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School boards meeting in Savannah talk about budget woes, policy

Area school board members may be attending an education conference, but the main topics for discussion revolve around taxes, revenue and budgets.

June 13, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall County to start pre-K Spanish, Chinese programs

Four-year-olds will be able to learn Spanish and Mandarin Chinese at Hall County elementary schools this fall.

June 13, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flag Day is Old Glory's time to shine

Today is Flag Day, a holiday that doesn't exactly have people lining up for parades and firing up the grill like other summer holidays, but it celebrates one of our oldest national symbols.

June 13, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Island warfare brewing between Hall, Gainesville

For the second time this year, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is objecting to a possible annexation by Gainesville.

June 13, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Toddler rushed to hospital after being pulled from pool

A South Hall toddler was airlifted to an Atlanta children's hospital in critical condition after being found floating in a residential pool by a relative Saturday night, officials said.

June 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville man charged with lawyer impersonation — again

Wannabe lawyer Finees Casado just cannot stay out of a courtroom, authorities believe.

June 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Family of big-league pitcher was in Holocaust museum during shooting

When Abi Owings and her mother, Danise, started their tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., they expected their visit to be somber.

June 13, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Goodbye, rabbit ears!

Atlanta TV stations pulled the plug on over-the-airwaves broadcasting on Friday afternoon, making the mandatory switch to digital TV at 12:30 p.m. - and fielding lots of calls about it, too.

June 13, 2009 | From staff and wire reports | Local


More lion sightings reported in Hall County

The Hall County Sheriff's Office responded to another reported lion sighting Friday morning, but deputies have yet to see the animal for themselves, according to Col. Jeff Strickland, the department's chief deputy.

June 13, 2009 | | Local


Small-town Lula mourns its second lost soldier

America's red, white and blue stands at half-staff today outside the Pfc. Johnathon Millican U.S. Post Office.

June 13, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Early peek at CRCT scores shows progress

As Georgia educators begin to analyze preliminary district level Criterion-Referenced Competency Test scores, Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield and Gainesville Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said they are pleased with what they've seen so far.

June 13, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Supreme Court race crowded

There is no shortage of people vying to succeed Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears on the state's highest court.

June 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


More public input sought on changes planned for I-85 car-pool lanes

The Georgia Department of Transportation has set a second round of public hearings on plans to allow solo commuters to ride - for a fee - in Interstate 85 car-pool lanes in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.

June 12, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Falcons release Michael Vick's contract

June 12, 2009 | | Local


Officials hope kids get hooked on the outdoors

Come Saturday at Vogel State Park, the fish will practically be leaping onto the fish hooks, and, organizers hope, luring in some new hobbyists.

June 12, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Departing Gainesville city manager leaves big shoes to fill

When Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation in May, he expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to serve the city in many roles over the last 13 years.

June 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Window maker borrows European model, finds market in Ga.

Bernie Wolf sells the kind of windows built to frame beauty, be it the glistening waters of Lake Lanier or the rugged magnificence of the North Georgia mountains.

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Hall faces adoption gap: More kids than parents available

In Hall County, 15 of 63 children free for adoption need a permanent family, a problem the Division of Family and Children Services hopes to solve through a summer marketing campaign.

June 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New state tax structure for transportation takes effect Wednesday

June 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tadmore turns language barrier into strength

The ability to speak more than one language is a boon when searching for a job, yet many of Hall County's bilingual children have trouble overcoming the disadvantages of poverty and delayed English skills.

June 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Visitors get to 'taste a real tomato’ on farm tour

"Take your pick," Joni Kennedy told a handful of people standing on her porch as they perused refreshments. "Everything we grow fresh here, except the hot dogs."

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Budget breakdown: Details of Hall County's new funding in spending plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase on Thursday night.

June 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ask the Times: Reader sheds light on airport racetrack query

In a previous Ask the Times dated June 5, one reader had questions about the existence of a racetrack on the Gainesville airport grounds.

June 26, 2015 | | Local


Brenau’s first physical therapy students begin first semester

Brenau University's first class of physical therapy students are the state's "hungriest, most hardworking" future doctors.

June 26, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


'Watershed’ and ‘upsetting:’ Same-sex ruling stirs emotions locally

The outcome of Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage had some Hall County residents and politicians pleased, while others maintained their opposition to the 5-4 landmark decision.

June 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Canada pushes for repeal of US food labeling

United States labeling requirements that force meatpackers to list where animals were born, raised and slaughtered have stirred ire among countries that feel the mandates are discriminatory.

June 26, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Coyote sightings in Gainesville raise rabies fears

Residents around Riverside Drive and Island Drive in Gainesville have reported sightings of a possible rabid coyote, an animal whose population is on the rise in North Georgia.

June 26, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




House boat a total loss after morning fire

A large, unoccupied houseboat in Buford caught fire Friday morning after suspected electrical malfunctions, authorities said.

June 26, 2015 | | Local


Bojangles' coming to Braselton

Braselton residents don't have to wait until opening day to get their first taste from the city's new Bojangles'.

June 25, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


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