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Citizens' group says tax assessors board members must go

When Emory Martin resigned from the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors last month, some county officials considered a long-simmering controversy surrounding financial improprieties, per diems and padded time sheets over and done with.

November 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Songs and games help young Spanish learners

JEFFERSON - Students in Lucy Bush's classes tend to say things differently than you would expect.

November 18, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

$10,000 award set to help business

The parent company of a Gainesville plastic recycling firm has contributed $10,000 to establish an award to honor business entrepreneurs. Soin International, owner of Sundance Products in Gainesville, will award the Soin Award of Innovation at a ceremony on March 20.

The award is to identify, honor and financially assist a company or entrepreneur in Hall County that is demonstrating an innovative spirit through a product or service. The product must have the ability to sustain long-term growth for the applicant, increase local employment and assist in the creation of economic development prosperity.

November 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local

Hall County administrator new to job, not area

Charley Nix may be the new Hall County administrator, but he is no newcomer to Hall County.

"I was born here, raised here," Nix said.

November 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local

2009 Tour de Georgia canceled

ATLANTA - The Tour de Georgia, which last year featured two stops in Hall County, including a daylong time trial at Road Atlanta near Braselton, will not hold its annual race through the state in 2009 but plans to return in 2010.

November 18, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local

Sex offenders sue for right to volunteer at churches

ATLANTA - Georgia's registered sex offenders should not be prevented from volunteering in church, a legal advocacy group argued in federal court Thursday, saying a state law that went into effect in July is overbroad and violates their rights of freedom of association.

November 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Gainesville water rates likely to increase 5.5 percent

Gainesville water customers may see an increase in their bills in 2009.

November 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Hall public works honored for cooperation with Elachee Nature Science Center

The Hall County Board of Commissioners recognized the public works department for its work with the Elachee Nature Science Center at Thursday's commission meeting.

November 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Protesters want convenience store to pipe down

About 250 protesters picketed a Dawson County convenience store Thursday, calling for store management to quit selling glass pipes that they claim are used for smoking illegal drugs.

November 17, 2008 | BY MICHELE HESTER AND STEPHEN GURR | Local

Jefferson school system on track to make budget

JEFFERSON - Although the Jefferson city school system has had to adjust its budget to accommodate state budget cuts, school officials say they are on track to come out on top financially if things continue as they have for the past month.

November 17, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Hall hires Charley Nix as county administrator

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to name Charley Nix county administrator at its board meeting Thursday.

Nix has been serving as interim county administrator since July 1, following former administrator Jim Shuler's retirement.

November 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Brenau nursing hopefuls operate on computer-controlled simulated patient

Until recently, the only way for a doctor or nurse to learn a new procedure was to practice their skills on an actual patient.

November 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local

Insurance commissioner on hand as suspect nabbed in Gainesville office

A Lawrenceville resident was arrested Thursday morning at his workplace in a Gainesville office on Jesse Jewell Parkway for allegedly collecting nearly $1 million in misappropriated claims from a Japanese insurance company.

November 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local

Shuler says decision to resign as city manager was difficult

Bryan Shuler said his sudden resignation Thursday as Gainesville's City Manager was a "difficult personal decision."

Shuler, who had been employed by the city for 11 years, would not say much else.

November 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Hall County to sell used water for irrigation

Hall County is about a month away from an eco-friendly source of revenue.

Public Works Director Ken Rearden said a new system that is almost complete will allow the county to sell reuse water for irrigation.

November 16, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local

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Elks distribute dictionaries, drug awareness materials

The gymnasium at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy roared with the sound of excited young voices.

October 07, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

A grand new stage underway for the arts

North Hall High School student actors, musicians, singers and performers will have a state-of-the-art space to call their own next year.

October 07, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Businessman, retired poultry exec face off in Clermont race

One of Clermont's most prickly issues - whether to allow alcohol sales - is seemingly a non-issue as the Town Council in August basically rejected the ...

October 06, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

City property tax increase is official

Property taxes are going up in Gainesville, even while the rate goes down.

October 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Concerns over short-term rentals grow locally, across state, too

Monitoring and enforcing Hall County codes regulating short-term vacation rentals on Lake Lanier has proved a growing challenge, according to some local officials and residents.

October 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Hall County rolls dice with move to save on health insurance

Hall County will raise its stop-loss threshold for workers' medical plans beginning in 2016 in the hopes of generating health care savings over the long ...

October 06, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Traffic headache awaits Gainesville motorists today

On a good day, one of the busiest intersections in Gainesville is at Jesse Jewell and E.E. Butler parkways.

October 06, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Trial begins in taxi driver slaying case

Isaias Tovar-Murillo begged for mercy from the woman riding in his cab before the gun fired, Assistant District Attorney Shiv Sachdeva said in opening statements ...

October 06, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

In Our Community: DAR honors local educator with award

The Col. William Candler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored Dr. Patricia Burd at their September meeting with the Mary Smith Lockwood ...

October 06, 2015 | | Local

HealthSmart Expo features free health screenings

Wednesday's ninth annual HealthSmart Interactive Health & Wellness Expo will focus on the older population of Hall County. It will include free health screenings, seminars ...

October 06, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local

Planning Commission denies Dollar General request

The Hall County Planning Commission has recommended denial of an application to rezone land at the intersection of Sardis Road and Ledan Road so that ...

October 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Jury selection begins for taxi driver slaying case

A panel of 50 prospective jurors entered Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal's courtroom Monday morning to be seated for the murder case ...

October 05, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Gainesville school board approves $394K in updates

Some needed updates are coming to multiple Gainesville schools, including new bathrooms at the Gainesville Middle School baseball and softball fields.

October 05, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Hall government still trying to control health care costs

The Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of uninsured Americans, but controlling health care costs continues to be an issue for local government.

October 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Homeowner discovers ‘wall of fire’ in garage

An Old Whelchel Road homeowner working on his lawnmower returned to the garage Monday afternoon and found flames, according to authorities.

October 05, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

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