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Meeting to set stage for new SPLOST

Hall County and area municipal officials will gather today to begin laying the groundwork for a new special purpose local option sales tax.

March 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Gainesville Little League throws first pitches

Players broke from the usual protocol and charged onto the field Saturday morning at City Park during opening day ceremonies for the Gainesville Parks and Recreation baseball and softball teams.

March 23, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Food Bank celebrates supporters, sets new goals

Kay Blackstock, executive director of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, said Saturday night's first-ever celebration of the organization's new Harvester Club wasn't a challenge issued but an invitation to the community to help feed more people in the coming year.

March 23, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Visitors get sneak peek at Smithgall Garden, set for fall opening

If there was a college basketball tournament going Saturday, visitors to the Gainesville's Smithgall Woodland Garden weren't concerned with missing the games.

March 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Suspect in Oakwood jewelry theft identified, arrested

A suspect has been arrested and will be charged following a recent burglary at an antiques shop in Oakwood.

March 23, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Area schools grapple with how to educate student refugees

Holyer Gomez Mendoza crossed the choppy Rio Grande in a small boat before U.S. officials caught him and later decided to admit him to the country as a refugee.

March 22, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Failure of medical marijuana bill leaves Hall mother sad, determined

In the expiring moments of the 2014 legislative session Thursday, Georgia lawmakers gleefully threw shredded paper in the air, a tradition signifying the end of business.

March 22, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Unopposed races mean fewer choices for area voters

The five incumbent Republican state lawmakers from Hall County all are running unopposed this election year, and whether that's surprising depends on who you ask.

March 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


No one hurt as firefighters battle trio of blazes

Hall County fire crews battled three separate fires in the county overnight Friday into Saturday morning, fire Chief David Kimbrell reported. No one was injured in any of the fires.

March 22, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Students celebrate ribbon-cutting for farmers market

Officials, school leaders and students celebrated Farm at the Oaks, a new farmers market at Lanier Charter Career Academy, at a Friday ceremony.

March 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall cities team up on paving effort

Oakwood is leading the way in seeking bids for a repaving contract that would also serve Clermont in North Hall and South Hall County neighbors Flowery Branch and Braselton. The four governments plan to accept bids until April 10.

March 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Civic group moves to purchase Elks Lodge on Riverside Drive

The Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County has entered into a contract to purchase the Elks Lodge on Riverside Drive, with an expected closing date in early May.

March 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Suspect still at large in 2013 Lula shooting

On May 23, 2013, a bullet struck Laurien Marsh in the head. She miraculously survived the shooting with minor physical consequences, but the emotional scars never healed in the months before she died Feb. 16 at age 60, her daughter said.

March 21, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local




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Clermont recycling business asks for 2nd chance

Ben Jackson readily admits he got off to the wrong start.

April 07, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


UGA to pay homage to Masseys

Gainesville poultry icon Abit Massey and his family are being honored Friday as the University of Georgia's 2014 Alumni Family of the Year.

April 07, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Class Notes: Hall students can now apply for transfer via open enrollment

Students inside the Hall County School District who want to transfer to another county school can apply now through April 22.

April 06, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County offices to observe Victims’ Rights Week with ceremony

A brief ceremony outside the Hall County Courthouse this week will honor crime victims.

April 06, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Showers kick off the week

An umbrella is needed for the first three days of the week, but sun and warm temperatures should return in time for the weekend.

April 06, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Document shredding event slated for Friday

The Times and Document Destruction Services will combine for a document shredding event Friday to benefit Hall County Relay for Life.

April 06, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


The changing face of Brenau: University to celebrate 135 years with new buildings

Brenau University President Ed Schrader is marking off the days until the end of the school year.

April 06, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Attorney, advocate for indigent defense, to receive statewide award

In 2003, a battle brewed in Georgia's legislature over the creation of a statewide indigent defense system.

April 06, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville considers allowing digital billboards

The city of Gainesville is considering allowing digital billboards to be erected within the city limits, but concerns remain about how distracting such electronic signs might be to drivers.

April 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Group moves forward on water study, albeit in secret

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders soldiers on, but behind closed doors.

April 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


2014 Masters in Teaching

On Tuesday, the sixth annual Masters in Teaching program at Featherbone Communiversity honored nine local

April 05, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Expo pushes youth health, safety tips

Saturday's second annual Children and Youth Health and Safety Expo at the Academies of Discovery Gym in Oakwood featured safety tips from organizations like American Red Cross, Expanded Food And Nutrition Education Program and Hall County Fire Services.

April 05, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Apartments proposed off Queen City Parkway

A 94,000-square-foot, 90-unit apartment complex is proposed for a 2.2-acre site off Queen City Parkway at Banks Street across from the Gainesville Public Safety Complex.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville man reappointed to state civil rights board

Gainesville resident Justin Pressley has been appointed to a second two-year term on the Georgia State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

April 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Diversity a key goal for law enforcement

Census figures confirm Hall County is still growing, and if predictions hold true, becoming more diverse.

April 05, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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