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Hall tax assessor resigns

The chairman of Hall County's Board of Tax Assessors resigned Friday after the district attorney wrote a scathing letter that stopped short of bringing criminal charges for misuse of taxpayer money.

Emory Martin Jr., who served on the board since the late 1980s, was accused of misappropriating more than $60,000 by padding per diem time sheets and taking $100 per day payment for days when he did not work.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson school board approves more room for schools

The Jefferson City Schools Board of Education has approved the removal of the annex building at Jefferson High School in exchange for more classroom space and a larger cafeteria.

"Jefferson High School only has three classrooms available for future growth," said John Jackson, school system superintendent. "There is also a kitchen problem (at the high school). It's the smallest one in the entire school system."

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Unemployment rate steady in Gainesville, increases statewide

While statewide employment hit a 16-year high in September, Gainesville's jobless rate remained the same. While the state has not released localized percentages for September, in August Gainesville's rate of unemployment was 5.5 percent, up 0.2 percent from July.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Park stings net range of suspects

From all walks of life, they have come to tiny Lula Park.

Men seeking anonymous, casual sexual encounters in the woods repeatedly have propositioned undercover officers there over the course of a six-month sting operation that was prompted by complaints.

October 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Emergency helicopter is coming to Gainesville

Considering that Hall County is home to the region's largest hospital, many people are surprised to learn there has never been an air ambulance service stationed in Gainesville.

But that will change later this month. LifeNet Georgia, which currently operates a helicopter out of a base in Jefferson, is leasing the helipad at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park campus.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jackson County residents can get rid of tires for free

If you have old tires lying around, you may want to load them up and head over to the Jackson County Transfer Station.

On Saturday, Keep Jackson County Beautiful and the Jackson County Solid Waste Department will be sponsoring a scrap tire collection day.

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gang members charged in confrontation

Three teenage gang members were arrested Wednesday night in connection with a confrontation involving a knife at a Georgia Avenue home.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lacking state money, Gainesville trims resurfacing projects

A slightly slimmer version of the street resurfacing project that the Gainesville City Council took off the table last week will go forward with or without funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

October 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Humane Society of Hall County: Fewer strays, fewer euthanizations

As of July 1, the number of animals accepted by the Humane Society of Hall County will drop drastically. That's when the nonprofit organization will end its contract with Hall County Animal Control and will no longer take in strays brought to the shelter by officers.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Luncheon puts focus on facing breast cancer

It was a day to think pink.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Used bookstore holds 24-hour Read-A-Thon to boost Alliance for Literacy

Roughly 60 teenagers from Lanier Career Academy and Gainesville State College will be spending tonight reading quietly. And these teens aren't on restriction this weekend. They're participating in Hall Book Exchange's first Read-A-Thon fundraiser to benefit the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy.

October 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Church holds fundraiser for North Georgia food bank

People went to First Baptist Church in Gainesville on Thursday to fill their bowls to raise money and awareness for hunger in the community at the second annual Empty Bowls Luncheon.

The luncheon is a localization of a national fundraiser, which combines pottery and philanthropy to raise awareness of hunger and raise funds for food banks. Proceeds from the event benefit the Georgia Mountain Food Bank Fund at the North Georgia Community Foundation.

October 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville State gets OK for new design and technology for theater degree

Wednesday at its October meeting, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved Gainesville State College's Bachelor of Fine Arts in design and technology for theater degree.

October 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch to phase in water, sewer rates for apartment complex

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday to phase in over a year new sewer and water rates for TreePark apartments off Thurmon Tanner Parkway.

With a hike in rates this summer, the complex "had a utility bill for water and sewer that rose (about) 143 percent, which was obviously quite a shock to their budget," City Manager Bill Andrew told the council.

October 19, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


$600,000 grant may help schools' shortfall

The State Board of Education awarded the Gainesville school system $600,000 in federal grant funds to support the development of the system's charter school system.

October 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Local charities provide for homeless, homebound this Thanksgiving

If you are homeless, disabled or simply looking for a place to spend the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, two charitable Gainesville groups have you covered.

November 25, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


The Local Agenda: Local government to have closures this week

Hall County's administrative offices, courts and community centers will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New Sugar Hill Elementary program to help children focus on talents, future

Elementary school students aren't always thinking about their future careers, but Sugar Hill Elementary School wants to help its students do so.

November 25, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Dawsonville man killed in weekend shooting

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting Saturday that killed a popular coach and father off Dawson Forest Road in southern Dawson County.

November 24, 2014 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Former Hall County Jail clerk arrested on theft charges

After a monthlong investigation, a former Hall County Sheriff's Office clerk has been charged with transaction card theft.

November 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Body found in Lake Lanier at Mary Alice Park

CUMMING - The body of a man was found Monday morning on the Lake Lanier shoreline at Mary Alice Park, authorities said.

November 24, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Local


Two men found with 7 pounds of marijuana

Two Gainesville men accused of carrying 7 pounds of marijuana totaling $14,000 were arrested Friday night, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

November 24, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Gainesville High School seeks graduation input

Gainesville High School wants parents and families of upcoming graduates to help plan the 2015 graduation.

November 24, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Intersections targeted for upgrades in spring

Nine Hall County intersections are set for upgrades in the spring, including work that addresses federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

November 24, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville planning board to hear more development requests

While new home permits have hit a record high this year in Gainesville, the city's planning board will soon hear a few requests to develop more residential housing.

November 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall clinic to be finished by early December

A few weeks before Christmas, Brett Jockell and his team hope to be out of the old East Hall library branch turned Hall County clinic.

November 24, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Two Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets prepare to open

Two big-name markets providing the community with new pharmacies, fresh groceries and household merchandise will open at the start of the new year.

November 23, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


9 Hall intersections targeted for improvements in spring

Nine Hall County intersections are set for upgrades in the spring, including work that addresses federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Wind damages Flowery Branch gas station

No one was hurt Sunday when high winds and heavy rains brought down the awning at a Flowery Branch gas station.

November 23, 2014 | | Local


State park lodge renovations mostly complete

A multimillion-dollar project to renovate two longtime Northeast Georgia state park lodges is largely finished, with guests already taking advantage of the new rooms.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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