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Laid-off teachers face exit decision

The 100 or so Hall County teachers laid off earlier this month were given until Friday to determine how they would end their teaching careers in the system.

March 15, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


What if voters say 'no' to SPLOST?

Many local officials say that if SPLOST VI does not come through, neither will some of the big projects they hoped to fund with the tax.

March 14, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville City Council rebuffs plan for mayoral elections

A state lawmaker's effort to give Gainesville voters a chance to weigh in on the idea of an elected mayor is being resisted by members of the Gainesville City Council, some of which say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

March 14, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood and Ashley Fielding hblackwood@gainesvilletimes.com, afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Spring foliage is just down the road

Bill Lott maneuvers his way down a leaf-covered embankment in the Thompson Mills Forest and crouches next to a patch of small, pine-shaped plants covering the forest floor.

March 14, 2009 | By Katie Dunn kdunn@clickthepaper.com | Local


A special trip for a Special Olympian

Katy Wilson has many reasons to be proud.

March 14, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Retailer donates cameras to Hall County law enforcement

In domestic violence cases, the camera never lies.

March 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flood watch issued for Northeast Georgia as steady rains move in

A full day of steady rain has led the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for Northeast Georgia and other areas of the state through Monday morning.

As much as 2 to 3 inches of rain is expected in the area tonight and Sunday. A total of 0.35 inch of rain fell between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. today at the NWS recording station at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

March 14, 2009 | | Local


Mellow Mushroom coming to old Rudolph's location

A historic home on Green Street that was once a setting for fine dining will reopen in three months as a pizza franchise.

March 14, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall Progress 2009 promoting passage of sales tax on Tuesday

The "Vote Yes" signs are all over Gainesville's Green Street, as are advertisements in The Times.

March 14, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville High fans proud despite tough loss

MACON - After Gainesville High's heartbreaking 59-56 loss to Westover in the state Class AAA basketball semifinals Friday night at the Macon Centreplex, the Red Elephant faithful who made the two-hour drive remained proud of their team.

March 14, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Federal stimulus may help fund teachers' salaries

State school superintendent Kathy Cox told local school districts Friday that some federal stimulus funds can be used to pay teacher salaries.

March 14, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Online sting nets Kennesaw man in Gainesville

A Kennesaw man who traveled to Gainesville with the intentions of having sex with a 14-year-old girl was arrested Thursday, Hall County Sheriff's officials said Friday.

March 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Four arrested in meth raid by local drug unit

Four people were arrested on charges of trafficking methamphetamine following a monthlong undercover operation by the Gainesville-Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, officials said Friday.

March 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Brownies go scouting for bears

FLOWERY BRANCH - A group of Brownies earning their final merit badges for the year decided they want to design their project around something that would help children less fortunate or in distress.

March 13, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mix of prescription drugs killed Hoschton teen, authorities say

HOSCHTON - Authorities say a lethal concoction of prescription narcotics killed Brittane Nichole Brown, a 14-year-old Jackson County Comprehensive High School freshman found dead at a Hoschton home in December.

March 13, 2009 | By Katie Dunn kdunn@clickthepaper.com | Local


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Class Notes: Gainesville High School seeks graduation input

Gainesville High School wants parents and families of upcoming graduates to help plan the 2015 graduation.

November 24, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Intersections targeted for upgrades in spring

Nine Hall County intersections are set for upgrades in the spring, including work that addresses federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

November 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville planning board to hear more development requests

While new home permits have hit a record high this year in Gainesville, the city's planning board will soon hear a few requests to develop more residential housing.

November 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall clinic to be finished by early December

A few weeks before Christmas, Brett Jockell and his team hope to be out of the old East Hall library branch turned Hall County clinic.

November 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Two Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets prepare to open

Two big-name markets providing the community with new pharmacies, fresh groceries and household merchandise will open at the start of the new year.

November 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


9 Hall intersections targeted for improvements in spring

Nine Hall County intersections are set for upgrades in the spring, including work that addresses federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Wind damages Flowery Branch gas station

No one was hurt Sunday when high winds and heavy rains brought down the awning at a Flowery Branch gas station.

November 23, 2014 | | Local


State park lodge renovations mostly complete

A multimillion-dollar project to renovate two longtime Northeast Georgia state park lodges is largely finished, with guests already taking advantage of the new rooms.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Divisive immigration debate takes a new turn

President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday night that he would act unilaterally to allow about 5 million undocumented immigrants to work legally in the United States without fear of deportation was met with both personal and political responses in Hall County and across the state and nation.

November 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Recovering couple’s marriage, success made possible through Drug Court

November 23, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Changes coming to Common Core Standards

The state seems to want to please the public when it comes to the controversial Common Core education standards.

November 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Christmas in the Cabbage Patch

Christmas officially came to North Georgia on Saturday when BabyLand General Hospital kicked off its 36th annual Appalachian Christmas Celebration.

November 22, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


From Web to table: Grant helps farmers market reach customers

An Internet-based farmers market was awarded a grant Wednesday to help get the word out and expand in Gainesville.

November 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Vets chip in to help homeless comrades with food, clothing, advice

Just over a week ago, churches, businesses and schools gathered to thank local veterans for their service in celebration of Veterans Day.

November 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Rain moves in tonight with storms in some areas of state

A few days after shivering through January-like cold, Northeast Georgians now are looking at a Sunday of springlike rain.

November 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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