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Family escapes house fire

A fire caused about $100,000 in damage Thursday morning to a house off Dawsonville Highway, officials said. A woman and three teenage children escaped the fire without injury.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Adult day care enlists flamingos for fundraiser

It's a sight that has some Gainesville drivers wondering if they're hallucinating. Did they really see a yard full of pink flamingos?

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Parents riled at Banks school official

Angry Banks County parents want an assistant principal fired after she reportedly made about 100 fifth-graders drink from a fountain that may have been contaminated with urine.

Some 25 parents have retained Cornelia attorney Chan Caudell, though no lawsuit has been filed. They are seeking the ouster of Lori Rylee, the assistant principal at Banks County Elementary School in Homer.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville school board to vote on budget Monday night

The Gainesville school board is set to vote tonight on a $50 million-plus 2008-09 budget that carries a potential increase in the property tax rate of nearly 21 percent.

As of Sunday night, a copy of the budget was not available. The Times has requested a copy of the line-item budget as soon as it becomes available for board members.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood planners consider requests for new businesses

The Oakwood Planning Commission recommended approval on two annexation requests Monday for a possible commercial property and a child care center.

Frank Turk asked the commission to recommend annexation of a .19-acre tract at 3916 Hilldale Road and rezoning it from Hall County agricultural residential to Oakwood highway business. Turk, who is a member of the city planning commission, recused himself from the vote.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Post office stamps out its vending machines

Need a stamp?

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cagle calls Florida action ‘shocking’

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Friday that he was shocked by Florida's announcement that it would file suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for alledgedly violating federal law.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Watchful neighbors keep eye on community

Gloria Melancon knows just about every inch of her neighborhood.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Rangers plead guilty in federal court

ATLANTA - Five years ago, Army Ranger Sgt. Randy Spivey took part in one of the most publicized operations of the Iraq war: the rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dump the Pump: Free ride carrot lures Red Rabbit riders

The Red Rabbit saw a record number of riders Thursday for the third annual Dump the Pump day.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mini golf tournament raises money for Hall County Humane Society

The annual Putting for Pets Mini Golf Tournament will serve up fun and funding for the Humane Society this Saturday at the Oaks Miniature Golf course in Oakwood.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Health spotlight: Environmental concerns force asthmatics to pay more for life-saving inhalers

To protect the Earth's thinning ozone layer, millions of asthma patients are being forced to change how they take their medication.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch ready to increase water, sewer rates

Flowery Branch customers may have to pay at least 20 percent more each month for water and sewer starting in July, as well as a new monthly service charge for city utilities and solid waste.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Pastor’s son-in-law takes over at Harmony Street Baptist Church

Willard Thomas stepped down Sunday as pastor of Harmony Street Baptist Church after what he described as nearly 27 years of "preaching, practicing and promoting old-time religion."

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


A refresher on watering rules

It's summertime, the living's easy, but it may not be so easy to remember the rules for outdoor watering.

Although Gainesville officials returned to observing the state's level 4 drought restrictions several months ago, the City Council did not make the move official until Tuesday.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Atlanta Highway shut down in Flowery Branch due to fire

Hall County firefighters are battling a blaze on Atlanta Highway in Flowery Branch.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Man charged in Clermont bank robbery

A Cleveland man has been charged in the Tuesday armed robbery of a North Hall County bank.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville man pleads guilty in $12 robbery case

The most serious violent felonies were dropped against a Gainesville man after he pleaded guilty to robbery Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville school officials implement new juvenile code changes

Gainesville schools have eliminated about 700 days of out-of-school suspension for students this academic year after implementing changes from the state juvenile code.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man charged in April 5 wreck in East Hall

A Grandview, Wash., man has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide in an April 5 wreck in East Hall County that resulted in the death of a Gainesville woman.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents offer feedback over lakefront reassessments

Blane Spence seemed satisfied with the presentation concerning property reassessments, but what the Flowery Branch lake dweller had trouble swallowing is how his tax money is spent.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Send us your summer events for Splash leisure guide

The annual Splash summer leisure guide will be published with The Times on May 25.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Annual burn ban to begin on May 1

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division's burn ban that applies to 54 counties, including Hall and several others in Northeast Georgia, is set to begin May 1.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Earth Day too big for April 22

Area schools and environmental groups are teaming for a series of events to celebrate Earth Day and educate citizens of Hall County about climate change, conservation and eco-technology.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Day care parade a moment for celebrating, remembering

Heather Webb started crying in the atrium of her son's day care as she embraced Quinsha Cheeks.

April 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Flowery Branch weighs benefits of tax change

Flowery Branch City Council discussed three revised occupational tax rate structures designed to bring the city's business license fees more in line with the county and surrounding cities.

April 18, 2014 | Lisa Laskey | Local


Chief planner urges cities to consider top road needs

The head of Hall County's main transportation planning group told area government leaders Wednesday they should consider "critical needs" in terms of projects as the county moves forward on updating its long-range transportation plan.

April 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water district councils seek Hall residents

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water District is seeking Hall County residents to serve on the Lake Lanier and Oconee basin advisory councils.

April 17, 2014 | | Local


Lanier Village Estates holds fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends

The young and old, two humans dressed as a biddy and a bunny, some dogs for petting and a U.S. representative turned out Wednesday for the fifth annual Lanier Village Estates Easter Egg Hunt for Challenged Child and Friends.

April 17, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Panel publicly upholds firing of Hall fire official

The Hall County Civil Service Board publicly voted 4-2 Wednesday to affirm the termination of an ex-Hall County Fire Department battalion chief.

April 17, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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