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Hall County schools may have to slash more than $10 million from budget

The Hall County school board unanimously approved a plan that will shift three South Hall schools to different buildings in August to save $1.5 million in startup costs associated with opening the new Spout Springs school.

February 10, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Oakwood council delays acting on sign rules

OAKWOOD - Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to put off changes to the city's sign law, particularly affecting the display of banners.

February 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Volunteers honor veterans with snacks and stories

OAKWOOD - Veterans groups served up coffee and cookies Monday morning for men and women waiting for medical services at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic as part of National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week.

February 10, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dentists will hold free clinic Friday

Even in the best of times, many people can't afford to go to the dentist.

February 10, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Schools get casual to help blind students

An Alpharetta mom initiated a statewide fundraiser for the Georgia Academy for the Blind that has Gainesville school employees sporting jeans to work this week.

February 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jefferson taking up ‘islands’ annexing again

JEFFERSON - The city of Jefferson is once again taking up the issue of eliminating county "islands" within city limits.

February 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall County commission hears concerns over roadside solicitors

Some Hall County officials worry that organizations asking for donations on roadsides could not only be a nuisance but a traffic hazard.

February 09, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Teen burned in house fire in Jackson County

A 16-year-old boy is in critical condition in a burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital following a fire Sunday in Jefferson.

February 09, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Longtime attorney Gignilliat dies at 90

William R. "Bill" Gignilliat, a retired Gainesville attorney, died Saturday following an extended illness. He was 90.

February 09, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


‘Suspicious’ fire burns vacant home on Athens Highway

A Monday evening fire destroyed a vacant Athens Highway house.

February 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


School board OKs shuffling of South Hall schools

The Hall County school board unanimously approved a plan that will transfer three South Hall schools to different school buildings in August to save $1.5 million in start-up costs associated with opening the new Spout Springs high school.

The school board approved the school shuffle proposal Monday, saying the move will save about 24 system teachers' jobs and $1.5 million on staffing the new Spout Springs school's media center, cafeteria and front office, among other expenses.

February 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jefferson city says Valentine trees beat chocolates and flowers

Chocolates melt and roses die, but there are some Valentine's Day gifts that can endure.

February 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Oakwood City Council might sign up tonight for regulating banners

A public hearing and planned vote on changes to Oakwood's sign law, particularly concerning the display of banners, is set for tonight.

February 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Cold storage program lures international group to tour Lanier Tech

Today, an international association that specializes in education and information for cold food storage safety will bring a large delegation to Lanier Technical College for a hands-on training session on ammonia refrigeration.

February 09, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville gospel singer helps people who live on street

Jacky Fortner has used his tenor voice for years to minister to audiences. These days, it's his hands and feet trying to bring some measure of comfort.

February 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Chestatee backers out in support at season opener after faith controversy

Beyond the usual sea of maroon garb under the Friday night lights of the high school football season opener were crosses borne by some of the Chestatee High School faithful.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


County considers closing part of South Hall road

Hall County is considering whether to close part of a dirt and gravel road that links two major South Hall roads in response to resident concerns about dumping in the area.

August 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County firefighters salute injured coworkers

Hall County firefighters stood on Interstate 985 overpasses Friday afternoon as the last of three injured coworkers came home. At Friendship Road, five Station 8 firefighters saluted as the small northbound caravan carrying Will Griffin passed underneath about 3 p.m.Griffin was training July 22 in an aerial ladder bucket with fellow firefighters T.J. Elliott and Stephen Jackson when the truck's ladder malfunctioned, falling an estimated 44 feet and sending the three to hospitals. Griffin, 24, has been recuperating at Shepherd Spinal Center's spinal cord injury unit in Atlanta and will continue rehab as an outpatient ...

August 29, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Stay safe on roads, lake over holiday weekend, law agencies urge

Emergency personnel are encouraging residents to have a fun but safe Labor Day weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Former GHS star Watson makes college debut today in Athens

Fans of Gainesville High, Georgia and Clemson will come together today as the state's record holder in career passing yards and touchdowns returns home for his collegiate debut.

August 29, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


Gainesville officials decided Kelly had to go as chief

Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly resigned Friday morning in a move the mayor said was in the city's best interest.

August 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Football big business for local restaurants, retailers

Football, at every level of competition, is more profitable than ever.

August 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County mum on deal over firetruck involved in July 22 accident

The ladder truck that malfunctioned during a training exercise last month and injured three Hall County firefighters was inspected by an asset protection solutions group and signed off on by a battalion chief, but Hall County officials have declined to share any communication among themselves about the truck.

August 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Road work at Clarks Bridge resumes after 45-day wait

Construction crews have been back at work this week at Clarks Bridge, where a replacement project had stalled for 45 days to ensure the support for a retaining wall had compacted and settled as needed.

August 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside cadet finds support at school

Ben Brewer, a senior at Riverside Military Academy, learned what it means to be a caretaker when his father was stricken with cancer.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Top chef: Food festival brings 3 masters to Gainesville

Three master chefs from Taiwan gave demonstrations Thursday to culinary students at Lanier Career Center in Gainesville as part of the school's international food festival.

August 28, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local




Dock permit process to begin again Sept. 16

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin accepting applications Sept. 16 for the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

August 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Threat leads to brief evacuations at North Georgia Tech

Students at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville have been given the all-clear to re-enter most buildings on campus after a threat was written on the wall of one building.

August 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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