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Hall chamber opposes school tax hike

City residents have been very vocal in their opposition to a significant increase in property tax rates for the Gainesville school system, but on Thursday, it was the the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's turn to make a statement.

July 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Area firearms owners applaud gun rights

JoAnn Hitman is new to guns and their use. Having just bought one three months ago, she is now learning how to use one.

July 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Patriotism rises with Phoenix Society

The festively colored ribbons on the holly tree at the corner of E.E. Butler Parkway and Academy Street NE are more than just decoration.

July 01, 2008 | | Local


Residents and Hall County Commission spar at board meeting

There was palpable tension between the public and the Hall County government at a public hearing for the 2008 budget at the county commission meeting Thursday.

July 01, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Pedal patrol: In effort to save gas, Flowery Branch buys bicycles for officers

Add bike helmet to the Flowery Branch police uniform.

July 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Marshals make sure city’s up to code

Imagine a department established to protect Gainesville residents and their property. Its employees wear guns and badges; they write citations.

July 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Roadwork on I-985 Exit 22 should clear up soon

Road construction work has made traveling around Exit 22 at Interstate 985 a little more challenging in the past couple of months, as frequent motorists to the area have discovered. But work is winding down as road crews put the finishing touches on the project.

The state has completed adding turn lanes at the entrance and exit ramps at I-985 and U.S. 129. Also, workers have finished adding turn lanes in the median that take motorists traveling northbound on U.S. 129 to the southbound and northbound entrance ramps.

June 30, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Marketing firm, farm market earn chamber business awards

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce awarded a farm market and a public relations firm with its top business awards Thursday.

June 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Want good mileage? This ride runs on mustard

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is hard to miss. When the 27-foot-long fiberglass hot dog on a giant bun zips along the highway, it elicits plenty of stares.

"It's like being in a parade all the time when you're driving down the road because you're waving all the time," Wienermobile driver, or "hotdogger," John Woodbridge said.

June 30, 2008 | | Local


Perfect attendance records rewarded

Some days it was freezing cold outside the blankets. Other days, students just might not have felt so good.

Regardless of the temptation to play hooky, about 2,000 Hall County and Gainesville city school students had perfect attendance for the 2007-08 school year, according to Will Schofield, superintendent for Hall County Schools.

June 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Suspects sought in attempted robbery of taxi driver

Gainesville police are investigating a late-night attempt to rob a local taxi driver, according to reports.

The department's investigation surrounds a report from a Uni-Taxi driver that he was struck in the head with a handgun after driving two men to the intersection of Mill Street and Patricia Drive at about 2 a.m. Thursday, according to a report from Gainesville Sgt. Johnny Ray.

June 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville sales tax collections down, city manager says

Gainesville's sales tax collections have declined significantly because of the slowing economy, City Manager Bryan Shuler told City Council members Thursday.

Shuler said income statements from the April collections of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax were lower than that month's collections have been since April 2005.

June 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Nominees for new judgeship named

The committee that will provide Gov. Sonny Perdue with a short list of candidates for Hall County's new state court judgeship received six nominations by the close of the submission deadline.

According to an e-mail release from the state Judicial Nominating Commission, the nominees are, in alphabetical order, Benjamin Bagwell, Larry Baldwin, William M. Brownwell Jr., Tom Csider, Ann Schuler and William Sykes.

June 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


CRCT results show Hall probably will meet requirements

It looks like Hall County schools will meet the standards of "adequate yearly progress" for the first time since the federal No Child Left Behind Act began, educators said.

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests scores released this week suggest the Hall County school system, which has been a "needs-improvement" school system for the past several years, will make AYP when the state Department of Education makes its first AYP determinations of the year in mid-July.

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


City schools' staff to talk about additional budget cuts

The superintendent of Gainesville city schools will meet with the school system's administrative staff today to identify more cuts for the 2009 fiscal year budget.

Superintendent Steven Ballowe said he will sit down with the staff to determine which of the staff's recommended cuts will be most effective in trimming the tentative $61.6 million budget. Ballowe also said the staff is working on a budget that will create a greater surplus of funds at the end of the 2009 fiscal year, which starts Tuesday and ends June 30, 2009, to pay off more of the school system ...

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Artists, city collaborate on mural

Plans are moving forward on a "pocket park" for the area between the historic train depot and Growlers on Main in downtown Flowery Branch.

August 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Man sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for knife attack

A Gainesville man was sentenced Tuesday to serve 10 years in prison in connection with an October 2012 knife attack.

August 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Group plans to rescind vote that cut funding for Ga. 347 improvements

Worries about losing federal road money may force area officials to put funding back on track for Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway improvements between McEver Road and Lake Lanier Islands.

August 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Local artists and performers remember Robin Williams' legacy

After legendary comedian Robin Williams' death Monday, local artists and performers, including some who had the privilege of knowing the late actor personally, joined in the outpouring of grief from all corners of the world.

August 13, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Charges dropped against Times staff photographer Gurley

Obstruction charges against Times photographer Nat Gurley stemming from an incident with Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies last Sept. 13 have been dismissed.

August 13, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Roads: Repair efforts are moving slowly on Gainesville sinkhole

Efforts to repair a Gainesville sinkhole are going slow because the work space "is extremely tight."

August 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Granddaughter of Gen. Longstreet dies at age 84

Jamie Louise Longstreet Paterson, a Gainesville native and granddaughter of Confederate Gen. James Longstreet, died on Aug. 5.

August 13, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Experts shed light on health care law

Change was the overarching theme at a Tuesday forum on health care law at Brenau University's downtown center in Gainesville.

August 13, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County still pressing Gainesville to annex 'islands'

Hall County officials are still jabbing at Gainesville's decision to annex unincorporated "islands" last year, asking the city for an update on its plans with regard to additional properties.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two Hall County schools placed on state’s alert list

Two Hall County schools are on the state's radar as a result of a lack of progress in student achievement over a three-year period.

August 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Planning board tables talk of Broad Street abandonment

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tabled a request Tuesday from Medical Arts Properties, a local real estate firm, to have the city abandon a portion of Broad Street between Prior and Spring streets.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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