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Spelling for literacy: Groups compete in annual bee for charity

You don't have to be in grade school to become a spelling bee champion.

Tonight, all types of people - young, old, religious, industrious and scholastic alike - will mouth off, using their best orthographic skills at the 17th Annual Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy and The Times.

May 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Virtual meetings could cut costs for substitute teachers, gas reimbursement

Hall County school officials are discussing ways to cut costs in the wake of rising fuel and electricity costs.

May 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Better burn that yard waste by sundown Wednesday

If you've got a pile of yard debris you want to burn, you've got less than two days left to do it. After sundown Wednesday, open burning will be banned in Hall County until Oct. 1.

May 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Tax rebate checks begin appearing today

It's almost like Christmas in July.

May 10, 2008 | Kristen Morales Harris Blackwood | Local


Official says bus driver at fault in wreck

Two elementary school students were treated for minor injuries Monday evening after their school bus driver caused a wreck on Atlanta Highway, officials said.

Hall County School bus 9827 was carrying 28 students from Martin Elementary at about 3 p.m. Monday when it struck a vehicle that had stopped in front of the bus on Atlanta Highway, according to Gordon Higgins, director of community relations for Hall County Schools.

May 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Modular home lawsuit still unresolved

After three years, there has been no final decision on whether Gainesville officials violated Grant Smereczynsky's civil rights by not allowing him to complete construction on a modular home within the city limits.

In the three years since Smereczynsky was ordered to stop construction on a home in the Waters Edge subdivision, a lawsuit he filed against the city has made an interesting journey, appearing in Hall County Superior Court three times and United States District Court twice.

May 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville plant will build for Nissan

ZF Transmissions has been selected to produce an automatic transmission for a 2010 Nissan vehicle and will expand its Gainesville operations to produce the new product.

"The order from Nissan is a major success for ZF and confirms our strategy to intensify business with Japanese automakers," said Wolfgang Vogel, member of the board of management of ZF and group executive of the commercial vehicle and special driveline technology division. "This opportunity furthers the excellent working relationship between Nissan and ZF."

May 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Residents recall ‘good, bad and ugly’ history of Southern heritage on Confederate Memorial Day

Hoop skirts and Confederate soldier garb was the fashion Sunday at Redwine United Methodist Church.

May 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Mars to pay $23 billion for Wrigley; gum maker's biggest plant is in Flowery Branch

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., which has the largest gum-making plant in the company's worldwide empire in Flowery Branch, has accepted a $23 billion buyout offer from privately held Mars Inc.

May 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Chicken cook-off heats up Gainesville afternoon

"It's events like this that make us want to live in Gainesville," said Robb Owens, a member of the North American Chicken Grillers Association International cook team.

May 08, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


The Titans: 25 people who helped build Gainesville, Hall County

Rafe Banks Sr.

May 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Sheriff’s citizens academy graduates 39

Some 39 people graduated from the spring 2008 session of the Hall County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy. The graduates were addressed and praised by Sheriff Steve Cronic as well as the keynote speaker, C. Andrew Fuller, senior judge, Hall County Superior Court.

May 08, 2008 | | Local


Giles knows he has big shoes to fill

Mike Giles, 46, has served as senior vice president of the Georgia Poultry Federation since 2000. He will assume the post of president at the beginning of 2009, succeeding Abit Massey, who will become president-emeritus.

May 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Families help break ground on new Habitat for Humanity homes

Five local church groups joined families in a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday for two new Habitat for Humanity homes.

May 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Renamed effort is still on the march for babies

It may have a new name, but the purpose of the March for Babies remains the same: Helping to save premature infants.

May 08, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Relay for Life kicks off new year with childhood theme

Garbed in black and Relay for Life's signature purple, Lynn Stepp seemed to dress like the antagonist of "The Wizard of Oz," but she thought otherwise.

September 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Retired lake manager recalled as passionate about Lanier

Chris Lovelady recalled disagreement in the office over Erwin Topper's idea to set up campground housing for Army Corps of Engineers volunteers working at Lake Lanier.

September 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Road Atlanta prepares for upcoming Petit Le Mans

A prominent worldwide event is set to once again take place in South Hall County.

September 16, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Suspects chased by Hall deputies face burglary charges

The two home invasion suspects pursued Monday by Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies have been charged with burglary, officials said.

September 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville apartment fire displaces three people

An adult and two children were displaced Tuesday by a fire at the Atlanta Street Apartments in Gainesville, according to the city fire department.

September 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities seize $100,000 in meth in Gainesville arrest

After showing up with a kilogram of methamphetamine at a pre-determined location, according to authorities, a Cumming woman was arrested Thursday and charged with methamphetamine trafficking.

September 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Local schools make state list for high progress

Three Gainesville schools and two Hall County schools made a list for those with the highest progress in the state.

September 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


White Sulphur Road railroad crossing closed today

White Sulphur Road will be closed today at the railroad crossing between Pine Valley Road and Crescent Drive.

September 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Processing of dock permits restarts today

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin accepting applications after 8:30 a.m. today for the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

September 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Cooler temps won’t hang around

It may feel like autumn this week, but summer hasn't had its last hurrah yet.

September 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


The Local Agenda: Council to hold meeting on tax, water rates today

Gainesville City Council will hold second readings today to roll back the property tax rate and set the water rate.

September 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula city manager says tax agreement in the works

Hall County plans to present to the cities by Oct. 15 an intergovernmental agreement concerning a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax money, Lula City Manager Dennis Bergin said Monday night.

September 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Suspects crash into pine tree after pursuit by Hall deputies

Two Canton residents suspected in a home invasion crashed their truck Monday afternoon in the woods after a pursuit from Hall County deputies.

September 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Orchestra, musicians hit sour note on contract talks

Kathy Amos of Gainesville has always been drawn to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra because the music it has produced "does something for my soul."

September 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


UNG counselors discuss mental illness, marijuana at forum

After being struck by a patient at the Central State Hospital, Kel Lee Cutrell knew there was only one correct response: a hug.

September 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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