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School book fairs retain popularity

JEFFERSON - Many adults can remember the excitement they felt when it was book fair time at school.

March 29, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


School boards may alter graduation units

In an effort to put more students on the fast track to high school graduation, the Gainesville and Hall County school boards have toyed with the idea of reducing the number of courses required for graduation.

March 28, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Some 600 runners hit the road to honor heroes

HOSCHTON - Runners braved wet and windy weather Saturday morning for the inaugural Fallen Heroes of Georgia race, held at the Reunion Golf Community subdivision.

March 28, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times Regional Staff | Local


Jefferson summer school a victim of budget cuts

Parent of elementary or middle school students may want to make sure their kids are minding their P's and Q's in class because this year they won't have the opportunity to take make-up classes in summer school.

March 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville may raise water fees

Gainesville Public Utilities Department is considering new service charges and raising existing ones following an analysis of the department's cost of service and months of declining revenue.

March 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Families struggle to pay for school lunches

The struggles many families are having during this troubled economy have trickled down to the contents of little Suzie and Bobby's lunchboxes.

March 28, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Sheriff should have new HQ, precinct by 2012

Hall County Sheriff's officials will get a new $10 million headquarters paid for with local sales tax money in the next few years, but it's the addition of a much smaller south end precinct that will go further toward Sheriff Steve Cronic's goal of decentralizing his department's operations.

March 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Ethics board rejects complaint over Cagle’s old corporation

The State Ethics Commission has rejected a complaint filed against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

March 28, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Expect more rain, possible storms today

Thursday and Friday, Northeast Georgia saw plenty of rain.

March 28, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville, Hall at odds over jail contract

The Gainesville City Council is refuting comments made by Hall County Commission Chairman Tom Oliver to The Times regarding an agreement for the city to purchase the old county jail on Main Street.

March 28, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


36 may not be offered contracts with Gainesville schools

Gainesville schools may not offer contracts to 24 part-time employees and 12 noncertified teachers for the 2009-10 school year.

March 28, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County school system may cut salaries

Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield informed system employees Friday they should brace for an estimated 2 percent to 3 percent salary cut next year because of state revenue shortfalls.

March 28, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville schools opt out of TAD deal with city

Despite Gainesville officials' prodding, the city school board signed a resolution Friday stating it will not be able to contribute taxpayer funds to a proposed tax allocation district due to the economic recession and dwindling state education funds.

March 28, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Covington and Winder bid farewell to their troops

Rainy weather couldn't dampen the spirits of family members, friends and well-wishers who turned out Friday to say goodbye to members of the Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade.

March 28, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


WWII vet Autry honored for work in poultry industry

In his years as a USDA poultry inspector, Asa Autry was a circuit rider.

March 27, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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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


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


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