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County might shuffle South Hall schools to save $1.5 million

The Hall County school board is considering transferring three South Hall schools to different school buildings in August to save $1.5 million in startup costs associated with opening the new Spout Springs high school.

February 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Jefferson’s mayor pro tem likes to make his garden grow

As the newly selected mayor pro tempore for the city of Jefferson, Councilman Roy Plott doesn't expect to have too many new responsibilities.

February 02, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Academy's new building was decades in the making

ATHENS - The new brick building on Oglethorpe Avenue that houses Rutland Academy may have been finished in 2008, but its true beginnings stretch back 40 years to a woman who wanted to help children with special needs.

February 02, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Woman who died in East Hall fire is identified

On Sunday, Hall County Coroner Marion Merck identified the victim of an early Saturday house fire as Patsy Rider of East Hall.

February 02, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Count on drizzle, but not snow

According to today's forecast, the groundhog is likely not to see his shadow in Gainesville, signaling an early spring.

February 02, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Super Bowl commercial features Road Atlanta

The car explodes onto the screen while rock music from the Smashing Pumpkins blares in the background.

February 02, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


New tax could pay for roads

Motorists have plenty of time to consider the workday as their foot switches between gas pedal and brake on Spout Springs Road.

February 02, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Health companies complain as Medicare reduces payments for oxygen therapy

Home health companies that provide oxygen therapy are unhappy about new Medicare rules that limit reimbursement, and they warn that the policy change could harm patients.

February 02, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


It hasn't been a winter wonderland so far

Today is Groundhog Day, and whether or not the chubby rodent sees his shadow, we can predict one thing with absolute certainty: There will be six more weeks of winter.

February 02, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Woman who died in East Hall house fire identified

A 62-year-old woman was found dead in a house fire in East Hall early Saturday, fire officials said.

February 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


City leaders want golf course to make par

Gainesville City Council will hold a planning retreat this week, and officials say the profitability of the city's municipal golf course will be on the agenda.

February 01, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tumbling tourism: Travel destinations try to lure winter visitors

The cold weather and gray skies of winter don't inspire many people to leave home. But deals available at nearby travel destinations could change their minds.

February 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


300 people attended Vietnamese New Year celebration

Their legs flew all over the stage as the four young men danced to the taped music, a mixture of dance tunes. A couple of them broke into a Christian rap song.

February 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lessie Smithgall’s ‘story’ recounts 97 years of seeking the road less traveled

Condensing 97 years into 202 pages isn't easy, but Lessie Smithgall has done it.

January 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Carnival brings Super Bowl fun to Hall County

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, but families got a head start on the fun Saturday at the third annual Super Bowl Carnival held by Hall County Parks and Leisure.

January 31, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


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County considers closing part of South Hall road

Hall County is considering whether to close part of a dirt and gravel road that links two major South Hall roads in response to resident concerns about dumping in the area.

August 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County firefighters salute injured coworkers

Hall County firefighters stood on Interstate 985 overpasses Friday afternoon as the last of three injured coworkers came home. At Friendship Road, five Station 8 firefighters saluted as the small northbound caravan carrying Will Griffin passed underneath about 3 p.m.Griffin was training July 22 in an aerial ladder bucket with fellow firefighters T.J. Elliott and Stephen Jackson when the truck's ladder malfunctioned, falling an estimated 44 feet and sending the three to hospitals. Griffin, 24, has been recuperating at Shepherd Spinal Center's spinal cord injury unit in Atlanta and will continue rehab as an outpatient ...

August 29, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


Stay safe on roads, lake over holiday weekend, law agencies urge

Emergency personnel are encouraging residents to have a fun but safe Labor Day weekend.

August 29, 2014 | Times staff and regional reports | Local


Former GHS star Watson makes college debut today in Athens

Fans of Gainesville High, Georgia and Clemson will come together today as the state's record holder in career passing yards and touchdowns returns home for his collegiate debut.

August 29, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


Gainesville officials decided Kelly had to go as chief

Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly resigned Friday morning in a move the mayor said was in the city's best interest.

August 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Football big business for local restaurants, retailers

Football, at every level of competition, is more profitable than ever.

August 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County mum on deal over firetruck involved in July 22 accident

The ladder truck that malfunctioned during a training exercise last month and injured three Hall County firefighters was inspected by an asset protection solutions group and signed off on by a battalion chief, but Hall County officials have declined to share any communication among themselves about the truck.

August 29, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Road work at Clarks Bridge resumes after 45-day wait

Construction crews have been back at work this week at Clarks Bridge, where a replacement project had stalled for 45 days to ensure the support for a retaining wall had compacted and settled as needed.

August 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside cadet finds support at school

Ben Brewer, a senior at Riverside Military Academy, learned what it means to be a caretaker when his father was stricken with cancer.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Top chef: Food festival brings 3 masters to Gainesville

Three master chefs from Taiwan gave demonstrations Thursday to culinary students at Lanier Career Center in Gainesville as part of the school's international food festival.

August 28, 2014 | Scott Rogers | Local




Dock permit process to begin again Sept. 16

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin accepting applications Sept. 16 for the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

August 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Threat leads to brief evacuations at North Georgia Tech

Students at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville have been given the all-clear to re-enter most buildings on campus after a threat was written on the wall of one building.

August 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville may increase service fee instead of water rate

After deadlocking earlier this month on whether to raise water rates 1 percent, Gainesville City Council will hold another vote to try and end the stalemate Tuesday night.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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