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Gainesville sales tax collections down, city manager says

Gainesville's sales tax collections have declined significantly because of the slowing economy, City Manager Bryan Shuler told City Council members Thursday.

Shuler said income statements from the April collections of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax were lower than that month's collections have been since April 2005.

June 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Nominees for new judgeship named

The committee that will provide Gov. Sonny Perdue with a short list of candidates for Hall County's new state court judgeship received six nominations by the close of the submission deadline.

According to an e-mail release from the state Judicial Nominating Commission, the nominees are, in alphabetical order, Benjamin Bagwell, Larry Baldwin, William M. Brownwell Jr., Tom Csider, Ann Schuler and William Sykes.

June 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


CRCT results show Hall probably will meet requirements

It looks like Hall County schools will meet the standards of "adequate yearly progress" for the first time since the federal No Child Left Behind Act began, educators said.

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests scores released this week suggest the Hall County school system, which has been a "needs-improvement" school system for the past several years, will make AYP when the state Department of Education makes its first AYP determinations of the year in mid-July.

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


City schools' staff to talk about additional budget cuts

The superintendent of Gainesville city schools will meet with the school system's administrative staff today to identify more cuts for the 2009 fiscal year budget.

Superintendent Steven Ballowe said he will sit down with the staff to determine which of the staff's recommended cuts will be most effective in trimming the tentative $61.6 million budget. Ballowe also said the staff is working on a budget that will create a greater surplus of funds at the end of the 2009 fiscal year, which starts Tuesday and ends June 30, 2009, to pay off more of the school system ...

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Developer, Hall County, experts might bring plant preserve to life

Walking through the woods, Margaret Rasmussen not only takes the time to smell the flowers but to identify them.

June 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Water rules loosen for Jackson County, not Barrow

ATHENS - Get your garden hoses and personal irrigation systems ready - Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority customers can now irrigate their lawns once a week.

June 29, 2008 | BY CLAIRE MILLER For The Times | Local


Major says investigation backs deputies who shot man's dogs

Frank Reeves' bullet-wounded dog Leonard spent Tuesday night in a Murrayville animal hospital courtesy of the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

June 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall medical professionals believe county’s ranking sends mixed messages

Local medical professionals are not happy about a state report that ranks Hall County among the worst in Georgia for minority health.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Housing Authority dresses up neighborhoods

Residents of Gainesville Housing Authority apartments have noticed the grass getting greener on their sides of the sidewalk.

June 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville school board now evaluating superintendent

Steven Ballowe, superintendent of Gainesville City Schools, called the process in which the city board of education will evaluate him this week "a fair appraisal."

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


New DUI law to take effect July 1

Cops are cracking down on drunken driving this week and next, just as a new law aimed at chronic repeat offenders goes into effect July 1.

June 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lawyer: School fountain wasn’t contaminated

The popular sports drink Gatorade was the only yellow liquid that touched a water fountain where fifth-grade boys were lined up and forced to take a drink, a lawyer for an embattled Banks County educator said Wednesday.

June 29, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Wish you were an Oscar Mayer wiener?

The famous jingle "Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener" will become something of a reality today when the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile gives kids the chance to meet a well-known incarnation of the famous hot dog and "become" wieners.

June 29, 2008 | | Local


UGA to buy Toccoa television station

The University of Georgia Research Foundation has reached an agreement to acquire WNEG-TV, channel 32, from its current owner, Media General Inc., both entities announced Wednesday.

The station soon will be operated by the University of Georgia through its Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

June 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Job seekers trying to 'persevere'

A not-so-rosy job market didn't deter the crowd from coming to search for potential employment Wednesday at the 2008 Job Fair.

June 29, 2008 | | Local


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Firefighter suffers heat exhaustion at Fieldale plant fire

One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion when battling a small blaze at an industrial building early Monday afternoon at the corner of Dorsey and Davis streets in Gainesville.

September 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Boating accident causes serious injury

An unnamed female victim suffered a severe laceration to the head this morning after the boat she was operating was struck by another vessel in the Ada Creek area on the north side of Lake Lanier.

September 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


5 things to know about Georgia elections

ATLANTA - Every statewide official will be up for re-election this year in Georgia, and sitting atop the ballot will be one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate races in the country.

September 01, 2014 | By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


US Senate candidates spar over business experience

ATLANTA - Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue share the title of CEO but are trying to make the case their experiences couldn't be more different as they campaign for Georgia's open Senate seat.

September 01, 2014 | By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


Businesses benefit from improved weather on Lanier

Today marks the unofficial end of a summer that has Lake Lanier visitors, businesses and tourism watchers wishing they could bottle for future years.

September 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia Milestones examination to challenge students

Historically, most students in Gainesville and Hall County have met or exceeded expectations on standardized tests for English, but that's expected to change with the new Georgia Milestones tests.

September 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Forsyth crew cleans up sewer spill in subdivision

A crew from the Forsyth County Water and Sewer Department contained a small sewer spill in an East Forsyth subdivision.

September 01, 2014 | Times Regional Staff | Local


Dawson deputy cleared of wrongdoing in arrest of woman at political rally

Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman.

September 01, 2014 | Times Regional Staff | Local


Class Notes: Twitter campaign invites Ellen DeGeneres to Brenau University

Some students at Brenau University have started a hashtag campaign to bring talk-show host and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres to the school.

September 01, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Driver services center improving customer service, use of technology

The Georgia Department of Driver Services is improving its technology and customer services, starting in Gainesville.

September 01, 2014 | By Kristen Oliver koliver@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gainesville Domestic Violence Center builds new playground

A Gainesville domestic violence center recently built a playground to help families feel more at ease while living at the shelter and transitional housing.

September 01, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Kids’ dangerous summer affects rescuers

Flames burst out of the house as Hall County firefighter John Waldrop responded to one of the more difficult calls of his career.

August 31, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


School district offices support schools behind the scenes

Education happens in the classroom, but there's plenty going on behind the scenes.

August 31, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


From Ferguson to North Georgia, today's police resemble the military

August 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia Rideshare lot goes unused

A Georgia Rideshare lot off Exit 17 at Interstate 985 has become more of a truck terminal and homeless haven than a commuter parking lot five years after it was built.

August 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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