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The last SPLOST: Where did all the money go?

Over the years, SPLOST revenues have stacked up in the form of wider roads and new community centers for county residents. Here's a look at projects funded by previous SPLOST:

February 15, 2009 | | Local


Major projects: Where will the money from SPLOST VI go?

If approved, SPLOST VI would start when the current SPLOST V ends, June 30. It will be collected through June 2015. Of the $240 million that would be raised in SPLOST VI, more than $195 million will be spent on county projects. Here's a breakdown of some of the major county projects and how much they will cost.

February 15, 2009 | | Local


What is SPLOST?

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is a 1 percent tax Hall County has used to fund construction projects and land and equipment purchases since state law made it possible in 1985.

February 15, 2009 | | Local


Schools pull plug on excess energy use

Rising energy costs coupled with lagging revenues have local schools going green to save green.

February 15, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Voters to decide on extending SPLOST for big-ticket needs

Early voting for SPLOST VI, a six-year tax to fund capital projects, begins Tuesday, and Hall County officials hope voters approve another round of the 1-cent sales tax.

February 15, 2009 | BY ASHLEY FIELDING and MELISSA WEINMAN | Local


Church program seeks to help girls combat low self-esteem

HOSCHTON - Peer pressure to look and act a certain way can make middle and high school a tough time for girls. Sometimes this pressure even causes them to suffer from low self-esteem and other identity crises.

February 15, 2009 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Local community leaders come together for 'One Community'

A community isn't just a group of people who live close to each other, Rev. Stephen Samuel said during the first meeting of Gainesville's new "One Community Organization" Saturday at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.

February 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Former Kroger executive stocks Eagle Ranch’s shelves

Thanks to Paul Smith, the house parents at Eagle Ranch don't have to go much farther than their front door to get all the fixings for a healthy meal or nutritious snack.

February 14, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall officials seek to improve indigent defense system

Faced with a growing indigent defense bill where costs were once much lower, Hall County State Court officials want to improve how they provide lawyers for the poor in 2009.

February 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Woman’s boyfriend to be charged in child’s death

A Cumming man will be charged in connection with the death Friday of a 2-year-old boy.

February 14, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Clinic’s offer of free dental work draws big crowd

For Brenda Anderson, Friday's "Dentists with a Heart" event at Gainesville Dental Group was a chance to mend two broken teeth.

February 14, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Two area teachers among 10 finalists for state honor

Teachers from Jackson and Forsyth counties are among 10 finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year.

February 14, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Retirees start effort to offer low-cost items

GeeGe and London Goldman were restless retirees in Gatlinburg, Tenn., before they moved to Gainesville.

February 14, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Pump prices are sliding back up

Gas prices are creeping back up towards $2 per gallon, and unfortunately, there's nothing consumers can do about it.

February 14, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Death penalty defendant faces new charges

A Maryland man facing the possibility of the death penalty was charged with a new felony this week after allegedly roughing up a jail guard.

February 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Christmas on Green Street brings cheer to Gainesville

On Sunday afternoon in Gainesville, one of the city's busiest thoroughfares was shut down for the annual Victorian-themed Chistmas on Green Street.

December 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Improving economy drives up auto sales

Automobile dealerships in Gainesville are seeing huge upticks in sales this year, believed to be on the upswing due to lower interest rates and higher consumer confidence.

December 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Possible sales tax projects will be topic of 2 meetings this week

Area residents have two chances this week to hear or give input about a new round of the special purpose local option sales tax.

December 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Work could extend Hall landfill's life

A plan to fill in space at the Hall County landfill could extend the facility's lifespan, but time is of the essence to do the work.

December 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


State monitor warns on nuclear plant costs

December 07, 2014 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Local


Holidays require extra precautions for firearms safety

As the holiday season gets into full swing, many gun owners will welcome guests into their homes or hit the open road for travel.

December 07, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Teachers of the Year at Hall County schools

John Cornett

December 07, 2014 | | Local


Teachers of the Year at Gainesville City schools

Gayla Pierce

December 07, 2014 | | Local


Health care signup deadlines raise worries, questions

Rahab's Rope would like to offer its employees health insurance, but as a small nonprofit organization, the Gainesville ministry is finding it hard to offer that benefit.

December 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | 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


John Price, Gainesville’s top teacher, wants kids to learn from mistakes

Students learn best when they can learn from their mistakes.

December 07, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


West Hall alum Matt Phillips named county’s top teacher at alma mater

West Hall High School's top teacher is also a graduate of the school.

December 06, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lula parades into holiday season

The sidewalks were full on Saturday as the city of Lula held its annual Christmas Parade.

December 06, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Flowery Branch flips switch on season

Rainy conditions weren't enough to dampen the spirits of Flowery Branch residents who turned out by the hundreds on Saturday for the city's fifth annual Christmas celebration.

December 06, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Riverside band set to play in Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade

Not many Georgia students take school trips to Hawaii, but 87 cadets at Riverside Military Academy are doing just that.

December 06, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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