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Hall County school system will get athletic complex

The Hall County Board of Commissioners announced at Thursday's commission meeting it will partner with the Board of Education to build a recreational facility at the new school site near Spout Springs Road.

June 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Chamber endorses Dent for DOT board

Larry Dent, a former deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation, has picked up the endorsement of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce in his bid for a seat on the State Transportation Board.

June 03, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


22nd case of rabies reported in Hall

The number of rabies cases in Hall County this year continues to climb, with the 22nd case confirmed Friday.

June 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall County names interim administrator

Hall County Director of Human Resources Charley Nix will stand in as the interim county administrator after current Administrator Jim Shuler retires June 30, the county commission announced Thursday.

Nix will temporarily hold the position while a national search for a new administrator is conducted and will continue to act as the director of human resources during this time.

June 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Library to open new chapter in Spout Springs

Kicking off at 10 a.m. Saturday, the new Spout Springs Library will celebrate its grand opening with a host of festivities.

"This is something that has been long anticipated and waited for by the (residents) of South Hall," said Adrian Mixson, Hall County Library System director. "It's going to be greatly appreciated by the community."

June 03, 2008 | | Local


Bank’s ‘credits’ offset environmental damage

There's at least one bank in Hall County that doesn't have to worry about the foreclosure crisis.

The Chicopee Woods mitigation bank doesn't loan out money. Instead, it gives customers the right to destroy the environment.

June 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board discusses meeting logistics

The Gainesville City Board of Education explored some internal issues Wednesday morning, including whether an attorney should sit in on board meetings and when to hold closed-door sessions.

The board held the retreat at city school board offices to review procedures, particularly as two of the members - Sammy Smith and Maria Calkins - are beginning their first four-year terms on the board.

June 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids gives out annual awards

Safe Kids of Gainesville and Hall County recognized many in the community at its annual awards banquet Thursday at Lakewood Baptist Church.

"The purpose of Safe Kids is to prevent accidental injuries to children under the age of 14," said Safe Kids Coordinator Kimberly Martin.

June 02, 2008 | | Local


Safety advocates urge caution for children on ATVs

The death of a 7-year-old Braselton boy in an ATV accident Monday has renewed concerns about the safety of children riding all-terrain vehicles.

June 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Clear weather in doubt for weekend

Though it's been a stormy spring, there was not a cloud in sight at Wednesday's Blue Sky Concert.

People of all ages came out to enjoy the nice day and listen to music while many hoped the temperate weather would stick around for the variety of Memorial Day weekend events. But it looks like they may not get their wish.

June 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Officials: Man dies from gunshot

A 21-year-old man is dead after authorities say he shot himself in the head following a confrontation Tuesday morning with his ex-girlfriend near a bus stop in southern Forsyth County.

June 02, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Celebrating America: Jones students hold Patriotic Parade

A group of youngsters from Jones Elementary School spent part of Wednesday waving American flags and singing songs of patriotism in the school's second annual Patriotic Parade.

June 02, 2008 | | Local


Speed limits for ads on highway?

Safety was the main topic raised in a Flowery Branch City Council meeting where an electronic sign ordinance was discussed.

The council voted Wednesday to extend the 60-day sign moratorium for two more weeks until the City Council's next meeting on June 4 to allow for more discussion on the sign ordinance.

June 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Wreck injures 1, stalls traffic on Thompson Bridge Road

A wreck involving a motorcycle and a sport utility vehicle backed up lunchtime traffic on Thompson Bridge Road on Thursday and sent one motorcyclist to the hospital.

The driver of the SUV, Donna Johnson, a 60-year-old Gainesville resident, was charged with failure to yield while turning left after she collided with a blue motorcycle that was headed south on Ga. 60 as she was attempting to turn left onto Linwood Drive, said Georgia State Patrol Operator Brandon Marcus.

June 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


State throws out social studies portion of CRCT

The Georgia Department of Education is throwing out results of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests' social studies portion taken by sixth- and seventh-graders in April.

June 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


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