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Groups offer free school supplies for area children

New pencils, notebooks and folders are the first things most kids buy with a new school year just around the corner. But for some local kids, just getting the basic school supplies will be out of reach.

August 06, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Ballowe hired for Glynn County schools improvement job

The vice chairman of the Glynn County Board of Education said Steven Ballowe was the most qualified of seven candidates who applied for the job of executive director of school improvement.

August 06, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Installation of pedestrian bridge delayed in Demorest

The planned installation of the pedestrian bridge over U.S. 441 in front of Piedmont College in Demorest has been rescheduled for Thursday.

August 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hospital rewards teens for their volunteer service

The Medical Center Auxiliary honored 100 teen volunteers at an appreciation dinner Thursday at Gainesville First United Methodist Church.

August 06, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


State budget cuts could hit Hall County hard

Georgia officials are taking an ax to state agency funding and withholding tax cuts for homeowners as predictions for the state's expected budget shortfall reached into the billions Friday.

August 06, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Cowboy shooting competition rides into Hall

Out at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, not too far from the county jail, it's like the Wild West once a month.

Stetson-wearing cowboys and cowgirls astride galloping horses take aim with their six-guns and blast away at their targets.

August 06, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Woman charged in fatal 2007 wreck

A 71-year-old Gainesville woman faces a misdemeanor vehicular homicide charge in connection with an April 2007 wreck that claimed the life of a popular Lula teen.

August 06, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville school system welcomes new teachers

The Gainesville school system is starting the school year fresh with 59 new teachers who were welcomed at a luncheon Friday at the Gainesville Civic Center.

August 05, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch won’t alter sewer fees for Waffle House

The cost of reserving sewer capacity in Flowery Branch will stay at $22 per gallon for all restaurants, including Waffle House.

August 05, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Humidity staves off lake evaporation; hot days are coming

The good news is that Northeast Georgia's drought did not worsen over the past week.

August 05, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


As time goes by, memories linger for Clermont's class of 1948

With 30 classmates, it was the largest of Clermont High School's history, and they still have the newspaper clippings to prove it.

August 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gov. Cagle? Lieutenant governor to decide on bid in next couple of months

While he hasn't announced his candidacy, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told Hall County educators on Thursday that if he was living at the governor's mansion, his children would still go to school here.

August 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Georgia tax free holiday starts today

Shopping for clothes, computers or school supplies will cost you 7 percent less for the next four days.

August 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Where is the promised downtown parking deck?

After years of talk, the meter is finally running on construction of Gainesville's planned multi-level parking deck.

August 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Murder suspect found in Louisiana waives extradition to White County

A White County man wanted in the murder of his estranged wife waived extradition Wednesday in Monroe, La., where he was arrested earlier this week while walking along the side of an interstate.

August 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


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Glades Reservoir: County holds off on seeking loans as project delays mount

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded $26 million in loans this week for three reservoir projects, but the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County was not one of them.

While county officials have requested about $14.5 million in direct investment from the state - which does not require any payback - through the Governor's Water Supply Program, they did not apply for a loan.

August 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Family honors Keaton Coker with charity

When Keaton Coker was struggling with brain cancer, his positivity was so persistent his family found it almost hard to believe.

August 28, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Bricks help build memorial

Area veterans replaced old sidewalk with new bricks Wednesday at a war memorial in Gainesville's Rock Creek Park. The bricks are inscribed with the names of people who have donated money for improvements to the park's memorials, including a planned archway. More than 200 inscribed bricks were installed.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Badge and Bar: Commissioner of DJJ appointed to state council

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has been selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to be chairman of the Georgia State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

August 27, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman arrested at rally

August 27, 2014 | Michele Hester Times Regional Staff | Local


One person qualifies for Clermont council seat

Eric Thomas is the lone candidate in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 27, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Carter picks up support from state's teachers' group

ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter picked up the endorsement of one of the largest teachers' groups in Georgia on Wednesday, a move that was largely expected but helped him underscore a central message of his campaign against Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Humanist group not satisfied with school system’s response on religious activity

A humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of leading students in prayer is not backing down after receiving a letter on behalf of the school district stating it will ensure all staff, students' and residents' rights are protected.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, responded to the letter by alleging that religious activity is continuing at the school and in fact "these practices have been ongoing, pervasive and longstanding."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County’s plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated.

August 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


District responds to letter: Prayers occurred a year ago

Hall County Schools' response to a letter from a humanist group that accused coaches at Chestatee High School of illegally leading students in prayer during football games and practices says the alleged offenses happened "almost a year ago."

August 27, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


No candidates yet in special election

Today's the last chance for candidates to emerge in Clermont Town Council's special election set for Nov. 4.

August 26, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Loan to boost Oakwood sewer plans

Braselton received a state loan Tuesday that will enable Oakwood to tap into a long-anticipated sewer project involving the two cities.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall GOP unveils new headquarters

Local officials, state representatives and conservative voters turned out Tuesday night for the grand opening of the Hall County Republican Party's headquarters in Gainesville.

August 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Renovations moving along

Work has been underway since January on the conversion of the old Sam's Club building on Mundy Mill Road at Interstate 985 in Oakwood into Northeast Georgia Health System's corporate support service center. The building is being renovated to make it more conducive to office functions. According to Hall County records, the building's size is 107,826 square feet with a 2,072-square-foot "service repair garage." The building was built in 1992. A furniture store and flea market previously occupied the old Sam's building.

August 26, 2014 | Nat Gurley | Local


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