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Nepotism law could derail school board campaign

The re-election campaign of Gainesville school board member Kelvin Simmons may come to a grinding halt as a result of a change in state law regarding nepotism and school board members' eligibility for election.

August 04, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Families get an up-close look at rescue, safety personnel

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, about 100 people paused to watch the Life Net helicopter descend to the ground.

August 04, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Rep. Mills opposes Gainesville’s water fee increase

The Gainesville City Council unanimously adopted a higher set of water fees Tuesday, but not without opposition from a state legislator.

August 04, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


DOT work may snarl back-to-school traffic

School traffic in both Hall and Jackson counties may be affected by two separate Georgia Department of Transportation projects.

August 04, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Honda dealership manager will run for state Senate seat

Longtime Gainesville businessman and Milton Martin Honda general manager Butch Miller wants to take his business know-how to the Georgia Senate.

August 04, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Computer glitch sidelines Dial-A-Ride schedule

Hall Area Transit is asking all Dial-A-Ride customers for Wednesday to call them to re-confirm appointments.

August 04, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Lifetime lessons for first day of school at Jefferson Elementary

JEFFERSON - It was five years in the making, but the first day of school finally arrived Monday for Jefferson students.

August 03, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Probe into weekend break-ins continues

Hall County Sheriff's officials say no arrests have been made related to a number of break-ins that occurred at Lake Lanier Islands Beach & Water Park on Saturday.

August 03, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


3 hurt in Thompson Bridge Road crash

Three people were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center after two vehicles collided on Thompson Bridge Road on Monday morning, according to David Kimbrell, chief of Hall County Fire Services.

August 03, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Until flu shots come in, keep washing your hands

Although a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel has recommended that school-age children get vaccinated for swine flu, manufacturers may not have the vaccine ready until October.

August 03, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


State audit confirms Gainesville schools' budget woes

State auditors presented Gainesville's school board with the results of the school system's fiscal year 2008 audit in a meeting Monday night, and ticked off the many problems that once existed in the system's finances.

August 03, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Road to ‘nowhere’ now leads to Friendship

The four-lane stretch next to the Kroger-anchored shopping center off Spout Springs Road in South Hall is now a road to somewhere.

August 03, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


New light eases traffic — and parents

A traffic light wasn't a given thing, even though it sat above a busy four-lane road at the entrance to a community center and future middle school.

August 03, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Library expands job-hunt toolbox

Hall County libraries now offer new tools for the job hunt - and they can be accessed anywhere.

August 03, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Schools focus on furlough days

Following the state's decision last month to cut another 3 percent from K-12 school districts and cut funding for three days for all school employees, Hall County and Gainesville school systems are pinpointing which days will be axed from employees' work schedules.

August 03, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Class Notes: University of North Georgia supporting meal program in July

Free meals will be provided through the remainder of the summer across North Georgia thanks to help from the University of North Georgia.

June 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


New hotel fee brings big hurt to low- and fixed-income guests

The tired eyes of Justin Biggerstaff grew more weary when he learned that he'll soon be paying an extra $5 per night for his family, which includes three young kids, to stay at the Gainesville Inn and Suites on Jesse Jewell Parkway over the next month or so while he seeks permanent housing.

June 28, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Veterans enjoy Lake Lanier getaway

Soon it would be time for the veterans to climb on planes and return home to their everyday lives.

June 28, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lakeview's Kennedy signs 5-year contract, plans for future

After five years as Lakeview Academy's head of school, John Kennedy is planning at least five more.

June 28, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Part of Hospitality Highway to be renamed in honor of tourism pioneer

The portion of Hospitality Highway that runs through Dawson and Lumpkin counties will soon be named in honor of the man first responsible for branding the state a tourism destination.

June 28, 2015 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff reports | Local


Swim lessons part of Discovery Day Camps

The pungent, yet pleasant, summery smell of chlorine filled the nostrils of roughly 75 children as they swam through the waters of Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, but they didn't seem to mind.

June 28, 2015 | By Hailey Van Parys intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Gillsville Highway at Athens Highway re-opens after fire

Gillsville Highway was closed at Athens Highway for part of Sunday night while authorities worked to contain a fire. No one was transported to the hospital with injuries, according to authorities.

June 28, 2015 | | Local


Hall firefighters battle early Sunday blaze

No one was injured as Hall County firefighters battled a blaze Sunday morning at an empty 8,000-square-foot commercial building.

June 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Departing Gainesville city manager leaves big shoes to fill

When Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation in May, he expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity to serve the city in many roles over the last 13 years.

June 27, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Window maker borrows European model, finds market in Ga.

Bernie Wolf sells the kind of windows built to frame beauty, be it the glistening waters of Lake Lanier or the rugged magnificence of the North Georgia mountains.

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Hall faces adoption gap: More kids than parents available

In Hall County, 15 of 63 children free for adoption need a permanent family, a problem the Division of Family and Children Services hopes to solve through a summer marketing campaign.

June 27, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New state tax structure for transportation takes effect Wednesday

June 27, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tadmore turns language barrier into strength

The ability to speak more than one language is a boon when searching for a job, yet many of Hall County's bilingual children have trouble overcoming the disadvantages of poverty and delayed English skills.

June 27, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Visitors get to 'taste a real tomato’ on farm tour

"Take your pick," Joni Kennedy told a handful of people standing on her porch as they perused refreshments. "Everything we grow fresh here, except the hot dogs."

June 27, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Budget breakdown: Details of Hall County's new funding in spending plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $93.6 million general fund budget for the 2016 fiscal year with no tax increase on Thursday night.

June 26, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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