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Hall teachers may get 1 percent salary increase

Hall County teachers are looking at a potential salary increase for fiscal year 2016, as the school board held its first budget hearing Monday.

June 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Property tax increase on the table in Hall

Hall County officials are considering at least two budget scenarios for the 2016 fiscal year, including a potential property tax increase that could generate about $1.6 million in additional revenue for the general fund.

June 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville to formally appoint interim city manager this week

Gainesville City Council will formally appoint Finance Director Melody Marlowe as the interim city manager during a special called meeting on Thursday morning.

June 08, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Aggravated assault case moved on to Superior Court

A man charged by Oakwood Police with aggravated assault chose to let his case move on to Superior Court Monday.

June 08, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Authorities: Man shot by trooper after firing high-caliber rifle at patrol post

A Gainesville man may have had a death wish when he was shot by a Georgia State Patrol trooper Monday morning after pulling up to the Cleveland Highway post and firing a high-caliber rifle, authorities said Monday.

June 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities trying to curb graffiti vandalism

No more pencils and no more books.

June 07, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Class Notes: Brenau interior design students to show works at High Museum

Eight graduating Brenau University students of interior design will have their work featured at the High Museum of Art this week.

June 07, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Alt-fuel vehicles roadshow goes on in wake of new fee, credit cut

This year's statewide tour of environmentally friendly vehicles, starting with a June 15 stop in Gainesville, has a less-than-amicable cloud hanging over it.

June 07, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


More details emerge in search for Lanier Tech relocation

More details are trickling out about the search for land to relocate Lanier Technical College, with sites now narrowed to six choices within Hall County.

June 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed Flowery Branch budget includes employee raises, new council software

Flowery Branch residents have two more opportunities to discuss the city's upcoming budget and property tax, with Fiscal Year 2016 set to begin July 1.

June 07, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Meals on Wheels hits milestone

Thursdays are great days for Jaime Chapman.

June 07, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Downtown Gainesville strategic plan entering final stages of development

Developing a strategic plan to both spur and manage growth in downtown Gainesville has been on the wishlist of city officials since 2012, when a comprehensive plan for the entire city's growth was approved, revealing that downtown needed its own identity and goals.

June 07, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Trial costs rack up quickly in felony cases

When prosecutors seek the death penalty, a book with hundreds of motions kicks in that draws out a case for months, costing taxpayers thousands.

June 07, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Rhoades shares passion for accessible vehicles

Kristina Rhoades knows firsthand the benefits of an MV-1.

June 07, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


New course selection process for Gainesville students is more personalized

Students attending Gainesville Middle School, Gainesville High School Ninth Grade Center and Gainesville High School in the fall have a different process of selecting their elective courses this year.

June 07, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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Action Ministries Gainesville event to unite local congregations

It's not often Christians of varying denominations gather for an evening of fellowship, but Terri Armour with Action Ministries Gainesville wants to bring people together for just that.

June 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville work session canceled

With only a few agenda items and the pending departure of City Manager Kip Padgett, who has resigned to take a similar job in North Carolina, the Gainesville City Council has canceled its scheduled work session for Thursday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Minorities unite to change Gainesville’s electoral system

The exterior of a house on residential Desota Street in Gainesville gives little away about the history it holds inside, save for a sign marking it as the office of the local Newtown Florist Club.

June 29, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Electric car owners take hit with new tax

A new state tax structure that takes effect Wednesday has stirred ire among some electric car owners.

June 29, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Spraygrounds require regular checking of chemical levels

Kayla Spurlock watched Monday afternoon as her daughter enjoyed the sprayground at Laurel Park. She takes Violet, who is 18 months old, about once a week to the area where she can play in the water spraying up from the ground.

June 29, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Gainesville school board approves 2016 budget

After a few budget amendments, the Gainesville City Board of Education approved the fiscal year 2016 budget at its regular meeting Monday.

June 29, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Walters re-elected chairman of ports authority board

Gainesville businessman Jim Walters was re-elected Monday as chairman of the board of directors for the Georgia Ports Authority.

June 29, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Fire destroys $30,000 North Hall home

A North Hall home was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.

June 29, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Man in serious condition after hit-and-run on Clarks Bridge Road

A Gainesville man, known locally as "Country," is still in serious condition at the hospital after he was hit Thursday night by a car on Clarks Bridge Road.

June 29, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Class Notes: University of North Georgia supporting meal program in July

Free meals will be provided through the remainder of the summer across North Georgia thanks to help from the University of North Georgia.

June 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


New hotel fee brings big hurt to low- and fixed-income guests

The tired eyes of Justin Biggerstaff grew more weary when he learned that he'll soon be paying an extra $5 per night for his family, which includes three young kids, to stay at the Gainesville Inn and Suites on Jesse Jewell Parkway over the next month or so while he seeks permanent housing.

June 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Veterans enjoy Lake Lanier getaway

Soon it would be time for the veterans to climb on planes and return home to their everyday lives.

June 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lakeview's Kennedy signs 5-year contract, plans for future

After five years as Lakeview Academy's head of school, John Kennedy is planning at least five more.

June 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Part of Hospitality Highway to be renamed in honor of tourism pioneer

The portion of Hospitality Highway that runs through Dawson and Lumpkin counties will soon be named in honor of the man first responsible for branding the state a tourism destination.

June 28, 2015 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff reports | Local


Swim lessons part of Discovery Day Camps

The pungent, yet pleasant, summery smell of chlorine filled the nostrils of roughly 75 children as they swam through the waters of Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, but they didn't seem to mind.

June 28, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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