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Bank economist foresees 3rd-quarter recovery

FLOWERY BRANCH - An economist for Georgia's largest bank told Hall County officials Thursday that he believes the nation's economy will emerge from the recession in the third quarter of this year.

February 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Rotten economy boosts demand for free Safe Kids safety products

The coordinator of Safe Kids of Gainesville-Hall County used to get a couple of calls a week from parents asking about free child car seats.

February 19, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson officer broke no laws, DA says

A Jefferson police officer has been cleared of any criminal misconduct by the district attorney, but he will not return to regular duty just yet.

February 19, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Experts gauge recent rains benefits

If Shakespeare had been around to witness Wednesday night's thunderstorms, he would have described it like this: "Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

February 19, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


4-H team to match its shooting skills against officers

On Saturday, members of the Hall County 4-H BB and rifle team will compete against local law enforcement officers in the 4-H Cops and Kids BB Challenge.

February 19, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Correctional institute escapee captured

A 19-year-old Murrayville armed robbery convict was caught this morning nearly two hours after he escaped from the Hall County Correctional Institute.

February 19, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


State cancels champion tree contest

Gainesville's annual Arbor Day celebration will go on as usual this Friday, but one element of the program will be conspicuously absent.

February 18, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Affidavit: Regions easement was to expire

A sworn statement could be a key document in a lawsuit between the developers of a high-rise hotel and office complex in Midtown Gainesville and Regions Financial Corp.

February 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson schools add bus routes as more opt to ride en masse

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson City School System is noticing something that it hadn't seen prior to students leaving for Christmas break - more bus riders.

February 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Power utilities weakened by fewer customers

For years, Jackson Electric Membership Corp. enjoyed steady growth in both residential and commercial customers.

February 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Local officials relieved at renewal of state homeowner tax grant

Local officials were happy to avoid sending out an additional tax bill this year after Gov. Sonny Perdue signed legislation Tuesday to provide money for the Homeowner Tax Relief Grant.

February 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Local mission group gives away new car

A Gainesville-based mission organization has completed its first fundraising event with the awarding of a new car to a woman who said she really needed one.

February 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Law enforcement hopes video photos help nab smash-and-grab theft suspect

Authorities have released surveillance camera images in hopes of collaring a suspect in a rash of late-night smash-and-grab burglaries.

February 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


7th-graders show they care by helping others

Local middle schoolers are putting down the video games and practicing good deeds to show family, teachers and community residents they care.

February 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Child molester gets 12 years in prison, 8 more on probation

Jeremy Puckett was caught molesting a 3-year-old girl by a woman he thought was sleeping and later gave a full confession to investigators.

February 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$750K grant to fund Department of Juvenile Justice service program

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice received a $750,000 federal grant for a re-entry program, with the intent to have a pilot program identified by next month.

October 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


No one hurt in Atlanta Highway house fire

No one was injured in house fire Sunday evening on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, fire officials said.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville center to provide counseling for abused boys

Nearly one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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