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Gainesville's million-dollar winner will stay on the job

Donnie Grant is a lucky man. During a stop at a gas station, he bought a few scratch-off lottery tickets and found the $1 million ticket.

June 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville braces for budget cuts

The Gainesville City Council will hold the first hearing on the city's budget plans for fiscal year 2010 tonight, and while most proposals include cuts in spending, the budget does include some expansion of services and proposed rate increases for city residents.

June 01, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Energy grant gives Hall $762K for efficiency

Hall County may soon become a model for energy efficiency.

June 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville school system may cut pay, dental insurance to hire more teachers

The Gainesville school system is considering hiring more teachers and making cuts to its employee dental program as board members try to pin down a tentative budget by Monday.

June 01, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Trial begins for ex-Tech student accused in terror conspiracy

As an isolated, shy teenager, the seeds of Syed Haris Ahmed's jihadist aspirations were planted during hours in front of a computer screen in his family's Dawsonville home.

June 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Stimulus to make up $2 million loss in Hall schools' budget

Budget numbers are starting to settle for the Hall County school district following a week of more state cuts.

June 01, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Got a traffic or DNR ticket? Now you can pay fine online

Hall County residents can now pay traffic tickets and Department of Natural Resources citations online.

June 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County library’s summer story time kicks off with a theme

Like her three brothers and little sister, Kristina Lamparter was excited about visiting the Gainesville library Monday.

June 01, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Flowery Branch City Council to discuss annexations, false alarm law

The Flowery Branch City Council plans to consider five annexation requests and a false alarm ordinance at its meeting Wednesday.

June 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Downstream water releases won't affect Lanier for now, corps says

An easing of drought conditions has prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to resume normal downstream releases of water previously held in reservoirs during the drought.

June 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Little Hall Park boat ramp will be closed temporarily

The boat ramp at Little Hall Park will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for striping, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday.

June 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Justice Department rejects voter citizenship measure

The Justice Department has rejected Georgia's attempt to require prospective voters in the state to provide proof of citizenship.

June 01, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


Jackson County starts 2009 on positive note

JEFFERSON - Jackson County is poised for growth this year despite the economic downturn, but will need to watch its spending to keep from using too much of its revenues for debt payments, according to the county's 2008 financial report.

May 31, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Cars, trucks outnumber Dawson residents, following US trend

A lot of folks in Dawson County like their cars.

May 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Meeting to focus on water manual update, lake’s economic impact

A consultant leading a study to update the operating manual for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin plans to give an update on his work at a Wednesday public forum.

May 31, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


2 challenge Deal in governor’s race

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal faces a stiff challenge in his re-election bid this year as state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, rallies Democrats to his candidacy and Libertarian Andrew Hunt works to make inroads for an increasingly popular third party.

October 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Candidate profiles: Georgia governor

Jason Carter

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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