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Flowery Branch council clashes over inspections contract

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council has OK'd a contract with a local company to provide building and soil erosion inspections, as well as construction management and minor construction work.

March 19, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Budget woes may hit crossing guards

As the Gainesville Police Department prepares its budget for next year, Chief Frank Hooper has notified Gainesville schools the department may not be able to fund crossing guards next school year.

March 19, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville one of nation’s fastest-growing areas

Gainesville and two other cities are tied for third among the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. between 2007-08, according to Census Bureau estimates released today.

March 19, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Some officials seek to strengthen sunshine laws

It is possible that Georgia's sunshine laws may be shining brighter in the coming years.

March 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Only 2 precincts voted ‘no’ to SPLOST

Turnout for Tuesday's SPLOST vote was low- only 9 percent of voters decided the fate of the countywide sales tax.

March 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville State building funds slashed

House budget writers have slashed $6.2 million from a proposed academic building at Gainesville State College, leaving college officials with a planned building and not enough money to pay for it.

March 18, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


National columnist pledges donation during for the Gainesville Care Center

Conservative columnist Cal Thomas went so far as to offer up his own money when he urged anti-abortion supporters to give theirs Tuesday to the Gainesville Care Center.

March 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Caterpillar to shut Jefferson facility

The closing of a Caterpillar fuel system facility in Jefferson has caught some area officials by surprise.

March 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


SPLOST wins passage from Hall voters

Hall County residents have voted to extend SPLOST for another six years.

March 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Dahlonega elects new councilmember; Lula rejects liquor sales

The new Dahlonega city councilman was able to snag his seat Tuesday with just four more votes than the competition.

March 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hester’s team starts defense against 2007 murder charge

Two experts differed in court Tuesday on how they interpreted tiny specks of blood found near the body of a woman who prosecutors say was murdered.

March 17, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Realtor: Price cuts spark renewed interest in Flowery Branch housing development

Things are looking up for Waterstone Crossing, a Flowery Branch town home development that had, like many other fledgling developments, stumbled in the deep recession.

March 17, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville City Council cuts spending by more than $300,000

The City Council approved a budget adjustment Tuesday that shrinks city spending by more than $300,000.

The revised budget will include a 5 percent reduction in all city departments' operating costs, and accounts for significant losses in sales tax revenue.

March 17, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Sewer line repaired after spill into Flat Creek tributary

A wastewater overflow within the Gainesville sewer system caused about 5,400 gallons to flow into a tributary of Flat Creek on Tuesday afternoon.

March 17, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jefferson house fire ruled arson

A fire that damaged a home early Monday in the Morgan Creek Subdivision in Jefferson has been ruled an arson by state officials.

March 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Georgia denies Florida's allegations in water wars lawsuit

Georgia denies that Florida's Apalachicola region is "suffering serious harm" because of Georgia's increasing storage and consumption of water from the Chattahoochee and Flint river basins, according to a document filed in the U.S. Supreme Court.

January 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Community activism group undergoes change in leadership

Now, if she wants, Faye Bush doesn't have to walk across the street to work anymore.

January 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: UNG selects chief research officer

The University of North Georgia has a new head of research and engagement.

January 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Georgia infant mortality rate higher than national average

The Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel report on 2013 deaths found the state has an above-average infant mortality rate.

January 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula councilwoman Vicky Chambers still in ICU as City Council looks ahead

Lula City Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, as of Sunday night, is still in the intensive care unit at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

January 18, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Gainesville's downtown square bigger draw than ever

While it's no secret the downtown square is Gainesville's centerpiece, the last year has proven what a major draw it is for residents and tourists alike.

January 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cumming response sends state attorney general to sidelines

January 18, 2015 | BY KELLY WHITMIRE Times regional staff | Local


Meeting set to bridge 'dividing line' between community, law enforcement

A group of church and community leaders plans to talk this week with area law enforcement on ways to improve relations and "build partnerships."

January 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hundreds of Boy Scouts gather at Scoutland for Winter Camporee event

This weekend, Boy Scout Troops from Hall, Jackson and Barrow have come together at Scoutland campgrounds north of Gainesville for the 2015 Chattahoochee District Winter Camporee.

January 18, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


The 2 police families of Carol Martin

A math teacher, an accountant or a police chief - of those career options, Carol Martin said she never imagined herself becoming the third.

January 18, 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


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