July 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fifth lesson: Breaststroke practice ends in disappointment

The first class of my second week of taking adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center was more of a sink than a swim.

July 15, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


New hospital in Braselton seeks employees

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton is "on track" to filling 500-600 positions needed to staff the new South Hall hospital, which is set to open next spring, a hospital official said Monday.

July 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Garth Brooks reveals tour info to Gainesville man

After a weekend of anticipation, Andy Roberts finally got a call from Garth Brooks announcing the first stop on his worldwide tour.

July 15, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Junior League distributes food at new location

Junior League of Gainesville and Hall County continues to help local families by providing food to the needy, but the group's move to a new office location stalled growth with a low turnout at last month's distribution.

July 15, 2014 | | Local


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