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Gainesville’s stalled Midtown project could move forward

Gainesville's board of education likely will reconsider its participation in the city's tax allocation district early next week, meaning stalled plans to redevelop blighted areas of Gainesville soon could get back on track.

July 29, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Narcotics taken in pharmacy break in

Someone broke into a Gainesville pharmacy and stole an undetermined amount of narcotics early Wednesday, authorities said.

July 29, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Caring Hands Ministries offers free clothes for kids Friday

As the beginning of the school year approaches, Caring Hands Ministries is offering children's clothing free to those in financial need.

July 29, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Family will erect monument for camp meeting co-founder

It all started with Ezekiel Lafayette Buffington.

July 29, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Helen police can add to force

Police officers in the Alpine Village are finally getting some backup.

July 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Accident knocks out power to 500 in downtown Gainesville

An accident caused by a private tree service on Brenau Avenue has knocked out power for about 500 customers in the Green Street corridor and central downtown area of Gainesville, officials said.

Gainesville fire department firefighters responded to the call of a tree on a power line shortly after 10 a.m, Chief Jon Canada said.

July 29, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Prison ‘lifer’ population growing

The number of people serving sentences of life in prison has grown dramatically in Georgia and across the nation in recent years, creating a huge fiscal impact on states, according to a new report from a prisoner advocacy group.

July 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Group does more than just write grants

Home Development Resources Inc., may be one of Hall County's best kept secrets.

July 28, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Stores expect influx of shoppers for sales-tax holiday

As stores prepare for the sales-tax holiday this weekend, many retail shops hope it will bring them out of a slump.

July 28, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Hall’s home prices stabilizing

While a national report shows that home prices across the country rose in May, Hall County may be lagging behind, according to Frank Norton Jr., president of The Norton Agency.

July 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Minimum wage hike, tax revenue decline put a strain on Jefferson's budget

JEFFERSON - When his pay rate increased by nearly a dollar per hour, Phil Mitchell noticed. But he wasn't the only one - so did his supervisors at the Jefferson Parks and Recreation Department.

July 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gwinnett Braves fish with the kids at Eagle Ranch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Joseph had his grip on a pole, but he also had a glove and baseball ready in case he could catch more than fish.

July 28, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


I-985's new lanes over Ga. 53, exit ramp to Atlanta Highway open Aug. 4

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to open Interstate 985 northbound lanes over Ga. 53/Mundy Mill Road and the new northbound exit ramp to Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway on Tuesday.

July 28, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Former soccer player found dead; wreck could have happened days ago

A former North Georgia College & State University soccer player may have been dead for as long as two days before his wrecked car was discovered Monday afternoon in a wooded area of Habersham County, officials said.

July 28, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County public libraries will close Friday for furloughs

The monthly worker furloughs mandated by Hall County government will lead to all of the county's library branches closing Friday.

July 28, 2009 | From staff reports | 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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