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Opposition to drug-testing absent at hearing

No one came to the Central Office to oppose the Hall County School System's proposal to expand its drug testing program to include student drivers, but one parent said he wants to see the school system tackle steroids in athletics.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Officials: Forsyth man shoots self, aims at teen

A 21-year-old man is in critical condition 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.

May 31, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Children's author shares his love of language with kids

An impish creature with a pickle nose, elf ears and a bicycle horn perched on top of its head stared back at its delighted young audience members Tuesday morning. Sweeping his colorful markers in simple strokes across an easel, children's author Mike Thaler brought to life the imaginations of a group of Fair Street Elementary School students.

"Your ideas come from your imagination. Each one of you has an imagination as good as mine, but you've gotta use it," Thaler told the youngsters.

May 31, 2008 | | Local


City council defeats fueling station for now

When a RaceTrac gas station on the Seasons on Lanier property seemed like nearly a done deal, Gainesville City Councilman George Wangemann came up with a strategy to defeat the controversial rezoning on its second reading.

A tie vote at Tuesday's City Council meeting means plans for the fuel station are out of gas - for at least six months.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall Development Authority OKs industrial park agreement

A plot of land that was once doomed to be a spray field will blossom into an industrial park within a few years if construction goes as smoothly as it has for others in the area.

May 31, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


7-year-old killed in Braselton ATV accident

A Braselton boy was killed Monday evening in an accident on Davenport Road.

May 31, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Vote on Gainesville charter school application delayed until June

A decision on whether Gainesville City Schools will be one of the first in Georgia to be granted charter system status was deferred Tuesday until the state board of education's June meeting.

May 31, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Amid questions, Army Corps gives answers

DAWSONVILLE - Why can't the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers do more to boost the water level in Lake Lanier?

May 31, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school system proposes 15 percent property tax rate increase

To begin the climb out of a deep financial hole, Gainesville school officials are recommending raising the property tax rate by 15 percent in fiscal year 2008-09, which begins July 1.

May 31, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Meeting set to pick new DOT board member

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, have set May 29 as the date for the caucus to elect a 9th District representative to the State Board of Transportation.

May 31, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Inmate found dead in cell at Hall jail

A man who had been charged with neglecting his 79-year-old mother was found dead in his cell at the Hall County Jail, authorities said Monday.

May 31, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County and Gainesville map 170-acre industrial park

The Hall County Board of Commissioners discussed plans Monday for an industrial park on Calvary Church Road that advocates say will bring improvements to the area.

The industrial park would be a joint venture between Gainesville and Hall County and would be developed by Gwinnett Industries Inc. on a 170-acre site adjacent to the new county jail and Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

May 30, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Courses prepare for worst scenario

The firefighters of Georgia were hard at work Sunday, training for dire circumstances when they may have to save themselves and others.

May 30, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


Perdues speak as a ‘team’

In a speech at a benefit for a camp focused on at-risk youth, Gov. Sonny Perdue opted to defer to one of the state's major advocates for children - his wife.

The governor and first lady, Mary Perdue, jointly addressed a Sunday morning breakfast at First Baptist Church for Camp Hope, a summer camp sponsored by the Chattahoochee Baptist Association.

May 30, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Butterflies flutter to freedom at annual release

About 2,000 people swarmed Wilshire Trails Park on Sunday to release 1,000 fluttering butterflies into the Gainesville sky.

The 12th Annual Butterfly Release was sponsored by Friends of the Parks, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department.

May 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Former jailer claims religious off-duty activities led to firing

A former Hall County Jail employee claims a religious Facebook page he ran called Revival 172 and related materials led to the end of his employment Tuesday.

January 23, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Cold rain could turn to snow in mountain areas overnight

A late January snowstorm such as the one that paralyzed North Georgia almost a year ago isn't in the forecast, but some areas could see a bit of a wintry mix late tonight.

January 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


East Hall Middle needs community votes for $200,000 contest

The school entered the Follett Challenge, a program that rewards schools for their efforts to use creativity and technology in the classroom.

January 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flowery Branch City Council OKs sales tax agreement with Hall County

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved an intergovernmental agreement with Hall County for participation in an upcoming sales tax referendum.

January 22, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Law enforcement, clergy in Gainesville discuss training, community concerns

Two Marines sat across from each other Thursday night at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

January 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


East Hall High symphony to perform for state educators

January 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Man suffers moderate burns in East Hall County house fire

A man suffered "moderate burn injuries" and was flown to Grady Burn Center in Atlanta after a house fire Thursday in East Hall County, a fire official said.

January 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County commissioners change policy to open work to retirees

Hall County officials have made a policy change that will allow some retirees to continue working part time while also collecting pensions.

January 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal wants more education opportunities for inmates

January 22, 2015 | BY KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Dawsonville teen Hunter Hicks charged as adult in molestation case

January 22, 2015 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Lula councilwoman dies following Jan. 10 wreck

Longtime Lula Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, who was injured in a Jan. 10 wreck in East Hall County, died Thursday.

January 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Savannah port officials watching transportation debate in legislature

Port of Savannah officials have their hands full with an ambitious deepening project, but they're also watching how the transportation funding debate plays out in the Georgia General Assembly.

January 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hospital celebrates its 2,000th robotic surgery procedure

Some milestones come with age - others with the advent of technology.

January 22, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall hopes to dismiss excessive force lawsuit

Hall County's representation in a civil suit brought by a former Hall County Jail inmate hopes to dismiss the case, saying the county can't be held liable for a jailer's actions.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County reviewing Gateway Centre marketing plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is likely to sign off tonight on an updated marketing plan for the Gateway Industrial Centre in hopes the business park is finally ready for build-out.

January 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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