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Audit of Gainesville schools results in $33M in adjustments

State audits of the Gainesville school system identified the same problem in 2005 and 2006 and resulted in accounting adjustments of more than $33 million over a two-year period.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


State ranks Hall low in minority health care

State officials say Hall County is among the worst in Georgia when it comes to minority health care, but they're not sure why.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Schools discuss later start in ’09

Representatives from local school districts said they will consider pushing the start of the 2009-2010 school year back to late August.

Georgia Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox has suggested school districts across the state weigh the pros and cons of postponing the 2009-2010 school year to allow the state Department of Education time to include scores from the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests students may retake in June 2009.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Respecting Old Glory for Flag Day

It's a familiar setting as night is settling in. A light breeze brushes past the porch, ruffling the American flag hung outside on the flagpole in the gathering darkness. But something about this scene is wrong.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Death penalty trial for 2002 double homicide set for August

A judge has set a trial date for Hall County's first death penalty trial in nine years.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Forsyth to sue corps over Bethel Park

The Forsyth County commission has decided to pursue legal action against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the battle over Bethel Park.

June 24, 2008 | BY FRANK REDDY Times regional staff | Local


Woman struck by vehicle flown to Atlanta hospital

A woman has been flown to an Atlanta hospital and is in stable condition after being run over in the driveway of her Christopher Court home, according to reports.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


‘Tough cops’ are put to the test

The bright and early morning was pierced by the sounds of gunfire, rattling chain-link fences and shouting as law enforcement officials vied for the championship of the "Tough Cop" competition, part of the weeklong Georgia Police & Fire Games.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Kitchen inspections

May 23

June 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


June 30 budget deadline not absolute for Gainesville school board

The debt-straddled Gainesville school system can go into next fiscal year, starting July 1, without approving a 2008-09 budget, but it must account for expenses and revenues through a monthly "spending resolution" it submits to the state.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville jury awards $3.5 million in teen’s death

A Gainesville jury on Tuesday found General Motors negligent in a rollover crash that killed a 14-year-old boy, awarding what may be a record amount to the parents who brought a federal lawsuit against the auto maker.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville approves higher trash pickup fees

In two weeks, Gainesville residents will pay more for their garbage collection, but their property tax rates will stay the same.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


American Legion's July 4 fireworks show moves to Laurel Park

Gainesville's traditional July 4 fireworks show is getting a makeover this year.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Chestatee Middle makes progress

Chestatee Middle School is the Hall County school system's latest school to receive good news about its status under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


'Tough Fire' trials put firefighters to the test

They made it look easy.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


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More money earmarked for public defenders

Local attorneys representing Hall's indigent defendants welcomed an executive order providing additional funding for lawyers without conflicting interests.

April 14, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


6th fire in 3 days blazes through vacant home

Hall firefighters responded to a residential fire early Sunday morning, making it the sixth blaze since Thursday night.

April 14, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

The iconic fountain on Brenau University's front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau's longtime figures.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Campaigns may rake up even more money under new rules

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows individuals to donate to any number of federal candidates they want and promises to pour millions more dollars into an election system already swamped in money.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Animal shelter works to raise funds, awareness

Wagging tails, barking, laughter and smiles were found on the Gainesville square Saturday as the Hall County Animal Shelter held the first Mutts On Main fundraising event.

April 12, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Coinciding cleaning events beautify county

Under a clear weekend sky, volunteers on land and water did some spring cleaning to make Hall County a bit more pristine.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Deal to sign criminal justice bill at Gainesville event

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign the third phase of his criminal justice reforms today at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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