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Many forced to cut corners to fill up gas tank

Record gas prices haven't pushed Hall Countians to adopt drastic routine changes, but some have resorted to logging time behind the wheel in a more gas-efficient ride to conserve spending.

April 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fuel costs are determined far from Gainesville

Gainesville motorists are paying about $3.35 per gallon for gasoline, but who's to blame?

April 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Lake Lanier makes way for the Canadians

The first signs of preparation for the upcoming Canadian canoe/kayak Olympic Team Trials were taking shape Saturday at the Lake Lanier's Clarks Bridge rowing venue, as course builders pressure-washed buoys and laid down steel cables for the upcoming May 3-4 event.

April 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


This is only a test of the emergency response team

It may have looked like the scene of a terrible tragedy, but it was only practice if the real thing ever happens.

April 24, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Pumped up: Surging fuel prices trickle down to form higher costs for just about everything

When gasoline prices first began to climb about three years ago, people were mainly concerned about the cost of driving. They compensated by eliminating unnecessary trips or switching to more fuel-efficient cars.

April 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Former parks director's job reviews were good until 2007

Annual job performance reviews dating back to 2003 indicate that Deborah Mockus, former director of Hall County Parks and Leisure Services, generally performed well as a department head until 2007.

Mockus said she left her position with Hall County in March after Jim Shuler, county administrator, suggested she "look for a job" elsewhere. But Shuler said he recommended Mockus explore her job options in January due to her poor job performance.

April 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Dahlonega congregation celebrates donation of Torah

DAHLONEGA - The blowing of a ram's horn heralded the arrival of a milestone in the seven-year history of Dahlonega's Shalom B'harim Jewish congregation Saturday.

April 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Helen fire chief indicted

Helen Fire Chief Bert Smith was indicted by the White County grand jury earlier this week on charges of reckless driving and failure to obey an authorized person directing traffic.

April 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Trojan Trot to raise money for CASA, drama club

A benefit run will be held April 27 at North Hall High School, with proceeds going to the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program and the North Hall Drama Boosters' Club.

April 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


The Times honored by the Associated Press

The Times' ongoing coverage of the drought has won first place for community service in the Georgia Associated Press Association awards competition, one of 16 awards won by the newspaper.

The Times took home more awards than any newspaper of any size in Georgia, including six first-place awards for writing and photography. The winners were honored Saturday at a luncheon in Atlanta.

April 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Free estimates for book repairs will be given at library next week

Book lovers who want to bring new life to their favorite dog-eared copies can get free estimates for repairs at Bible and Old Book Repair Day set for Tuesday at the Hall County Library System's headquarters.

April 23, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Neighbor: Elderly neglect reported

A neighbor and a relative of Gladys Smallwood both insist they called social service agencies to get help for the 79-year-old woman prior to her death from suspected neglect, but officials with both the state Division of Family and Children Services and Division of Aging Services say they could find no record of those calls.

April 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Stray Pet Strut is Sunday

The Humane Society of Hall County presents its 17th annual Stray Pet Strut and 5K Run on Sunday, with all of the proceeds going to benefit the organization.

April 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


GSC pays tribute to students and faculty at Honors Day

At its annual Honors Day event Wednesday, Gainesville State College honored more than 200 students who were nominated for various academic and service awards.

April 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


National Geographic travel magazine to publish maps of North Georgia driving tours

SAUTEE - State and regional officials unveiled a collection of specialized maps for self-guided driving tours of mountain and regional destinations.

April 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Oakwood OKs short-term loan

Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to take out a short-term loan of up to $400,000 to cover expenses.

July 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville considers road project agreement

Gainesville City Council will meet tonight to vote on an agreement with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority about constructing a road in the Chicopee Mill Industrial Center that will open for property development.

July 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Longstreet Society celebrates 20-year anniversary

The Longstreet Society held a volunteer work day Saturday to clean up the grounds and do minor repairs to the Piedmont Hotel for the society's 20th anniversary.

July 14, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Gainesville host of World War II reunions dies

Asa Autry's military devotion extended way beyond his service in World War II.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: School board meetings in Gainesville to change venue

Starting July 21, Gainesville's regular Board of Education meeting will be held on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the municipal center on Queen City Parkway.

July 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Forsyth planning new parks on Lanier

July 14, 2014 | By Megan Reed Times regional staff | Local


Syfan Logistics to expand, add 50 jobs

Gainesville-based Syfan Logistics is in expansion mode, planning to hire about 50 people and spend about $2 million more by the end of this year.

July 14, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


Trucking, logistics site planned at Lula industrial park

The owner of Gainesville trucking and logistics companies is seeking a rezoning so he can build corporate offices and maintenance facilities off Ga. 365 in Lula.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Don Carter State Park celebrates first year

Ronald Brown doesn't just visit Don Carter State Park - he frequents it.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Former pro golfer, GHS star athlete Valentine dies at 64

Former star Gainesville and University of Georgia athlete and pro golfer Tommy Valentine died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.

July 14, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Parents, experts weigh factors in picking day care

The state Department of Early Care and Learning announced Friday that Discovering Basics day care in Clermont would have its license revoked, leaving parents whose kids attend the center scrambling for alternatives.

July 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Picking the best day care a parental priority

After two years of paperwork, a star has landed in Gainesville.

July 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Social media posts often used to screen jurors

Online social media profiles have become a seamless extension of our real-world personalities. But with broader access to sharing your life and personality via the Internet come implications, including with the criminal justice system.

July 13, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


The circus came to town

Titus Smith, 6, pets "Runaway" on Saturday after riding her at the Loomis Bros. Circus at Chicopee Agricultural Center. David and Ashley Smith of Buford, with youngest son Gage, 1, are in the background. The circus featured acrobats, clowns, aerialists, thrill acts and animal acts including elephants and Bengal and white Siberian tigers. "We hope to come back next year," said spokesperson Erik Scott. "The response was pretty good."

July 13, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


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