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Brad Morris reappointed as chief public defender

Brad Morris, the attorney who has headed up the public defender office for Hall and Dawson counties since it opened in January 2005, has been reappointed to serve a full four-year term ending in 2012.

The vote for the reappointment was made during a Friday public meeting of the Public Defender Selection Committee of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, the committee's chairman, J. Douglas Stewart said. Committee member Tom Bishop made the motion, which was seconded by Sammy Smith, Stewart said. The vote to reappoint Morris was unanimous.

May 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


19th case of rabies confirmed in Hall County

The number of confirmed rabies cases in Hall County has increased to 19.

May 18, 2008 | Staff reports | Local


Hall schools outperform state on grad tests

Hall County school system juniors have outperformed the state on the 2008 Georgia High School Graduation Tests.

May 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


GBI takes over tax assessors probe

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been requested to conduct an investigation into whether there was criminal wrongdoing by the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors in the billing of per diem payments by board members, officials confirmed Wednesday.

May 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Hall fire academy thrills citizens with burn houses, knowledge

Crouching a few feet away from an 800-degree indoor bonfire, Mimi Bowden aimed her fire hose inside a "burn building" at the Hall County fire training center and knocked down the blaze with a loud blast of water spraying out at 110 pounds per square inch.

May 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Boy better, but family needs financial help

Drake Hollander is in a race for his life. But now, many others will be racing on his behalf.

The 12-year-old North Hall Middle School student was diagnosed last fall with a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A sociable, happy kid and avid sports fan, Drake has had to adjust to life as a cancer patient.

May 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Authorities investigate boat explosion

One of three people burned when a boat caught fire while refueling Saturday morning at Bald Ridge Marina remained hospitalized Tuesday, friends said.

May 18, 2008 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Health fair coincides with Older Americans Month

A health fair geared toward seniors drew a small crowd to the South Hall Community Center Tuesday.

Marci Summer, manager of the community center, said the second annual Active Generation Health Fair provided free blood pressure checks, healthy snacks and auditory information to folks 55 and older. Health fair participants received information about the services available to seniors through Hall County resources.

May 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


In third year of drought, water park is proposed in Buford

Environmentalists say they're dumbfounded about a real estate company's proposal to build a 200,000-square-foot water park in Buford while the state remains in a drought.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Water restrictions eased for public utilities, not residents

Gainesville and Hall County will remain under level four drought restrictions as they have been since last October, state officials said at Tuesday's meeting of the state drought response committee.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gas prices pose budget problems for Hall County schools

Fearing the price of fuel could go higher, the Hall County Board of Education is discussing whether to increase the proposed fuel budget for fiscal year 2009.

Jewel Armour, executive director of operations for the school system, told board members Monday night that he had budgeted between $3.90 and $4 per gallon for the coming year's purchase of 480,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 60,000 gallons of gasoline.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City schools at least $1.7 million short for next fiscal year

Though still early in the Gainesville school system budgeting process, the projected spending for fiscal year 2008-09 exceeds the income by $3.3 million.

Janet Allison, finance chief for the district, told the City Board of Education Monday night that expenses are estimated at $52.9 million and revenues at $49.6 million.

May 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hearing set for proposed drug-testing expansion

A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. May 19 on a proposal plans to expand the Hall County school system's random drug-testing program.

May 17, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hikers want to recognize Appalachian Trail with new car tag

If you're a bicyclist in Georgia, you can get a license plate for your car reminding others to "Share the road." You can also get specialty plates proclaiming your love for NASCAR or for your alma mater.

But if you're a hiker, there is no plate that depicts your favorite pastime. That could soon change, however.

May 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall's future life aquatic coming via Frances Meadows Center

It won't be long before the Frances Meadows Center will be all wet.

May 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Construction continues on new Clarks Bridge

Work continues on a new Clarks Bridge across Lake Lanier in Gainesville. The project, which also calls for a new pedestrian tunnel under Ga. 284, is set for completion by Dec. 31, 2015. When completed, the new bridge will have 12-foot lanes and an 8-foot shoulder in each direction.

April 10, 2014 | | Local


Fire damages home on Tulip Drive

A fire caused by unattended cooking damaged a home in the 1800 block of Tulip Drive in Gainesville, but the occupants got out without injury, authorities said.

April 10, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville parks department proposes increased budget

As it looks to expand recreational opportunities, renovate park facilities and increase staff, the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department has proposed a $5.261 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Emerging partnership benefits local housing programs

A partnership between the Gainesville Nonprofit Development Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Hall County to build and rehabilitate homes and neighborhoods across Gainesville is beginning to pay big dividends.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Camp Merrill debate alive in US House

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville argued Wednesday before the House Armed Service Committee for control of Camp Frank D. Merrill near Dahlonega to be transferred from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Department of Defense.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Plaza business owners oppose redevelopment

Aurelio Guzman has fond childhood memories of the El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville.

April 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Ex-jailers, former inmates enter mediation

Two former Hall County Sheriff's Office employees have entered into mediation with three then-inmates alleging civil rights violations in a Dec. 22, 2010, incident at the jail.

April 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Badge and Bar: Trial date set on child sex trafficking charges

A tentative May trial date has been set for three Gainesville residents accused in a child sex trafficking case in Hall County Superior Court.

April 10, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


UNG-Gainesville project brings students, seniors together

It may seem an odd pairing: College students, from the nearby University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus, showing older adults at the Senior Life Center how to bowl digitally.

April 10, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local




Family increases reward to $10K in missing person case

Thomas Funk of Gainesville has been missing since Oct. 1, 2011, and his family and the Hall County Sheriff's Office want answers.

April 09, 2014 | | Local


Double-wide damaged in early morning fire

A mobile home was damaged by a fire early Wednesday but the residents escaped safely.

April 09, 2014 | From staff reports | Local




Luncheon pays tribute to Gainesville native Mike Banks

Mike Banks, a Gainesville native and banker, was honored by the University of North Georgia on Tuesday during a luncheon at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center in Cumming.

April 09, 2014 | BY CRYSTAL LEDFORD Times regional staff | Local


Virtual education offers options for students, parents

Customized, personalized education was the common theme as parents gathered to learn more about an online learning option for their children.

April 09, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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