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Gainesville to consider elected mayor position

Gainesville officials soon may discuss changing the city's government structure to give more power to the mayor and have that person be elected by voters instead of appointed by the City Council.

December 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Ramping it up at Laurel Park

Laurel Park is getting a makeover.

December 28, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Former Jefferson policeman pleads not guilty to weapons charges

A former Jefferson police captain pleaded not guilty Friday to federal weapons charges.

December 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Area schools retain policies for corporal punishment

If you think that the days of children being paddled at school disappeared with saddle shoes and poodle skirts, you may be surprised to learn that many areas school systems still have policies allowing corporal punishment, though most don't enforce the policy.

December 28, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Riverside JROTC wins parade honor

Riverside Military Academy's JROTC squad has been recognized as best unit in a recent parade in Atlanta.

December 28, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Governments cut back as sales tax revenues decline

Local government officials are having to adjust their spending to match that of Hall County consumers.

Revenues from the three local sales taxes were lower in October than they were the last four years, and those in charge of local government spending say they have been watching the revenues steadily decline with the crumbling economy since January.

December 28, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gun buffs flock to firearms show at Mountains Center

A sour economy has done nothing to damper gun sales, judging by the near-overflow crowd for the Eastman Gun Show on Saturday at the Georgia Mountains Center.

December 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Drought hangs on in Northeast Georgia

The drought isn't over by a long shot.

Welcome rains that brought Lake Lanier's levels up by more than a foot in recent weeks are not enough to pull Northeast Georgia from a stubborn drought that has persisted for more than two years.

December 28, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Age-old lore tries to predict the worst of winter

Long before there was Doppler radar and 24-hour weather on TV, prognostications on the climate ahead often were based on such things as where hornets and squirrels built their nests and the tightness of husks on corn.

Today is the first day of winter. Unlike some years, Northeast Georgia already has had a brush with Old Man Winter, with temperatures dipping well below freezing.

December 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Ex-police captain pleads not guilty to weapons charges

A former Jefferson police captain pleaded not guilty today to federal weapons charges.

December 27, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville High’s JROTC cadets crave structure

Many high school students try to avoid discipline, but the 72 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets of Gainesville High School are asking for it.

December 27, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Utility offering three college scholarships

The Jackson Electric Membership Corp. wants to do more than help light up a darkened home. The organization also wants to help illuminate the path to higher education for area students.

December 27, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Charities still need donations

Something shocking has happened at LAMP Ministries, Inc. They haven't received a single monetary donation.

December 27, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Think about gifts of safety

Looking for those last-minute gifts? Consider these holiday gift ideas for $30 or less to help keep your family safe and prepared in the event of a fire or other emergency:

December 27, 2008 | | Local


Four arrested on drug trafficking charges

Four people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Thursday after law officers raided a trailer on Athens Highway, authorities said Friday.

December 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Hall County Sheriff’s Office breaks ground on its new headquarters

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said he looks forward to moving into the new headquarters by the end of the year and out of the cramped spaces and cold offices on Main Street.

February 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Icy mix possible today, but how much will we get?

Hall County may endure some icy weather today, but the event may be short-lived thanks to a warming trend expected to push afternoon temperatures above freezing.

February 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Push is on for Hall County sales tax vote

Though the votes won't be counted until March 17, the fate of a 1 percent sales tax to fund infrastructure projects across Hall County may be decided before then.

February 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County may be a long shot as high-speed rail stop

Slower speeds, fewer round trips, less ridership and budget shortfalls are projected if existing rail through Hall County is chosen among three options for proposed Atlanta-Charlotte, N.C. passenger rail service, a report issued by state and federal officials shows.

February 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Concerns arise amid bribery allegations against former Hall County Sheriff's deputy

The recent indictment of a former Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy has raised questions about the future of cases in which he was involved.

February 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Local officials take wait-and-see approach over proposal for failing schools

Local school officials are still assessing the plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal to tackle the problem of Georgia's chronically failing schools.

February 15, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Local couple aims to get fathers more involved in their kids’ lives

Today, some 64 percent of African-American children live in single-family homes in Georgia.

February 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Zumba Go Red event raises funds for women’s cardiac health awareness

For Cheryl Brown of Flowery Branch, Saturday's Zumba Go Red event was more than a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

February 14, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Downed tree in roadway hampering traffic in North Hall

A downed tree in the roadway is hampering traffic at Ga. Highway 283 and Old Dahlonega Highway in North Hall County.

February 14, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Fatal crash involving teen is second of week in Forsyth

February 14, 2015 | Times regional staff | Local


District attorney still hopeful to fill posts after staffing bid denied

Though relief is not coming as soon as he would like, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said he looks forward to the favorable chances to add needed courthouse personnel.

February 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | 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


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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