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Facing tight budgets, schools, local governments look to state legislators

OAKWOOD - Delegations from county and municipal governments, school boards and two state colleges spent a few minutes Thursday making their requests known to Hall County's state lawmakers.

December 19, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local

West Hall High School briefly evacuated

West Hall High School students were evacuated to the school gym this morning after an electrical room failure caused several circuit breakers to trip inside the school, officials said. There was no fire and no injuries, though one girl with a history of anxiety attacks was taken to a local hospital for observation, officials said.

December 19, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Fire at West Hall High cancels classes today

A Thursday night fire destroyed a large outdoor electrical transformer at West Hall High School, where dozens of emergency workers responded and heavy black smoke could be seen rising into the air.

The school building was not damaged and no one was injured, but classes were canceled for today for lack of power in the building.

December 19, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local

Pancake breakfast, pep rally tour on today’s schedule for Flowery Branch Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch High School varsity cheerleaders have painted their South Hall city red and black - literally.

December 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local

Heavy rain will help, not solve, Lake Lanier's water woes

Steady showers that settled over Gainesville on Wednesday and Thursday dumped just shy of 4 inches of rain, raising the level of Lake Lanier.

December 19, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local

Lula woman died of natural causes

A Lula woman found dead in her home Wednesday morning died of natural causes.

December 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local

Heavy rains cause minor sewage spill in Lula

Early morning rains caused a small sewage spill this morning at the Hood Street Pump Station in Lula.

Lula officials estimate that between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., heavy rains caused a nearby creek to flood and exceed the capacity of the pump station. Fewer than 100 gallons of raw sewage were spilled.

December 19, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Cagle says Georgia's 'resilient' economy will bounce back

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Thursday that he believes Georgia can rebound from the current recession in good shape.

December 19, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local

Shuler to get 11 weeks of severance pay

Former Gainesville City Manager Bryan Shuler will receive an 11-week severance package, one week for each year he worked for the city, a divided City Council decided Thursday morning.

With a 3-2 vote, the council agreed to pay Shuler a total of $28,520.80. Mayor Myrtle Figueras referred to the decision as a "financial settlement" with Shuler, who resigned suddenly last month, just days after he was placed on administrative leave while officials investigated sexual harassment allegations against him.

December 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local

Jefferson school officials say system should make it through budget troubles

JEFFERSON - Although state funding was cut by more than $200,000, Jefferson City school system officials are optimistic that the system will be able to make it through the year without those extra funds.

December 19, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

No one hurt in fire that damages apartment house

Residents of a small apartment building off Jesse Jewell were able to safely escape a fire that badly damaged an upstairs apartment Thursday night.

December 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local

Hall residents fear county's plan to increase sewer rates

Residents from the Village at Deaton Creek packed the Georgia Mountains Center to voice their concerns about proposed sewer rate increases at the Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday.

December 19, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local

Hall, Gainesville schools honored for closing achievement gap

The state Board of Education awarded two of four statewide grants to Hall County and Gainesville school systems in recognition of the systems' progress in closing the achievement gap between students who are economically disadvantaged and those who are not.

Each school system will receive $50,000 in federal Title I Distinguished Districts grant awards. Compared to school districts across the state, Hall County and Gainesville school systems made the greatest gains in the 2007-2008 school year in closing the scoring gap on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test and the Georgia High School Graduation Test. The gap often exists between ...

December 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local

More people are applying for seasonal jobs

While most businesses tend to hire more employees during the holiday season to cover higher customer volume, current unemployment rates have created an unbalanced ratio of available positions compared to available applicants.

"We usually bring in a few extra people to help process all of the holiday packages, and this year is no exception. We're not adding more positions than we had last year, but we aren't hiring fewer people either," said Bimbo Briscoe, the co-owner of Mail Boxes Etc. on John Morrow Parkway in Gainesville.

December 18, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local

Hall records 42nd rabies case

On Wednesday, Gainesville-Hall County Animal Control reported the county's 42nd rabies case of the year.

December 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local

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Jury selection begins for taxi driver slaying case

A panel of 50 prospective jurors entered Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal's courtroom Monday morning to be seated for the murder case ...

October 05, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Gainesville school board approves $394K in updates

Some needed updates are coming to multiple Gainesville schools, including new bathrooms at the Gainesville Middle School baseball and softball fields.

October 05, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Hall government still trying to control health care costs

The Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of uninsured Americans, but controlling health care costs continues to be an issue for local government.

October 05, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

Homeowner discovers ‘wall of fire’ in garage

An Old Whelchel Road homeowner working on his lawnmower returned to the garage Monday afternoon and found flames, according to authorities.

October 05, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Train strikes van driven by elderly man; no one injured

An elderly Cornelia man left his car stuck on the railroad tracks Saturday before a train arrived, according to authorities.

October 05, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Oakwood proposing $3.9 million budget

Oakwood rolled out a $3.9 million general operations, no-frills budget Monday night.

October 05, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Governor, local schools kick off Pre-K Week in Georgia

Preschool children at Friendship Learning Center in Buford squealed with delight as a giant blue cat named Pete walked through the doors.

October 05, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local

Weekend storms leave mark in Northeast Georgia

While Hall County didn't have any reported weather-related injuries Sunday or suffer the severe flooding seen in South Carolina, Northeast Georgia still felt plenty ...

October 05, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local

Work starting on Habitat’s first subdivision in Hall

For most, the road to Monday morning's Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking was an ordinary drive to a rain-soaked and muddy street in South Hall ...

October 05, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Ga. 53 in Dawson County now open after gas main break shuts down roadway

October 05, 2015 | Times regional staff reports | Local

Kitchen Inspections Aug. 14-Aug. 20

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October 04, 2015 | | Local

Area driving instructor dies following Friday car wreck

Friends and loved ones aren't just mourning Deb Sorrow's sudden passing Friday.

October 04, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Gainesville couple heading up Good News ministry efforts

Alejandro and Beth Oropeza aren't replacing just any ministry's founder.

October 04, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local

Former cadet files lawsuit against Riverside Military Academy

A former Riverside Military Academy cadet filed a lawsuit in Hall County State Court claiming the school should have intervened more before he suffered a ...

October 04, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local

Bed-and-breakfast proposes to become assisted living facility

The Hall County Planning Commission will meet today to review a proposal to add an assisted living/group home use, as well as permission to ...

October 04, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local

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