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Hall County names interim administrator

Hall County Director of Human Resources Charley Nix will stand in as the interim county administrator after current Administrator Jim Shuler retires June 30, the county commission announced Thursday.

Nix will temporarily hold the position while a national search for a new administrator is conducted and will continue to act as the director of human resources during this time.

June 03, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Library to open new chapter in Spout Springs

Kicking off at 10 a.m. Saturday, the new Spout Springs Library will celebrate its grand opening with a host of festivities.

"This is something that has been long anticipated and waited for by the (residents) of South Hall," said Adrian Mixson, Hall County Library System director. "It's going to be greatly appreciated by the community."

June 03, 2008 | | Local


Bank’s ‘credits’ offset environmental damage

There's at least one bank in Hall County that doesn't have to worry about the foreclosure crisis.

The Chicopee Woods mitigation bank doesn't loan out money. Instead, it gives customers the right to destroy the environment.

June 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board discusses meeting logistics

The Gainesville City Board of Education explored some internal issues Wednesday morning, including whether an attorney should sit in on board meetings and when to hold closed-door sessions.

The board held the retreat at city school board offices to review procedures, particularly as two of the members - Sammy Smith and Maria Calkins - are beginning their first four-year terms on the board.

June 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids gives out annual awards

Safe Kids of Gainesville and Hall County recognized many in the community at its annual awards banquet Thursday at Lakewood Baptist Church.

"The purpose of Safe Kids is to prevent accidental injuries to children under the age of 14," said Safe Kids Coordinator Kimberly Martin.

June 02, 2008 | | Local


Safety advocates urge caution for children on ATVs

The death of a 7-year-old Braselton boy in an ATV accident Monday has renewed concerns about the safety of children riding all-terrain vehicles.

June 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Clear weather in doubt for weekend

Though it's been a stormy spring, there was not a cloud in sight at Wednesday's Blue Sky Concert.

People of all ages came out to enjoy the nice day and listen to music while many hoped the temperate weather would stick around for the variety of Memorial Day weekend events. But it looks like they may not get their wish.

June 02, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Officials: Man dies from gunshot

A 21-year-old man is dead after authorities say he shot himself in the head following a confrontation Tuesday morning with his ex-girlfriend near a bus stop in southern Forsyth County.

June 02, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Celebrating America: Jones students hold Patriotic Parade

A group of youngsters from Jones Elementary School spent part of Wednesday waving American flags and singing songs of patriotism in the school's second annual Patriotic Parade.

June 02, 2008 | | Local


Speed limits for ads on highway?

Safety was the main topic raised in a Flowery Branch City Council meeting where an electronic sign ordinance was discussed.

The council voted Wednesday to extend the 60-day sign moratorium for two more weeks until the City Council's next meeting on June 4 to allow for more discussion on the sign ordinance.

June 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Wreck injures 1, stalls traffic on Thompson Bridge Road

A wreck involving a motorcycle and a sport utility vehicle backed up lunchtime traffic on Thompson Bridge Road on Thursday and sent one motorcyclist to the hospital.

The driver of the SUV, Donna Johnson, a 60-year-old Gainesville resident, was charged with failure to yield while turning left after she collided with a blue motorcycle that was headed south on Ga. 60 as she was attempting to turn left onto Linwood Drive, said Georgia State Patrol Operator Brandon Marcus.

June 02, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


State throws out social studies portion of CRCT

The Georgia Department of Education is throwing out results of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests' social studies portion taken by sixth- and seventh-graders in April.

June 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hospital tightens emergency room payment policy

Northeast Georgia Medical Center has adopted a new payment policy that requires nonemergency patients to pay a greater portion of their bill in advance.

As of June 1, all patients who visit the emergency room will be evaluated to determine whether they have a truly emergency condition. If the patient has a minor condition that doesn't require emergency treatment, they can either go to a primary care facility or stay in the ER and get treated, but pay up front.

June 02, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Residency rules for sex offenders will be back in July

Local authorities expect few changes when a revised law restricting where registered sex offenders may live goes into effect July 1, while one legal advocacy group says the revisions to the law didn't go far enough.

June 02, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Stolen school supplies, including computers, recovered

The Flowery Branch Police Department has recovered nearly $100,000 worth of school supplies stolen from C.W. Davis Middle School and other area schools.

Robert Franz Joseph II of Dacula has been arrested in Manchester, N.H., and charged with 17 counts of burglary, police Chief Gerald Lannick said.

June 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Program teaches officers how to handle aggressive dogs

Flipping through a series of dog pictures, David Jones asks the room of officers attending an Aug. 10 training program what the dog is telling them.

August 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Sinkholes have Georgia’s attention

Georgia sinkholes may not spread to house-swallowing size - like ones that have opened up in Florida in recent years - but the Georgia Department of Transportation doesn't just dismiss them as random acts of nature.

August 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


University starts classes with new offerings at Gainesville campus

The University of North Georgia is offering new bachelor's degree programs for the new school year at its Gainesville campus.

August 17, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Driver services office has new manager

A new manager is at the helm of the Department of Driver Services in Gainesville.

August 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Families learn about the history of Georgia railroads

August 17, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Class Notes: Hall County seeks veterans for honorary diplomas

The Hall County School District is seeking to issue honorary high school diplomas to veterans of foreign wars who weren't able to complete high school because of their military service.

August 17, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Helen shooting victim identified as Houston woman

A Texas woman killed in downtown Helen late Saturday has been identified.

August 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville to conduct pay study

Gainesville officials are embarking on a pay study to determine if workers' wages and benefits are competitive with similar-sized governments and private sector job equivalents.

August 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia Mountain Food Bank looks for help from other sources

August 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Christian-themed concert raises funds to help homeless families

Community members enjoyed sunny skies and live music Saturday, all with the intent to end homelessness in the county.

August 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville couple endures highs and lows of adoption

The door stood shut, harsh and uninviting.

August 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Church sponsors day of projects across Gainesville

At the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, volunteers gathered to tie the knot.

August 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


GOP opens campaign center in Flowery Branch

It may still be August, but area Republicans are thinking ahead to the November election.

August 16, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Suspect charged in shooting of 2 women Friday

Gainesville police have charged a Gainesville man in the Friday shooting of two women at Atlanta Street Apartments.

August 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Suspect charged after 2 women shot, wounded

Gainesville police have charged a Gainesville man in the shooting of two women Friday.

August 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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