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Wall Street’s tumult worries some residents

While the economic outlook darkened even further with bad reports on layoffs and consumer confidence, Friday was one of the quietest days since the financial meltdown began a month ago. Wall Street's tumultuous week turned out to be its best in five years.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 127 points Friday, but turned in the strong week because of two huge days of gains - a record 936-point jump on Monday and an increase of 401 points Thursday.

October 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Thurmon Tanner project may go to Monroe contractor

A Monroe contractor has been named as the apparent low bidder for the last leg of a planned extension of Thurmon Tanner Parkway, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said Friday.

Gary's Grading and Pipeline Co. submitted the lowest bid out of 11 bidders on the project Friday, spokesman Mark McKinnon said.

October 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall company investigated for fraud

A Gainesville business is the focus of a wide-reaching criminal investigation that could involve dozens of victims and losses in the millions.

Hall County Sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland confirmed Friday that officials are conducting a financial crimes investigation into North Georgia Equipment Sales, an Aviation Boulevard business that deals in heavy equipment.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two merchants arrested on charges of gambling at convenience store

Two merchants were arrested at a Flowery Branch convenience store Thursday on charges of making cash payouts for video gambling machines.

October 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


North Hall rabies case marks No. 38 this year

Hall County has recorded its 38th case of rabies this year, continuing an unprecedented epidemic of the fatal disease in wild animals.

October 21, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall tax assessor resigns

The chairman of Hall County's Board of Tax Assessors resigned Friday after the district attorney wrote a scathing letter that stopped short of bringing criminal charges for misuse of taxpayer money.

Emory Martin Jr., who served on the board since the late 1980s, was accused of misappropriating more than $60,000 by padding per diem time sheets and taking $100 per day payment for days when he did not work.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson school board approves more room for schools

The Jefferson City Schools Board of Education has approved the removal of the annex building at Jefferson High School in exchange for more classroom space and a larger cafeteria.

"Jefferson High School only has three classrooms available for future growth," said John Jackson, school system superintendent. "There is also a kitchen problem (at the high school). It's the smallest one in the entire school system."

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Unemployment rate steady in Gainesville, increases statewide

While statewide employment hit a 16-year high in September, Gainesville's jobless rate remained the same. While the state has not released localized percentages for September, in August Gainesville's rate of unemployment was 5.5 percent, up 0.2 percent from July.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Park stings net range of suspects

From all walks of life, they have come to tiny Lula Park.

Men seeking anonymous, casual sexual encounters in the woods repeatedly have propositioned undercover officers there over the course of a six-month sting operation that was prompted by complaints.

October 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Emergency helicopter is coming to Gainesville

Considering that Hall County is home to the region's largest hospital, many people are surprised to learn there has never been an air ambulance service stationed in Gainesville.

But that will change later this month. LifeNet Georgia, which currently operates a helicopter out of a base in Jefferson, is leasing the helipad at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park campus.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jackson County residents can get rid of tires for free

If you have old tires lying around, you may want to load them up and head over to the Jackson County Transfer Station.

On Saturday, Keep Jackson County Beautiful and the Jackson County Solid Waste Department will be sponsoring a scrap tire collection day.

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gang members charged in confrontation

Three teenage gang members were arrested Wednesday night in connection with a confrontation involving a knife at a Georgia Avenue home.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lacking state money, Gainesville trims resurfacing projects

A slightly slimmer version of the street resurfacing project that the Gainesville City Council took off the table last week will go forward with or without funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

October 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Humane Society of Hall County: Fewer strays, fewer euthanizations

As of July 1, the number of animals accepted by the Humane Society of Hall County will drop drastically. That's when the nonprofit organization will end its contract with Hall County Animal Control and will no longer take in strays brought to the shelter by officers.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Luncheon puts focus on facing breast cancer

It was a day to think pink.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Syfan Logistics to expand, add 50 jobs

Gainesville-based Syfan Logistics is in expansion mode, planning to hire about 50 people and spend about $2 million more by the end of this year.

July 14, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


Trucking, logistics site planned at Lula industrial park

The owner of Gainesville trucking and logistics companies is seeking a rezoning so he can build corporate offices and maintenance facilities off Ga. 365 in Lula.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Don Carter State Park celebrates first year

Ronald Brown doesn't just visit Don Carter State Park - he frequents it.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Former pro golfer, GHS star athlete Valentine dies at 64

Former star Gainesville and University of Georgia athlete and pro golfer Tommy Valentine died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.

July 14, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Parents, experts weigh factors in picking day care

The state Department of Early Care and Learning announced Friday that Discovering Basics day care in Clermont would have its license revoked, leaving parents whose kids attend the center scrambling for alternatives.

July 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Picking the best day care a parental priority

After two years of paperwork, a star has landed in Gainesville.

July 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Social media posts often used to screen jurors

Online social media profiles have become a seamless extension of our real-world personalities. But with broader access to sharing your life and personality via the Internet come implications, including with the criminal justice system.

July 13, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


The circus came to town

Titus Smith, 6, pets "Runaway" on Saturday after riding her at the Loomis Bros. Circus at Chicopee Agricultural Center. David and Ashley Smith of Buford, with youngest son Gage, 1, are in the background. The circus featured acrobats, clowns, aerialists, thrill acts and animal acts including elephants and Bengal and white Siberian tigers. "We hope to come back next year," said spokesperson Erik Scott. "The response was pretty good."

July 13, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Hall's price tag mounting for Glades Reservoir

With the delay of a draft environmental impact statement, costs continue mounting with no end in sight for the proposed Glades Reservoir.

July 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


1 week left to vote early in runoff

With one week of advance voting left, more than 1,000 Hall County voters have cast ballots in the runoff set for July 22.

July 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Tears, smiles when girl with Williams syndrome sees new room

Stepping out of the limousine, Callie Truelove greeted the "paparazzi" trying to catch a glimpse of her. More than 100 people, armed with smartphones and digital cameras, waited as the 11-year-old emerged.

July 12, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


After first year, drug-monitoring program needs new funds to stay alive

As the Georgia painkiller-monitoring system became a year old, there is uncertainty as to whether it will be around to see its second birthday.

July 12, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Tax on lake vacation rentals still a problem

Hall County is still having difficulty collecting the hotel/motel tax due from vacation rental properties on Lake Lanier.

July 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall authorities seek missing 9-year-old

Hall County law enforcement authorities are seeking a missing 9-year-old boy.

July 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local




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