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Gas prices creeping up as holiday approaches

The price of gasoline in Georgia has climbed 29 cents a gallon since May 1, surpassing the national average price surge of 25 cents during the same time.

May 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville school system faces tough budget choices

The Gainesville school board will spend the next month or so determining its priorities as it builds a roughly $51 million general fund budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

May 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jefferson City Council approves changes to noise ordinance

After months of discussion and public input, the Jefferson City Council finally has reached a resolution concerning updates to the city's existing noise ordinance.

May 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Not all school districts slashing employees

Neighboring school districts report only a few teachers' contracts were not renewed for next school year and some districts are actively hiring teachers.

May 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Witness to Hiroshima, father of 9/11 Pentagon victim, dies at age 88

The Rev. Eddie Stephens of Gainesville, father of a Gainesville woman killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, died Saturday after a brief illness. He was 88.

May 18, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville tourism agency trying to bring in more with less

Budget cuts have the future of two agencies geared toward economic development hanging in the balance.

May 18, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hospice's Camp Braveheart needs volunteers

As an adult, dealing with the loss of a loved one can be difficult. Coping with that loss can be made even more difficult when trying to help a child through that process.

May 18, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Some fret that building North Hall, Cool Springs parks could stretch staffing

Now on track to build two parks, Hall County officials differ on whether the county is up to the task.

May 18, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


DOT honors its first "Everyday Hero"

Family members were unaware that the unimaginable had happened.

May 18, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau launching South Atlanta campus in Fairburn

Brenau University leaders announced Monday the school will open its second Atlanta-area campus this fall.

May 18, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Meet your government: Foley helps crime victims

For victims of crime, the criminal justice system can be confounding and frustrating, often with waits of many months, sometimes years, to see a case resolved.

May 17, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Rain doesn't hamper annual butterfly release

Despite a steady drizzle, hundreds turned out Sunday afternoon for the 13th annual butterfly release at Wilshire Trails Park in Gainesville.

May 17, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hill, on his way to Jefferson police, reflects on 9 years in Hoschton

HOSCHTON - The Hoschton Police Department lost a veteran officer Friday when police chief David Hill officially retired his badge and bid Hoschton farewell.After nine years as chief, Hill recently resigned to take a job as major of Police Services with the Jefferson Police Department.

May 17, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


LOST income surprises Jefferson

Although sales tax collections tend to fluctuate from month to month, recent revenue tallies have caught Jefferson officials off guard.

May 17, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville may be able to rehire school employees

This evening, the Gainesville school board will present its first draft of the upcoming fiscal year's budget, even as it awaits a final deficit figure.

May 17, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Officials: West Hall Middle administrators manipulated test data

Two former administrators at West Hall Middle School were censured for manipulating Adequate Yearly Progress numbers in 2010, officials confirmed this month.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class Notes: UNG partners with neurological facility

Students at the University of North Georgia will soon have internship opportunities at a special facility for patients with neurological disorders.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$750K grant to fund Department of Juvenile Justice service program

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice received a $750,000 federal grant for a re-entry program, with the intent to have a pilot program identified by next month.

October 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


No one hurt in Atlanta Highway house fire

No one was injured in house fire Sunday evening on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, fire officials said.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville center to provide counseling for abused boys

Nearly one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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


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