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Schools cheer football teams to shot at state title

It's beginning to look a lot like the high school football state playoffs are here.

Gainesville High School, North Hall High School and Flowery Branch High School all earned at least one shot at the state championship title on Dec. 13. Cheerleaders and football fans have spent the past week decking the halls of their high schools with Red Elephant, Trojan and Falcon cheer in preparation for the first round of the state playoff games.

November 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


In lean times, students still see a payoff

Even in lean financial times, local educators make sure student athletes' hard work is rewarded.

November 18, 2008 | | Local


Citizens' group says tax assessors board members must go

When Emory Martin resigned from the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors last month, some county officials considered a long-simmering controversy surrounding financial improprieties, per diems and padded time sheets over and done with.

November 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Songs and games help young Spanish learners

JEFFERSON - Students in Lucy Bush's classes tend to say things differently than you would expect.

November 18, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


$10,000 award set to help business

The parent company of a Gainesville plastic recycling firm has contributed $10,000 to establish an award to honor business entrepreneurs. Soin International, owner of Sundance Products in Gainesville, will award the Soin Award of Innovation at a ceremony on March 20.

The award is to identify, honor and financially assist a company or entrepreneur in Hall County that is demonstrating an innovative spirit through a product or service. The product must have the ability to sustain long-term growth for the applicant, increase local employment and assist in the creation of economic development prosperity.

November 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County administrator new to job, not area

Charley Nix may be the new Hall County administrator, but he is no newcomer to Hall County.

"I was born here, raised here," Nix said.

November 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


2009 Tour de Georgia canceled

ATLANTA - The Tour de Georgia, which last year featured two stops in Hall County, including a daylong time trial at Road Atlanta near Braselton, will not hold its annual race through the state in 2009 but plans to return in 2010.

November 18, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Sex offenders sue for right to volunteer at churches

ATLANTA - Georgia's registered sex offenders should not be prevented from volunteering in church, a legal advocacy group argued in federal court Thursday, saying a state law that went into effect in July is overbroad and violates their rights of freedom of association.

November 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville water rates likely to increase 5.5 percent

Gainesville water customers may see an increase in their bills in 2009.

November 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall public works honored for cooperation with Elachee Nature Science Center

The Hall County Board of Commissioners recognized the public works department for its work with the Elachee Nature Science Center at Thursday's commission meeting.

November 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Protesters want convenience store to pipe down

About 250 protesters picketed a Dawson County convenience store Thursday, calling for store management to quit selling glass pipes that they claim are used for smoking illegal drugs.

November 17, 2008 | BY MICHELE HESTER AND STEPHEN GURR news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Jefferson school system on track to make budget

JEFFERSON - Although the Jefferson city school system has had to adjust its budget to accommodate state budget cuts, school officials say they are on track to come out on top financially if things continue as they have for the past month.

November 17, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall hires Charley Nix as county administrator

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to name Charley Nix county administrator at its board meeting Thursday.

Nix has been serving as interim county administrator since July 1, following former administrator Jim Shuler's retirement.

November 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Brenau nursing hopefuls operate on computer-controlled simulated patient

Until recently, the only way for a doctor or nurse to learn a new procedure was to practice their skills on an actual patient.

November 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Insurance commissioner on hand as suspect nabbed in Gainesville office

A Lawrenceville resident was arrested Thursday morning at his workplace in a Gainesville office on Jesse Jewell Parkway for allegedly collecting nearly $1 million in misappropriated claims from a Japanese insurance company.

November 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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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


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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