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Roadwork on I-985 Exit 22 should clear up soon

Road construction work has made traveling around Exit 22 at Interstate 985 a little more challenging in the past couple of months, as frequent motorists to the area have discovered. But work is winding down as road crews put the finishing touches on the project.

The state has completed adding turn lanes at the entrance and exit ramps at I-985 and U.S. 129. Also, workers have finished adding turn lanes in the median that take motorists traveling northbound on U.S. 129 to the southbound and northbound entrance ramps.

June 30, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Marketing firm, farm market earn chamber business awards

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce awarded a farm market and a public relations firm with its top business awards Thursday.

June 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Want good mileage? This ride runs on mustard

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is hard to miss. When the 27-foot-long fiberglass hot dog on a giant bun zips along the highway, it elicits plenty of stares.

"It's like being in a parade all the time when you're driving down the road because you're waving all the time," Wienermobile driver, or "hotdogger," John Woodbridge said.

June 30, 2008 | | Local


Perfect attendance records rewarded

Some days it was freezing cold outside the blankets. Other days, students just might not have felt so good.

Regardless of the temptation to play hooky, about 2,000 Hall County and Gainesville city school students had perfect attendance for the 2007-08 school year, according to Will Schofield, superintendent for Hall County Schools.

June 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Suspects sought in attempted robbery of taxi driver

Gainesville police are investigating a late-night attempt to rob a local taxi driver, according to reports.

The department's investigation surrounds a report from a Uni-Taxi driver that he was struck in the head with a handgun after driving two men to the intersection of Mill Street and Patricia Drive at about 2 a.m. Thursday, according to a report from Gainesville Sgt. Johnny Ray.

June 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville sales tax collections down, city manager says

Gainesville's sales tax collections have declined significantly because of the slowing economy, City Manager Bryan Shuler told City Council members Thursday.

Shuler said income statements from the April collections of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax were lower than that month's collections have been since April 2005.

June 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Nominees for new judgeship named

The committee that will provide Gov. Sonny Perdue with a short list of candidates for Hall County's new state court judgeship received six nominations by the close of the submission deadline.

According to an e-mail release from the state Judicial Nominating Commission, the nominees are, in alphabetical order, Benjamin Bagwell, Larry Baldwin, William M. Brownwell Jr., Tom Csider, Ann Schuler and William Sykes.

June 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Job seekers trying to 'persevere'

A not-so-rosy job market didn't deter the crowd from coming to search for potential employment Wednesday at the 2008 Job Fair.

June 29, 2008 | | Local


Spike in rabies cases taxes animal control

Wednesday morning, officers with Hall County Animal Control began performing a ritual for the 26th time this year.

After a raccoon captured last Friday in the Six Gun Drive area of East Hall turned out to be carrying rabies, officers had to visit every house within a half-mile radius. They warned residents that they should get their pets vaccinated, and that they should be on the lookout for any wild animals behaving strangely.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville High principal hired by Glynn County

Gainesville High School campus principal Mike Kemp is leaving to become assistant superintendent for student achievement for the Glynn County school system.

June 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


'Extreme drought' conditions return to Northeast Georgia

Well, the reprieve didn't last long. State climatologist David Stooksbury said Wednesday that most of Northeast Georgia, including Gainesville, is back in an extreme drought.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


CRCT results show Hall probably will meet requirements

It looks like Hall County schools will meet the standards of "adequate yearly progress" for the first time since the federal No Child Left Behind Act began, educators said.

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests scores released this week suggest the Hall County school system, which has been a "needs-improvement" school system for the past several years, will make AYP when the state Department of Education makes its first AYP determinations of the year in mid-July.

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


City schools' staff to talk about additional budget cuts

The superintendent of Gainesville city schools will meet with the school system's administrative staff today to identify more cuts for the 2009 fiscal year budget.

Superintendent Steven Ballowe said he will sit down with the staff to determine which of the staff's recommended cuts will be most effective in trimming the tentative $61.6 million budget. Ballowe also said the staff is working on a budget that will create a greater surplus of funds at the end of the 2009 fiscal year, which starts Tuesday and ends June 30, 2009, to pay off more of the school system ...

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Developer, Hall County, experts might bring plant preserve to life

Walking through the woods, Margaret Rasmussen not only takes the time to smell the flowers but to identify them.

June 29, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Water rules loosen for Jackson County, not Barrow

ATHENS - Get your garden hoses and personal irrigation systems ready - Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority customers can now irrigate their lawns once a week.

June 29, 2008 | BY CLAIRE MILLER For The Times | Local


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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


Oakwood, Buford to use sales tax for routine projects

For some of the smaller cities in Hall County, sales tax revenue means assistance in routine infrastructure maintenance.

February 21, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Challenged Child and Friends school holding open houses to welcome community, boost awareness

February 21, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Study says the poor bear the brunt of sales tax hikes

Georgia's poorest residents will pay a larger share of their income this year in state and local taxes than the wealthiest earners, according to a new study from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, a nonprofit Washington think tank.

February 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Forsyth County man indicted, charged with making homemade explosive devices

A 24-year-old Forsyth County man has been indicted on one count of unlawful handling of explosive devices for a November incident at his parents' home.

February 20, 2015 | By Kayla Robins Forsyth County News | Local


Gainesville approves $50K for ice storm cleanup

The Gainesville City Council voted Friday to allocate $50,000 from the general fund contingency budget to support continued cleanup efforts in the wake of this week's ice storm, which sent trees and limbs crashing onto homes and power lines.

February 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall man convicted of shooting teenager in leg

A Hall County man was convicted Friday in Superior Court for firing four times at another man at City Park.

February 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Downed tree, explosions delayed firefighters’ efforts at large house fire

Firefighters had to clear a downed tree, shuttle water, work in frigid temperatures and beware of exploding ammunition as they battled a large house fire late Thursday night.

February 20, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Case moves forward for man accused of shooting at police

The case against an Oakwood man accused of firing a sawed-off shotgun in the direction of Oakwood Police moved on to Superior Court on Friday morning.

February 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Another blast of winter may be headed our way

Whether you've recovered from your latest bout with winter weather or not, brace yourself: More may be on the way.

February 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Trees took a hit after ice, wind during the week

It's been a tough week for all of North Georgia.

February 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Many local events rescheduled due to ice storm

  • The University of North Georgia's College Goal Georgia event, originally set for Thursday at the Cumming campus, has been rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. March 5. The free event helps college-bound students and their parents complete forms required to apply for federal financial aid. The campus is located at 300 Aquatic Circle in Cumming.

February 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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