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Seventh-grader will join others at district spelling bee

JEFFERSON - Daniel Kimmel has made it to the big show.

February 16, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Starboard Cove relocating slips

FLOWERY BRANCH - From the top of Flowery Branch City Park off Mitchell Street, visitors may have seen the heavy equipment moving in the distance at Starboard Cove Marina.

February 16, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Healthy Monday: Experts say buying vitamins may not be money well spent

Does good health come in the form of a pill? A growing body of research suggests otherwise.

February 16, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


A soldier’s life, version 2.0

He set foot back on U.S soil about a month ago, but Doug Collins admits he is still adjusting to life outside the military.

February 15, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


SPLOST: The Vote

Get out and vote

February 15, 2009 | | Local


The last SPLOST: Where did all the money go?

Over the years, SPLOST revenues have stacked up in the form of wider roads and new community centers for county residents. Here's a look at projects funded by previous SPLOST:

February 15, 2009 | | Local


Major projects: Where will the money from SPLOST VI go?

If approved, SPLOST VI would start when the current SPLOST V ends, June 30. It will be collected through June 2015. Of the $240 million that would be raised in SPLOST VI, more than $195 million will be spent on county projects. Here's a breakdown of some of the major county projects and how much they will cost.

February 15, 2009 | | Local


What is SPLOST?

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is a 1 percent tax Hall County has used to fund construction projects and land and equipment purchases since state law made it possible in 1985.

February 15, 2009 | | Local


Schools pull plug on excess energy use

Rising energy costs coupled with lagging revenues have local schools going green to save green.

February 15, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Voters to decide on extending SPLOST for big-ticket needs

Early voting for SPLOST VI, a six-year tax to fund capital projects, begins Tuesday, and Hall County officials hope voters approve another round of the 1-cent sales tax.

February 15, 2009 | BY ASHLEY FIELDING and MELISSA WEINMAN | Local


Church program seeks to help girls combat low self-esteem

HOSCHTON - Peer pressure to look and act a certain way can make middle and high school a tough time for girls. Sometimes this pressure even causes them to suffer from low self-esteem and other identity crises.

February 15, 2009 | Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Local community leaders come together for 'One Community'

A community isn't just a group of people who live close to each other, Rev. Stephen Samuel said during the first meeting of Gainesville's new "One Community Organization" Saturday at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.

February 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Former Kroger executive stocks Eagle Ranch’s shelves

Thanks to Paul Smith, the house parents at Eagle Ranch don't have to go much farther than their front door to get all the fixings for a healthy meal or nutritious snack.

February 14, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall officials seek to improve indigent defense system

Faced with a growing indigent defense bill where costs were once much lower, Hall County State Court officials want to improve how they provide lawyers for the poor in 2009.

February 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Woman’s boyfriend to be charged in child’s death

A Cumming man will be charged in connection with the death Friday of a 2-year-old boy.

February 14, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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How Gainesville schools are changing grading practices

Gainesville schools have changed the way they grade middle school students, but the change is not a drastic one, according to Sarah Bell, the district's chief academic officer.

October 24, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville Civic Center hosts mother-son Halloween dance

From pirates to rock stars and everything in between, area mothers and sons donned their best Halloween costumes Thursday for a night of dancing at the Gainesville Civic Center. The mother-son dance served as a way for family members to bond with one another, while also continuing a tradition that has gone on for the past 11 years. Every costume from the funny to the scary was seen, as attendees showed off their dance moves for all to see.

October 24, 2014 | Alison Marchman | Local


Hall officials want more info on rail crossing before making next move

The controversy over whether to close the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing continues unabated after the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday night delayed a decision on abandoning the road.

October 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


First ladies reminisce about time in Governor's Mansion

Some people might expect life in the Governor's Mansion to be stuffy or formal, but Georgia's first ladies say it was filled with laughter and family.

October 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville workshop to focus on starting a business

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in Gainesville will offer the following workshop for individuals who are interested in either starting or growing a new venture.

October 23, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Morning wreck injures 4 in North Forsyth

Two adults and two children were hospitalized Thursday morning after a near head-on collision at the entrance to Silver City Elementary School by the Forsyth-Dawson County line.

October 23, 2014 | | Local


Almost 400 jobs available between Wal-Mart, Lanier Islands hiring

Gainesville's jobless rate took a big drop in September, and with Lake Lanier Islands Resort and Wal-Mart hiring for new operations, it's likely to continue falling.

October 23, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


Halloween haunts: Area attractions focus on fun and safety

Some corn mazes are supposed to be scary. But corn maze operators want customers scared for the right reasons and say they invest time and money to ensure safety.

October 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Deal promises review of Georgia's school funding

October 23, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall SWAT takes part in child porn seizure

Hall County SWAT team worked with 28 local, state and federal agencies in a three-month child pornography investigation, leading to 18 arrests Wednesday.

October 23, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Forsyth releases more courthouse attack details

By the time Dennis Marx drove onto the Forsyth County Courthouse plaza June 6 and started a gunbattle with sheriff's deputies, he had already shot himself in the leg, according to information authorities released Tuesday.

October 23, 2014 | BY JIM DEAN Times regional staff | Local


Lanier Tech upgrades dental lab

As an educator, David Byers is full of enthusiasm and pride.

October 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tumbling Circle controversy brings 1968 tragedy to mind

Controversial railroad crossings are nothing new in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Accident history of railroad crossing in dispute

Accident reports obtained by The Times contradict a 2013 Georgia Department of Transportation assertion that five fatalities have occurred as a result of collisions between automobiles and trains at the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hospital must pay $8.4 million after boy’s injury at birth

A jury has ruled Northeast Georgia Medical Center must award $8.4 million to the family of a boy who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy following an injury at his 2008 birth.

October 22, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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