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Gainesville water rates going up too much, customer says

One woman expressed her disdain for the new water rates at this morning's Gainesville City Council meeting.

Eileen Feeley of Nagshead Circle, said the tiered water rates, dubbed "conservation pricing," that go into effect in January are unfair to larger families.

December 29, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Powerful ex-speaker to lie in honor at Capitol on Friday

ATLANTA - Flags flew at half staff over the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday in honor of the cantankerous yet compassionate former speaker of the House whose reign under the gold dome lasted nearly three decades.

Tom Murphy died late Monday of complications from a stroke he suffered more than three years ago. He will lie in repose at the state Capitol on Friday, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday. Perdue said Murphy's family had initially wanted to have private services, but they were persuaded that a public ceremony was needed for a man whose legacy stretches from one end of the ...

December 29, 2007 | By Shannon McCaffrey The Associated Press | Local


Flowery Branch: Adult businesses to get new rules

Flowery Branch City Council will convene this morning to discuss a new adult business ordinance and update the existing unsafe structure and nuisance ordinance.

The council will hear the second reading of a proposed adult business ordinance and will determine whether the new ordinance is sufficient to allow the old ordinance to be repealed and replaced.

December 29, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


North Hall steps closer to development

The Hall County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a developer's rezoning request Monday that could allow 2,736 houses to be built in Lula.

Property owners Ferdinand and Felix Mayr-Meinhof submitted a request to the planning commission to rezone a 1,507-acre tract of land in North Hall from agricultural residential and vacation cottage to planned residential and commercial development.

December 29, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville: All four lanes of Ga. 53 open Wednesday

Weather permitting, the Georgia Department of Transportation on Wednesday plans to open all four lanes of Dawsonville Highway.

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Don't fret; there's still time to mail some Christmas cheer

If you mailed your Christmas cards on Monday, you were not alone.

December 29, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Ex-Gainesville Elementary teacher accused of fondling four students

A former Gainesville Elementary schoolteacher remains jailed without bond on charges of molesting four of his students in the classroom, Gainesville police said Monday.

December 29, 2007 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Murphy will lie in honor at Capitol Friday

ATLANTA - Deceased Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy will lie in honor at the state Capitol on Friday.

Gov. Sonny Perdue said that Murphy's family had initially wanted only private services but was persuaded that the public would want to pay their respects.

December 29, 2007 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Gainesville: Mother wins $50K in lottery

Wendy Roberson, of Gainesville, plans to buy a new house for her four children after winning thousands in the lottery earlier this month. Roberson, 33, won $50,000 playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Jumbo Bucks Classic.

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Leads sought in Golden Pantry robbery

The Golden Pantry on Ga. 53 South at Tanners Mill Road was robbed shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.

December 29, 2007 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Vigil planned to honor teen killed in Easter wreck

GAINESVILLE - Songs and spoken remembrances are planned as part of a candlelight vigil tonight for Charles Caston, a North Hall High School senior who died in an April 8 car wreck.

The event is set for 7 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Georgia Mountains YMCA at 2455 Howard Road off Ga. 365.

December 29, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Donated vehicle to help fight fires

GAINESVILLE - In the past, Gainesville firefighters have had to hoof it to emergencies in the woods or on the shores of Lake Lanier.

Only two months ago, a small brush fire continued to burn while firefighters walked a mile carrying shovels, rakes, hoses and extinguishers to a fire their trucks could not access.

December 29, 2007 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Demorest: College’s business school gets national accreditation

Piedmont College's Walker School of Business Administration has received national accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs after a two-year review.

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools seek charter status

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville city schools is one of several school districts statewide so far that is pursuing a status that would give them more freedom to reform without stiff state regulations.

December 29, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students give food for a cause

Courtney Cantrell, 4, loads canned food into the back of a truck on Monday afternoon. Cantrell and her classmates in Brittanie Holcombe's after-school class at Little House Academy in Murrayville collected the food to help the less fortunate at nearby Lanier Elementary School. Eventually, the idea spread from the after-school group of 15 kids, ages 5-12, to other classes at the day care facility. When school counselor Rochelle Edmonds came by to pick up the food on Monday afternoon, she took a total of 137 pieces back with her, according to Cindy Holcombe, a teacher's assistant at Little ...

December 29, 2007 | From staff reports | Local


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State board member to address Common Core standards in Gainesville

A public hearing is set for tonight in Gainesville on Common Core standards in Georgia schools.

September 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Planning board to hear request for brewery today

Pap Datta hopes to turn Gainesville into the next hub of the craft beer industry, and he will ask the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tonight to rezone a brick warehouse along Maple Street, near Wild Wing Café, so he can launch Left Nut Brewing Co.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


NY Times reporter comments on beheadings of journalists

Reporters covering dangerous areas of the world go through special training before they start working their first story overseas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter told a Gainesville audience Monday.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia ethics commission fires director

September 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall may play role in future passenger rail

Gainesville-Hall County figures prominently in passenger and commuter rail proposals in the Georgia Department of Transportation's new long-range rail plan.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Two camping hot spots open this winter

Those who enjoy cool weather camping can rejoice: The Army Corps of Engineers plans to have two of its Lake Lanier campgrounds open through March.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school board raises superintendent's pay

Whenever the Hall County Board of Education has tried to give a bonus to Superintendent Will Schofield in recent years, he has turned it down.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Senate candidates tackle the blame game

ATLANTA - Who's to blame for Washington gridlock?

September 08, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy and Adam Beam Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: Community service work set at Centennial

Fifth-graders at Centennial Arts Academy will be helping soldiers, the homeless and the elderly for their service learning projects this year.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


3rd annual Soggy Doggy Pool Party closes out summer

Area dogs and their owners gathered at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center Sunday for some fun in the water at the third annual Soggy Doggy Pool Party. Dogs of all sizes splashed around in the pool throughout the afternoon and competed in contests like best game of fetch and best tricks. The canine pool party, sponsored by Gainesville's parks and recreation department, is held each year after the pool closes for the season.

September 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Fire survivor to speak at United Way event

John O'Leary survived burns to his entire body, and will tell his story of survival and redemption Thursday to the United Way of Hall County.

September 07, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


New Habitat home will go to a hero

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Wintergreen Court was experiencing something unusual for a small, unassuming neighborhood in Flowery Branch: gridlock.

September 07, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Horseless rodeo: No saddle sores from this roundup

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Post 8452 inaugural Horseless Rodeo on Saturday on the Riverside campus in Gainesville. The event gathered 60 contestants and about 150 spectators, and raised more than $3,000 to help veterans and their families.

September 07, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Area colleges intervene to keep new students in school beyond first year

September 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Pay at crux of Gainesville police morale issues

In the wake of Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly's sudden resignation Aug. 29 following an inquiry into his leadership by city management, it became clear morale among officers had bottomed out.

September 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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