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Should you idle your engine?

People are doing everything they can to save gas these days, but AAA Auto Club South spokesman Randy Bly said turning the car off instead of idling may not be the best way.

"There's not a lot of fuel that's consumed if you're idling," Bly said.

October 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


College students still getting to class, despite shortage

The current gas shortage has not stopped Gainesville State College students from getting to class, said Sloan Jones, a spokeswoman for the school.

October 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Senior Life Center's status could lure grant money

The Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center became the first senior center in the state to gain national accreditation last week, Community Service Center Director Phillippa Lewis-Moss said Tuesday.

October 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Habitat for Humanity's ReStore offers good deals

By visiting Habitat for Humanity of Hall County's ReStore, you can kill two birds with one stone: You can buy cheap home improvement materials and contribute to the organization.

October 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Some power bills could be going down

Sawnee Electric Membership Corp. has announced that retail electricity rates will see a reduction beginning in October.

October 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Long lines at gas pumps remain

A problem that was predicted to begin improving by the end of the weekend was still evident Monday as long lines spilled out of the few gas stations in Gainesville with gasoline.

October 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Little shop of safety is scheduled Saturday

Area agencies are hoping families will browse through their "Little Safety Shoppe" on Saturday at Lakeshore Mall.

October 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Schools keep eye on gas gauge

Field trips planned for the next two weeks have been canceled for Hall County schools to conserve fuel.

October 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Deal helps shoot down $700 billion bailout plan

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, was among the members of the House voting Monday to defeat a $700 billion emergency rescue package.

October 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Citigroup to acquire Wachovia

It was business as usual at Wachovia's five branches in Hall County following an early morning announcement Monday that Citigroup Inc. will acquire the banking operations of Wachovia Corp., in a deal facilitated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

October 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Commitment, cooperation earn Hall County anti-drug grant

A Hall County agency recently received a five-year federal grant to prevent substance abuse among teens.

October 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Auto dealer executive Lindsay Boomershine Robertson passes away

Lindsay Boomershine Robertson, 55, an executive in a family-owned auto dealership, died Sunday at her home in Braselton. The cause of death was not immediately known, according to Jerry Ward of Mason & Ward Funeral Home, which is handling funeral arrangements.

October 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


A chaplain in Iraq: Some things remind Collins of home

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there earlier this month. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

October 03, 2008 | Rep. Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Fire displaces North Hall man

Fire swept through a North Hall home Sunday morning, causing an estimated $35,000 in damage and displacing the man who lived there.

October 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Authorities say tempers flaring over gas shortage

As the gas shortage brought on by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav stretches on in Gainesville and metro Atlanta, it seems some people may be getting a little testy.

October 02, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


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Rhetoric heats up in Georgia governor’s race

The campaign stops featured warm and fuzzy, feel-good settings, but the candidates for Georgia governor pounded each other rhetorically on Monday as voter registration closed and they prepared for their first head-to-head debate.

October 06, 2014 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Local


Gainesville schools may expand pre-K program

The Gainesville City Board of Education moved Monday night toward possibly adding new pre-kindergarten classes.

October 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school system moves closer to decision on whether to become charter system

Hall County schools got some long-awaited clarification Monday to rules that will affect whether or not they become a charter system.

October 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Proposed Hall code changes would require business license before opening

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to approve changes to the business license code, including reducing the grace period for late payments and requiring businesses to have a license before opening their doors, when it meets Thursday.

October 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Oakwood holds second of three hearings on tax increase

Another Oakwood tax hearing, another small crowd.

October 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cellmate suspected of murder in inmate's death

The cellmate of a Hall County Jail inmate found dead Sunday has been charged with murder.

October 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Rabid cat found in East Hall

A rabies alert has been issued for the Tara Trail area of East Hall County after a rabid dog came in contact with a rabid cat.

October 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Award-winning author to read her poetry at UNG

Xánath Caraza, a linguist and award-winning poet and fiction writer, will visit the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses this week to read from her books "Conjuro" and "Silabas de viento."

October 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


UNG hits enrollment record

The University of North Georgia is bucking national trends on college enrollment.

October 06, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Today is last day to register to vote in ’14

If you're not registered to vote, today is the last day to do so in order to vote in the November general election.

October 06, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Friends group to help develop Don Carter State Park

As former manager at James H. "Sloppy" Floyd State Park in Summerville, Will Wagner has been down this road before, with good results.

October 06, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Local church anoints animals

Grace Episcopal Church held its annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony Sunday on the front lawn of Brenau University in Gainesville. "The Blessing of Animals is our way of celebrating not just the life of St. Francis, but also our reverence for God's creation, and our calling to care for the environment," said the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, rector of Grace Episcopal Church. "St. Francis' love of animals reflects his awareness that all creatures are blessed and loved by God."

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall commissioners to address changes to business license code

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will discuss proposed changes to the business license code, which have been in the works for months, at a work session today.

October 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall inmate found dead in cell

An inmate has been found dead in a Hall County Jail cell, officials said.

October 05, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


HealthSmart Expo to feature 60 wellness vendors

Free health screenings, including blood pressure checks, body mass index calculations, cholesterol testing and more, will be available to the public Wednesday.

October 05, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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