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40 years later: Gainesville judge recalls relationship with RFK

On the morning of June 5, 1968, Sidney O. Smith Jr., then a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Georgia, was at home alone in Gainesville.

His family had left for a beach trip. Shaving in front of the bathroom mirror, Smith had turned on the radio for the morning news, not expecting what he heard.

June 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


RaceTrac gets thumbs up at Seasons

A RaceTrac gas station will stand on what was formerly the commercial retail portion of the Seasons on Lake Lanier planned unit development after all.

However, managers of the gas station will be barred from receiving deliveries between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

June 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Heart association recommends monitoring blood pressure from home

If you're diabetic, you know you're supposed to check your blood sugar every day.

But if you have high blood pressure, chances are you only get your pressure checked a few times a year, when you go to a doctor's office.

June 14, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch set to discuss budget today

Nearly $400,000 of new sewer and water ventures will have to wait so the Flowery Branch City Council can balance its sewer and water fund for the upcoming year, Mayor Diane Hirling said.

June 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville school board keeps superintendent memo secret

Already mired in a controversy about a $7 million budget shortfall, Gainesville school board members caught more public heat Monday night when they refused to disclose a May 19 memo from Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Battle lines drawn between superintendent, Gainesville school board

The often-controversial tenure of Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe appears in doubt after battle lines were drawn this week between Ballowe and members of the City Board of Education.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


550 kids could lose after-school program at YMCA

Problems within the Georgia Department of Education are causing the Georgia Mountains YMCA to struggle with how to keep 550 at-risk kids in an after-school program when school starts in August.

June 14, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Suspect arrested after three-hour manhunt

A Gainesville man was captured and arrested on numerous charges Monday night after allegedly fleeing from sheriff's deputies in a car and later on foot, authorities said.

June 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Residents can comment on Gainesville's budget

Gainesville taxpayers will have a chance to comment about how the city spends its money at tonight's first budget hearing.

June 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


No summer break for school projects

There's no summer vacation for construction workers at area schools. In fact, work has hit high gear as crews try to wrap up work at the new Chestnut Mountain Elementary School, which opens in August for the 2008-09 school year.

"We're putting floor tiles down, cleaning, landscaping, putting in final drives," said Jerry Huguley, construction manager for the Hall County system.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia state parks: More fun than a treadmill

Though it's being marketed with a goofy gopher mascot, a new state parks initiative has a serious goal: helping Georgians improve their health.

On Monday afternoon in Savannah, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the Get Outdoors Georgia campaign, an effort to promote state parks not just as a place for picnics but as an opportunity to exercise.

June 13, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall County school board to begin drug screenings of drivers

The Hall County School Board voted Monday to expand random, mandatory drug testing to all permitted student-drivers as well as student-athletes for the 2008-09 school year.

Until now, the school system has conducted random tests only on student-athletes.

June 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Math, reading retests available for some grades

Certain students will be allowed to retake the math and reading sections of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests this summer, and the state will count the highest score, Eloise Barron said Monday at the Hall County School Board meeting.

Barron, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, said third-grade students will be able to retest in reading, and students in fifth and eighth grades will be able to retest in both math and reading.

June 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Perdue: State gas tax won’t jump

Gov. Sonny Perdue on Monday halted what would have been a 2.9 cent per gallon jump in the state gasoline tax, saying the state should not be taking advantage of a tax windfall driven by spiking prices at the pump.

"Frankly, I don't think we can justify raising taxes on gasoline in a time of economic stress for many families," Perdue said at a state Capitol news conference.

June 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Biologists say corps can keep more water in Lanier, other Georgia reservoirs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday released a biological opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Modified Interim Operating Plan for water releases at Jim Woodruff Dam into the Apalachicola River, saying it would not reduce the likelihood of survival for federally protected species.

June 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Bus donations to help Gainesville schools

Gainesville Middle School Principal Ken Martin has a lot of use for an extra school bus.

April 23, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Georgia Supreme Court upholds man’s murder verdict

The Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously upheld Tuesday a Gainesville man's convictions of malice murder and other crimes for beating to death his girlfriend's 18-month-old daughter and physically abusing her other two children.

April 23, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Planning board votes against Lanier Plaza redevelopment

Plans to redevelop the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road were dealt a setback Tuesday night.

April 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula confers with residents on bracing for coming growth

The displays at the Lula Train Depot depicted a reinvigorated downtown, with storefronts getting a makeover and a "streetscaping" effort sprucing up Main Street.

April 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


New correctional institute construction underway in Hall

Construction has started on the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 22, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Glades Reservoir agreement up for renewal

While a federal permit needed to proceed with the Glades Reservoir project remains in limbo, local governments and authorities are extending the time frame for negotiations with Glade Farm LLC about payments and other proposed amendments to a lease management agreement.

April 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Planning board to review Lanier Plaza redevelopment

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will meet today to consider the proposed redevelopment of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road.

April 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County likely to approve farm wineries

Farm wineries are prohibited in Hall County, but that's likely to change soon.

April 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville schools set timetable for budget

A slight increase in expected property tax revenue and funds coming from the state are two factors being considered as Gainesville Board of Education members prepare for budget discussions.

April 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Most local schools improving, according to state measurement

Most Hall County schools and some Gainesville schools have improved in the past year, according to the state's new scoring guidelines.

April 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


$8 million approved for Brenau construction projects

Brenau University is prepared to move forward with $8 million in campus construction projects after the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority on Monday approved issuing revenue bonds to pay for the developments.

April 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Rabid raccoon found in North Hall

A rabies alert has been issued for the Northwoods Road area of North Hall County after a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog.

April 21, 2014 | | Local


Lula to consider council member pay, reimbursement

Lula is looking to set limits on unforeseen compensation and reimbursement of expenses.

April 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


DOT updating state rail plan

The Georgia Department of Transportation is updating the state's long-range rail plan, which affects Hall County, with its heavy freight traffic, Amtrak passenger service and proposed commuter and passenger rail lines.

April 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Saturday yard sale to raise funds to fight cancer

The Times Relay for Life team is hosting a community yard sale at The Times from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

April 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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