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Feds put Hall, 157 other Georgia counties in disaster status over drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a request for a primary disaster designation for 158 counties, including Hall, based on production losses due to the ongoing drought and excessive temperatures.

December 26, 2008 | From staff, wire reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Vacant home fires a ‘sign of the times’

When the smoke cleared after a devastating house fire Dec. 5 on Ridgemont Trace, Gainesville fire investigators had a real mystery on their hands.

Not only were they searching for clues as to how the vacant two-story, three-bedroom home burned, they were searching for an owner. Nearly two weeks later, they still haven't found anyone who will claim the house.

December 26, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


The line for jobs is getting longer

Evelyn Stafford's job with a Christian ministry in Atlanta was cut in July 2007.

Before that, she spent an extensive career as an executive assistant, including a 15-year stint at the highest levels of the Coca-Cola Co., where she accepted a partial job buyout offer in 2000.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Lula’s holiday gift: No property taxes, again

Hearing that the Lula City Council decided to eliminate property taxes sounds like a dream to some.

December 26, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville soldier’s wife pleads not guilty to setting fire that killed 2 kids

PADUCAH, Ky. - The wife of a Gainesville soldier has pleaded not guilty to charges of setting a fire that killed her two young children at their home on a Kentucky military base.

December 26, 2008 | From wire reports | Local


Some restaurants want Jefferson to charge less for water taps

JEFFERSON - One size fits all may work for some things, but when it comes to water tap service fees, Jefferson officials have discovered that a more specific payment schedule is needed.

December 26, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Barrow County's Bethlehem gets its postmarks ready for Christmas

BETHLEHEM-The post office in the little town of Bethlehem starts rocking in December with customers from across the state bringing their Christmas cards for the postmark from the town named for the birthplace of Jesus.

December 26, 2008 | BY KATHY BRIDGES Times regional staff | Local


Hall sales tax extension could boost Vision 2030 plans

A vote next year on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax could give a boost to the idea conceived in the Vision 2030 program.

Denise Deal, executive director of the program, told a Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce gathering on Wednesday that five of the program's "Big Ideas" are included in some form in the proposed tax referendum, set for March 17.

December 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Streetscape leads Flowery Branch to dip into water funds

FLOWERY BRANCH - A $321,000 grant used to spruce up downtown turned into a project that ended up costing Flowery Branch an additional $166,333, a year-end audit shows.

December 26, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Challenged Child names J.C. Smith interim executive director

Challenged Child and Friends, a Gainesville center for both disabled children and their nonhandicapped peers, has named an interim executive director.

December 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


The economy hits home: This Christmas, cheap is good, free is better

As he listened to the Christmas wishes of children who joined him for a carriage ride around Gainesville's downtown square Thursday evening, Santa Claus did not seem fazed by the troubles of the economy.

December 26, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


South Hall man arrested after standoff with SWAT team

An Oakwood man was arrested Wednesday night after a five-hour standoff with law enforcement officers that began after he reportedly fired numerous rounds from a shotgun from his back porch.

December 25, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Georgia charter schools earn national recognition

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers presented its first national Improving Policy award to Georgia. Georgia was the only state in the nation chosen for the award.

December 25, 2008 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall will keep investigating fire that made house 'unlivable'

Investigators will return Thursday to the scene of a blaze that damaged 70 percent of a South Hall home Wednesday night.

December 25, 2008 | Michael Hughes | Local


Is the air dirty near your child's school?

Some Hall County school officials were caught off guard last week when they heard about a USA TODAY online report called "The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools."

December 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Democrats select election board members

The Hall County Democratic Party selected its appointees Monday night to the new elections board that will launch in January.

November 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Destructive devices found in Forsyth home

November 18, 2014 | Kayla Robins Times regional Staff | Local


Hall weather alert system to be tested Wednesday morning

Hall County will conduct a test Wednesday morning of its weather alert system.

November 18, 2014 | | Local


Hall fire marshal warns of winter hazards

When the mercury drops low in the thermometer, Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle knows there are growing risks for Hall residents trying to stay warm.

November 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council to amend Tax Allocation District policies

Gainesville City Council will meet tonight to vote on proposed amendments to the way projects seeking Tax Allocation District financing are evaluated and approved.

November 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula: $1.9M in sales tax extension would be spent on roads, water/sewer, parks

Lula estimates it could get $1.9 million from a proposed five-year extension of the special purpose local option sales tax.

November 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


New details emerge in jogger's sexual assault case

A Hall County Sheriff's Office investigator testified a man suspected of sexually assaulting a teenage girl returned her to her jogging path Nov. 2 with his girlfriend driving the car.

November 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County's Sugar Hill Elementary wants to create program of choice

Sugar Hill Elementary School presented a tentative plan to the Hall County school board Monday for the creation of a Talent and Career Program of Choice.

November 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Tennessee suspends Gainesville grad Johnson amid sexual assault investigation

Tennessee has suspended leading tackler A.J. Johnson, a Gainesville High graduate, and defensive back Michael Williams amid a sexual assault investigation.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Gainesville City Schools changes attendance policy

Gainesville City Schools wants its students to miss less than six school days a year.

November 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Sprinklers cause false alarm at Gainesville's Fair Street School

A faulty sprinkler head in an elevator shaft Monday morning caused children to be evacuated from Fair Street School.

November 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville, Hall County reach deal on Ahaluna development

Officials from Hall County and the city of Gainesville have reached an agreement that will allow for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier.

November 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Miller loses Senate president pro tem vote

State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, lost the vote Monday for Senate president pro tem in the Georgia legislature.

November 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Former Gov. Sanders dies, was key force in Hall’s early growth

Carl Sanders was Georgia's governor but also a huge contributor to Hall County's early growth.

November 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Space heater blamed for mobile home fire

An electric space heater too close to a Christmas tree has left five people without a home.

November 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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