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Jefferson City Council approves changes to noise ordinance

After months of discussion and public input, the Jefferson City Council finally has reached a resolution concerning updates to the city's existing noise ordinance.

May 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Not all school districts slashing employees

Neighboring school districts report only a few teachers' contracts were not renewed for next school year and some districts are actively hiring teachers.

May 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Witness to Hiroshima, father of 9/11 Pentagon victim, dies at age 88

The Rev. Eddie Stephens of Gainesville, father of a Gainesville woman killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, died Saturday after a brief illness. He was 88.

May 18, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville tourism agency trying to bring in more with less

Budget cuts have the future of two agencies geared toward economic development hanging in the balance.

May 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hospice's Camp Braveheart needs volunteers

As an adult, dealing with the loss of a loved one can be difficult. Coping with that loss can be made even more difficult when trying to help a child through that process.

May 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Some fret that building North Hall, Cool Springs parks could stretch staffing

Now on track to build two parks, Hall County officials differ on whether the county is up to the task.

May 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT honors its first "Everyday Hero"

Family members were unaware that the unimaginable had happened.

May 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau launching South Atlanta campus in Fairburn

Brenau University leaders announced Monday the school will open its second Atlanta-area campus this fall.

May 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Meet your government: Foley helps crime victims

For victims of crime, the criminal justice system can be confounding and frustrating, often with waits of many months, sometimes years, to see a case resolved.

May 17, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rain doesn't hamper annual butterfly release

Despite a steady drizzle, hundreds turned out Sunday afternoon for the 13th annual butterfly release at Wilshire Trails Park in Gainesville.

May 17, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hill, on his way to Jefferson police, reflects on 9 years in Hoschton

HOSCHTON - The Hoschton Police Department lost a veteran officer Friday when police chief David Hill officially retired his badge and bid Hoschton farewell.After nine years as chief, Hill recently resigned to take a job as major of Police Services with the Jefferson Police Department.

May 17, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


LOST income surprises Jefferson

Although sales tax collections tend to fluctuate from month to month, recent revenue tallies have caught Jefferson officials off guard.

May 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville may be able to rehire school employees

This evening, the Gainesville school board will present its first draft of the upcoming fiscal year's budget, even as it awaits a final deficit figure.

May 17, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


To dive with a legend, Hall County man will head to the Dominican Republic

Peaceful, quiet and blue, very blue. Floating around under water is like visiting another world with strange inhabitants.

May 17, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Hall County group to advocate for mental health

A mental health advocacy group is starting to take root in Hall County, but it may have never found its way if not for a couple of retirees.

May 17, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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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


Badge & Bar: North Hall student indicted in alleged bomb threat

A North Hall High School senior was indicted on June 11 for his alleged threat at the school in February.

June 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Sugar Hill Elementary educates, entertains during summer school

At Sugar Hill Elementary School, summer school is more than remedial classes. It also includes hands-on workshops with Home Depot, lessons from historical re-enactors and visits from the Hall County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.

June 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cook Out coming to Oakwood

Cook Out Restaurants is expanding in Hall County, adding an Oakwood location that also will serve as a regional payroll operation.

June 17, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chick-fil-A opens to large crowds

Opening day at the relocated Chick-fil-A on Dawsonville Highway was met with an overwhelming response Wednesday.

June 17, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


‘Speed likely a factor’ in motorcycle wreck

After flipping her motorcycle in a high speed crash on Browns Bridge Wednesday, a motorcyclist was transported via ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center-Gainesville.

June 17, 2015 | Times staff reports | 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


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


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