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Brad Morris reappointed as chief public defender

Brad Morris, the attorney who has headed up the public defender office for Hall and Dawson counties since it opened in January 2005, has been reappointed to serve a full four-year term ending in 2012.

The vote for the reappointment was made during a Friday public meeting of the Public Defender Selection Committee of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, the committee's chairman, J. Douglas Stewart said. Committee member Tom Bishop made the motion, which was seconded by Sammy Smith, Stewart said. The vote to reappoint Morris was unanimous.

May 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


19th case of rabies confirmed in Hall County

The number of confirmed rabies cases in Hall County has increased to 19.

May 18, 2008 | Staff reports | Local


Hall schools outperform state on grad tests

Hall County school system juniors have outperformed the state on the 2008 Georgia High School Graduation Tests.

May 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


GBI takes over tax assessors probe

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been requested to conduct an investigation into whether there was criminal wrongdoing by the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors in the billing of per diem payments by board members, officials confirmed Wednesday.

May 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall fire academy thrills citizens with burn houses, knowledge

Crouching a few feet away from an 800-degree indoor bonfire, Mimi Bowden aimed her fire hose inside a "burn building" at the Hall County fire training center and knocked down the blaze with a loud blast of water spraying out at 110 pounds per square inch.

May 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Boy better, but family needs financial help

Drake Hollander is in a race for his life. But now, many others will be racing on his behalf.

The 12-year-old North Hall Middle School student was diagnosed last fall with a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A sociable, happy kid and avid sports fan, Drake has had to adjust to life as a cancer patient.

May 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Authorities investigate boat explosion

One of three people burned when a boat caught fire while refueling Saturday morning at Bald Ridge Marina remained hospitalized Tuesday, friends said.

May 18, 2008 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Health fair coincides with Older Americans Month

A health fair geared toward seniors drew a small crowd to the South Hall Community Center Tuesday.

Marci Summer, manager of the community center, said the second annual Active Generation Health Fair provided free blood pressure checks, healthy snacks and auditory information to folks 55 and older. Health fair participants received information about the services available to seniors through Hall County resources.

May 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


In third year of drought, water park is proposed in Buford

Environmentalists say they're dumbfounded about a real estate company's proposal to build a 200,000-square-foot water park in Buford while the state remains in a drought.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Water restrictions eased for public utilities, not residents

Gainesville and Hall County will remain under level four drought restrictions as they have been since last October, state officials said at Tuesday's meeting of the state drought response committee.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gas prices pose budget problems for Hall County schools

Fearing the price of fuel could go higher, the Hall County Board of Education is discussing whether to increase the proposed fuel budget for fiscal year 2009.

Jewel Armour, executive director of operations for the school system, told board members Monday night that he had budgeted between $3.90 and $4 per gallon for the coming year's purchase of 480,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 60,000 gallons of gasoline.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City schools at least $1.7 million short for next fiscal year

Though still early in the Gainesville school system budgeting process, the projected spending for fiscal year 2008-09 exceeds the income by $3.3 million.

Janet Allison, finance chief for the district, told the City Board of Education Monday night that expenses are estimated at $52.9 million and revenues at $49.6 million.

May 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hearing set for proposed drug-testing expansion

A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. May 19 on a proposal plans to expand the Hall County school system's random drug-testing program.

May 17, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hikers want to recognize Appalachian Trail with new car tag

If you're a bicyclist in Georgia, you can get a license plate for your car reminding others to "Share the road." You can also get specialty plates proclaiming your love for NASCAR or for your alma mater.

But if you're a hiker, there is no plate that depicts your favorite pastime. That could soon change, however.

May 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall's future life aquatic coming via Frances Meadows Center

It won't be long before the Frances Meadows Center will be all wet.

May 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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2014-2015 STAR Students and Teachers reception honors brightest

A future electrical engineering major and an Ivy League hopeful were named Wednesday as the area's top STAR students.

March 05, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chestatee students SOAR in performances

Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development students were talkative and excited Wednesday afternoon as they awaited the next acts at Day at the Museum.

March 05, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Badge & Bar: Suspect files for dismissal in West Avenue slaying

A Gainesville man recently severed from his co-defendant in a West Avenue shooting death case filed a motion to have two murder charges dismissed.

March 05, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch council loses 2 members back-to-back

Two Flowery Branch City Council members have resigned due to moving away from the South Hall city.

March 04, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall targets businesses for tax reassessments

Lakefront homeowners can breathe a sigh of relief this year.

March 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former Hall County jailer indicted on drug smuggling charges

A former Hall County jailer was indicted Tuesday on federal charges accusing him of smuggling suspected cocaine into the Hall County Jail.

March 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


University of North Georgia students discuss firing of professor

A tenured University of North Georgia professor was fired recently following an altercation with a guest speaker, and the issue has polarized the Dahlonega campus.

March 04, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Schools promote eating breakfast with fare at lunchtime

Tuesday's lunch menu at C.W. Davis Middle School could better be described as brunch.

March 03, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Eyes on the Road: Storm cleanup along roads still underway

The ice storm is long gone, but the trees and limbs that fell because of it are still strewn across Hall County, with many of them awfully close to roadways.

March 03, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Clermont gives first OK to pizzeria's request to leave town limits

A businessman got the Clermont Town Council's initial blessing Tuesday night to leave the North Hall town's boundaries.

March 03, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Northeast Georgia Health System gives seed money for senior transport service

A nonprofit, primarily volunteer-run transportation program serving Hall County's senior citizens has received seed money from the Northeast Georgia Health System to help it become operational.

March 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council again denies drive-thru

Gainesville residents begged for an end to the back-and-forth proposals for a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.

March 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth man convicted in 2012 fatal boat wreck seeks prison release

A Forsyth County man, the subject of a 2013 trial involving the death of two Buford boys, filed a civil action against Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch for release, claiming his "good behavior" has not been recognized.

March 03, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council to hear rezoning request

Gainesville City Council will vote today on a proposed drive-thru restaurant at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.

March 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area schools celebrate National Read Across America Day

Students at Friendship Elementary School in Buford could be seen Monday with books in their hands and hats on their heads, celebrating Dr. Seuss.

March 03, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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