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Gainesville schools propose 14.4 percent tax hike

Faced with a multimillion-dollar deficit and with no detailed budget in front of them, Gainesville school board members nonetheless voted 4-1 Monday night to approve a $53.24 million tentative spending plan for the next fiscal year.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Attorney says feds erred in charging Forsyth deputy, family with human trafficking

CUMMING - The attorney for a Forsyth County sheriff's deputy and two of his family members accused of human trafficking says the government got it wrong.

June 24, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


State legislators talk about possible bill to dissolve Gainesville school system

State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, fired a large salvo at the Gainesville City Board of Education meeting Monday night by suggesting the school system could be dissolved by an act of the General Assembly.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Rotary Club honors Sheriff Cronic

Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic was honored this week by the Rotary Club of Gainesville with the W. Lee Arrendale Award for Vocational Excellence.

June 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Family pet returns five years later thanks to microchip

You could call it a microchip miracle.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Rentals outpace ownership

With the economy effecting everything from gas prices to grocery shopping, many people have made changes in anticipation of a recession.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Bus rides are free for today

Leave the car at home and hop on the Red Rabbit for free today for the third annual "Dump the Pump" day.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


New leader to take National Guard unit into Afghanistan

A local National Guard battalion performed a time-honored tradition with a change of command ceremony Sunday at the Falcons complex in Flowery Branch.

The 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment ushered in Maj. Matt Smith, who will replace Lt. Col. Andy Hall as the new commander of the battalion, headquartered in Winder.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Audit of Gainesville schools results in $33M in adjustments

State audits of the Gainesville school system identified the same problem in 2005 and 2006 and resulted in accounting adjustments of more than $33 million over a two-year period.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


State ranks Hall low in minority health care

State officials say Hall County is among the worst in Georgia when it comes to minority health care, but they're not sure why.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Schools discuss later start in ’09

Representatives from local school districts said they will consider pushing the start of the 2009-2010 school year back to late August.

Georgia Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox has suggested school districts across the state weigh the pros and cons of postponing the 2009-2010 school year to allow the state Department of Education time to include scores from the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests students may retake in June 2009.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Respecting Old Glory for Flag Day

It's a familiar setting as night is settling in. A light breeze brushes past the porch, ruffling the American flag hung outside on the flagpole in the gathering darkness. But something about this scene is wrong.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Death penalty trial for 2002 double homicide set for August

A judge has set a trial date for Hall County's first death penalty trial in nine years.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Forsyth to sue corps over Bethel Park

The Forsyth County commission has decided to pursue legal action against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the battle over Bethel Park.

June 24, 2008 | BY FRANK REDDY Times regional staff | Local


Woman struck by vehicle flown to Atlanta hospital

A woman has been flown to an Atlanta hospital and is in stable condition after being run over in the driveway of her Christopher Court home, according to reports.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | 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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