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Forsyth County interested in buying water from planned reservoir

Hall County has received a letter of commitment from Forsyth County to purchase water from the future Glades Reservoir.

February 17, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jefferson consignment sale all about good deals

JEFFERSON - As the mother of two, Rebekah McDowell knows how quickly children can outgrow their clothes and how expensive it can be to buy new ones.

February 17, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville police build database with new fingerprint system

The age-old forensic craft of fingerprint identification just got a 21st century upgrade in Gainesville.

February 17, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Some residents oppose development possibilities

Mike Baker moved nearly a year ago to Bell Drive in South Hall because of the surroundings.

February 17, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Refunds going out for vehicle tax overcharge

Georgia residents with January and February birthdays soon may receive a surprise gift.

February 17, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


House fire leads to minor injuries

Two people were treated for minor smoke inhalation Wednesday after escaping a fire that destroyed their house in North Hall.

February 17, 2010 | From staff reports | Local


Civil rights leader to speak at Brenau

In celebration of Black History Month, several Brenau University student organizations have joined to bring civil rights leader Diane Nash to the school's campus on Thursday.

February 16, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall sheriff's office IDs victim in Sunday night shooting

Authorities on Tuesday released the identity of a Snellville man shot to death in a remote North Hall park Sunday night but provided little additional information in the unsolved murder.

February 16, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lake group may cut back on goals with higher lake level and slipping donations

BUFORD - The future of 1071 Coalition, a Lake Lanier advocacy group, is unclear after the group releases its long-awaited economic impact study this spring.

February 16, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man gets life without parole in quadruple murder

Some questions surrounding the worst crime in the history of Hoschton likely will remain unanswered after a Jackson County man admitted in court to killing four people, including his two children.

February 16, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Center expands room, services in new location

The Children's Center for Hope and Healing has moved into a location that doubles its space.

February 16, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville council says ‘no’ to skateboarding downtown

Gainesville's elected officials took the first step Tuesday toward banning skateboarders from the city's public areas.

February 16, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Teachers eager to learn, add new technology

The media center at Flowery Branch High School was somewhat of an alternate universe Tuesday afternoon.

February 16, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Local


Clermont council will fight for library

The Clermont City Council decided Tuesday it was willing to take any action necessary to keep the North Hall library in Clermont.

February 16, 2010 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Ex-youth pastor sentenced in child molestations

Saying a former Gainesville youth minister's breach of trust will have a lifelong impact on two young men, a judge sentenced the convicted child molester to 18 years in prison Tuesday.

February 16, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Decrease in Hall gang activity attributed to deportation program

The arrest last month of an alleged MS-13 gang member in Flowery Branch was one of the more recent appearances of the Salvadoran group in Hall County.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Some teachers spend summers right back at work

Teachers work hard from August through May.

June 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flowery Branch plans for more art downtown

Flowery Branch City Planner John McHenry is looking for more ways to incorporate art into the downtown area.

June 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Oakwood poultry producer Wayne Farms plans public stock sale

An Oakwood-based poultry producer is forging ahead with plans for an initial public stock offering.

June 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Dawsonville man guilty of murder, believed cellmate was the devil

Believing his cellmate was the devil, John Darrell Setchel grabbed 72-year-old Ronald Sailers off of the top bunk in the Hall County Jail and slammed his head into the ground until he died, prosecutors said Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Judge rejects Georgia’s motion to dismiss water wars case

A Maine lawyer overseeing the latest legal battle in the tri-state water wars has denied Georgia's motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


New rules coming for commercial vehicles

To be compliant with new federal rules, the Georgia Department of Driver Services is making procedural changes next month for commercial drivers, limiting cell phone use while driving and enacting new road testing requirements.

June 18, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Brenau construction continues on schedule

Four stately homes with towering white columns line the west side of Prior Street, ready for their tenants to move in this fall.

June 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Dump the Pump Day promotes local public transportation

Gainesville participated in the 10th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday to promote public transportation as gas prices climb over the summer months.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fireworks law not sparking much response in Hall

Local response to a new state fireworks law is, so far, a dud.

June 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch approves budget, tax increase

Flowery Branch leaders approved next year's budget along with a tax increase at Thursday's meeting, but it wasn't without some dissonance.

June 18, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Charleston shooting latest incident in ‘history with hate violence’

A church shooting in Charleston, S.C., that killed nine, didn't come as a surprise to the Rev. Rose Johnson.

June 18, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Hall officials split on budget options, others undecided

The two budget scenarios Hall County officials are considering for the 2016 fiscal year boil down to whether to approve a tax increase or use additional reserve funds to balance the spending plan.

June 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Plaintiffs in Chestatee prayer case may proceed anonymously

A U.S. District Judge granted the American Humanist Association's motion Tuesday to allow the three plaintiffs in the Chestatee High School prayer case to stay anonymous.

June 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


With changes to alcohol regulations, what’s next for Gainesville?

For a community long accustomed to unusual restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol, it's been a remarkable change of pace for Gainesville to amend its ordinances over the last year or so to accommodate businesses serving up beer, liquor and wine.

June 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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