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Prostitution goes high-tech

Some are paid with playing cards or poker chips for 15-minute allotments in run-down houses.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


No bail for 3 suspects in blue jean caper

DAWSONVILLE - Authorities say they believe at least one suspect arrested after Tuesday's botched burglary at the Dawsonville outlet mall was involved in a similar burglary in Buckhead, during which a female employee was assaulted.

June 24, 2008 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


A starry night of fireworks and music

Gainesville State College took on the atmosphere of a summer picnic Friday evening as thousands turned out for fireworks, fun and, of course, music.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Maple Street building to become parking lot

Gainesville appears ready to tear down the old Greater South Supply building at 320 Maple St.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


State OKs Gainesville charter system plan

The State Board of Education voted 8-2 Thursday to approve the Gainesville school system's application to become a charter school system.

The Charter Systems Act gives school systems freedom from some state restrictions so that they can develop innovative ways to increase student achievement, but it also makes school systems more accountable for academic results.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Village at Deaton Creek involved in nationwide EPA settlement

Four of the nation's largest homebuilders, including one with a major residential development in Hall County, have agreed to pay $4.3 million in fines for failing to control runoff at construction sites in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County budget plan won’t increase tax rates

The Hall County budget for fiscal year 2009 was presented at Thursday afternoon's commission meeting to mixed reviews.

The budget, presented by Hall County Finance Director Michaela Thompson, did not increase the millage, or tax rate - in fact a slight decrease is proposed - and was drafted to make cuts to counteract lower revenues and a slumping economy.

June 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Ingles grocery sprouts in South Hall

The expansion of new retail shopping in South Hall County gains another player on Saturday as Ingles, the North Carolina-based supermarket chain, opens a store at 4260 Winder Highway, near the Martin Road intersection.

"This is an 80,000-square-foot store with a pharmacy, a fuel center and a car wash," said Ron Freeman, chief financial officer of Ingles.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Volunteers help send greetings to soldiers overseas

"Worst-case scenario, if you send a MARSgram to a guy on a ballistic-missile submarine that only surfaces every three months, he probably won't get it for a few months," Chuck Leming said.

Leming, the Georgia MARS training officer, was not talking about the candy bar nor the red planet. Leming was referring to a way of messaging soldiers overseas, the MARSgram.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Company wins national award for completion of Hall jail

"On time and on budget" was the mantra when Hall County's $54 million jail was built on Barber Road last year.

June 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Camp’s art mirrors life

Like kids in a candy shop, the class eagerly crowded around the drawers and boxes of the art supply station. They sifted their fingers through the assortment of supplies, which included everything from seashells and sequins to Popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville schools: Ballowe doesn’t have the answers

Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe was unable to provide definitive answers Wednesday for why the district has amassed a $6.6 million deficit over two years or why this year's budget has huge spending increases in several areas.

Instead, Ballowe pushed off specific questions about the district's spending to chief financial officer Janet Allison.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water babies: Little ones learn to swim at Green Street pool

Sunshine and splashes abounded Thursday as kids, with the help of kickboards and their parents, made their way around the Green Street Pool during the Water Babies class.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville denies schools' request for tax collection waiver

Gainesville City Council voted Thursday morning to deny the Gainesville school board's request to not charge the system the city's 1 percent fee for property tax collection and sending out tax notices.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ceremony marks end of first phase of Flowery Branch streetscape project

Melting ice cream and a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of Flowery Branch's phase one streetscape project.

Former DOT Chairman Mike Evans and state Rep. James Mills, who were instrumental in securing the funding for the $321,000 project, spoke to the crowd of about 30 people at the celebration Wednesday afternoon in the railroad depot.

June 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Longstreet Society celebrates 20-year anniversary

The Longstreet Society held a volunteer work day Saturday to clean up the grounds and do minor repairs to the Piedmont Hotel for the society's 20th anniversary.

July 14, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Gainesville host of World War II reunions dies

Asa Autry's military devotion extended way beyond his service in World War II.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: School board meetings in Gainesville to change venue

Starting July 21, Gainesville's regular Board of Education meeting will be held on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the municipal center on Queen City Parkway.

July 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Forsyth planning new parks on Lanier

July 14, 2014 | By Megan Reed Times regional staff | Local


Syfan Logistics to expand, add 50 jobs

Gainesville-based Syfan Logistics is in expansion mode, planning to hire about 50 people and spend about $2 million more by the end of this year.

July 14, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


Trucking, logistics site planned at Lula industrial park

The owner of Gainesville trucking and logistics companies is seeking a rezoning so he can build corporate offices and maintenance facilities off Ga. 365 in Lula.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Don Carter State Park celebrates first year

Ronald Brown doesn't just visit Don Carter State Park - he frequents it.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Former pro golfer, GHS star athlete Valentine dies at 64

Former star Gainesville and University of Georgia athlete and pro golfer Tommy Valentine died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.

July 14, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Parents, experts weigh factors in picking day care

The state Department of Early Care and Learning announced Friday that Discovering Basics day care in Clermont would have its license revoked, leaving parents whose kids attend the center scrambling for alternatives.

July 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Picking the best day care a parental priority

After two years of paperwork, a star has landed in Gainesville.

July 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Social media posts often used to screen jurors

Online social media profiles have become a seamless extension of our real-world personalities. But with broader access to sharing your life and personality via the Internet come implications, including with the criminal justice system.

July 13, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


The circus came to town

Titus Smith, 6, pets "Runaway" on Saturday after riding her at the Loomis Bros. Circus at Chicopee Agricultural Center. David and Ashley Smith of Buford, with youngest son Gage, 1, are in the background. The circus featured acrobats, clowns, aerialists, thrill acts and animal acts including elephants and Bengal and white Siberian tigers. "We hope to come back next year," said spokesperson Erik Scott. "The response was pretty good."

July 13, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Hall's price tag mounting for Glades Reservoir

With the delay of a draft environmental impact statement, costs continue mounting with no end in sight for the proposed Glades Reservoir.

July 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


1 week left to vote early in runoff

With one week of advance voting left, more than 1,000 Hall County voters have cast ballots in the runoff set for July 22.

July 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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