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State gives counties the option to expand classroom sizes

Schools across the state may start adding desks to classrooms, now that the state board of education has approved a measure to increase class sizes in Georgia schools.

January 18, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Jefferson firefighters are a ‘special breed’

JEFFERSON - If someone offered you $1,000 to run into a burning building, would you take it?

January 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ham radio hobby still popular in Internet age

Nine-year-old Marcus Shockley is among the next generation of ham radio operators growing up in an age of Internet and wireless text messaging.

January 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall law authorities on hunt for Spell

Where in the world is Wendell Spell?

January 18, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville native manages Obama girls’ DC school

Barack Obama will soon be responsible for the future of this nation, but Gainesville native Sally Selby is responsible for the future of his children.

January 17, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


40 years of change: Hamrick has seen Gainesville grow during time on City Council

At age 80, Gainesville City Councilman Robert "Bob" Hamrick has spent half his life making decisions for the future of the city.

January 17, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


DOT urges caution as snow dusts area roads

A dusting of snow in North Georgia tonight has led to some slick spots on roads, and the state Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be cautious.

In a news releaes, the DOT urges motorists to avoid driving if possible. Although the agency has not implemented a full scale snow and ice operation, its workers are responding to areas where icing of roads has been reported.

January 17, 2009 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Deep freeze not kind to four-legged friends

If it's too cold for you, then it's likely too cold for your furry friends, too.

January 17, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


No arrests in two reported rapes at Laurelwood Hospital

Authorities are saying little so far about the investigation of two rapes reported at a Gainesville mental health center where an alleged sexual assault two years ago resulted in a lawsuit that remains pending.

January 16, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


School’s math lesson helps feed hungry

JEFFERSON - While many adults look forward to Tuesday as the day a new president will be sworn in, students at Jefferson Elementary School are looking forward to the day for a different reason.

January 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Developers eye Spout Springs area for projects

FLOWERY BRANCH - From his home atop one of the rolling hills on Spout Springs Road, Dan Dacus has seen the area change from quiet countryside to suburban sprawl.

January 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students to get a firsthand civics lesson at inauguration

Flowery Branch High School senior Virginia Foster cast her first presidential election ballot Nov. 4. Turns out her vote wasn't for the man who won.

January 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


John Jarrard benefit concert could grow into festival

Over the next few years, the John Jarrard Foundation is hoping to expand its annual benefit concert into a weekend-long festival.

January 16, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cold weather sparks rash of fires, but no injuries

Hall County firefighters were kept busy Friday on one of the coldest day in several years.

January 16, 2009 | By Stephen Gurr and Ashley Fielding sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com; afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Lula man is killed in Ga. 365 accident

A Lula man was killed Friday morning when he rear-ended a tractor-trailer that was stopped in traffic, officials said.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Gainesville may increase service fee instead of water rate

After deadlocking earlier this month on whether to raise water rates 1 percent, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote to try and end the stalemate Tuesday night.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Glades Reservoir: County holds off on seeking loans as project delays mount

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $26 million in loans this week for three reservoir projects, but the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County was not one of them.

While county officials have requested about $14.5 million in direct investment from the state - which does not require any payback - through the Governor's Water Supply Program, they did not apply for a loan.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family honors Keaton Coker with charity

When Keaton Coker was struggling with brain cancer, his positivity was so persistent his family found it almost hard to believe.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bricks help build memorial

Area veterans replaced old sidewalk with new bricks Wednesday at a war memorial in Gainesville's Rock Creek Park. The bricks are inscribed with the names of people who have donated money for improvements to the park's memorials, including a planned archway. More than 200 inscribed bricks were installed.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Commissioner of DJJ appointed to state council

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to be chairman of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

August 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman arrested at rally

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


One person qualifies for Clermont council seat

Eric Thomas is the lone candidate in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Carter picks up support from state's teachers' group

ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter picked up the endorsement of one of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia on Wednesday, a move that was largely expected but helped him underscore a central message of his campaign against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Humanist group not satisfied with school system’s response on religious activity

A humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of leading students in prayer is not backing down after receiving a letter on behalf of the school district stating it will ensure all staff, students' and residents' rights are protected.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, responded to the letter by alleging that religious activity is continuing at the school and in fact "these practices have been ongoing, pervasive and longstanding."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


District responds to letter: Prayers occurred a year ago

Hall County Schools' response to a letter from a humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of illegally leading students in prayer during football games and practices says the alleged offenses happened "almost a year ago."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


No candidates yet in special election

Today's the last chance for candidates to emerge in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Loan to boost Oakwood sewer plans

Braselton received a state loan Tuesday that will enable Oakwood to tap into a long-anticipated sewer project involving the two cities.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall GOP unveils new headquarters

Local officials, state representatives and conservative voters turned out Tuesday night for the grand opening of the Hall County Republican Party's headquarters in Gainesville.

August 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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