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Company wins national award for completion of Hall jail

"On time and on budget" was the mantra when Hall County's $54 million jail was built on Barber Road last year.

June 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Camp’s art mirrors life

Like kids in a candy shop, the class eagerly crowded around the drawers and boxes of the art supply station. They sifted their fingers through the assortment of supplies, which included everything from seashells and sequins to Popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville schools: Ballowe doesn’t have the answers

Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe was unable to provide definitive answers Wednesday for why the district has amassed a $6.6 million deficit over two years or why this year's budget has huge spending increases in several areas.

Instead, Ballowe pushed off specific questions about the district's spending to chief financial officer Janet Allison.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water babies: Little ones learn to swim at Green Street pool

Sunshine and splashes abounded Thursday as kids, with the help of kickboards and their parents, made their way around the Green Street Pool during the Water Babies class.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville denies schools' request for tax collection waiver

Gainesville City Council voted Thursday morning to deny the Gainesville school board's request to not charge the system the city's 1 percent fee for property tax collection and sending out tax notices.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ceremony marks end of first phase of Flowery Branch streetscape project

Melting ice cream and a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of Flowery Branch's phase one streetscape project.

Former DOT Chairman Mike Evans and state Rep. James Mills, who were instrumental in securing the funding for the $321,000 project, spoke to the crowd of about 30 people at the celebration Wednesday afternoon in the railroad depot.

June 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


All Hall high schools expected to meet AYP requirements

Based on preliminary data, the Hall County school system expects all six of its high schools to make "adequate yearly progress" this year, Superintendent Will Schofield said.

Lanier Career Academy, its evening high school, doesn't have enough students in any "subgroup" - or category of students based on race, ethnicity and other factors - to be considered for making adequate progress.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Woman gets jail term for illegally signing abortion papers

A Hall County woman is spending a year in jail after she illegally gave written permission for her son's 16-year-old girlfriend to have an abortion at a Chamblee clinic.

Cindi C. Cook, a 44-year-old resident of Flowery Branch, pleaded guilty to violating the state's Parental Notification Act and interfering with the custody of a minor in a DeKalb County court last week.

June 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville charter school pitch clears committee, moves to full state board

A committee of the State Board of Education has recommended approval of the Gainesville school system's application to become a charter school system.

The Charter Schools Committee voted 4-to-1 Wednesday to send Gainesville's application to the full state board. The panel also voted 3-to-2 to approve the Marietta city systems application and 5-to-0 on the application of the Decatur city schools.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Spending, not revenue, ­source of budget problem for city schools

Gainesville city school officials keep talking about revenue shortfalls, but budget numbers show that the school district has been shelling out plenty of money this fiscal year.

The district projects that by June 30, the end of this fiscal year, it will have spent $50.8 million, or $3.2 million more than the $47.6 million projected in expenditures when the City Board of Education approved the 2007-08 budget last June.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man fined for grazing cows

A Helen man has been fined for trespassing in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Kids learn how to stay out of harm's way through teamwork

Hannah Gilbert first attended what is now called Advance Camp seven years ago, as a 9-year-old elementary school student learning about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

June 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch man dies in Florida wreck

A Flowery Branch man was killed Tuesday night and two Vero Beach, Fla., residents suffered serious injuries when their vehicles collided on Interstate 95 near Indrio Road in St. Lucie County, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

June 22, 2008 | By Sarah Prohaska The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post | Local


Lula completes, passes state's water audit

After two years of working through the audit process for the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, Lula passed but will need to continue meeting the planning district's expectations over the next few years as it constructs its wastewater facility.

June 22, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Rabies strikes again: 24th case in Hall

Rabies has struck Hall County again, for the 24th time this year.

June 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Parents say ‘no’ to state milestones test

It's arguably a question of parental rights.

April 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Laurel Park hosts Five Points of Life Kids marathon

Gainesville is the newest of the 10 cities in Florida, Georgia and Alabama to host the Five Points of Life Kids marathon. The Five Points of Life Foundation, started by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, hosted the marathons as a fun way to get kids active. Participants walk or run 25 miles over a specified amount of time logging their distance as they go.

April 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Incidents put new focus on security in Hall courtrooms

Like their adult counterparts, juvenile offenders can pose potential threats for deputies working to secure the Hall County Courthouse.

April 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Water wars’ latest chapter is big legal affair

Typically, the real legal maneuvering begins once a lawsuit is filed.

April 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hundreds brave the rain for babies in March of Dimes event

Even with a chance of rain, more than 400 people took part in the March for Babies Walk on Saturday at Wilshire Trails Park in Gainesville.

April 18, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Kubota expansion moving forward

Gainesville-based Rochester & Associates has been authorized to complete design and engineering for a public road accessing Kubota Manufacturing of America's new facility planned in the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

April 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chestatee High School's Maddie Woodard overcomes heart condition

When Madelynn "Maddie" Woodard was 6 years old, she would tell her parents she was having a heart attack.

April 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cirque Italia delights audience; continues today and Sunday

Aerial acts, optical illusions, musical clowns and a mermaid delighted the audience Friday at Cirque Italia, a European-style circus performance over a stage holding 35,000 gallons of water.

April 17, 2015 | | Local


Gwinnett man accused of forcing deputy off the road

Authorities arrested a Lawrenceville man April 11, claiming he was "weaving toward (a) patrol car causing the patrol car to go off the road," according to the warrants.

April 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Attorney says Cleveland man accused of wire fraud maintains his innocence

The attorney for a Cleveland man accused by federal authorities of wire fraud said Friday he maintains his innocence and plans to fight all charges.

April 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Sheriff recommending to dismiss charges against grieving father

White County Sheriff Neal Walden said Friday afternoon that his office is recommending charges be dropped against a grieving father who tried to erect safety measures at his daughter's wreck site.

April 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Coroner: Lumpkin 3-year-old’s death was accidental drowning

A 3-year-old who disappeared from his Lumpkin County home Wednesday died of an accidental drowning, according to an autopsy completed Thursday.

April 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


BGW Dental Group celebrates new facility

You don't usually see hundreds of people excitedly rush to their dentist's office.

April 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lake issues on tap at meeting

There will be a social hour, with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, but also some serious talk about the many pressing issues facing Lake Lanier at the Gainesville-based Lake Lanier Association's annual meeting Saturday.

April 16, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deannexation request set for April 30 public hearing

An April 30 public hearing has been set for businessman Chris Nonnemaker's request to deannex from Clermont.

April 16, 2015 | Times Staff Reports | Local


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