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Ruling lets sex offenders volunteer in churches

Georgia's 16,000-plus registered sex offenders can sing in church choirs, take up collection plates and help out in church kitchens, at least for now.

March 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson gets to upgrade its status

The city of Jefferson has recently been upgraded from a Better Hometown to a Main Street community by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

March 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Frances Meadows aquatic center's pools get new drains to comply with federal law

Having a hard time getting all wet at the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center?

March 31, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville teacher contracts going out Thursday

After Thursday, most Gainesville school system teachers won't have to wonder anymore if they will have a job next school year. The system will be issuing 457 contracts on Thursday to system staff and educators. Despite that high figure, it may not include 24 part-time employees and 12 non-certified teachers who are expected to not have their contracts renewed for next school year.

March 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


State parks might charge $5, not $3, per vehicle

Would you pay $5 to visit a Georgia state park?

March 31, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville State College needs funds to keep up with growth

Following the legislature's restoration of $6.2 million in construction funds for a new academic building at Gainesville State College, the school's president justified the expenditure by citing staggering enrollment growth at a business breakfast Tuesday.

March 31, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Dogs from alleged ‘puppy mill’ still available for adoption

About 20 purebred dogs seized from an alleged Cumming "puppy mill" in early March were adopted Tuesday from the Humane Society of Hall County.

March 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Fitness club manager charged with theft

An off-duty Gwinnett County police officer is credited with arresting a fitness club manager on theft charges.

March 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Cagle says DOT should auction jet

ATLANTA - Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Tuesday that Georgia should put one of its airplanes on the auction block, arguing the sale would bring in more than $1 million to help offset state budget woes.

March 31, 2009 | | Local




Arson suspect arrested again, faces DUI charge

CUMMING - A woman charged with burning her house down in what authorities say was an insurance scheme may soon lose her freedom following her most recent arrest.

March 31, 2009 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Barrage combines violins, vocals, dance to pack the house

World-renowned performance group Barrage wowed Gainesville residents with its unique mixture of violins, vocals and dance Monday evening.

March 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County teachers assured of minimum state pay next year

The Hall County school board unanimously approved the wording for nearly 2,000 teacher contracts that guarantee teachers' pay according to the state's minimum salary schedule but does not define the system's local salary supplement.

March 30, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Families keep the faith as Charlie Company deploys

Friends and family cheered as buses carrying more than 100 men of Charlie Company, a Gainesville-based Army National Guard unit headed to Afghanistan, pulled away from the National Guard Armory on Monday morning.

March 30, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County judges pass on Regions lawsuit

The first word from the bench on a legal battle between Regions Financial Corp. and a Midtown Gainesville developer is an order declining to hear the lawsuit in which both city and county officials have an interest.

March 30, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Teen charged in wreck that killed 15-year-old

The driver in a Thursday wreck that killed a 15-year-old Gainesville boy has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide.

July 07, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


University of North Georgia names diversity adviser

University of North Georgia President Bonita Jacobs has named Sheila Caldwell adviser to the president on diversity.

July 07, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


The Local Agenda: At-large voting front-and-center at Tuesday night’s Gainesville council meeting

The fight to change Gainesville's at-large electoral system, wherein voters across the city cast ballots for all candidates, will be on display tonight when the City Council meets.

July 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


High court ruling on sign restrictions plays out in Hall

Hall County will issue a moratorium Thursday on sign permits after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month upended restrictions on some local government ordinances that ostensibly curtail free speech rights.

July 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Presentation will honor Vietnam veterans Thursday in Oakwood

Forty-seven local Vietnam veterans will be honored Thursday at a dinner and presentation in Oakwood.

July 06, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Oakwood VA not talking after Dorsey’s video

After the story of a local veteran being turned away from the Oakwood VA made national news, workers there Monday declined to comment, referring instead to an Atlanta phone number for Veterans Affairs. No one there answered calls from The Times.

July 06, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gainesville schools make transportation personnel change

In a rare move, a part-time bus driver position for Gainesville City Schools will be converted to a full-time position with benefits.

July 06, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County school board prepares for fall E-SPLOST referendum

Hall County school leaders are finalizing a list of projects that could be funded by a sales tax up for a vote in November.

July 06, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


DNR reports no drownings, but BUIs up over last year’s July 4 holiday

For the second year in a row, no one drowned or was killed on Lake Lanier over the July 4 weekend.

July 06, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Rain bogs down Cleveland Bypass project

After weekend rains, a Cleveland intersection didn't close Monday as originally scheduled, another setback in construction of the Cleveland Bypass that is already months behind schedule.

July 06, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Confederate flag stirs reactions with area residents

Riding his bicycle down a sidewalk along Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville last week, the Confederate battle flag flying from the handlebars and flapping with the momentum of his speed, John Phillip Chandler, a young white man, neared two African-American men waiting for a bus to arrive.

July 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Drone supporters say ban around Georgia Capitol goes too far

ATLANTA - Drone enthusiasts are calling a ban on the unmanned vehicles within five miles of Georgia's Capitol an overreach of authority by state officials, while agency officials argue the change is necessary and follows federal guidelines.

July 05, 2015 | By Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: Two UNG students selected for Fulbright scholarships

Two University of North Georgia students were selected for the Fulbright scholarship program from thousands of students across the nation.

July 05, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Georgia joins 8 other states suing feds over new water regulations

Georgia and eight other states are suing over new water regulations they say are an overreach by the federal government.

July 05, 2015 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Oakwood RaceTrac getting face-lift

Drivers will be able to fill up their tanks and grab a bite to eat at a remodeled RaceTrac on the corner of Old Oakwood Road and Mundy Mill Road in September, if things go according to plan.

July 05, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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