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Healthy Monday: Don’t let stress of bad news downgrade healthy lifestyle

It's hard not to be stressed out these days.

October 23, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall Book Exchange celebrates 25th year by promoting literacy

The owner of the Hall Book Exchange celebrated the store's 25th anniversary by holding a 24-hour Read-A-Thon to benefit a local literacy group.

October 22, 2008 | Megan Gill | Local


A tearful ‘guidbye’ from Jefferson High

When you close your eyes and think of Scotland, you may envision men wearing kilts and musicians playing bagpipes, but that is not the case for 18 area students.

When Jefferson High School students conjure up visions of the far away land, they see the smiling faces of their international friends.

October 22, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Homeowner assistance loans left unused

For more than a year, a state grant meant to provide down-payment assistance for low- and moderate-income first-time homeowners in Flowery Branch has sat nearly unspent.

October 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Paying taxes will be difficult for some

Nobody likes paying taxes, especially when money is tight.

October 22, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Retirement for teachers may change

ATLANTA - A proposed change to the way Georgia doles out teacher pensions has retired educators angry that the state wants to change a 40-year-old policy on cost-of-living adjustments.

October 22, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Event gives hope, support to cancer survivors

Pink was the fashion statement of choice Saturday at the eighth annual Harvest of Hope.

October 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Wall Street’s tumult worries some residents

While the economic outlook darkened even further with bad reports on layoffs and consumer confidence, Friday was one of the quietest days since the financial meltdown began a month ago. Wall Street's tumultuous week turned out to be its best in five years.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 127 points Friday, but turned in the strong week because of two huge days of gains - a record 936-point jump on Monday and an increase of 401 points Thursday.

October 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Thurmon Tanner project may go to Monroe contractor

A Monroe contractor has been named as the apparent low bidder for the last leg of a planned extension of Thurmon Tanner Parkway, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said Friday.

Gary's Grading and Pipeline Co. submitted the lowest bid out of 11 bidders on the project Friday, spokesman Mark McKinnon said.

October 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall company investigated for fraud

A Gainesville business is the focus of a wide-reaching criminal investigation that could involve dozens of victims and losses in the millions.

Hall County Sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland confirmed Friday that officials are conducting a financial crimes investigation into North Georgia Equipment Sales, an Aviation Boulevard business that deals in heavy equipment.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two merchants arrested on charges of gambling at convenience store

Two merchants were arrested at a Flowery Branch convenience store Thursday on charges of making cash payouts for video gambling machines.

October 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


North Hall rabies case marks No. 38 this year

Hall County has recorded its 38th case of rabies this year, continuing an unprecedented epidemic of the fatal disease in wild animals.

October 21, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall tax assessor resigns

The chairman of Hall County's Board of Tax Assessors resigned Friday after the district attorney wrote a scathing letter that stopped short of bringing criminal charges for misuse of taxpayer money.

Emory Martin Jr., who served on the board since the late 1980s, was accused of misappropriating more than $60,000 by padding per diem time sheets and taking $100 per day payment for days when he did not work.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson school board approves more room for schools

The Jefferson City Schools Board of Education has approved the removal of the annex building at Jefferson High School in exchange for more classroom space and a larger cafeteria.

"Jefferson High School only has three classrooms available for future growth," said John Jackson, school system superintendent. "There is also a kitchen problem (at the high school). It's the smallest one in the entire school system."

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Unemployment rate steady in Gainesville, increases statewide

While statewide employment hit a 16-year high in September, Gainesville's jobless rate remained the same. While the state has not released localized percentages for September, in August Gainesville's rate of unemployment was 5.5 percent, up 0.2 percent from July.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Hall County reschedules commission meeting

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has moved its voting meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 11 to 10 a.m. that same day.

September 04, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Judge imposes $10K fine on attorney general’s office, head of ethics commission

A judge Wednesday imposed fines of $10,000 each on the Georgia attorney general's office and the head of the state ethics commission, saying they had failed to turn over key documents in a lawsuit against the commission.

September 04, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


Elementary students learn water safety as summer heat wanes

The swimming pool at the Oakwood YMCA is closed to the public after Labor Day, but on Wednesday, some lucky third-graders got to jump in.

September 03, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Badge and Bar: Trial date set tentatively in Tadmore soccer slaying

A Gainesville man accused of a shooting at a soccer game last year has entered a not guilty plea, with a tentative trial date set for November.

September 03, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Strong storm brings lightning, flood threat, power outages

A strong thunderstorm in Hall County has led to a flash flood warning and some sporadic power outages in South Hall, according to Scott Cagle, fire marshal and deputy Emergency Management Agency director.

September 03, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Wreck kills Clermont man

A Clermont man died Wednesday after turning in to the path of a semitrailer on Ga. 53/Mundy Mill Road at Thurmon Tanner Parkway, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

September 03, 2014 | | Local


Labor Department to co-sponsor career fair expo

A career fair will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 in Cornelia.

September 03, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Parole board refuses to offer information on clemency decision in murder case

Dawson County's request for the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to declassify information regarding its decision to grant clemency to a man convicted of a 1991 slaying has been denied.

September 03, 2014 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Local


Search continues for woman who jumped from boat

Authorities planned to reconvene their search today for the victim of a possible drowning reported Monday night, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

September 03, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Georgia Milestones exam will not affect grades or retention this year

Students in Georgia will not be held back or graded this year based on results of the Georgia Milestones standardized tests.

September 03, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


2 arrested after $16K in drugs found

Following a search of a Gainesville home, two residents were arrested in connection with manufacturing marijuana, among other charges.

September 03, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Firefighter treated for heat exhaustion Monday released

The firefighter who suffered heat exhaustion Monday was treated and released, Gainesville Fire Division Chief Keith Smith said.

September 03, 2014 | Times staff report | Local


City school board discusses enrollment, approves millage

Gainesville schools have more students enrolled today than they did at the end of last year.

September 03, 2014 | Times staff report | Local


Forest Service celebrates 50-year anniversary of woodland law

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law 50 years ago today, with no North Georgia lands included in the bill.

September 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Area food drive asks for donations

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank is asking people to "Lend a Hand, Give a Can" and donate canned food at local grocery stores during the next two weeks.

September 03, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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