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Judge rules sales tax vote was illegal

By Jennifer Sami

May 12, 2008 | By Jennifer Sami Times regional staff | Local


Some customers face tough choices with prescription pricing plans

You're probably getting "sticker shock" these days every time you go to the grocery store or fill up your gas tank.

May 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Woman, son escape fire, thanks to smoke alarm

A smoke alarm may have saved the lives of two people who escaped a burning home in North Hall early this morning, a fire official said.

May 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Deal's chief of staff reimburses campaign $93,000

The chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal has reimbursed the Gainesville Republican's campaign more than $93,000 after he was found to have exceeded outside income under the House of Representative's rules.

Chris Riley, 39, informed the leaders of the House Committee on Standards of the oversight in a letter dated Wednesday.

May 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Florida to feds: Don’t limit flows from Lanier

Florida environmental officials have weighed in on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers interim operating plan that would limit flows into the Apalachicola River.

They don't like it.

May 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Special Olympics: For love of the games

Some had been training year-round for the big event, others just for a few weeks.

May 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Sixth-grader full of mayoral hope

Running for mayor could be a possibility for 12-year-old Hania Rios, but she has plans to become an interior designer.

May 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


If I were mayor ...

If I were mayor, I would do many things to make Gainesville a better place.

May 11, 2008 | HANIA RIOS Special to The Times | Local


Local attorney posthumously inducted into ag hall of fame

A Gainesville attorney who also engaged in various farming pursuits was inducted posthumously into the Hall County Agriculture Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Tom Jarrard, who died in 2007, was among three inductees at a breakfast ceremony.

May 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Training for the worst: Hall deputies practice taking down shooters at East Hall High

Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Glenn Watson and his partner trained their air pistols on Cpl. Chris Farmer and blasted him with a barrage of tiny, round, green rubber pellets in Pam Moore's biology classroom Wednesday at East Hall High School.

May 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch, developers work on $15 million deal for shops, condos, townhomes

Flowery Branch officials met Wednesday with members of the Flowery Branch Historic Preservation Commission to get the ball rolling on a $15 million mixed-use development planned for downtown.

May 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Traffic shifts on Ga. 13

Weather permitting, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will shift traffic on Atlanta Highway to the newly paved lanes between Poplar Springs Road to Old Southern Heritage Drive.

May 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall County's recycled oil campaign brings in cash and lures thieves

Black gold, Texas tea, bubbling crude - whatever you call it, used motor oil is generating revenue for Hall County recycling centers. But with the price of oil reaching all-time market highs, officials said they are having to keep an eye on the increasingly precious resource to fend off unpermitted haulers trying to steal it.

May 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Lawyers want Hall sheriff to use discretion with illegal immigration program

Bortolo Ruiz was fishing with four other Mexican day laborers at Wahoo Creek April 5 when a state Department of Natural Resources Ranger asked the men for their fishing licenses.

May 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


These adults spell to help the rest of the county read

Thirty adults put their thinking caps on Tuesday evening and competed in the 17th Annual Spelling Bee to benefit local literacy efforts.

May 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Hall County Schools prepare for new direction

If the Hall County School District becomes a charter system, Superintendent Will Schofield said the change will cost more in time than in dollars, requiring a large amount of training and professional development.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County officials finalizing SPLOST project list

Hall County officials are finalizing a category list for projects to be funded by a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax. They hope to present that list to voters during public input meetings later this fall.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Meth charge dropped after only spaghetti sauce found on spoon

Drug charges have been dropped against a Commerce woman after crime lab analysis confirmed her claim that a spoon she had in a vehicle leading to her arrest did not contain methamphetamine residue but spaghetti sauce.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Police ID suspect in death of woman found in Hall park

An Oakwood woman is accused of murder in the death of a Flowery Branch woman whose remains were found last October in a Hall County park.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County seeks reimbursement for faulty firetruck

Hall County is threatening legal action against Sutphen, manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July 22 accident that seriously injured three firefighters, if the company does not reimburse the county for the full cost of the truck, according to documents obtained by The Times through an open records request.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fair Street students march for peace

Fair Street School neighbors watched waves of excited children march by Friday as the entire school paraded with signs, flags and giant, handmade doves chanting "We want peace! We want peace!"

September 19, 2014 | By Tyler Bennett intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Warning lifted after threat at UGA campus

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall County schools committee finds social studies curriculum lacking

Social studies coursework may give students more to remember than to learn, according to findings by a Hall County Schools committee on curriculum for the subject.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Georgia congressman sponsors bill to demilitarize police

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from DeKalb County, has introduced legislation that would dial back a federal program that transfers military equipment and resources to local law enforcement agencies.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Truck in Lake Lanier reported missing Sept. 11

A truck submerged in Lake Lanier at Little River Park on Wednesday was reported missing on Sept. 11 from Loganville, according to a Gwinnett County police report.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


High occupancy toll lanes may creep toward Hall

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to hold open house meetings on a project that would bring high occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County.

September 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fishing tournament to raise funds for 3 injured firefighters

A fishing tournament will be held Saturday at Laurel Park in Gainesville to raise funds to benefit three injured Hall County firefighters.

September 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hundreds flock to food bank benefit

More than 48,000 meals will be provided to food-insecure Georgians, thanks to the hundreds Thursday who attended the Empty Bowl Lunch benefiting the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

September 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County mails first batch of revised tax notices

Hall County has mailed revised tax assessments to about 3,800 property owners, the first sign the appeals process is ending for some residents.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch rebids flood project

Flowery Branch officials continue searching for a permanent solution to damage on Spring Street from 2013 flooding.

September 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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