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Local contractors may get preference from Gainesville

The Gainesville City Council may soon legally move forward with an ordinance that would allow them to prefer local contractors on city construction jobs, but it may not get them very far.

June 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


East Hall Middle meets 'AYP' for first time in 9 years

For nearly a decade, East Hall Middle School has been mired in negative labels concerning its academic progress.

The skies finally began clearing Wednesday.

June 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Corps selects YMCA of Atlanta to develop Bethel Park

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided to turn over management of Bethel Park, a 62-acre corps property on Lake Lanier in Forsyth County, to the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta.

The YMCA has been trying since 2003 to develop a residential camp at the site. The corps was set to award the lease to the YMCA in 2006, but local residents around Bethel Park complained to the Forsyth County Commission.

June 15, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville officials: Budget memo at center of schools' financial mess might not exist

Nearly two weeks after Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe recommended a 20 percent tax hike to make up for a nearly $7 million deficit in the school system's budget, school officials have yet to produce a March 2006 letter that he claims is at the center of the school system's financial debacle.

June 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Indictment accuses former manager of swiping $548,000 from doctor's office

A once-trusted employee who worked for a Gainesville doctor for more than 25 years stands accused of embezzling more than half a million dollars from his office.

June 15, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


As gas prices skyrocket, so does Red Rabbit ridership

More people rode the Red Rabbit this year than ever before, making Hall Area Transit one of the fastest-growing bus systems in the country.

June 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch passes budgets after cutting $400,000 in capital spending

Flowery Branch sewer, water and solid waste customers soon could be paying a new service charge to balance the city's utilities fund budget passed Wednesday.

Flowery Branch City Council approved a $2,390,310 sewer, water and solid waste budget for fiscal year 2009, effective July 1. They also passed a $3,498,691 general fund budget for the upcoming year.

June 15, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


2 teens are charged in pellet gun attack

Two recently graduated Gainesville High School student-athletes were arrested Wednesday, accused of shooting a woman in the face with a pellet gun from a moving car.

June 15, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Sewage spill near Walnut Creek

Nearly 70,000 gallons of sewage spilled onto the ground and into a tributary of North Walnut Creek on Wednesday, but a Gainesville Public Utilities official says the water should be back to its normal quality in a couple of days.

June 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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


Gainesville State educator a finalist for top job at Middle Georgia

W. Michael Stoy, Gainesville State College's vice president for academic affairs, has been named one of two finalists for president at Middle Georgia College.

June 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Medical center honors nurse for years of dedication

Even before Jim Gardner, president of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, finished announcing Linda Niles as the 2008 employee of the year, the entire room had risen to its feet in thunderous applause.

June 15, 2008 | | 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


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Applications open for NGCF Community Impact Grants

The North Georgia Community Foundation is accepting applications for its 2015 Community Impact Grants.

April 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Tornado watch in effect for area until 3 p.m.

Heavy thunderstorms are moving through North Georgia today, with Hall County and the rest of the region under a tornado watch until 3 p.m.

April 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville’s budget solid, future less clear

The consensus among the Gainesville City Council is that the proposed 2016 fiscal year budget, unveiled by City Manager Kip Padgett on Thursday, is in good shape.

April 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flight center honors late instructor at ceremony

Family and co-workers of the Lanier Flight Center instructor who died after an October plane crash honored the passionate aviator Saturday in the most fitting way: teaching people to fly.

April 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Parents say ‘no’ to state milestones test

It's arguably a question of parental rights.

April 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Laurel Park hosts Five Points of Life Kids marathon

Gainesville is the newest of the 10 cities in Florida, Georgia and Alabama to host the Five Points of Life Kids marathon. The Five Points of Life Foundation, started by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, hosted the marathons as a fun way to get kids active. Participants walk or run 25 miles over a specified amount of time logging their distance as they go.

April 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Incidents put new focus on security in Hall courtrooms

Like their adult counterparts, juvenile offenders can pose potential threats for deputies working to secure the Hall County Courthouse.

April 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Water wars’ latest chapter is big legal affair

Typically, the real legal maneuvering begins once a lawsuit is filed.

April 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hundreds brave the rain for babies in March of Dimes event

Even with a chance of rain, more than 400 people took part in the March for Babies Walk on Saturday at Wilshire Trails Park in Gainesville.

April 18, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Kubota expansion moving forward

Gainesville-based Rochester & Associates has been authorized to complete design and engineering for a public road accessing Kubota Manufacturing of America's new facility planned in the Gateway Industrial Centre off Ga. 365 in North Hall.

April 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chestatee High School's Maddie Woodard overcomes heart condition

When Madelynn "Maddie" Woodard was 6 years old, she would tell her parents she was having a heart attack.

April 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cirque Italia delights audience; continues today and Sunday

Aerial acts, optical illusions, musical clowns and a mermaid delighted the audience Friday at Cirque Italia, a European-style circus performance over a stage holding 35,000 gallons of water.

April 17, 2015 | | Local


Gwinnett man accused of forcing deputy off the road

Authorities arrested a Lawrenceville man April 11, claiming he was "weaving toward (a) patrol car causing the patrol car to go off the road," according to the warrants.

April 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Attorney says Cleveland man accused of wire fraud maintains his innocence

The attorney for a Cleveland man accused by federal authorities of wire fraud said Friday he maintains his innocence and plans to fight all charges.

April 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Sheriff recommending to dismiss charges against grieving father

White County Sheriff Neal Walden said Friday afternoon that his office is recommending charges be dropped against a grieving father who tried to erect safety measures at his daughter's wreck site.

April 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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