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Sex offenders sue for right to volunteer at churches

ATLANTA - Georgia's registered sex offenders should not be prevented from volunteering in church, a legal advocacy group argued in federal court Thursday, saying a state law that went into effect in July is overbroad and violates their rights of freedom of association.

November 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville water rates likely to increase 5.5 percent

Gainesville water customers may see an increase in their bills in 2009.

November 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall public works honored for cooperation with Elachee Nature Science Center

The Hall County Board of Commissioners recognized the public works department for its work with the Elachee Nature Science Center at Thursday's commission meeting.

November 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Protesters want convenience store to pipe down

About 250 protesters picketed a Dawson County convenience store Thursday, calling for store management to quit selling glass pipes that they claim are used for smoking illegal drugs.

November 17, 2008 | BY MICHELE HESTER AND STEPHEN GURR news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Jefferson school system on track to make budget

JEFFERSON - Although the Jefferson city school system has had to adjust its budget to accommodate state budget cuts, school officials say they are on track to come out on top financially if things continue as they have for the past month.

November 17, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall hires Charley Nix as county administrator

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to name Charley Nix county administrator at its board meeting Thursday.

Nix has been serving as interim county administrator since July 1, following former administrator Jim Shuler's retirement.

November 17, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Brenau nursing hopefuls operate on computer-controlled simulated patient

Until recently, the only way for a doctor or nurse to learn a new procedure was to practice their skills on an actual patient.

November 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Insurance commissioner on hand as suspect nabbed in Gainesville office

A Lawrenceville resident was arrested Thursday morning at his workplace in a Gainesville office on Jesse Jewell Parkway for allegedly collecting nearly $1 million in misappropriated claims from a Japanese insurance company.

November 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Shuler says decision to resign as city manager was difficult

Bryan Shuler said his sudden resignation Thursday as Gainesville's City Manager was a "difficult personal decision."

Shuler, who had been employed by the city for 11 years, would not say much else.

November 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County to sell used water for irrigation

Hall County is about a month away from an eco-friendly source of revenue.

Public Works Director Ken Rearden said a new system that is almost complete will allow the county to sell reuse water for irrigation.

November 16, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville High brings college application process to seniors

Nearly all of Gainesville High School's 208 seniors applied to college Wednesday.

Many applied online to four-year universities while others applied to two-year or technical colleges as part of the state's pilot program "Apply On-line."

November 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Man says Gainesville annex will ruin his business

Shane Reidling is no longer as worried about the extra $1,300 he will have to pay in property taxes if Gainesville annexes his two-acre mobile home park next month.

November 16, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Fatal Lumpkin wreck involving trooper probed

A state accident reconstruction unit is investigating a wreck ,involving a Georgia State Patrol trooper, that killed a motorcyclist in Lumpkin County last month.

November 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


City, county schools surpass state English language learner targets

Recently released test scores show both Hall County and Gainesville schools' English language learners exceeded state targets for English proficiency progress in the 2007-2008 school year.

November 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


More than paper, plastic at Hall’s recycling event

It's time to start sorting through all the junk you don't use anymore. Saturday is America Recycles Day, and Hall County residents will have the opportunity to get rid of a wide variety of items.

"This is the biggest event we've had, the most ambitious," said Rick Foote, natural resources coordinator for Hall County.

November 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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Area craftsmen named masters of their trade

Societies are best remembered for what they built, and Thursday some of North Georgia's top builders were recognized for their work.

October 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County officials eye sales tax extension to fund e-911 upgrades

Local government officials are sounding the alarm on Hall County's aging emergency 911 systems.

October 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$400K in heroin seized after search of Lula home

Officers seized $400,000 in heroin and three firearms Wednesday after searching a Lula home.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Headmaster kisses pig following school's high reading scores

Lakeview Academy Headmaster John Kennedy kissed Purdy the Tamworth pig Wednesday at the Gainesville school as a reward for first- through fifth-grade students, who exceeded their goal in the Scholastic Reading Counts challenge.

October 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Talks underway between lawyers for Hall firetruck maker over training accident

Legal representatives for the maker of the the firetruck involved in a July 22 Hall County training incident have begun discussions with County Attorney Bill Blalock.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Badge and Bar: Man indicted in officer obstruction

A Gainesville man previously indicted on a kidnapping charge has been indicted on charges of kicking two correctional officers in a later incident.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Parents remember lost children in candlelight service

There are no words to describe the loss of a child.

October 15, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Early projects list shows Ga. 211 widening as top priority

A Norcross consultant helping to develop a long-range transportation plan for Gainesville-Hall County has ranked the widening of Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway in South Hall as the area's No. 1 priority.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


High school students learn about careers

Local high school students took a break from the books Wednesday during a career success day to learn how to be successful in the world of work.

October 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class aims to boost efficiency in spotting storms

Many people may underestimate their ability to save their neighbors with a single call.

October 15, 2014 | Tyler Bennett | Local


State poultry industry gets good news in trade ruling

The World Trade Organization has ruled against India in its yearslong ban on U.S. poultry imports, including meat and eggs, a first step toward reopening access to the subcontinent's lucrative market.

October 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former Lanier Islands CID director dies in car wreck

A Roswell man who had worked to create a self-taxing district along Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway in South Hall County has died.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville elementary evacuated due to kitchen fire

Gainesville Exploration Academy was evacuated Wednesday when some boiler equipment in the kitchen set off the fire alarm, Superintendent Wanda Creel said.

October 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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