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40 years later: Gainesville judge recalls relationship with RFK

On the morning of June 5, 1968, Sidney O. Smith Jr., then a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Georgia, was at home alone in Gainesville.

His family had left for a beach trip. Shaving in front of the bathroom mirror, Smith had turned on the radio for the morning news, not expecting what he heard.

June 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


RaceTrac gets thumbs up at Seasons

A RaceTrac gas station will stand on what was formerly the commercial retail portion of the Seasons on Lake Lanier planned unit development after all.

However, managers of the gas station will be barred from receiving deliveries between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

June 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville State educator a finalist for top job at Middle Georgia

W. Michael Stoy, Gainesville State College's vice president for academic affairs, has been named one of two finalists for president at Middle Georgia College.

June 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Medical center honors nurse for years of dedication

Even before Jim Gardner, president of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, finished announcing Linda Niles as the 2008 employee of the year, the entire room had risen to its feet in thunderous applause.

June 15, 2008 | | Local


Heart association recommends monitoring blood pressure from home

If you're diabetic, you know you're supposed to check your blood sugar every day.

But if you have high blood pressure, chances are you only get your pressure checked a few times a year, when you go to a doctor's office.

June 14, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch set to discuss budget today

Nearly $400,000 of new sewer and water ventures will have to wait so the Flowery Branch City Council can balance its sewer and water fund for the upcoming year, Mayor Diane Hirling said.

June 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville school board keeps superintendent memo secret

Already mired in a controversy about a $7 million budget shortfall, Gainesville school board members caught more public heat Monday night when they refused to disclose a May 19 memo from Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Battle lines drawn between superintendent, Gainesville school board

The often-controversial tenure of Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe appears in doubt after battle lines were drawn this week between Ballowe and members of the City Board of Education.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


550 kids could lose after-school program at YMCA

Problems within the Georgia Department of Education are causing the Georgia Mountains YMCA to struggle with how to keep 550 at-risk kids in an after-school program when school starts in August.

June 14, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Suspect arrested after three-hour manhunt

A Gainesville man was captured and arrested on numerous charges Monday night after allegedly fleeing from sheriff's deputies in a car and later on foot, authorities said.

June 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Residents can comment on Gainesville's budget

Gainesville taxpayers will have a chance to comment about how the city spends its money at tonight's first budget hearing.

June 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


No summer break for school projects

There's no summer vacation for construction workers at area schools. In fact, work has hit high gear as crews try to wrap up work at the new Chestnut Mountain Elementary School, which opens in August for the 2008-09 school year.

"We're putting floor tiles down, cleaning, landscaping, putting in final drives," said Jerry Huguley, construction manager for the Hall County system.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia state parks: More fun than a treadmill

Though it's being marketed with a goofy gopher mascot, a new state parks initiative has a serious goal: helping Georgians improve their health.

On Monday afternoon in Savannah, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the Get Outdoors Georgia campaign, an effort to promote state parks not just as a place for picnics but as an opportunity to exercise.

June 13, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall County school board to begin drug screenings of drivers

The Hall County School Board voted Monday to expand random, mandatory drug testing to all permitted student-drivers as well as student-athletes for the 2008-09 school year.

Until now, the school system has conducted random tests only on student-athletes.

June 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Math, reading retests available for some grades

Certain students will be allowed to retake the math and reading sections of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests this summer, and the state will count the highest score, Eloise Barron said Monday at the Hall County School Board meeting.

Barron, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, said third-grade students will be able to retest in reading, and students in fifth and eighth grades will be able to retest in both math and reading.

June 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Brenau, top Chinese university agree to joint program

Brenau University has struck an agreement with a top Chinese university to bring a steady flow of Chinese students to Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officers train on simulator for dangers on the road

A call for a carjacking comes over the radio, and Sgt. Steve Carey with the Hall County Sheriff's Office turns on the siren. Negotiating quick turns in following the suspect, Carey tails the perpetrator without ever leaving the Allen Creek Training Center.

October 25, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Strong home sales, new construction trending in local real estate market

October 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Election polls open today in Hall County

Early Saturday voting will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hall County Elections Office, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

October 25, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


‘Aloha spirit’ meets Southern hospitality

When deciding where to build an expansion of the King's Hawaiian facilities, the initial thought was to place the second building outside of Georgia.

October 25, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Accused gunman indicted in Gainesville apartment shooting

The accused gunman in the Aug. 15 shooting of two women at Atlanta Street Apartments was indicted Wednesday on nine counts.

October 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Man accused of killing cellmate will undergo mental evaluation

A Dawsonville man accused of murdering his cellmate in the Hall County Jail will be evaluated for mental competency.

October 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Republican party remains optimistic

October 24, 2014 | Bill Barrow Associated Press | Local


Rehabilitation organization celebrates 45 years

It's not easy to get a job these days, but the task is considerably more difficult for people with disabilities.

October 24, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


How Gainesville schools are changing grading practices

Gainesville schools have changed the way they grade middle school students, but the change is not a drastic one, according to Sarah Bell, the district's chief academic officer.

October 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville Civic Center hosts mother-son Halloween dance

From pirates to rock stars and everything in between, area mothers and sons donned their best Halloween costumes Thursday for a night of dancing at the Gainesville Civic Center. The mother-son dance served as a way for family members to bond with one another, while also continuing a tradition that has gone on for the past 11 years. Every costume from the funny to the scary was seen, as attendees showed off their dance moves for all to see.

October 24, 2014 | Alison Marchman | Local


Hall officials want more info on rail crossing before making next move

The controversy over whether to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing continues unabated after the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday night delayed a decision on abandoning the road.

October 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


First ladies reminisce about time in Governor's Mansion

Some people might expect life in the Governor's Mansion to be stuffy or formal, but Georgia's first ladies say it was filled with laughter and family.

October 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville workshop to focus on starting a business

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in Gainesville will offer the following workshop for individuals who are interested in either starting or growing a new venture.

October 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Morning wreck injures 4 in North Forsyth

Two adults and two children were hospitalized Thursday morning after a near head-on collision at the entrance to Silver City Elementary School by the Forsyth-Dawson County line.

October 23, 2014 | | Local


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