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Two Hall County schools earn state honors

Two Hall County schools are among more than 275 Georgia public schools recognized Wednesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue and state Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox for improvement and achievement during the 2007-2008 school year.

November 23, 2008 | From staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Lean Cuisine frozen chicken meals recalled

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is alerting consumers to the recall of some Lean Cuisine frozen chicken meals manufactured by Nestlé Prepared Foods Co. of Springville, Utah.

November 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Transfer will cover Flowery Branch's budget shortfall

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday to transfer $71,697 from this year's budget to cover a shortfall in the 2007-08 budget.

November 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hagen Creek community may get new neighbors

North Hall could see another mega development built alongside the future Hagen Creek, the planned community approved by Hall County in January.

The development, called Cane Creek, would be a commercial and residential development sitting next to Hagen Creek near Lula.

November 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Organization plans fundraising gala to offset state budget cuts

Rebecca Davis hopes a certain puppy will bring in some much needed funding and attention for abused children at the Hope & Healing Harvest Fest Saturday.

The gala, which will feature a silent auction, food and live music, aims to raise money for the Children's Center for Hope and Healing. The center, formerly called the Family Relations Program, provides counseling to children who are the victims of sexual abuse.

November 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mayor mistaken on claims about emergency response during August tornadoes

During at least two meetings in the last week, Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras incorrectly told audiences that county "islands" within the city limits caused a problem with emergency responses to the Office Depot shopping center when a tornado hit it in late August.

Figueras twice told audiences that the city's emergency responders were the first to arrive on the scene when a tornado hit the Office Depot shopping center - a county island - on Aug. 26, and then had to wait for permission from the county to begin relief efforts.

November 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Retired teachers praise decision

ATLANTA - More than 300,000 active and retired educators across the state heaved a collective sigh of relief Wednesday after the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia board of trustees voted to keep retired educators' guaranteed semi-annual cost-of-living adjustments intact.

November 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Group announces dates for heating program

The Georgia Department of Human Resources will help pay heating costs for natural gas, electricity, heating oil or liquid propane. One-time payments will be made by checks issued to the home energy suppliers on behalf of eligible households.

November 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Traffic signal project may ease driving woes

Navigating Jesse Jewell Parkway or Browns Bridge Road can test the patience of any motorist, especially during rush hour and other busy times of the day.

November 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Judge nixes new trial for ex-fiance

A judge refused to grant a new trial Wednesday in the much-publicized case of the jilted bride.

November 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Marijuana grower faces life sentence

A Blairsville man faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole for growing marijuana on National Forest land.

Andrew N. Cox, 45, was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court in Gainesville this week on charges of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and attempting to manufacture marijuana, officials said.

November 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deal: GOP in opposition mode

The 110th Congress appears headed toward a partisan close, with Senate Democrats backing legislation that would direct some of the money in the $700 billion Wall Street bailout to the auto industry, and the White House and Republicans saying help for automakers should not come from the rescue plan.

November 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cleveland volunteers renovate building for free clinic

For months, a storefront on Cleveland's downtown square has had its doors painted with the message, "Coming soon: White County free clinic."

November 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Pioneering Camp Fire Girls leader Martha Hope dies

Martha Hope, who devoted much of her life to programs for girls of Northeast Georgia, has died following a period of declining health.

November 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


First woman to serve on Jefferson City Council dies

JEFFERSON - The first woman to serve on the Jefferson City Council passed away Monday.

November 22, 2008 | | Local


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Forecast calls for wintry mix tonight

A winter weather advisory for much of North Georgia calls for a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain overnight, though less than an inch of snow in the Gainesville area.

February 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


SPLOST money would help N. Hall cities mainly with parks and infrastructure

The money isn't huge, especially spread over five years, and would be used mainly for routine projects, but it's vital nonetheless, said government officials in the cities of North Hall County.

February 23, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: State board says yes to traditional math options

Georgia public schools can now teach the math most people know best.

February 23, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Marco’s Pizza opening on Thompson Bridge Road this week

The fastest-growing pizza company in the U.S. will soon be open in Gainesville.

February 22, 2015 | Caroline Watts The Times | Local


Habersham sheriff, deputy wounded in shooting

Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell and a deputy were shot and wounded Sunday in Clarkesville, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

February 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville woman delivers baby during ice storm

Alexa entered the world last week while most of Hall County was in the dark.

February 22, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County, Gainesville City schools to discuss making up snow days

Last week's winter storms meant happy students and possibly less happy parents.

February 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Board of Commissioners to discuss lingering issues today

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will address several lingering issues when it meets for a work session today.

February 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


3 people escape East Hall fire unharmed

Three people escaped uninjured from an early Sunday house fire in East Hall.

February 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Area high schools excel in AP courses

Some of the most advanced students in the state are from Hall County and Gainesville schools.

February 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Lessons learned directed response to ice storm

With only a dusting of snow and warming temperatures, Hall County dodged another round of treacherous winter weather Friday night and Saturday morning, days after a major ice storm toppled trees, ripped down street lights and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes.

February 22, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Power failure led to medical issues for some

When the power goes out, the time on the air supply ticks down for those dependent on in-home oxygen.

February 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Cleaning chimneys can reduce fire risk

As cold weather continues to grip North Georgia, homeowners forced inside may begin to notice more how their homes could use a good sweep or vacuuming.

February 21, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Local


Local Disabled American Veterans’ chapter gives back

Electric wheelchairs are scattered through an area of the Gainesville warehouse, some intact and some clearly needing parts.

February 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


No more ice, just rain in forecast for weekend

North Georgia was braced for a second winter storm Friday night, but forecasts of ice accumulation didn't materialize in most areas.

February 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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