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School board OKs shuffling of South Hall schools

The Hall County school board unanimously approved a plan that will transfer three South Hall schools to different school buildings in August to save $1.5 million in start-up costs associated with opening the new Spout Springs high school.

The school board approved the school shuffle proposal Monday, saying the move will save about 24 system teachers' jobs and $1.5 million on staffing the new Spout Springs school's media center, cafeteria and front office, among other expenses.

February 09, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jefferson city says Valentine trees beat chocolates and flowers

Chocolates melt and roses die, but there are some Valentine's Day gifts that can endure.

February 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Oakwood City Council might sign up tonight for regulating banners

A public hearing and planned vote on changes to Oakwood's sign law, particularly concerning the display of banners, is set for tonight.

February 09, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Cold storage program lures international group to tour Lanier Tech

Today, an international association that specializes in education and information for cold food storage safety will bring a large delegation to Lanier Technical College for a hands-on training session on ammonia refrigeration.

February 09, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville gospel singer helps people who live on street

Jacky Fortner has used his tenor voice for years to minister to audiences. These days, it's his hands and feet trying to bring some measure of comfort.

February 09, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Boundaries in dispute: Braselton developers don’t want to build sidewalk

BRASELTON - While complex, Century Center at Braselton's developers say its lawsuits against the town of Braselton involve two main factors: sidewalks and property boundaries.

February 09, 2009 | Times regional staff | Local


Daddies grab your daughters; Jefferson, Gainesville plan dances

You may have already made plans for Feb. 14 with the missus, but don't forget to earmark some time for your youngest Valentine, your daughter.

February 09, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Niles really gives a hoot about litter

Avery Niles says litter has always been a pet peeve of his. Now he's in a good position to do something about it.

February 09, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Matters of the heart: Medication, awareness helping battle against cardiac disease

February is Heart Health Month, and there's some good news to report: It appears that Americans' hearts may actually be getting healthier.

February 09, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall rabies cases tops in Georgia during 2008

2008 was a record-breaking year for Hall County, but nobody is celebrating.

February 08, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board faces pre-K dilemma

As the Gainesville school board gets ready to delve into next school year's budget, officials are looking high and low for ways to save money.

February 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Local business dreams dry up

With his specialty shop for drummers, Drums 101, Aaron Hughes thought he had found a niche in the music marketplace and a dependable livelihood.

February 08, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jackson County takes 7 steps to improve high school graduation rate

JEFFERSON - Joyce Hawkins thinks she has the best job.

February 08, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Soles help souls: Store owner offers discount for donated shoes

A pair of shoes is something many take for granted.

February 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville City Council faces tough cuts to balance budget

Charged with the need to cut the fat, Gainesville officials are finding they also have to cut into the meat of city government services to balance the 2010 budget.

February 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Local business leaders see upside in new U.S.-Cuba relations

The controversial move Wednesday by the Obama administration to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was met with approval from business leaders in Hall County who said they believe the economic benefit could be substantial for local industries.

December 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


H&R Block pros to offer tax tips

Two H&R Block tax professionals will present a free Tax Talk from 6-8 p.m. today at Blackshear Place Library in Gainesville.

December 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville police make transition to digital records

At the Gainesville Police Department, some of the new school is showing a thing or two to the old school.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Nominations open for 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of Year

The Gainesville Jaycees are accepting nominations for the 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of the Year Award.

December 18, 2014 | | Local


Poultry firm donates 23 tons of meat to food bank

Georgia Mountain Food Bank in Gainesville got an early Christmas gift Wednesday when Perdue Farms delivered 46,000 pounds of frozen chicken and meat products.

December 18, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall 911 staff raises $1K for kids’ wish lists

Four local families are getting help from the Hall County 911 Communications in a different way this Christmas.

December 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cuba policy shift sparks differing local responses

After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

December 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Juvenile in custody after man stabbed Tuesday night

A 16-year-old fled on foot after allegedly stabbing his stepfather Tuesday on East Ridge Road, authorities said Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Local moviegoers have mixed reactions to canceling of film's release

Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview," a comedy movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about a slapstick assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

December 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville High alumni replace missing elephant art

Counte Cooley was tired of driving by Gainesville High School and not seeing his elephant.

December 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Defense bill calls for Army control of Camp Merrill

Camp Frank D. Merrill outside Dahlonega has long been Army strong. With President Barack Obama's signature, it will be Army controlled.

December 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall schools score higher in performance rating

Most Hall County schools and some Gainesville schools performed better than the state average on the College and Career Ready Performance Index, the latest tool used to measure how well schools are doing.

December 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hanukkah: Faith burning brightly

Tuesday marked the first day of Hanukkah. The Jewish Festival of Lights celebrates the victory of the Jewish army, the Maccabees, over Syrian forces. It also celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been ruined during battle.

December 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Eyes on the Roads: DOT suspends lane closures during holidays

In giving motorists some holiday relief, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to suspend construction-related lane closures on all interstates and major state routes from 5 a.m. Tuesday through 10 p.m. Dec. 28.

December 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside seeks new commandant of cadets

Following the abrupt departure of its commandant of cadets, Riverside Military Academy is refilling the position.

December 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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