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Hall County school board makes plans at retreat

The Hall County Board of Education is holding its annual retreat tonight and Saturday morning to discuss a range of issues facing the school system in the upcoming year.

Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield will meet with the board to update the system's plans for programs of academic "rigor" to challenge every student; major renovation and capital projects; classroom technology possibilities; and the district's certified staff recruitment plan.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Local Obama backers head to DC

Gainesville resident Arturo Corso began sporting a Barack Obama campaign button on his lapel long before it was considered cool.

January 16, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Times multimedia project takes national honor

A multimedia presentation on www.gainesvilletimes.com about a young Latina's "los quince años" has won third place in a monthly competition conducted by the National Press Photographers Association.

Photographer Sara Guevara and reporter Ashley Fielding produced the four-minute audio slideshow about 15-year-old Emily Ibarra's "los quince años," a tradition that is a mix between a Jewish bat mitzvah, an American "Sweet 16" and a debutante ball.

January 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


State Rep. Collins reunites with his children after his four-month stint in Iraq

State Rep. Doug Collins' children were checked out of school by a surprise visitor Thursday: their dad.

January 16, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Water planning district updating plans for Lanier withdrawals

ATLANTA - The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is completing an update of its 2003 water and wastewater plan. It includes conservation goals, six new water-supply reservoirs and increased withdrawals from Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River through 2035.

January 15, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


New state Web site links Georgians to health information

Every day, millions of Americans search for health information on Internet sites such as WebMD. But until now, there hasn't been a site that's specific to Georgia.

January 15, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


When it rains, Green Street floods, and there's no easy fix

Even the smallest rains can turn to ark-worthy weather for motorists on Green Street.

January 15, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


These days, many say car repairs can wait

With the "Big Three" U.S. automakers on the verge of bankruptcy or worse, it's clear that fewer customers are buying new cars these days.

January 15, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Bundle up: Arctic blast is rolling in

The Arctic express arrives in North Georgia today, blowing in a January chill that can include frostbite and frozen pipes if you're not careful.

January 15, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


After proper training, this Oakwood police dog will hunt

As a police dog, Bandit's bark won't stop anyone in their tracks just yet.

January 15, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall County government offices to close Monday and Tuesday

Hall County administrative offices will be closed both Monday and Tuesday.

Offices are closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. They will be closed again Tuesday as one of the designated furlough days each month in order to manage the county's budget shortfalls. Public safety, landfill and some public works personnel will be on duty as usual.

January 15, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch takes first step to easing sewer reservation policy

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council gave its first OK Wednesday to changing its sewer reservation policy.

January 15, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Health system seeks appeal of ruling on South Hall hospital

Northeast Georgia Medical Center has asked the Georgia Court of Appeals to hear an appeal of a Barrow County judge's denial of the certificate of need to construct a new hospital in South Hall County.

January 15, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville school leaders lay out budget plans, challenges

Leaders of the Gainesville school system held a "State of the System" address Wednesday that gave parents and teachers an inside look at how education is funded in Georgia.

January 14, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Police say Buford woman stole $136,878 from SunTrust Bank

A Buford woman is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from a Gainesville bank without ever using a mask, note or gun.

January 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Family escapes fire but home severely damaged

A man, his wife and their small son escaped an overnight fire in South Hall County, but their home sustained major damage, according to Hall County Fire Services.

May 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County Fire christens new boat

It didn't take too long for the Hall County's Marine Rescue 1 to speed off into action Wednesday.

May 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




YMCA-school partnership provides swim lessons for Hall County youth

In Hall County and all along Lake Lanier, it's important to know how to swim.

May 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Medical cannabis commission, patient registry taking shape

The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis is taking shape with Gov. Nathan Deal's appointment this week of Gainesville resident and pharmacist Sara "Mandy" Wilson Reece, and the state's patient registry will soon come online.

May 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Parking, traffic plans made for Gainesville High graduation

Gainesville High School will hold graduation commencement exercises for the class of 2015 Friday at 7 p.m. at City Park Stadium.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


ADA Tour comes to Brenau Downtown Center on Friday

The Americans with Disabilities Act Legacy Tour will make its second visit to Gainesville from noon to 3 p.m. Friday with exhibits on display at Brenau University's Downtown Center at 301 Main St. SW.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local




FBI nabs gang murders suspect in South Hall

A suspected MS-13 gang member was arrested Tuesday in Flowery Branch in connection with the 2011 execution-style deaths of two brothers in New York.

May 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Historic building renovations progressing at Gym of '36

No matter how much his business grows, regardless of how rapidly his mortgage banking company expands, Wes Hunt's past and present will always be inextricably linked.

May 20, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Georgia science, social studies standards up for revision

To be literate in science and social studies, students need the most accurate, updated education possible.

May 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County welcomes businesses to discuss bid process

It's been a struggle for Hall County to drum up competition for its goods, services and capital improvement needs over the last year, and the result could be costly for taxpayers.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


North Georgia Community Foundation Hosts Philanthropy at its Best on June 2

North Georgia Community Foundation is hosting Philanthropy at its Best, an opportunity to learn how the foundation can be a charitable giving resource for professional advisors and their clients.

May 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Local business owner announces candidacy for Gainesville City Council

Gainesville resident Zack Thompson announced Wednesday that he will run against incumbent Bob Hamrick for the Ward 2 seat on the Gainesville City Council this fall.

May 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge & Bar: Accused in taxi cab slaying file for judge recusal, separate trials

Five people indicted in the death of a Taxi El Palmar driver filed motions recently related to a new judge presiding over the case and to have separate trials.

May 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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