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Hall Book Exchange celebrates 25th year by promoting literacy

The owner of the Hall Book Exchange celebrated the store's 25th anniversary by holding a 24-hour Read-A-Thon to benefit a local literacy group.

October 22, 2008 | Megan Gill | Local


A tearful ‘guidbye’ from Jefferson High

When you close your eyes and think of Scotland, you may envision men wearing kilts and musicians playing bagpipes, but that is not the case for 18 area students.

When Jefferson High School students conjure up visions of the far away land, they see the smiling faces of their international friends.

October 22, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Homeowner assistance loans left unused

For more than a year, a state grant meant to provide down-payment assistance for low- and moderate-income first-time homeowners in Flowery Branch has sat nearly unspent.

October 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Paying taxes will be difficult for some

Nobody likes paying taxes, especially when money is tight.

October 22, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Retirement for teachers may change

ATLANTA - A proposed change to the way Georgia doles out teacher pensions has retired educators angry that the state wants to change a 40-year-old policy on cost-of-living adjustments.

October 22, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Event gives hope, support to cancer survivors

Pink was the fashion statement of choice Saturday at the eighth annual Harvest of Hope.

October 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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


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Georgia congressman sponsors bill to demilitarize police

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from DeKalb County, has introduced legislation that would dial back a federal program that transfers military equipment and resources to local law enforcement agencies.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Truck in Lake Lanier reported missing Sept. 11

A truck submerged in Lake Lanier at Little River Park on Wednesday was reported missing on Sept. 11 from Loganville, according to a Gwinnett County police report.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


High occupancy toll lanes may creep toward Hall

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to hold open house meetings on a project that would bring high occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County.

September 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fishing tournament to raise funds for 3 injured firefighters

A fishing tournament will be held Saturday at Laurel Park in Gainesville to raise funds to benefit three injured Hall County firefighters.

September 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hundreds flock to food bank benefit

More than 48,000 meals will be provided to food-insecure Georgians, thanks to the hundreds Thursday who attended the Empty Bowl Lunch benefiting the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

September 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County mails first batch of revised tax notices

Hall County has mailed revised tax assessments to about 3,800 property owners, the first sign the appeals process is ending for some residents.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch rebids flood project

Flowery Branch officials continue searching for a permanent solution to damage on Spring Street from 2013 flooding.

September 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Teen sustains minor injuries after being hit by vehicle

A 16-year-old female was hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross Atlanta Highway, Oakwood police officials said.

September 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Water fees likely to increase again for Gainesville users

When the Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday to raise the account service fee on water bills in lieu of increasing water rates, customers outside the city limits must have a felt a reversal of fortunes.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Shore Sweep to tackle Lake Lanier cleanup

Millions enjoy Lake Lanier each year, and lake groups now want those visitors to return the favor with some litter cleanup.

September 17, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


Dahlonega aims to improve foot, bike traffic downtown

Dahlonega has been awarded a $5.1 million federal grant for a project that officials hope will improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in an area around downtown and the University of North Georgia.

September 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


5 schools use different tools to help pupils

Five area schools have landed on a list for highest progress in the state, and each of them has used a different strategy to get there.

September 17, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Badge and Bar: Flowery Branch man pleads not guilty in Christmas shooting

A Flowery Branch man accused of shooting his brother on Christmas Day has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and felony obstruction of an officer, according to court records.

September 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Local unity event recognizes recovery

The public is invited to celebrate the benefits of treating mental illness and substance abuse in a free event called Unify North Georgia.

September 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Perdue doubles down on attack ad

The Bushes aren't from Georgia, but the powerful Republican clan has become a focal point in a contentious Senate race here as Republican David Perdue trades fire with Democrat Michelle Nunn over her work at the Bush family's Points of Light foundation.

September 17, 2014 | Bill Barrow Associated Press | Local


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