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Lanier Tech students get their first taste of flames

Patrick Knight and two of his classmates from the fire sciences program at Lanier Technical College plopped down on the curbside, exhausted and drenched with sweat, and got a critique of their performance as aspiring firefighters.

May 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Governor opens Laurel Park Boat Ramp

Gov. Sonny Perdue and other state and local officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the Laurel Park Boat Ramp, the first mega-ramp to open under Perdue's Go Fish Georgia initiative.

May 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Stephens throws hat in for Deal’s seat

Former State Senate Majority Leader Bill Stephens has several Hall County movers and shakers on board for his campaign to succeed Nathan Deal as U.S. congressman for Georgia's 9th Congressional District.

May 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Officials: Bus fire wasn’t arson

Arson has been ruled out as a cause of a fire Friday that destroyed eight Gainesville city school buses, Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada said Wednesday.

May 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County avoids tax increase with cuts

Hall County's budget for next year includes cuts and employee layoffs within the county but avoids raising taxes.

May 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Superintendent wants some exempt from pay cuts

Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield said Wednesday he is recommending nurses, paraprofessionals and national board-certified teachers be exempt from an anticipated 2 percent to 3 percent pay cut this upcoming school year.

May 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Realtor wants 2 tracts annexed in Flowery Branch

A Flowery Branch Realtor has petitioned Flowery Branch City Council to annex two tracts totaling nearly 11 acres and zone them as highway business.

May 27, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Retired teachers await their state checks

About 9,000 retired educators in Georgia are waiting on checks following the conclusion of a five-year class action lawsuit against the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia.

May 26, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kids can get a free ride to the library

For kids in Gainesville, reading over the summer pays.

May 26, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Governor, interior secretary to see areas affected by drought

Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Ken Salazar will meet with Gov. Sonny Perdue today to tour and discuss areas previously affected by drought.

May 26, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Man gets life sentence for killing chaplain

The case of a Clermont chaplain killed in December by a man he tried to help was closed Tuesday with a guilty plea, though much of the reasoning behind the murder of Frank Harris Jr. may forever remain unexplained.

May 26, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch schedules sewer plan meeting to discuss environmental impact

Flowery Branch plans to hold a public hearing June 17 on the eventual doubling of capacity at its plant off Atlanta Highway.

May 26, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


15 die in Memorial Day weekend accidents

Though a rainy Memorial Day weekend kept people off Georgia's lakes, 15 people died on the state's roads during the 78-hour holiday period.

May 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Family worries about daughter; officials think teen ran away

Lumpkin County authorities believe a 16-year-old teenager who disappeared nine days ago ran away from home.

But whether Hannah Thompson left her father's home willingly on May 18 makes no difference to her family members. They still are worried.

May 26, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


More people volunteer for American Cancer Society Relay for Life, but donations decline

The economy may be in a recession, but American Cancer Society officials say support is strong for its annual Relay for Life fundraisers.

May 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Veterans resource and career expo set for Thursday in Cornelia

The Georgia Department of Labor is holding a resource and career expo for veterans and other job seekers this Thursday in Cornelia.

April 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Bear on the Square goes on rain-and-shine

For the past 10 years Jeff McWaters has attended the annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, which was held on the historic Dahlonega square over the weekend. The two-day festival was rain-or-shine, and this year vendors and visitors had the chance to experience both.

April 19, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Class Notes: Barrow County assistant superintendent joining Gainesville schools as CFO

Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel will be working with Chris Griner again.

April 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Churches put together 30,000 meals as part of feeding ministry

Area churches gathered Sunday to put their faith into action by pouring out and packaging some 30,000 meals as part of a global feeding ministry.

April 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Applications open for NGCF Community Impact Grants

The North Georgia Community Foundation is accepting applications for its 2015 Community Impact Grants.

April 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Tornado watch in effect for area until 3 p.m.

Heavy thunderstorms are moving through North Georgia today, with Hall County and the rest of the region under a tornado watch until 3 p.m.

April 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville’s budget solid, future less clear

The consensus among the Gainesville City Council is that the proposed 2016 fiscal year budget, unveiled by City Manager Kip Padgett on Thursday, is in good shape.

April 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flight center honors late instructor at ceremony

Family and co-workers of the Lanier Flight Center instructor who died after an October plane crash honored the passionate aviator Saturday in the most fitting way: teaching people to fly.

April 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Parents say ‘no’ to state milestones test

It's arguably a question of parental rights.

April 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Laurel Park hosts Five Points of Life Kids marathon

Gainesville is the newest of the 10 cities in Florida, Georgia and Alabama to host the Five Points of Life Kids marathon. The Five Points of Life Foundation, started by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, hosted the marathons as a fun way to get kids active. Participants walk or run 25 miles over a specified amount of time logging their distance as they go.

April 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Incidents put new focus on security in Hall courtrooms

Like their adult counterparts, juvenile offenders can pose potential threats for deputies working to secure the Hall County Courthouse.

April 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Water wars’ latest chapter is big legal affair

Typically, the real legal maneuvering begins once a lawsuit is filed.

April 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hundreds brave the rain for babies in March of Dimes event

Even with a chance of rain, more than 400 people took part in the March for Babies Walk on Saturday at Wilshire Trails Park in Gainesville.

April 18, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Kubota expansion moving forward

Gainesville-based Rochester & Associates has been authorized to complete design and engineering for a public road accessing Kubota Manufacturing of America's new facility planned in the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

April 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chestatee High School's Maddie Woodard overcomes heart condition

When Madelynn "Maddie" Woodard was 6 years old, she would tell her parents she was having a heart attack.

April 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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