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Jefferson schools bask in persistent progress

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson City school system belongs to an elite club in Georgia.

August 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


A middle school for the artist

An educational dream pitched by three Hall County teachers takes flight Monday when 120 students and six teachers come together for the first day of school at the da Vinci Academy.

August 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


DNA fingerprints solving more crime puzzles

Missy Dimo figured it would only be a matter of time before someone was caught in the theft of more than half a million dollars worth of jewelry from her Gainesville store.

August 08, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Surcharge may be added to Hoschton traffic tickets

HOSCHTON - The cost of committing a traffic-related offense in Hoschton could soon get a little more expensive.

August 08, 2009 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Local


Smokey Bear turns 65 Sunday, but his message is timeless

Smokey Bear turns 65 on Sunday, but don't look for him to retire just yet. He plans to share messages on forest fire prevention for years to come.

August 08, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Little House fills big need

Children in Hall and Dawson counties in need of a home now have one.

August 08, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Water main work to close lane

Water main repairs will lead the city of Gainesville to close the right lane of Washington Street on the downtown square from 7 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday. The lane will be closed from E.E. Butler Parkway to Bradford Street.

August 08, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


1 arrested, another sought in truck thefts

Gainesville police have arrested one person and have warrants for another in the theft of equipment from a truck parked behind City Plumbing on E.E. Butler Parkway.

August 08, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Sugar Hill state Rep. Reese enters US House race

State Rep. Bobby Reese on Friday became the seventh Republican to enter the race for Georgia's 9th District congressional seat.

August 07, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville school numbers may be growing

Gainesville school system officials are bracing for what they believe may be growing enrollment in the city's elementary schools.

August 07, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Sniffing out trouble: Trained police dogs take a bite out of drug crime in high schools

Luke the police dog is ready for another year of walking the halls of North Hall High School.

August 07, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Struggling Banks-Jackson-Commerce Medical Center may get financial help

JEFFERSON - The Banks-Jackson-Commerce Medical Center has struggled in recent years with short- and long-term debts. But the facility may be bought by another health care provider, and also will get some help from Jackson County in dealing with its finances.

August 07, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Funding stays steady for Head Start programs

At a time when most federal programs are seeing a reduction in funding, the Georgia Head Start program's budget has largely been unaffected.

August 07, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Judge rules against ex-trooper in State Patrol suit

The chances that one of Georgia's first female state troopers will prevail in an age and gender discrimination lawsuit appear bleak after a ruling from a federal magistrate.

August 07, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


11 cars hit in Hilton Drive break-ins

Gainesville police are investigating a series of car break-ins in the Hilton Drive area, officials said Friday.

August 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


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Oakwood city manager at top of field

Colleagues, friends and family members of Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown gathered on May 11 to recognize him for being named as one of 2015's top 10 public works leaders by the American Public Works Association.

May 18, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Lula council denies rezoning request for baseball center

Lula City Council unanimously voted down a proposed rezoning Monday night that would have allowed for a baseball training center in an otherwise agriculturally zoned area.

May 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Driver in fiery Capitol crash identified

The driver who eluded Georgia Capitol Police in Atlanta on May 1 after allegedly stealing a pickup truck in Gainesville has been identified.

May 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Judge accepts settlement in sheriff’s office release lawsuit

Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin on Monday accepted the agreement reached by Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch and a Forsyth man seeking release from the Hall County Jail.

May 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County school board approves redistricting plan

Nearly 200 children in Hall County Schools will be redistricted away from Spout Springs Elementary School beginning this fall.

May 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


County library director retiring, search committee seeking replacement

Hall County Library System Director Adrian Mixson is retiring at the end of May, and a search committee is currently accepting applications to fill his role and hopes to make a recommendation to the library Board of Trustees by mid-June.

May 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library system seeks additional $200K from county as state continues to slash budget

In some ways, the Hall County Library System is a microcosm of how budget cuts impacted public services during the economic recession.

May 18, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigating S. Hall child's death

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating a child fatality in South Hall.

May 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Marine with Dawsonville ties killed delivering military aid

A candlelight vigil and prayer service was held Sunday at Juno Baptist Church in memory of U.S. Marine Sgt. Mark Johnson, one of eight soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed on a relief mission in Nepal.

May 18, 2015 | By Michele Hester mhester@dawsonnews.com | Local


Northeast Hall home destroyed in fire

A home in northeast Hall County was destroyed by fire overnight.

May 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Class Notes: Scholarship fund could get boost from anonymous donor

With the help of the community, the Myrtle Figueras Scholarship Fund, benefiting graduating seniors from Gainesville High School, may get a major boost this year.

May 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lula proposing 2015-16 budget with no property taxes

Lula is preparing for another budget year without a property tax.

May 17, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Working-class families benefit from face-lift on Gainesville apartments

Three apartment complexes off Park Hill Drive in Gainesville that primarily house working-class minorities and immigrants are getting a major face-lift and new security thanks to a more than $2 million investment from Greenleaf Management.

May 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Officials warn parents about dangers of hot cars

With temperatures on the rise, child safety advocates are hoping to give tips to parents about the precious cargo in their backseats.

May 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Clermont educator, dairy owner appointed to childhood obesity council

Clermont's Jennifer Glover is already a busy woman, between owning and operating Glo Crest Dairy and Mountain Fresh Creamery with her husband, Scott, and working as assistant principal of White County Intermediate School.

May 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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