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New leader to take National Guard unit into Afghanistan

A local National Guard battalion performed a time-honored tradition with a change of command ceremony Sunday at the Falcons complex in Flowery Branch.

The 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment ushered in Maj. Matt Smith, who will replace Lt. Col. Andy Hall as the new commander of the battalion, headquartered in Winder.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Audit of Gainesville schools results in $33M in adjustments

State audits of the Gainesville school system identified the same problem in 2005 and 2006 and resulted in accounting adjustments of more than $33 million over a two-year period.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


State ranks Hall low in minority health care

State officials say Hall County is among the worst in Georgia when it comes to minority health care, but they're not sure why.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Schools discuss later start in ’09

Representatives from local school districts said they will consider pushing the start of the 2009-2010 school year back to late August.

Georgia Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox has suggested school districts across the state weigh the pros and cons of postponing the 2009-2010 school year to allow the state Department of Education time to include scores from the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests students may retake in June 2009.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville approves higher trash pickup fees

In two weeks, Gainesville residents will pay more for their garbage collection, but their property tax rates will stay the same.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


American Legion's July 4 fireworks show moves to Laurel Park

Gainesville's traditional July 4 fireworks show is getting a makeover this year.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Chestatee Middle makes progress

Chestatee Middle School is the Hall County school system's latest school to receive good news about its status under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


'Tough Fire' trials put firefighters to the test

They made it look easy.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Dahlonega man killed in Friday wreck

Chris Self, 30, of Dahlonega died Friday after his truck hit a telephone pole, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


South Hall Rotary honors members

The Rotary Club of South Hall County held its annual awards banquet recently at the Magnolia Grill. The 27-person club, which was chartered in 1985, celebrated its accomplishments for the year and awarded the following:

June 24, 2008 | | Local


North Hall grad tours globe for graduate research

Terry Lathem grew up hiking, camping and otherwise spending time close to nature.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


No. 25: Another rabies case reported in Hall County

For the second time this week, a case of rabies has been confirmed in a raccoon in North Hall.

According to Hall County Animal Control, a raccoon encountered a dog Tuesday on Shockley Road in the northeast corner of the county. Thursday afternoon, the Georgia Public Health Lab verified that the raccoon was carrying the rabies virus.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Respecting Old Glory for Flag Day

It's a familiar setting as night is settling in. A light breeze brushes past the porch, ruffling the American flag hung outside on the flagpole in the gathering darkness. But something about this scene is wrong.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Death penalty trial for 2002 double homicide set for August

A judge has set a trial date for Hall County's first death penalty trial in nine years.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Forsyth to sue corps over Bethel Park

The Forsyth County commission has decided to pursue legal action against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the battle over Bethel Park.

June 24, 2008 | BY FRANK REDDY Times regional staff | Local


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2 challenge Deal in governor’s race

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal faces a stiff challenge in his re-election bid this year as state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, rallies Democrats to his candidacy and Libertarian Andrew Hunt works to make inroads for an increasingly popular third party.

October 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Candidate profiles: Georgia governor

Jason Carter

October 05, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


On the ballot Nov. 4

Statewide

October 02, 2014 | | Local


Candidate profiles: U.S. House

Doug Collins

September 28, 2014 | | Local


War, economy top U.S. House 9th District issues

Incumbent Republican Doug Collins of Gainesville will square off against Democrat David Vogel of Hull in the 9th District U.S. House race this November.

September 27, 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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