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Declaring war on pest plants

The world of botany has its own version of homeland security: Groups of people dedicated to preventing invasive, exotic plant species from gaining a foothold in this country.

But invasive plants are a lot like terrorists. You wipe them out in one location, they pop up somewhere else. You "defeat" one species, only to see an even more aggressive one take its place.

September 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Perdue: Georgia won’t tolerate price gouging

Soaring fuel prices on Friday led Gov. Sonny Perdue to sign an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Georgia and activating the state's price-gouging statute.

September 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Radon gas closes one of Helen's five wells

Last week, the city of Helen shut down one of its five wells after a radioactive gas, radon, was detected in the water.

September 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Northeast Georgia History Center redesigns exhibit

The Northeast Georgia History Center is revealing its newly revamped Land of Promise exhibit today to show visitors what Northeast Georgia is all about.

September 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall makes arrests in burglaries

Investigators from the Hall County Sheriff's Office made multiple arrests in burglary cases during the past week, charging five people.

September 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Crisis averted: Repairs complete at Dahlonega water plant

After running at half capacity for almost two weeks, Dahlonega's water treatment plant was back to full strength Thursday afternoon.

September 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Food, friends, fashion: Fundraiser benefits new group

"The Power of the Purse" kicked off Thursday's fundraiser for WomenSource, a new nonprofit organization to help educate and connect women with resources in the community.

The event took place on the lawn at Brenau University and featured food, music and a fashion show with local women and retailers.

September 16, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


9/11 memorials dominate the day in Northeast Georgia

The sound of fifth-graders' voices raised in patriotic song ended a day filled with ceremonies to honor the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

September 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Brenau holds political forum

The Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute will host a political forum open to the public Saturday featuring Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, North Georgia posts in the U.S. House of Representatives and candidates for the Georgia General Assembly.

September 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


HOV lanes to open on Interstate 85

The new High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on Interstate 85 southbound and on Ga. 316 westbound will be opened beginning late Thursday night with the lanes open by 5 this morning, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

September 16, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch grants alcohol license to eatery

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted Thursday night to approve a beer, wine and alcohol license for a new restaurant in the Stonebridge Village shopping center.

The council approved the license for Shogun Japanese Steakhouse on the condition that the applicant undergoes a criminal background check when renewing the license in 2010.

September 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville officials choose local contractor for parking deck job

Gainesville officials have chosen a local contractor to build the new downtown parking deck and plan to complete construction by July 2009.

Gainesville's own Optum Construction Group Inc. submitted the lowest bid for the cost of building the city's future 419-space parking deck that will stand in place of the current downtown deck by July 2009, Jarrett Nash, project manager for the construction, told City Council members Thursday.

September 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


On the road with Air Force One

GILLSVILLE - There is no airport in Gillsville, but Air Force One landed here earlier this week. It's parked in Donald Snare's driveway.

OK, it's not the real presidential aircraft, but it is a lifelike replica of the cockpit and presidential cabin of the plane used by Presidents Kennedy through the first Bush.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Unemployment claims double in Hall County

The number of unemployment claims in August more than doubled in Hall County from the same month a year ago. The Georgia Department of Labor released figures Thursday showing 945 people filed a first-time claim for unemployment insurance in August, compared with 471 in August 2007.

September 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fast-food worker faked robbery, authorities say

CUMMING - If the employee of a local fast-food restaurant who reported a robbery Tuesday had it her way, she wouldn't have gotten caught.

As it turned out, however, Monica Montero Lane was arrested Thursday by Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies and charged with false statement and theft by taking.

September 15, 2008 | Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


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Bill in Congress would boost Amtrak funding

Amtrak, which has had a longtime presence in Hall County, could get a serious funding boost if a bill now moving through Congress eventually passes.

June 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Clarks Bridge could open Wednesday afternoon

The new Clarks Bridge could open Wednesday afternoon but no later than Thursday, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

June 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man escapes smoking passenger van

A man smelled smoke Tuesday afternoon while driving and exited the van before it was in flames, fire officials said.

June 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Coroner: Atlanta Street man killed by gunshot wound to head

A Gainesville man killed at the Atlanta Street Apartments June 15 suffered a gunshot wound to the head, Hall County Coroner Marion Merck said Tuesday.

June 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall board set to vote on development, Civil Service change

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote on several items Thursday that have been materializing for awhile, including a proposed mixed-use development on Friendship Road and changes to the Civil Service Act.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lot could alleviate UNG parking problems at Gainesville campus

Students have been complaining about the parking options at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia for several years, but their troubles may soon be over thanks to an existing park-and-ride lot off Exit 17 of Interstate 985.

June 22, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Four indicted in case involving Buford man’s death

Four people accused by Gwinnett County Police of racing down a Buford road in April 2014 were indicted Wednesday in the death of a 24-year-old Buford man.

June 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gillsville street improvements now underway

An eye cast toward busy Ga. 52, which cuts through tiny Gillsville on the Hall-Banks County line, Melissa Grizzle said the heavy sidewalk construction in front of her restaurant hasn't hurt business.

June 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County school board approves final 2016 budget

The Hall County school board approved its fiscal year 2016 budget at its meeting Monday night, including a slight increase in the millage rate.

June 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall officials looking at bigger budget plan

Hall County officials are now considering a $93.6 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, with two options on the table.

June 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Search on for driver who struck pedestrian north of Cumming

June 22, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Teacher interns at UGA genetics lab this summer

Laurie Brown, a science teacher at World Language Academy in Flowery Branch, is spending her summer in someone else's science lab.

June 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Another historic Lula building gets face-lift

Downtown Lula is getting another makeover, thanks in large part to an Atlanta native who has become endeared by the northeast Hall County city's past.

June 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ministry helps at-risk teens

Like many kids her age, Carmela Villalobos wanted to do things her way or not at all.

June 21, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Participation at Hall County health care clinic strong

Turnout at the Hall County Government Family Health Center, which serves county employees, has been strong in the first five months of operation, according to county officials, and plans are in the works to generate more interest and participation.

June 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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