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Schools offer prepackaged supplies

Some local schools are making the transition from summer to fall a little easier for families by giving them the option of ordering school supplies so they are ready for kids when they start school this week.

August 08, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Approval of Gainesville schools budget is urgent, Dyer says

Interim Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said Monday night that she believes that passing the Gainesville city school system's 2008-09 budget in August is "of utmost importance."

August 08, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Little alligator loose in Lake Lanier

A small alligator recently spotted in Lake Lanier has been causing such a stir, you'd think someone had seen the Loch Ness monster.

August 08, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Veteran journalist takes over as Hall County's new public information officer

Hall County's new public information officer Nikki Young worked her first day Monday, but she is no newcomer to Hall County government.

August 08, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Diesel costs may curb long field trips for Hall County schools

High diesel prices might place future out-of-state field trips out of reach for students in Hall County schools.

August 08, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Melia's first-ever day of school

Melia Glover, 5, will attend the new Chestnut Mountain Elementary School starting Thursday.

August 08, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Resident angry at insurer’s mistake

Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said Monday he is "very concerned" about a mistake that caused the personal information of thousands of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia members to be mailed to the wrong people.

August 08, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


No chance of rain in sight until Thursday

Despite the 2 inches of rain that fell during the past week in Gainesville, the level of Lake Lanier didn't budge much, and the prospects for rain don't look so good this week.

August 07, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Motorists delight at end of Dawsonville Highway roadwork

Randall Popham loves the visibility for his church but especially is grateful that the newly widened Dawsonville Highway has made traveling much easier for congregation members.

August 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Teen is killed in Banks County wreck

An Alto teenager was killed and two of his friends were injured in a wreck Saturday night on U.S. 441 in Banks County.

August 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Choosing Hall: One couple's leap of faith worked out

Melissa Griffin had a steady clientele at her beauty shop in the Southeast Georgia town of Alma.

August 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Happy hour or not? Gainesville City Council decides on Tuesday

The Gainesville City Council will meet tomorrow and discuss a number of city issues, from whether to allow restaurant owners to have "happy hour" specials to the official name of the road leading to the Frances Meadows Aquatics Center.

August 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


National Night Out links communities with crime fighters, safety advocates

Have a concern about identity theft or crime in your neighborhood?

August 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall, Gainesville school boards will meet tonight

The Gainesville and Hall County school boards have regularly scheduled work sessions planned for 5 tonight.

August 07, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Industrial park land may be back on market

The Gainesville City Council soon will decide whether it should rescind a months-old majority vote to sell 28 acres of industrial park property to a mulching operation.

Three City Council members voted to sell 28.18 acres of Industrial Park West property to Cowart Mulch Products in April. At Tuesday's meeting, the entire City Council will consider reversing that decision and transferring control of the property to the Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Authority.

August 06, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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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


Ga. Senate debate: Nunn, Perdue spar over gridlock

October 27, 2014 | By BILL BARROW Associated Press | Local


Dogs dress up for charity

The 2014 Howl-O-Ween pet costume contest and parade Sunday brought furry friends and their owners to Laurel Park in Gainesville for the event sponsored by Hall County Parks & Leisure and the Hall County Animal Shelter. Contest categories included scariest, funniest, cutest, best owner/pet look-alike and best overall. After the contest, the pets were paraded around the park. Participants were asked to donate pet-friendly items such as newspapers or paper towels for the Hall County Animal Shelter.

October 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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