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Relay for Life: Survivors celebrate, raise funds

FLOWERY BRANCH -- This year's Relay For Life at Flowery Branch High School was the biggest one yet, and on the event's 15th anniversary in Hall County, many think it's possible to reach the goal of raising $500,000 for the American Cancer Society.

June 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Tour de Georgia a boon to state tourism

A survey by North Georgia College and State University shows that the 2008 Tour de Georgia bicycle race had a direct economic impact of $38.6 million in Georgia, up from $27 million in 2007, a 40 percent increase.

June 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Officials enforce no-ATV rules at Hall parks

When people buy a new all-terrain vehicle, they often don't consider that there's no place in Hall County, other than their own yard or a friend's property, where they can legally ride.

June 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Plans under way to provide help for caregivers

Taking care of a person with Alzheimer's disease often means putting your own life on hold.

June 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Challenged Child gets day at the lake

The end-of-the-year party for Challenged Child and Friends promises to be a special one.

June 11, 2008 | | Local


Friends hope for closure as divers continue search

FLOWERY BRANCH - As sheriff's divers searched the murky depths of Lake Lanier for an eighth day for the body of a Ellenwood man who is presumed drowned, the man's friends worried that his remains may never be found.

June 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville's new wastewater plant uses latest technology

Gainesville officials gathered Friday at Linwood Wastewater Reclamation Facility to applaud those who spent years making the newer, high-tech facility possible.

June 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Residents fume as Humane Society explains Wednesday’s euthanizations

On an average day, the Humane Society of Hall County euthanizes 23 animals because they are unadoptable or the Hall County Animal Shelter doesn't have enough space for them.

June 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Board seeks bonds for local state park

The State Board of Natural Resources took the next step in funding for the planned Don Carter State Park in Gainesville during its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday.

June 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Drowning victim identified

A woman who drowned in a residential swimming pool Wednesday was identified by officials Thursday as Elizabeth Hugo of Dahlonega.

June 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County may raise taxes to pay for books, buses

Hall County residents could be looking at a tax increase to fund school district projects. The county may raise taxes to fund a number of increased expenses, including new teachers, textbooks and school buses.

"The budget growth this year is similar to the growth of previous years' budgets within a few percentage points," said Lee Lovett, Hall County deputy superintendent.

June 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Council will vote again on controversial rezoning

A controversial rezoning that two Gainesville City Council members thought they defeated nearly two weeks ago is back on the table.

June 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville's Dent loses bid for DOT board post

ATLANTA - A former top official of the Georgia Department of Transportation was defeated in his bid to become a member of the state board that oversees the agency.

Larry Dent, a retired DOT deputy commissioner, lost in the second round of balloting to Steve Farrow, a former state senator from Dalton. Farrow was elected Thursday on a vote of 17-7 to the 9th District on the state transportation board.

June 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City school's finance woes go back to 2007

Gainesville school superintendent Steven Ballowe said Thursday that the system's financial woes can be traced to March 2007, when the city government notified the system that property tax collections were $3 million less than projected for the 2006-07 budget year.

But word didn't travel beyond the former finance officer, who was Angela Adams, he said.

June 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents clamor for change in city school leadership

About 100 people complained loudly Thursday night about the Gainesville school system's financial woes, with many saying they believed Steven Ballowe should go as superintendent.

"This man runs a bank," said area resident Bill Morrison, standing next to and pointing at Dick Valentine, chief executive officer of United Community Bank. "But if he goes $7 million in the hole, he's fired."

June 10, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Ga. governor candidates talk ethics during 2nd debate

October 20, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Officials: West Hall administrators manipulated test data

Two former administrators at West Hall Middle School were censured for manipulating Adequate Yearly Progress numbers in 2010, officials confirmed this month.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class Notes: UNG partners with neurological facility

Students at the University of North Georgia will soon have internship opportunities at a special facility for patients with neurological disorders.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$750K grant to fund Department of Juvenile Justice service program

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice received a $750,000 federal grant for a re-entry program, with the intent to have a pilot program identified by next month.

October 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


No one hurt in Atlanta Highway house fire

No one was injured in house fire Sunday evening on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, fire officials said.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville center to provide counseling for abused boys

Nearly one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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