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New plans for old jail nearly complete

After sitting empty for more than a year, the old Hall County Detention Center is likely to have some new tenants and a new name soon.

December 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


West Hall High School is up and running after fire

West Hall High School was set to open on time and get back to a normal routine this morning, after a transformer that caught fire Thursday was replaced over the weekend.

December 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Baptist church holds gospel Christmas concert for all to see

St. John Baptist Church choirs celebrated the Christmas season Sunday night with soul-stirring versions of holiday carols and other tunes in an event dubbed as "a citywide celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ."

December 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


12 days to a fire-safe Christmas: Take caution with your holiday lights

The celebration of the season brings with it increased use of electric lights. Follow these general precautions to prevent unwanted fires and injuries:

December 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch band members ‘stoked’ over day in spotlight

"Stoked" is how Flowery Branch High School senior and band pit captain Caitlin White describes her feelings about performing in the Georgia Dome tonight.

As the Flowery Branch football team has traveled around the state to win 12 out of 14 games this fall, including four straight state playoff games, all 91 members of the school's marching band have been in tow.

December 21, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fans wave Falcons on to the Dome

Flowery Branch High football fans turned out in force earlier today as the team headed for the Georgia Dome for the AAA state championship.

Coming later tonight and Sunday, The Times and gainesvilletimes.com will provide extensive coverage of the championship game. Complete game stories, analysis from our award-winning sports staff, and fan reaction, plus dozens of photographs from the Dome.

December 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jackson schools prepare to keep fiscal belts tight

JEFFERSON - This year, the state of Georgia faced a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, prompting Gov. Sonny Perdue to ask departments across the board to cut their budgets by 6 percent.

December 21, 2008 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


CASA kids get party, gifts at Flowery Branch

It was a happy day all around Friday for kids at Flowery Branch High School.

December 21, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Georgians help Georgians: Hospital equipment bound for former Soviet republic

Georgia's been on James Jennings' mind a lot lately.

December 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Group worried about increase in teen pregnancy

While some people may feel like it takes the proverbial village to raise a child, others feel as if it takes that same village to ensure that child doesn't end up with a baby of their own.

December 21, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


West Hall High classes are on for Monday

Hall County school administrators say they are 90 percent confident that West Hall High School will hold classes on schedule Monday following an electrical blaze Thursday night that left the school powerless and kept students out of school Friday.

Jackson EMC crews installed a new transformer Friday in the high school's electrical room, which is detached from the main school building at 5506 McEver Road.

December 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kids started accidental blaze with candle at Harrison Square

Four children in a bedroom in a Gainesville public housing unit accidentally set a bed on fire with a lit candle, fire officials said.

December 20, 2008 | | Local


Firefighters at scene of duplex blaze

There are two homes on fire at the corner of South and March drives.

December 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Schools wait for security plan’s OK

Gainesville is among 32 school districts statewide that are not in compliance with a Georgia law requiring school systems to get state approval of security plans.

December 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch players tour schools

Flowery Branch football players, joined by the band drum line and cheerleaders, toured all the feeder schools to Flowery Branch High School this morning.

December 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Lula OKs rezoning for trucking operations

It took a tie-breaking vote by the mayor, but Lula City Council approved 3-2 Tony McGuire's request to change zoning from highway business to light industrial on 17 acres in the Mountain View Industrial Park.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall retirement plans may merge to cut costs

Hoping to cut costs and streamline services, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to select a new company to manage employee retirement plans when it meets Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pilots petition Army Corps of Engineers for right to land on Lake Lanier

Troy Wheeler dipped the wings of his bright yellow Piper Cub seaplane toward Lake Lanier as he circled back toward Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

July 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mobile Vet Center to be at Habersham County Labor Department

Counseling for veterans will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31 as the Mobile Vet Center visits the Georgia Department of Labor's Habersham Career Center at 205 Hodges St., Cornelia.

July 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall Democratic Party to hold delegate election

A caucus will be held at 10 a.m. at the Hall County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1011-1021 Athens St., Gainesville, to elect delegates to the Georgia Democratic Convention.

July 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Training to start for CASA volunteers

Training is Aug. 12 for those interested in becoming court-appointed special advocates in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit covering Hall and Dawson counties.

July 21, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools begin implementing strategic plan

Gainesville schools have begun implementing their new strategic plan, and that plan is all about putting district goals in action.

July 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Pregnant woman hit by car ID'd as nearby resident

A pregnant Hall County woman was heading home from a Ga. 365 convenience store when she was struck and killed by a motorist Sunday night, a Georgia State Patrol trooper said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


King’s Hawaiian expansion underway

Work is moving along in the expansion of the King's Hawaiian plant in Oakwood, an effort that could eventually double employment there.

July 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch schedules hearing for downtown neighborhood proposal

A planned neighborhood may soon be coming to an area near downtown Flowery Branch with a few modifications from the original plans.

July 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall narrows focus to specific tax collections

The Hall County Tax Commissioner's Office has slowed its efforts to collect taxes owed on watercraft and personal property due to budget constraints and understaffing.

July 21, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


New amnesty law has limited impact in area

Despite Gov. Nathan Deal signing a medical amnesty bill three months ago, the new law allowing for immunities on arrests when a person seeks emergency services has not had many noticeable effects in the purview of law enforcement or medical staff.

July 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Officials: Hot car deaths avoidable

Accidents in which children die after being left in vehicles are more common than one might think. According to car safety expert Kimberly Martin, more than 40 children died in hot cars in the United States last year alone.

July 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


County to consider vendor for retirement accounts

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will likely select a vendor to manage employee retirement accounts this week.

July 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gut check graduation

The Gainesville Jaycees sponsor and conduct the military-style camp to instill discipline and teach leadership qualities to a wide ranging group of Hall County middle school boys. Graduation was Sunday at Gainesville Civic Center. Ryan Sawyer, one of the program's main instructors, said "This program is about getting them to grow up and contribute to the community."

July 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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