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Looking Ahead: Schools prepare for a year of expansion

Construction is the name of the game for local schools and colleges in 2009.

December 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville may increase tax on hotel stays

Gainesville officials are considering a hike in the hotel-motel tax that could tack on as much as an 8 percent tax to room rates for hotel guests in the city.

December 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


24 die on state roads during holiday

A fatal wreck Friday in Dawson County was among the 3,325 crashes statewide that killed 24 people during the 102-hour Christmas holiday travel period.

Timothy Brian Pettyjohn, 19, of Carlton, died after the 1996 Geo Tracker he was driving hit a tree shortly before 7 a.m. Friday, according to an operator at the state patrol post in Cumming.

December 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Oakwood City Council approves 21-acre mixed-retail project

A 21-acre, mixed-retail development has gotten final approval from the Oakwood City Council.

December 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Questions remain in Hoschton teen's death

HOSCHTON - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into how a 14-year-old Jackson County Comprehensive High School student died over the weekend.

December 30, 2008 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Hall County board reinstates chief tax appraiser

After holding a special called executive session Monday, the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors voted 3-2 to reinstate Mike Henderson as the county's chief tax appraiser following an audit of his tax records.

December 30, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


The original Collegiate returns

Jeff Worley's first job was working at The Collegiate Grill at the age of 12. He was so small that the owner placed a wooden Coca-Cola crate on the floor so the youngster could reach the soft drink dispenser.

December 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Prayers answered: Growing S. Hall church to add parking lot

Church leaders are thankful for the growth, but more members means the need for more asphalt.

December 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Take care, because holiday traditions can be painful

The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but they also can be a disaster waiting to happen.

December 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


The self-sufficiency wage: Sometimes a job isn't enough

Opponents to public assistance - aka, welfare - often say that recipients should go out and get a job. But a recent study has revealed that being employed may not necessarily decrease a person's chances of needing assistance from the government.

December 29, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


12 Days to a Fire-Safe Christmas: Use caution with fireplaces

For many, the roaring fire in the fireplace adds to the holiday festivities. However, if not used properly, the fireplace can be a source of deadly home fires. Remember these tips when using your fireplace:

December 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gwinnett County: Suwanee man killed in I-85 accident

A Suwanee man was killed early Sunday morning after losing control of his vehicle on Interstate 85 northbound at the Interstate 985 split.

Preliminary investigation by Gwinnett County Police indicates William T. Rollins, 31, of Suwanee lost control of the white 2003 Nissan 350Z he was driving, left the roadway and went onto the shoulder. The vehicle rotated through the grassy shoulder and hit several trees before coming to rest, according to Gwinnett Police.

December 29, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville taxes due today

The only certainties in life are death and taxes, and the lucky Gainesville property owner only will have to face the latter today.

December 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Meet your government: Gainesville’s fire marshal lauds Boys & Girls Clubs

Jerome Yarbrough believes in the Boys & Girls Clubs because of what it did for him.

December 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


LOST revenue lost in Jackson County and Jefferson

Everyone seems to be crunching numbers and adjusting their budgets these days, and local governments are no different.

December 29, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Jackson inmate took truck keys from shop, warden says

Inmate Michael Lillibridge got the keys to a Jackson County government-owned truck and drove away from a work detail, according to Jackson County Correctional Institute Warden Johnny Weaver.

May 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County remembers Kelly Nash

Alan Nash caught a glimpse of the plaque for his late son's memorial, a sign to stand before Kelly Nash's bench at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Final members of SPLOST citizens committee nominated

Gainesville City Council is poised to approve three nominations to the first-ever citizens committee overseeing how special purpose local option sales tax revenue is spent.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall Chamber celebrates businesses, volunteers, leaders at annual gala

What sets Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce apart from the rest?

May 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Police: Drugs man gave friend weren’t oxycodone but something much stronger

Pills sold between two friends, according to a Gainesville Police investigator, led to one 23-year-old's death.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New rate offered to Gainesville-based Red Oak Sanitation

It is unclear whether a private trash collection service operating in Flowery Branch and unincorporated Hall County will accept a newly proposed discounted rate to dispose at the Candler Road landfill.

May 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Escaped Jackson County inmate back in custody

A statewide lookout ended around 8 p.m. Thursday for an inmate from Jackson County who escaped from a work crew.

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Man accused of driving toward deputy arrested in Flowery Branch

May 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


King’s Hawaiian cancels celebration event

The scheduled celebration for a new plant at the current King's Hawaiian Bakery Southeast in Flowery Branch was canceled due to the timing of a bird flu outbreak that has now affected more than 33 million turkeys, chickens and ducks in at least a dozen states.

May 14, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


5K benefits 1-year-old being treated for eye cancer

Asher Rock is a lively 1-year-old boy who loves blowing kisses and playing with his "Percy the Small Engine" model train.

May 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


TAD funds approved for real estate, construction business

The Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee recommended Wednesday that Owens Management Group receive $17,500 in funds to renovate and convert a residential home into an office space for its real estate investment company and light-construction business.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Free meals will be available for children in summer

Many children are reasonably well-fed from August to May - eating hot, balanced breakfast and lunch at school Monday through Friday.

May 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Slippery slope concerns arise as Hall officials debate trash dumping rate

Concerns about setting a bad precedent have given pause to some Hall County officials over whether to approve a discounted rate for a private trash collection service to dispose at the Candler Road landfill.

May 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tri-state group OKs water management plan for basin

A private tri-state water group has settled in six years what remains a thorny issue for Georgia, Florida and Alabama after 20 years - the sharing of waters in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin.

May 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Major companies moving away from antimicrobial use in chickens

Nick Ball says putting antibiotics in poultry is "putting bandaids over bulletholes."

May 13, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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