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Hall may have to ‘mothball’ new sewer pump station

The sewage pump station on Winder Highway should be complete by June, but county officials don't plan on using it much then.

March 31, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Judge fines business in trade secret dispute

Saying he believed a Gainesville tax preparation company willfully misappropriated trade secrets of H&R Block and ignored a court order not to use them, a judge fined Paramount Tax Services more than $12,000 Tuesday for contempt of court.

March 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ruling lets sex offenders volunteer in churches

Georgia's 16,000-plus registered sex offenders can sing in church choirs, take up collection plates and help out in church kitchens, at least for now.

March 31, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson gets to upgrade its status

The city of Jefferson has recently been upgraded from a Better Hometown to a Main Street community by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

March 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Frances Meadows aquatic center's pools get new drains to comply with federal law

Having a hard time getting all wet at the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center?

March 31, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville teacher contracts going out Thursday

After Thursday, most Gainesville school system teachers won't have to wonder anymore if they will have a job next school year. The system will be issuing 457 contracts on Thursday to system staff and educators. Despite that high figure, it may not include 24 part-time employees and 12 non-certified teachers who are expected to not have their contracts renewed for next school year.

March 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


State parks might charge $5, not $3, per vehicle

Would you pay $5 to visit a Georgia state park?

March 31, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville State College needs funds to keep up with growth

Following the legislature's restoration of $6.2 million in construction funds for a new academic building at Gainesville State College, the school's president justified the expenditure by citing staggering enrollment growth at a business breakfast Tuesday.

March 31, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Dogs from alleged ‘puppy mill’ still available for adoption

About 20 purebred dogs seized from an alleged Cumming "puppy mill" in early March were adopted Tuesday from the Humane Society of Hall County.

March 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Fitness club manager charged with theft

An off-duty Gwinnett County police officer is credited with arresting a fitness club manager on theft charges.

March 31, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Cagle says DOT should auction jet

ATLANTA - Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Tuesday that Georgia should put one of its airplanes on the auction block, arguing the sale would bring in more than $1 million to help offset state budget woes.

March 31, 2009 | | Local




Arson suspect arrested again, faces DUI charge

CUMMING - A woman charged with burning her house down in what authorities say was an insurance scheme may soon lose her freedom following her most recent arrest.

March 31, 2009 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Barrage combines violins, vocals, dance to pack the house

World-renowned performance group Barrage wowed Gainesville residents with its unique mixture of violins, vocals and dance Monday evening.

March 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County teachers assured of minimum state pay next year

The Hall County school board unanimously approved the wording for nearly 2,000 teacher contracts that guarantee teachers' pay according to the state's minimum salary schedule but does not define the system's local salary supplement.

March 30, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Deputy struck by vehicle while directing traffic at school

October 28, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS krobins@forsythnews.com | Local


Oakwood budget hearing draws no residents

No one showed for Oakwood's public hearing Monday on the South Hall city's fiscal 2015 budget.

October 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lake group privately hashing out water management plan

Jim McClatchey said he hopes a private water group can still produce its own water management plan for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin, which includes Lake Lanier.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Local Agenda: Early voting remains steady for 2nd week

As far as midterm elections go, Hall County voters appear to be taking advantage of early voting options.

October 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local priorities for 2015 General Assemby taking shape

The Georgia Municipal Association, a lobbying group for the interests of Georgia cities, laid out several priorities for the 2015 session of the state General Assembly during a meeting Monday night in Buford with local government officials.

October 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville workshop to focus on starting a business

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will offer a workshop for individuals who are interested in either starting or growing a new venture.

October 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


$565K grant to help Hall schools improve Wi-Fi access

Hall County schools have been awarded a $565,189 grant from the state to help cover the costs of upgrading the district's Wi-Fi infrastructure, district officials announced Monday at a school board meeting.

October 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kubota expanding, plans to create 650 jobs

Kubota Manufacturing of America plans to expand its headquarters in Gainesville, creating 650 jobs and investing $100 million into the project over the next several years.

October 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




Students attend climate march in New York

Kayla Ballenger has been an environmentalist for as long as she can remember, so when she had a chance to attend the People's Climate March, a march on the United Nations Climate Summit in New York last month, the decision was easy.

October 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Air Force vet, mom of 3 calls getting Habitat home 'emotional,' 'overwhelming'

At first glance, the newly rebuilt house, situated in a nondescript neighborhood called Wintergreen Court, doesn't look any different from every other freshly constructed home in the Flowery Branch area.

October 27, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Ga. Senate debate: Nunn, Perdue spar over gridlock

October 27, 2014 | By BILL BARROW Associated Press | Local


Dogs dress up for charity

The 2014 Howl-O-Ween pet costume contest and parade Sunday brought furry friends and their owners to Laurel Park in Gainesville for the event sponsored by Hall County Parks & Leisure and the Hall County Animal Shelter. Contest categories included scariest, funniest, cutest, best owner/pet look-alike and best overall. After the contest, the pets were paraded around the park. Participants were asked to donate pet-friendly items such as newspapers or paper towels for the Hall County Animal Shelter.

October 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Middle school programs of choice open for applications

Applications are now open for rising sixth-graders at the Da Vinci Academy and the Earhart-Edison Exploration Academy, Hall County's programs of choice for middle school students.

October 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Governor candidates clash on education, jobs, taxes

ATLANTA - The candidates for Georgia governor came to their third and final debate ready to attack, ramping up their accusations on education, taxes and the economy.

October 26, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


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