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Budget cuts force senior aid agency to drop services

About 750 people are on a waiting list to receive services from Legacy Link, the Area Agency on Aging in Gainesville. But they might remain on that list indefinitely, as state budget cuts have curtailed the agency's ability to provide services.

"The first round of cuts came in August," Legacy Link director Pat Freeman said. "About $193,000 in state funding was removed from our budget. We lost money for our wellness program, and we lost a staff person who had been helping with planning for long-term needs."

December 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Former Gainesville city manager was accused of sexual harassment

Former Gainesville City Manager Bryan Shuler was placed on administrative leave three days before he resigned while officials investigated anonymous allegations of sexual harassment, city records show.

December 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Study says cheating is on the rise at US schools

Dishonest habits are on the rise in schools according to a new national study, and local educators say the temptation to cheat may be particularly strong for Georgia students concerned about obtaining state college scholarships.

December 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Friends start fund to aid family of slain minister

Students and educators in the Hall County school system are coming together to support the family of the late Frank Harris Jr., who was found dead in front of a Cleveland home early Monday.

December 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Group urges people to rescue a pet for the holidays

With many people seeking to bring home a fuzzy friend for the holidays, some local groups hope they will consider rescue dogs.

December 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Challenged Child and Friends celebrates Christmas and kids

Volunteers for Challenged Child and Friends decorate Christmas trees as part of the annual Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for the organization. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday at the Buisson Barn, 6354 J.F. Jay Road, Gainesville, on the shore of Lake Lanier, and features uniquely decorated trees and wreaths, along with original jewelry and artwork. All proceeds benefit children at Challenged Child and Friends, which provides support and education to children. The gala starts at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $80. For tickets or more information, call 770-535-8372, ext. 120.

December 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson students carol for cash, class credit

JEFFERSON - To the untrained eye, Jefferson Elementary School may seem like any other school. But the school has something that most others do not.

December 11, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall County schools look for ways to save money

In an attempt to "get ahead of the curve," the Hall County school board is considering $11.5 million in potential cost-saving measures to balance next year's budget.

December 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


After snow flurries, better weather on the way, for a while

Some light flurries hit Gainesville on Monday, with snow showers and less than a half-inch accumulation predicted overnight in the North Georgia mountains.

December 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Love Light tree warms spirits

It was a Christmas tree "lighting" that took place about a mile away from the actual Christmas tree. But that didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits.

December 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Abit Massey gets key to Gainesville in honor of service

If anyone deserves the key to the poultry capital of the world, it would be the 48-year president of the Georgia Poultry Federation.

December 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


State DNR honors Elachee director Timpone

The Georgia Board of Natural Resources has chosen Andrea Timpone, executive director of Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville, for the 2008 Rock Howard Award.

December 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Former diversion center now probation check-in site

Using inmate labor, the Georgia Department of Corrections has converted the former residential diversion center on Aviation Boulevard into a day reporting center.

December 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Police can’t confirm bridge jumper

A man claiming to be a witness to a plunge off Thompson Bridge late Monday night swears he saw a man jump from the bridge.

December 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Tradition revived in Clermont

The Clermont City Council hopes to renew a tradition by having a 16-foot-tall Norwegian spruce planted Tuesday in Clermont Park.

December 10, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Library director asks board to review operating hours

The Hall County Library System may begin a review of operating hours based on worries about future finances going sour.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local




Gym of ‘36 makeover staying true to roots

Don't be alarmed, area history buffs and longtime Gainesville residents. The boarded-up windows don't mean the hallowed Gym of '36 is going into decline.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Golf tourney raises money for injured firefighters

A group of golfers came out Monday to support three Hall County firefighters, hoping to chip in to their relief fund.

October 28, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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


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