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Economy may make voters think twice about approving sales tax

In a down economy, voters, like consumers who are choosing to spend less, could say "no" to six more years of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, but one economic expert said retirees could help it pass.

March 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


United Community Bank announces layoffs

United Community Bank has become the latest bank to announced layoffs due to the economy.

Mike Infante, a bank spokesman in Blairsville, said United Community reduced its work force company-wide, including at the corporate level. He declined to say how many employees were let go. The workers were told of the layoffs last week.

March 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Corps will reopen Bolding Mill campground

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that Bolding Mill campground will reopen this year for the first time since 2005.

The park, located on the Chestatee River arm of Lake Lanier in North Hall, will open for the season on April 22 and close on Sept. 13.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Weekend honors Grady Young, education, builds scholarships

The Grady Young Foundation is gearing up for its sixth annual Memorial Weekend, which will focus on "recognizing service in our communities."

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville to receive stimulus funds for housing

At least one Gainesville department will get some of the federal stimulus money being given to local governments across the country.

March 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


FBI to help make law enforcement firing range ring more quietly

BRASELTON - The FBI will pay for the construction of a sound barrier at Braselton's Todd Helcher Memorial Firing Range.

March 16, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Dieting: It's all about the calories

When the weather turned warm last week, Georgians began wearing shorts and tank tops again. To their dismay, some found that the body they had been hiding under winter clothing was larger than what they remembered.

March 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Ladies group aims to keep troops cool

Sure it gets hot in Georgia come August, but it's even hotter in Afghanistan.

March 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Rain expected this morning

The Hall County area enjoyed a good, soaking rain this weekend, with few, if any, reports of flooding.

March 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Sales tax can bring matching state cash for roads, libraries

SPLOST is often the mechanism that brings local funding to new construction projects.

March 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Development slowdown prompts reassessment of planners' role

The economy hasn't throttled growth in South Hall, but it has changed the duties somewhat of key planners in Flowery Branch and Oakwood.

March 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dawson County: Communications honored for customer service

DAWSONVILLE - Dawson County has been recognized by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia's Fourth Annual County Excellence Award program.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Register children for kindergarten in Hall County

Kindergarten registration for Hall County school system children starting school this fall will take place at each of Hall County's elementary schools from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 through April 1 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 2.

Children not enrolled in Hall County schools who will be entering first grade should preregister during this time, too.

March 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


More rain is on the way

Nearly 1 1/4 inches of rain have fallen in the past 24 hours at the National Weather Service recording station at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

March 15, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Zell Miller mourns loss of ‘old mountain ways’ in new book

Last semester, Zell Miller stepped back into the role of professor at Young Harris College.

March 15, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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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


Hall's price tag mounting for Glades Reservoir

With the delay of a draft environmental impact statement, costs continue mounting with no end in sight for the proposed Glades Reservoir.

July 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


1 week left to vote early in runoff

With one week of advance voting left, more than 1,000 Hall County voters have cast ballots in the runoff set for July 22.

July 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Tears, smiles when girl with Williams syndrome sees new room

Stepping out of the limousine, Callie Truelove greeted the "paparazzi" trying to catch a glimpse of her. More than 100 people, armed with smartphones and digital cameras, waited as the 11-year-old emerged.

July 12, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


After first year, drug-monitoring program needs new funds to stay alive

As the Georgia painkiller-monitoring system became a year old, there is uncertainty as to whether it will be around to see its second birthday.

July 12, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Tax on lake vacation rentals still a problem

Hall County is still having difficulty collecting the hotel/motel tax due from vacation rental properties on Lake Lanier.

July 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall authorities seek missing 9-year-old

Hall County law enforcement authorities are seeking a missing 9-year-old boy.

July 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local




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