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Gainesville city attorney says Shuler violated no city policies

Gainesville officials found no evidence that former City Manager Bryan Shuler violated city policy by the time Shuler resigned on Nov. 13, according to Sam Harben, the attorney for the city's personnel board.

December 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


2 Jackson County jailers fired after inmate hanging

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has closed its investigation into the death of a Jackson County Jail inmate, and the findings have led to two jail employees losing their jobs.

"As a result of the internal investigation, two jail employees have been terminated from employment for failing to follow proper procedures," said Major David Cochran of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

December 13, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Memorial Park’s new funeral home chapel is a showplace

It once housed a supermarket and later became a church, but there is no sign of either in the newly renovated building that is now Memorial Park Funeral Home's North Riverside Chapel.

From Italian marble flooring in the foyer to high-tech video screens in the staterooms, the funeral home is owner Jack Frost's showplace.

December 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County tax payments trickling in

By Friday afternoon, 71 percent of Hall County property taxes had been paid, and though there are still more to process, Tax Commissioner Keith Echols said he thinks there will be more late tax payments this year than in the past.

"It's a little bit worse than what I thought it was going to be," Echols said.

December 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall tax board under fire again

A watchdog citizens' group alleges the county's chief appraiser incorrectly received a homestead exemption and owes almost $900 in back property taxes.

The allegations come months after an investigation and subsequent resignation of the former chairman of the board of tax assessors.

December 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Falcons’ fans fired up for semifinal road trip

Another road trip for Flowery Branch High football fans?

Not a problem.

December 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Local


North Georgia gospel trio gets Grammy nod

A couple of hometown girls received a nod in Thursday night's Grammy nominations.

December 13, 2008 | Kristen Morales | Local


Brenau University bestows honors on 3

Two community leaders and a longtime educator were honored at a ceremonial dinner Thursday night by Brenau University.

December 13, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Florida man acquitted of child molestation

A 20-year-old Florida man who faced a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years and lifetime registry as a sex offender if convicted of child molestation was acquitted by a Hall County jury Friday.

Joshua Stewart, who was 17 when he was accused of molesting a 4-year-old girl he was baby-sitting in an Athens Highway mobile home, wept after the jury found him not guilty on two counts of aggravated child molestation, his lawyer said.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


No connection between chaplain and murder suspects, police say

CLEVELAND - A chaplain who was robbed, stabbed and run over in a Cleveland neighborhood Sunday apparently had no connection to his killers other than the gesture of kindness he extended to them, authorities confirmed Thursday.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Family of suspect charged in chaplain's murder offers condolences

Family members of a Cleveland man charged in the murder of a youth minister reached out Friday with condolences.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shelters share holiday wish lists

While most shoppers are busy compiling their lists of gifts that need to be purchased for loved ones this holiday season, many area shelters are hoping they will add a few items for those who are less fortunate.

"With the economy being so bad, we are seeing more and more women in need of our services than ever before," said Sylvia Stoltzfus, executive director of My Sisters' Place.

December 13, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lobbyist: $2.5 billion state shortfall makes money tight for cities

City officials in Northeast Georgia are going to have to be prepared for what may come out of a state legislative session in which lawmakers are walking in facing a $2.5 billion budget shortfall, a municipal lobbyist said Thursday.

December 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Got your flu shot? Less than half of health care workers do

You've probably seen the public service announcements on TV recently about "the faces of influenza." These commercials urge you to get a flu shot if you're at risk for flu, or if you're a caregiver for someone who is.

December 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Skaggs: Grant helps scientists study soybean genes

For millennia, people have grown soybeans and turned them into useful products like oil and livestock feed. But when it comes to understanding why a soybean grows, blooms or produces like it does, researchers are left with unanswered questions.

December 12, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Local


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Lula councilwoman dies following Jan. 10 wreck

Longtime Lula Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, who was injured in a Jan. 10 wreck in East Hall County, died Thursday.

January 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Savannah port officials watching transportation debate in legislature

Port of Savannah officials have their hands full with an ambitious deepening project, but they're also watching how the transportation funding debate plays out in the Georgia General Assembly.

January 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hospital celebrates its 2,000th robotic surgery procedure

Some milestones come with age - others with the advent of technology.

January 22, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Local


Badge & Bar: Hall hopes to dismiss excessive force lawsuit

Hall County's representation in a civil suit brought by a former Hall County Jail inmate hopes to dismiss the case, saying the county can't be held liable for a jailer's actions.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County reviewing Gateway Centre marketing plan

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is likely to sign off tonight on an updated marketing plan for the Gateway Industrial Centre in hopes the business park is finally ready for build-out.

January 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville wants peek under Green Street to fix traffic, drainage problems

Everybody knows what's on top of Green Street in Gainesville: cars and more cars.

January 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County, Lumpkin County narcotics squads seize $120K in marijuana, meth

Authorities said a 62-year-old man has allegedly distributed 2 pounds of illegal narcotics a week in Hall County and three neighboring counties.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


New website to help Hall parents assist kids with math homework

Hall County parents who are unsure how to help their children with math homework will soon have a tool to make it easier.

January 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Will Schofield, Dick Yarbrough named to education reform commission

Gov. Nathan Deal has named 33 state education experts, including Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield and columnist Dick Yarbrough, to the state Education Reform Commission.

January 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch woman charged with arson, insurance fraud

A Flowery Branch woman was charged Tuesday with first-degree arson and insurance fraud in connection with allegedly setting a fire at her home.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Tax criticism grows as agreement nears in Hall County

Criticisms are growing as Hall County and area city officials prepare to sign off on an agreement about what projects to fund if voters approve a special purpose local option sales tax in March.

January 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Russell McMurry named new DOT commissioner

Longtime Georgia Department of Transportation executive Russell McMurry was elected Tuesday to be its new commissioner, effective immediately.

January 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville High graduation to take place at City Park

The Gainesville City Board of Education on Tuesday night recognized students for their presentations during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

January 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Lula planning meeting hinges on councilwoman’s recovery

Lula City Council has put off a Jan. 28 planning session until Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, who was seriously injured in a Jan. 10 wreck, can participate.

January 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Roads: Roads planning group to get 2040 plan update today

The consultant helping the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Hall County area's lead transportation planning agency, is set to give an MPO committee a status report this morning on the 2040 plan update.

January 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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