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Family escapes house fire

A fire caused about $100,000 in damage Thursday morning to a house off Dawsonville Highway, officials said. A woman and three teenage children escaped the fire without injury.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Adult day care enlists flamingos for fundraiser

It's a sight that has some Gainesville drivers wondering if they're hallucinating. Did they really see a yard full of pink flamingos?

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Parents riled at Banks school official

Angry Banks County parents want an assistant principal fired after she reportedly made about 100 fifth-graders drink from a fountain that may have been contaminated with urine.

Some 25 parents have retained Cornelia attorney Chan Caudell, though no lawsuit has been filed. They are seeking the ouster of Lori Rylee, the assistant principal at Banks County Elementary School in Homer.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville school board to vote on budget Monday night

The Gainesville school board is set to vote tonight on a $50 million-plus 2008-09 budget that carries a potential increase in the property tax rate of nearly 21 percent.

As of Sunday night, a copy of the budget was not available. The Times has requested a copy of the line-item budget as soon as it becomes available for board members.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood planners consider requests for new businesses

The Oakwood Planning Commission recommended approval on two annexation requests Monday for a possible commercial property and a child care center.

Frank Turk asked the commission to recommend annexation of a .19-acre tract at 3916 Hilldale Road and rezoning it from Hall County agricultural residential to Oakwood highway business. Turk, who is a member of the city planning commission, recused himself from the vote.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Post office stamps out its vending machines

Need a stamp?

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cagle calls Florida action ‘shocking’

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Friday that he was shocked by Florida's announcement that it would file suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for alledgedly violating federal law.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Watchful neighbors keep eye on community

Gloria Melancon knows just about every inch of her neighborhood.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Rangers plead guilty in federal court

ATLANTA - Five years ago, Army Ranger Sgt. Randy Spivey took part in one of the most publicized operations of the Iraq war: the rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dump the Pump: Free ride carrot lures Red Rabbit riders

The Red Rabbit saw a record number of riders Thursday for the third annual Dump the Pump day.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mini golf tournament raises money for Hall County Humane Society

The annual Putting for Pets Mini Golf Tournament will serve up fun and funding for the Humane Society this Saturday at the Oaks Miniature Golf course in Oakwood.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Health spotlight: Environmental concerns force asthmatics to pay more for life-saving inhalers

To protect the Earth's thinning ozone layer, millions of asthma patients are being forced to change how they take their medication.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch ready to increase water, sewer rates

Flowery Branch customers may have to pay at least 20 percent more each month for water and sewer starting in July, as well as a new monthly service charge for city utilities and solid waste.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Pastor’s son-in-law takes over at Harmony Street Baptist Church

Willard Thomas stepped down Sunday as pastor of Harmony Street Baptist Church after what he described as nearly 27 years of "preaching, practicing and promoting old-time religion."

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


A refresher on watering rules

It's summertime, the living's easy, but it may not be so easy to remember the rules for outdoor watering.

Although Gainesville officials returned to observing the state's level 4 drought restrictions several months ago, the City Council did not make the move official until Tuesday.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council may ease pawnshop rules

A second reading and final vote on easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located will be heard when Gainesville City Council meets tonight.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Basin group moves forward on water plan

A private group with a vested interest in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin has asked its consultants to begin drafting a water management plan for the basin.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gateway to Hope plans night of fun for good cause

The annual Gateway to Hope fundraiser set for Friday aims tobenefit victims of domestic violence.

April 14, 2014 | Alana Swain | Local


Plane ran out of gas before landing on U.S. 441

A single-engine Cessna plane that had to make an emergency landing on U.S. 441 in Commerce on Sunday morning appears to have run out of gas.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall school board moves forward on bonus pay plan

A draft plan featuring educator bonuses as part of the federal Race to the Top program was approved Monday night by the Hall County Board of Education.

April 14, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville City Schools lowers graduation requirement

Gainesville High School students now need only 23 credits to graduate, down from 24 last year and 28 just a few years ago.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Woman charged in hit-and-run at school bus stop

A Dahlonega woman has been charged in a hit-and-run at a school bus stop that resulted in minor injuries to two Hall County schoolchildren.

April 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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