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Perfect attendance records rewarded

Some days it was freezing cold outside the blankets. Other days, students just might not have felt so good.

Regardless of the temptation to play hooky, about 2,000 Hall County and Gainesville city school students had perfect attendance for the 2007-08 school year, according to Will Schofield, superintendent for Hall County Schools.

June 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Suspects sought in attempted robbery of taxi driver

Gainesville police are investigating a late-night attempt to rob a local taxi driver, according to reports.

The department's investigation surrounds a report from a Uni-Taxi driver that he was struck in the head with a handgun after driving two men to the intersection of Mill Street and Patricia Drive at about 2 a.m. Thursday, according to a report from Gainesville Sgt. Johnny Ray.

June 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville sales tax collections down, city manager says

Gainesville's sales tax collections have declined significantly because of the slowing economy, City Manager Bryan Shuler told City Council members Thursday.

Shuler said income statements from the April collections of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax were lower than that month's collections have been since April 2005.

June 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Nominees for new judgeship named

The committee that will provide Gov. Sonny Perdue with a short list of candidates for Hall County's new state court judgeship received six nominations by the close of the submission deadline.

According to an e-mail release from the state Judicial Nominating Commission, the nominees are, in alphabetical order, Benjamin Bagwell, Larry Baldwin, William M. Brownwell Jr., Tom Csider, Ann Schuler and William Sykes.

June 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Job seekers trying to 'persevere'

A not-so-rosy job market didn't deter the crowd from coming to search for potential employment Wednesday at the 2008 Job Fair.

June 29, 2008 | | Local


Spike in rabies cases taxes animal control

Wednesday morning, officers with Hall County Animal Control began performing a ritual for the 26th time this year.

After a raccoon captured last Friday in the Six Gun Drive area of East Hall turned out to be carrying rabies, officers had to visit every house within a half-mile radius. They warned residents that they should get their pets vaccinated, and that they should be on the lookout for any wild animals behaving strangely.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville High principal hired by Glynn County

Gainesville High School campus principal Mike Kemp is leaving to become assistant superintendent for student achievement for the Glynn County school system.

June 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


'Extreme drought' conditions return to Northeast Georgia

Well, the reprieve didn't last long. State climatologist David Stooksbury said Wednesday that most of Northeast Georgia, including Gainesville, is back in an extreme drought.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


CRCT results show Hall probably will meet requirements

It looks like Hall County schools will meet the standards of "adequate yearly progress" for the first time since the federal No Child Left Behind Act began, educators said.

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests scores released this week suggest the Hall County school system, which has been a "needs-improvement" school system for the past several years, will make AYP when the state Department of Education makes its first AYP determinations of the year in mid-July.

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


City schools' staff to talk about additional budget cuts

The superintendent of Gainesville city schools will meet with the school system's administrative staff today to identify more cuts for the 2009 fiscal year budget.

Superintendent Steven Ballowe said he will sit down with the staff to determine which of the staff's recommended cuts will be most effective in trimming the tentative $61.6 million budget. Ballowe also said the staff is working on a budget that will create a greater surplus of funds at the end of the 2009 fiscal year, which starts Tuesday and ends June 30, 2009, to pay off more of the school system ...

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Developer, Hall County, experts might bring plant preserve to life

Walking through the woods, Margaret Rasmussen not only takes the time to smell the flowers but to identify them.

June 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Water rules loosen for Jackson County, not Barrow

ATHENS - Get your garden hoses and personal irrigation systems ready - Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority customers can now irrigate their lawns once a week.

June 29, 2008 | BY CLAIRE MILLER For The Times | Local


Major says investigation backs deputies who shot man's dogs

Frank Reeves' bullet-wounded dog Leonard spent Tuesday night in a Murrayville animal hospital courtesy of the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

June 29, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall medical professionals believe county’s ranking sends mixed messages

Local medical professionals are not happy about a state report that ranks Hall County among the worst in Georgia for minority health.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Housing Authority dresses up neighborhoods

Residents of Gainesville Housing Authority apartments have noticed the grass getting greener on their sides of the sidewalk.

June 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Kidnapping suspect tries to swim across Lake Lanier to get away from police

May 27, 2015 | By Kayla Robins Times regional staff | Local


Badge & Bar: Woman accused of stabbing neighbor

A Gainesville woman was indicted May 18 and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery, accused by the Hall County Sheriff's Office of stabbing a neighbor.

May 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville police: Man charged with rape related to e-commerce transactions

A Lithia Springs man was charged with rape by the Gainesville Police Department, having allegedly sexually assaulted a woman when meeting through a trading website.

May 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Cresswind subdivision about to embark on tunnel project

The fast-growing Cresswind at Lake Lanier subdivision in Gainesville isn't just adding houses, as passing motorists will notice firsthand.

May 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Similar number of incidents seen by local agencies over holiday weekend

The final tally for Georgia State Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources looked similar to last year for the busy Memorial Day weekend.

May 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County moves to scrap Civil Service Board without state’s help

Hall County officials are now moving unilaterally on a proposal to scrap the Civil Service Board after the proposal stalled in the state legislature. The board hears and decides disciplinary appeals brought by terminated or demoted employees.

May 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man accused by Oakwood Police of swerving at officer’s car

A Gainesville man faces numerous charges after three Oakwood Police officers said they chased after him and collided near Frontage and Mundy Mill roads.

May 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Man charged with DUI in Sunday morning wreck

A Flowery Branch man has been charged with DUI in a Sunday morning wreck in West Hall County that injured himself and four others.

May 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: DOT says traffic has gotten better since Exit 4 work

The Georgia Department of Transportation says northbound exit ramps changes at the Ga. 20/Buford Drive interchange off Interstate 985 are working well.

May 26, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Partnership to improve views, streams at Amicalola Falls

The Southeast's tallest cascading waterfall is situated in Dawsonville, but a majority of it cannot be seen through the surrounding trees.

May 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Buford man competes in ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Buford native Trent Jarrett has been watching "American Ninja Warrior" since he was 8 years old.

May 25, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


The Local Agenda: More than $22,000 in water refunds unclaimed

The Gainesville Public Utilities Department is looking for customers owed refunds on their closed water accounts.

May 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Proposed Glades Reservoir getting more expensive

The cost of the proposed Glades Reservoir in North Hall has already exceeded $15 million, and taxpayers will likely soon pump more money into the project on consulting fees and additional environmental studies.

May 25, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Memorial Day Parade honors fallen veterans

Young and old lined both sides of Green Street on Monday, waving flags and cheering.

May 25, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lula sets aside money for caboose restoration

Lula is moving forward on improvements to its iconic red caboose, even though details are still being worked out.

May 24, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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