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Water babies: Little ones learn to swim at Green Street pool

Sunshine and splashes abounded Thursday as kids, with the help of kickboards and their parents, made their way around the Green Street Pool during the Water Babies class.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville denies schools' request for tax collection waiver

Gainesville City Council voted Thursday morning to deny the Gainesville school board's request to not charge the system the city's 1 percent fee for property tax collection and sending out tax notices.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ceremony marks end of first phase of Flowery Branch streetscape project

Melting ice cream and a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of Flowery Branch's phase one streetscape project.

Former DOT Chairman Mike Evans and state Rep. James Mills, who were instrumental in securing the funding for the $321,000 project, spoke to the crowd of about 30 people at the celebration Wednesday afternoon in the railroad depot.

June 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


All Hall high schools expected to meet AYP requirements

Based on preliminary data, the Hall County school system expects all six of its high schools to make "adequate yearly progress" this year, Superintendent Will Schofield said.

Lanier Career Academy, its evening high school, doesn't have enough students in any "subgroup" - or category of students based on race, ethnicity and other factors - to be considered for making adequate progress.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Woman gets jail term for illegally signing abortion papers

A Hall County woman is spending a year in jail after she illegally gave written permission for her son's 16-year-old girlfriend to have an abortion at a Chamblee clinic.

Cindi C. Cook, a 44-year-old resident of Flowery Branch, pleaded guilty to violating the state's Parental Notification Act and interfering with the custody of a minor in a DeKalb County court last week.

June 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville charter school pitch clears committee, moves to full state board

A committee of the State Board of Education has recommended approval of the Gainesville school system's application to become a charter school system.

The Charter Schools Committee voted 4-to-1 Wednesday to send Gainesville's application to the full state board. The panel also voted 3-to-2 to approve the Marietta city systems application and 5-to-0 on the application of the Decatur city schools.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Spending, not revenue, ­source of budget problem for city schools

Gainesville city school officials keep talking about revenue shortfalls, but budget numbers show that the school district has been shelling out plenty of money this fiscal year.

The district projects that by June 30, the end of this fiscal year, it will have spent $50.8 million, or $3.2 million more than the $47.6 million projected in expenditures when the City Board of Education approved the 2007-08 budget last June.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man fined for grazing cows

A Helen man has been fined for trespassing in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Kids learn how to stay out of harm's way through teamwork

Hannah Gilbert first attended what is now called Advance Camp seven years ago, as a 9-year-old elementary school student learning about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

June 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch man dies in Florida wreck

A Flowery Branch man was killed Tuesday night and two Vero Beach, Fla., residents suffered serious injuries when their vehicles collided on Interstate 95 near Indrio Road in St. Lucie County, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

June 22, 2008 | By Sarah Prohaska The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post | Local


Lula completes, passes state's water audit

After two years of working through the audit process for the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, Lula passed but will need to continue meeting the planning district's expectations over the next few years as it constructs its wastewater facility.

June 22, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Rabies strikes again: 24th case in Hall

Rabies has struck Hall County again, for the 24th time this year.

June 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


SUVs have one less trail to ride

Officials have decided to permanently close one of the few places in the Chattahoochee National Forest where Jeeps and other full-size off-road vehicles are allowed to ride.

June 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Braselton proposes 2009 budget

BRASELTON - Health insurance costs have driven the town of Braselton's budget up $154,000 for the 2009 fiscal year, making up about 12 percent of the total proposed budget.

June 22, 2008 | BY DONN COOPER Times regional staff | Local


Flowery Branch might redefine historic districts

New boundaries for Flowery Branch historic districts will be discussed today at the first of two public hearings.

June 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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2 charged with drug possession in North Hall

Two people were arrested and charged by the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad with several charges linked to possession of drugs.

August 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Cookout gathers community to support injured firefighters

Smoke rose Saturday from the Lowe's parking lot, but the Hall County fire department was already on the scene.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Laurel Fest says goodbye to summer

Though we may be reluctant to bid summer farewell, visitors to Saturday's Laurel Summer Fest did so in style.

August 30, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man injured in stabbing at Gainesville mobile home park

A man has been transferred for medical treatment after being stabbed in Gainesville.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Chestatee backers out in support at season opener after faith controversy

Beyond the usual sea of maroon garb under the Friday night lights of the high school football season opener were crosses borne by some of the Chestatee High School faithful.

August 30, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


County considers closing part of South Hall road

Hall County is considering whether to close part of a dirt and gravel road that links two major South Hall roads in response to resident concerns about dumping in the area.

August 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County firefighters salute injured coworkers

Hall County firefighters stood on Interstate 985 overpasses Friday afternoon as the last of three injured coworkers came home. At Friendship Road, five Station 8 firefighters saluted as the small northbound caravan carrying Will Griffin passed underneath about 3 p.m.Griffin was training July 22 in an aerial ladder bucket with fellow firefighters T.J. Elliott and Stephen Jackson when the truck's ladder malfunctioned, falling an estimated 44 feet and sending the three to hospitals. Griffin, 24, has been recuperating at Shepherd Spinal Center's spinal cord injury unit in Atlanta and will continue rehab as an outpatient ...

August 29, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Stay safe on roads, lake over holiday weekend, law agencies urge

Emergency personnel are encouraging residents to have a fun but safe Labor Day weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Former GHS star Watson makes college debut today in Athens

Fans of Gainesville High, Georgia and Clemson will come together today as the state's record holder in career passing yards and touchdowns returns home for his collegiate debut.

August 29, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


Gainesville officials decided Kelly had to go as chief

Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly resigned Friday morning in a move the mayor said was in the city's best interest.

August 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Football big business for local restaurants, retailers

Football, at every level of competition, is more profitable than ever.

August 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County mum on deal over firetruck involved in July 22 accident

The ladder truck that malfunctioned during a training exercise last month and injured three Hall County firefighters was inspected by an asset protection solutions group and signed off on by a battalion chief, but Hall County officials have declined to share any communication among themselves about the truck.

August 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Road work at Clarks Bridge resumes after 45-day wait

Construction crews have been back at work this week at Clarks Bridge, where a replacement project had stalled for 45 days to ensure the support for a retaining wall had compacted and settled as needed.

August 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside cadet finds support at school

Ben Brewer, a senior at Riverside Military Academy, learned what it means to be a caretaker when his father was stricken with cancer.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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