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Minimum wage hike, tax revenue decline put a strain on Jefferson's budget

JEFFERSON - When his pay rate increased by nearly a dollar per hour, Phil Mitchell noticed. But he wasn't the only one - so did his supervisors at the Jefferson Parks and Recreation Department.

July 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gwinnett Braves fish with the kids at Eagle Ranch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Joseph had his grip on a pole, but he also had a glove and baseball ready in case he could catch more than fish.

July 28, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


I-985's new lanes over Ga. 53, exit ramp to Atlanta Highway open Aug. 4

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to open Interstate 985 northbound lanes over Ga. 53/Mundy Mill Road and the new northbound exit ramp to Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway on Tuesday.

July 28, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Former soccer player found dead; wreck could have happened days ago

A former North Georgia College & State University soccer player may have been dead for as long as two days before his wrecked car was discovered Monday afternoon in a wooded area of Habersham County, officials said.

July 28, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County public libraries will close Friday for furloughs

The monthly worker furloughs mandated by Hall County government will lead to all of the county's library branches closing Friday.

July 28, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Officer, wounded in standoff, named Deputy Sheriff of the Year

A deputy who was shot and seriously wounded in a standoff last year has been honored as the Georgia Sheriffs' Association's Deputy Sheriff of the Year.

July 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Retired clerk named interim White County manager

White County commissioners have appointed retired clerk of commissioners Jean Welborn as interim county manager as they search for a successor to Alton Brown, who was fired last week for a DUI arrest.

July 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Traffic light set at entry to new school, community center

Georgia Department of Transportation crews are installing a traffic signal at the entrance to the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center and the new Gainesville Middle School.

July 28, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Program educates teachers about technology tools

Moodle. Ning. Dimdim.

July 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jefferson weighs eliminating pay raises in next budget year

Money was the main topic of discussion during the Jefferson City Council voting session Monday.

July 27, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ex-lawmaker indicted on tax evasion charges

Former state representative Mary Jeanette Jamieson, D-Toccoa, faces two counts of income tax evasion, and her case will be tried in Fulton County.

July 27, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Help available for struggling small businesses

Mary Paglia credits a strong customer base for helping her keep the doors open while many small businesses are struggling in a down economy.

July 27, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Judge's ruling about Lake Lanier hasn't slowed Cumming’s $14 million water project

CUMMING - In just a few weeks, Cumming's $14 million water project will be complete, giving the city the ability to withdraw up to 105 million gallons per day from Lake Lanier.

July 27, 2009 | BY JENNIFER SAMI Times regional staff | Local


Area officials back new Glades Reservoir; water may be needed sooner

Area leaders met Monday in Gillsville to hear a presentation and ask questions about the Glades Reservoir project slated for North Hall County.

July 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Letter raises questions over mayoral referendum

Two state legislators have balked at a letter sent by Gainesville's city clerk to the U.S. Department of Justice concerning how a nonbinding referendum may affect racial minorities in the city.

July 27, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Ga. 347 may be last ‘east-west’ artery project for a while

The completion of the four- and six-lane Ga. 347 in South Hall County by this time next year will mark the opening of one of Hall's few east-west traffic arteries - and maybe its last major one for years to come.

January 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Nutrition specialists consider students when making meals

January 11, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Medical marijuana

Though medical marijuana is now legal in nearly half of U.S. states, and while marijuana can be used for recreational use in four states plus the District of Columbia, Georgia lawmakers appear hesitant to follow suit.

January 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Foster care

The idea of privatizing foster care was batted about during the last session, but ultimately lawmakers passed on that endeavor.

January 11, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Transportation

Paying for roads could be the biggest issue in 2015.

January 11, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Education

Efforts last year to defeat Common Core in Georgia were unsuccessful, but legislators are likely to discuss concerns that still exist regarding the education standards.

January 11, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Topics coming up in the 2015 legislature: Budget

For every buzzword tossed about in recent years when talking about the economy, there is an equal and opposite epithet. And, sometimes, which is which depends on whom you're asking.

January 11, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SnowWorld at Lanier Islands offers visitors wintery outdoor fun

Every morning around 9 a.m., the snow machines at Lake Lanier Islands in Buford start pumping to ensure that visitors don't miss out on a white wintertime.

January 11, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Arrendale State Prison inmates go back to school

Within the first week of the new year, an inmate at the Arrendale State Prison in Habersham County earned her high school diploma while behind bars.

January 11, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | 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


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