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Residents blast tax increase plan

Gainesville school officials said Wednesday that they don't know how the system piled up a mountain of debt, claiming a former financial chief told them the district had a surplus before she left.

June 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Woman drowns in North Hall pool

Alcohol may have played a role in the accidental drowning of a 34-year-old Gainesville woman in a residential pool Wednesday in North Hall, authorities said.

Residents at a home in the 5900 block of Whitmire Road called 911 at 1:14 p.m. Wednesday to report the drowning, Hall County sheriff's Sgt. Kiley Sargent said.

June 09, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Low-cost pneumonia vaccine available

The 13 county health departments in Northeast Georgia's District 2 Public Health region are offering discount pneumococcal vaccine to patients who are at risk for pneumonia.

June 09, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Risk is small when teens give blood

Teenagers who donate blood are more likely than adults to suffer reactions such as dizziness and fainting. But medical experts say the risk is so small that it should not deter young people from giving blood.

Two years ago, the American Red Cross examined the records of nearly 2 million blood donors, including 145,000 who were 16 or 17 years old and 113,000 who were 18 or 19.

June 09, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Our Neighbor: Plans for a bookstore still on the shelf

Mike Reno knows how to sell Stephen King novels.

If Gainesville's sewer plans had not run right through Our Neighbor Inc.'s desire to refashion a 1930s-era house into a bookstore and coffee shop, Reno would be doing that today.

June 09, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville maintains good fire protection rating

If you live in Gainesville and your house is on fire, you should expect good service.

A measure of fire protection that influences home insurance premiums for Gainesville residents has stayed among the best in the state, city officials learned this week.

June 08, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Oakwood ushers in an age of expansion

Oakwood residents have been scrambling around orange construction barrels for months, but officials said roads and sewer lines being built now pave the way for the city's bright future.

June 08, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


A life’s work in Dawson Forest

William Thacker spent more than half of his life taming some of the wildest land in Georgia.

June 07, 2008 | By Ben Holcombe For The Times | Local


Candidates play politics for seat on transportation board

For those who don't follow politics, this is the ultimate game of inside baseball.

The members of the State Transportation Board are the only state regulatory panel elected solely by members of the General Assembly. Average voters couldn't name their district board member, but the phones of 24 members of the House and Senate have been busy this week with candidates for the vacant transportation board seat in the 9th District.

June 07, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Holiday was perfect for grilling outside, having fun in Lake Lanier

As much as Memorial Day was for honoring fallen soldiers, to many, Monday was the unofficial beginning of summer holidays and a day to honor not having to rise early for work or school.

June 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


$4-per-gallon gasoline hasn’t killed our thirst

Just a few weeks ago, industry analysts were speculating that the price of gasoline might surpass $4 a gallon by the end of summer.

How quickly things change. In some parts of North Georgia, gas is already exceeding the $4 mark. Now, people are discussing something previously unimaginable: How soon will gas hit $5?

June 07, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Most Hall schools outperform state on grad tests

Six of Hall County's eight high schools outperformed the state in all portions of this spring's Georgia High School Graduation Tests, according to results released Friday.

East Hall, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Johnson, North Hall and West Hall posted higher averages than the state in the English/language arts, math, science and social studies portions of the tests, which students must pass to earn a diploma.

June 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Blood donors give regardless of reward

Gainesville residents were given an extra reason to donate blood during the Memorial Day weekend.

June 07, 2008 | Jennifer Messer | Local


Troopers see less Memorial Day traffic

Holiday weekends usually mean congestion for the state's roads and lakes, but this Memorial Day weekend was less troublesome than years past.

June 07, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville schools consider raising taxes

The Gainesville City Board of Education is looking at a possible 15 percent hike in the tax rate as part of its proposed budget for fiscal year 2008-2009.

Residents will have a chance to weigh in with their opinions at hearings set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy, 170 Barn St., and at 6 p.m. Thursday at Gainesville High School, 830 Century Place.

June 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | 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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