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Norton's yearly report offers sunny economic outlook in dark times

In his annual Native Intelligence report, Gainesville real estate executive Frank Norton Jr. used that age old adage, "When life give you lemons, make lemonade."

January 22, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Suspect charged in string of break-ins

Gainesville police today arrested a man suspected in a string of auto break-ins in the southeast part of town.

Milton Grant, 40, was arrested on a charge of loitering on Fair Street this morning, Gainesville Police Lt. Brian Kelly said.

January 22, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Man gets two years for Wal-Mart bomb threat

A Rabun County man was sentenced to two years in prison today in federal court in Gainesville for phoning a bomb threat to a Wal-Mart store.

Thomas Narron, Sr., 44, of Rebecca pleaded guilty to making threatening communications.

January 22, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson elementary schools focus on getting students caught up

Officials at the two elementary schools within the Jefferson school system realize that most students aren't magicians.

January 22, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Invasive species eating up Georgia, but DNR has a plan

Any living thing that's in a place where it's not supposed to be can cause trouble.

January 22, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Judges take turns on bench in death-penalty hearing

The death penalty case of Allan Robert Dickie will have had four different superior court judges presiding before it gets close to coming to trial.

January 22, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville business owner becomes a US citizen

President Barack Obama made history by taking an oath on Tuesday, but the oath Jose Covarrubias took Wednesday in Atlanta made Jan. 21 a big day for him.

January 22, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tax collections are down in Hall County this year

The Hall County Board of Commissioners requested an update on tax collections from Tax Commissioner Keith Echols at its work session Wednesday.

January 22, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch closer to adding traffic light at crossroads

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch appears closer to getting a traffic light installed at the busy intersection of Thurmon Tanner Parkway and Phil Niekro Boulevard.

January 21, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville State gets $100,855 from Wal-Mart

OAKWOOD - The Wal-Mart State Giving Foundation has made a $100,855 donation to Gainesville State College to create a Wal-Mart Scholars program for male and minority students seeking a degree in early childhood education.

January 21, 2009 | | Local


Locals who made the trip endured lines to see history made

WASHINGTON - More than a handful of Hall Countians can now legitimately flaunt the "I was there" buttons vendors were hawking up and down the streets of Washington.

January 21, 2009 | By Jessica Jordan and Harris Blackwood The Times | Local


Local retailers pulling peanut butter products

The FDA's growing list of recalled products containing peanut butter connected to a salmonella outbreak is changing daily, and grocers expect more foods to be pulled from shelves as the probe into a Blakely processing plant continues.

January 21, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lila Cooley: Cold and crowds worth the effort

I'm tired. I'm still cold and shivering despite the fact that I'm sitting in the warmth of a heated house. My nose is running uncontrollably. My voice is hoarse due to a combination of excessive talking and a lack of sleep.

January 21, 2009 | By Lila Kate Cooley For The Times | Local


Jefferson schools consider becoming a charter system

The Jefferson City School System is thinking about leaving tradition behind and joining a growing group of charter school systems.

January 21, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Fire marshal won’t confirm racial motivations behind blaze at Obama supporter's house

CUMMING - William Morrow still is in disbelief, struggling to come to grips with the suspicious fire that destroyed his daughter's house Sunday morning.

January 21, 2009 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


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Agency seeks gifts for seniors, children

Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging and Chick-fil-A are teaming up this holiday season to provide Christmas gifts to needy area seniors and children.

December 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Continuous flow intersection construction to begin in early '15

Georgia's first continuous flow intersection is set to begin construction early next year.

December 10, 2014 | By AMANDA HEAD ahead@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Ministry seeks help with backpacks to aid area homeless

A New Walk church in Gainesville is seeking backpacks to distribute to homeless people in the area.

December 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


SPLOST draft list includes roadwork, 911 upgrades

Hall County government officials on Tuesday released a draft list of potential SPLOST VII projects, including potentially $46.7 million budgeted for road improvement projects.

December 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cagle urges 'big and bold' approach to transportation issues

ATHENS - In the face of a nationwide infrastructure crisis, Georgia needs to be "big and bold" in meeting its long-term transportation needs, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told a large gathering of transportation officials Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Family offers forgiveness as man sentenced for killing grandmother

Ronnie Quqomeki Rucker didn't know his grandmother Lula Bell Howard, 70, had died as he talked with investigators after he stabbed Howard at her home.

December 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local




Brenau gets green light on physical therapy doctorate program

Brenau University will soon be accepting and educating future doctors of physical therapy.

December 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville planning board OKs one request, denies another

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board met Tuesday night to discuss requests for a rezoning and a zoning amendment.

December 09, 2014 | | Local


Suspect identified in Monday stabbing

The suspect and victim in a stabbing Monday morning have been identified.

December 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


US unveils federal law enforcement profiling curbs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing.

December 09, 2014 | By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Local


The Local Agenda: State legislators to discuss issues over breakfast

Legislators representing Hall County under the Gold Dome are scheduled to talk about the upcoming legislative session at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast.

December 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Brenau construction remains on schedule

The extensive construction on Brenau University's campus is well underway and right on schedule for completion next year.

December 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall commissioners discuss tennis court repairs

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Monday took up the issue of tennis court repairs at the Village at Deaton Creek in Hoschton.

December 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall to release sales tax projects list

Residents planning to attend a final public input meeting Thursday on a proposed extension of the special purpose local option sales tax should have some projects to consider if they go.

December 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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