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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


Shuler says decision to resign as city manager was difficult

Bryan Shuler said his sudden resignation Thursday as Gainesville's City Manager was a "difficult personal decision."

Shuler, who had been employed by the city for 11 years, would not say much else.

November 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County to sell used water for irrigation

Hall County is about a month away from an eco-friendly source of revenue.

Public Works Director Ken Rearden said a new system that is almost complete will allow the county to sell reuse water for irrigation.

November 16, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville High brings college application process to seniors

Nearly all of Gainesville High School's 208 seniors applied to college Wednesday.

Many applied online to four-year universities while others applied to two-year or technical colleges as part of the state's pilot program "Apply On-line."

November 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Man says Gainesville annex will ruin his business

Shane Reidling is no longer as worried about the extra $1,300 he will have to pay in property taxes if Gainesville annexes his two-acre mobile home park next month.

November 16, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Fatal Lumpkin wreck involving trooper probed

A state accident reconstruction unit is investigating a wreck ,involving a Georgia State Patrol trooper, that killed a motorcyclist in Lumpkin County last month.

November 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


City, county schools surpass state English language learner targets

Recently released test scores show both Hall County and Gainesville schools' English language learners exceeded state targets for English proficiency progress in the 2007-2008 school year.

November 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


More than paper, plastic at Hall’s recycling event

It's time to start sorting through all the junk you don't use anymore. Saturday is America Recycles Day, and Hall County residents will have the opportunity to get rid of a wide variety of items.

"This is the biggest event we've had, the most ambitious," said Rick Foote, natural resources coordinator for Hall County.

November 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Ga. governor candidates spar over ethics during 2nd debate

October 20, 2014 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Local


Officials: West Hall Middle administrators manipulated test data

Two former administrators at West Hall Middle School were censured for manipulating Adequate Yearly Progress numbers in 2010, officials confirmed this month.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class Notes: UNG partners with neurological facility

Students at the University of North Georgia will soon have internship opportunities at a special facility for patients with neurological disorders.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$750K grant to fund Department of Juvenile Justice service program

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice received a $750,000 federal grant for a re-entry program, with the intent to have a pilot program identified by next month.

October 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


No one hurt in Atlanta Highway house fire

No one was injured in house fire Sunday evening on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, fire officials said.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville center to provide counseling for abused boys

Nearly one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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


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