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Flowery Branch mulls Buford firm’s TAD request

Flowery Branch City Council is set to vote Wednesday on whether to approve a tax allocation district reimbursement request for the developer of a planned $15 million downtown project.

November 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Church aims to spread Christmas cheer around the world

It's not even Thanksgiving, but Lakewood Baptist Church is hoping people will do a little Christmas shopping this week for a child across the world.

November 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Plaintiff: Novelist destroyed evidence

Questions of whether Haywood Smith defamed her childhood acquaintance in her 2003 novel took a backseat Monday to discussions about whether the author of "The Red Hat Club" intentionally destroyed evidence pertinent to the lawsuit against her.

November 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County, Oakwood at odds over proposed annexation

Hall County and the city of Oakwood will take their dispute over annexation into arbitration next month.

November 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville may use DOT funds to fix roads

The Gainesville City Council will consider accepting funds from the state Department of Transportation's Local Assistance Road Program today.

November 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Electrical short caused minor fire at Fair Street school

Firefighters have responded to a small electrical fire at Fair Street Elementary School in Gainesville.

Preliminary reports are that an electrical outlet at the school caught fire.

November 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Weather hampers Braselton road project

Rainy weather has delayed a private-public effort to revamp roads in the Duncan Corners area of Braselton in South Hall.

November 15, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Soldiers headed to Afghanistan

The community will gather Tuesday at Riverside Military Academy to honor a group of soldiers departing for Afghanistan.

November 15, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


New Holland principal settling into her new role

Pam Wood never planned on becoming an elementary school principal. In fact, the former banker said she didn't realize teaching was her calling until she stumbled upon her passion for education as a Sunday school teacher.

November 15, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Pharmacy offers help with remembering medication

If you are constantly forgetting which medication you are supposed to take after lunch and which one you need before bed, Dixie City Pharmacy may have a solution for you.

November 15, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Barrow school system responds to teacher’s lawsuit

WINDER - The Barrow County School District filed a response last week to the petition for a writ of mandamus submitted by former Apalachee High School teacher Ashley Payne earlier this month.

November 15, 2009 | By Carmen Peterson Times regional staff | Local


Education center named after longtime Hall resident

Ada Mae Ivester marked her 80th birthday on Sunday by learning that the new education center at the Northeast Georgia History Center has been named in her honor.

November 15, 2009 | Jennifer Messer | Local


A lot can happen in 7 minutes

Lynn Egan had not been a Hall County resident for even one day when she had her first encounter with emergency response.

November 15, 2009 | Melissa Weinman and Ashley Fielding mweinman@gainesvilletimes.com and afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Lanier Charter Career Academy cooks up job opportunities

Frying pans, knives and whisks will be the learning tools of students who enroll in courses next fall at Hall County's forthcoming classroom.

November 15, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jackson County boy's drowning still under investigation

The death of a Jackson County boy who drowned in a babysitter's swimming pool Thursday remains under investigation, officials said Saturday.

November 15, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Ask The Times: Sorority houses closer to the street than some

The new sorority houses at Brenau on Prior Street spoil the look and feel of the college campus. Did the college have to get special zoning variances or exceptions to build them so close together and so close to the street?

June 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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