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Hall residents fear county's plan to increase sewer rates

Residents from the Village at Deaton Creek packed the Georgia Mountains Center to voice their concerns about proposed sewer rate increases at the Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday.

December 19, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall, Gainesville schools honored for closing achievement gap

The state Board of Education awarded two of four statewide grants to Hall County and Gainesville school systems in recognition of the systems' progress in closing the achievement gap between students who are economically disadvantaged and those who are not.

Each school system will receive $50,000 in federal Title I Distinguished Districts grant awards. Compared to school districts across the state, Hall County and Gainesville school systems made the greatest gains in the 2007-2008 school year in closing the scoring gap on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test and the Georgia High School Graduation Test. The gap often exists between ...

December 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


More people are applying for seasonal jobs

While most businesses tend to hire more employees during the holiday season to cover higher customer volume, current unemployment rates have created an unbalanced ratio of available positions compared to available applicants.

"We usually bring in a few extra people to help process all of the holiday packages, and this year is no exception. We're not adding more positions than we had last year, but we aren't hiring fewer people either," said Bimbo Briscoe, the co-owner of Mail Boxes Etc. on John Morrow Parkway in Gainesville.

December 18, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall records 42nd rabies case

On Wednesday, Gainesville-Hall County Animal Control reported the county's 42nd rabies case of the year.

December 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


More rain coming tomorrow

Almost 1.6 inches of rain had fallen in Gainesville since this morning, and more is on the way tomorrow.

December 18, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Area dog lovers help to rescue spaniels

There were just shy of 101 of them, and they weren't Dalmatians, but there were more than 50 English springer spaniels rescued from a Midwest puppy mill thanks to the dedication of several North Georgia dog lovers.

Volunteers for English Springer Rescue America Inc., an organization that aims to rescue, rehabilitate and find new homes for springers, took on more than 50 springer spaniels and delivered them to foster homes across the country this past weekend.

December 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Autopsy should help authorities decide if Lula woman died of foul play

Hall County sheriff's officials said the results of an autopsy being conducted today on the body a woman found dead Wednesday morning in her home in Lula should help them determine whether foul play was involved.

December 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch council gives its approval for sewer agreement

FLOWERY BRANCH - Over the vocal protests of two councilmen, the Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday morning to OK an agreement with Hall County regarding the Spout Springs Water Reclamation Facility.

December 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia: Wastewater plant must be repaired

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued an ultimatum to a privately owned wastewater treatment plant in Cumming: Fix it or shut it down.

"There have been a number of violations through the years," said Sam Buckles, municipal team manager for the EPD's regional office in Cartersville.

December 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Rain may help Lanier avoid new low

The state climatologist said Wednesday that he believes this week's rain could keep Lake Lanier from reaching a new all-time record low.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


‘Big Buddy’ thanks business owner for role in grandchild’s adoption

Gov. Sonny Perdue came to Gainesville on Tuesday in his role as "Big Buddy," the name he is called by his grandchildren.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Perdue won’t wait for Washington aid

Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday that he is not basing his plans for the state in 2009 on mere prospects of help from the Obama administration.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall plans to extend radio system

Hall County made the first steps toward extending its massive 800 MHz radio system after applying for a grant from Homeland Security to build three new sites.

December 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Fire training planned today in Flowery Branch

Hall County fire services will be conducting fire training exercises today in Flowery Branch, and smoke or flames may be visible at times, officials said.

Capt. Scott Cagle said firefighters will set fire to portions of a 1,200-square-foot house at 5207 Mulberry St. beginning at 10 a.m. The exercise should be wrapped up by 5 p.m., Cagle said.

December 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch proud of Falcons’ success

FLOWERY BRANCH - Forget that Flowery Branch High School is a cross-town rival. Kelly Woodard will be pulling hard for the Falcons on Saturday.

December 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Gainesville cap on tow truck charges means stranded drivers in Hall face sticker shock

If your car is towed after breaking down, following an accident or because of a traffic or major criminal violation of the law, it will likely cost less within the Gainesville city limits than anywhere else in Hall County.

May 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Debated Wal-Mart traffic signal to light up soon

A new traffic light on Thompson Bridge Road won't start operating for another week or two, but it's already caused plenty of conversation.

May 04, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Legislators dub 2015 General Assembly 'year of the child'

ATLANTA - A bill that would levy an annual $5,000 on strip clubs and fine pimps $2,500 to set up a fund for sexually exploited children is scheduled to be signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal, topping off what some legislators are calling the "year of the child" in the 2015 General Assembly.

May 03, 2015 | By Bill Hendrick Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: UGA president discusses experiential learning initiative

Gainesville Kiwanis Club had a special guest at its meeting last week.

May 03, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Friends rally around men injured in wreck

A Lula man is taking his anti-drinking-and-driving message public after two of his closest friends were injured in a wreck with someone allegedly under the influence.

May 03, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Cleveland Highway project behind schedule

The first leg of the Cleveland Bypass is nine months behind schedule, with some grading still yet to be done and the contractor racking up daily fines, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

May 03, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


1st round of Milestones testing ends

After a week and a half of assessments, area elementary and middle school students can breathe easy.

May 03, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Soldier comes home to surprise mom at graduation

It's amazing the difference one minute can make.

May 02, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


High-wire walker to appear at Georgia gorge, but won't walk

May 02, 2015 | By Jeff Martin Associated Press | Local


Lanier Tech seeks room to grow at new location

Within a matter of months, relocation of the Lanier Technical College campus in Oakwood to another site in Hall County became more than just an idea, with $10 million allocated in the state budget for design and land acquisition costs.

May 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville school officials make case for AD change

A new Gainesville student activity director is expected to be hired Monday, weeks after the announcement that high school athletic director Wayne Vickery's position is changing.

May 02, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Crowds flock to debut of Smithgall botanical garden

As she arrived at the garden Saturday evening, Lessie Smithgall was greeted with smiles, hugs, kisses and a hundred echoes of the same sentiment: gratitude.

May 02, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Dust explosion, fire damages Pilgrim's Pride building; no one hurt

A dust explosion caused "significant damage" to a Pilgrim's Pride chicken feed plant in Gainesville on Saturday evening, according to city fire department Division Chief Keith Smith, but no injuries were reported.

May 02, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Firefighting ‘sisterhood’ makes local history

Each of the five female recruits graduating this month from training with Hall County Fire Services has her own reason for wanting to be a firefighter.

May 02, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Officials celebrate opening of senior community

State officials and group leaders showed up in Gainesville on Friday to celebrate a multi-agency milestone on Myrtle Street that's been more than two years in the making.

May 01, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


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