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Parents riled at Banks school official

Angry Banks County parents want an assistant principal fired after she reportedly made about 100 fifth-graders drink from a fountain that may have been contaminated with urine.

Some 25 parents have retained Cornelia attorney Chan Caudell, though no lawsuit has been filed. They are seeking the ouster of Lori Rylee, the assistant principal at Banks County Elementary School in Homer.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville school board to vote on budget Monday night

The Gainesville school board is set to vote tonight on a $50 million-plus 2008-09 budget that carries a potential increase in the property tax rate of nearly 21 percent.

As of Sunday night, a copy of the budget was not available. The Times has requested a copy of the line-item budget as soon as it becomes available for board members.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood planners consider requests for new businesses

The Oakwood Planning Commission recommended approval on two annexation requests Monday for a possible commercial property and a child care center.

Frank Turk asked the commission to recommend annexation of a .19-acre tract at 3916 Hilldale Road and rezoning it from Hall County agricultural residential to Oakwood highway business. Turk, who is a member of the city planning commission, recused himself from the vote.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Post office stamps out its vending machines

Need a stamp?

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cagle calls Florida action ‘shocking’

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Friday that he was shocked by Florida's announcement that it would file suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for alledgedly violating federal law.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Watchful neighbors keep eye on community

Gloria Melancon knows just about every inch of her neighborhood.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Rangers plead guilty in federal court

ATLANTA - Five years ago, Army Ranger Sgt. Randy Spivey took part in one of the most publicized operations of the Iraq war: the rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Dump the Pump: Free ride carrot lures Red Rabbit riders

The Red Rabbit saw a record number of riders Thursday for the third annual Dump the Pump day.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mini golf tournament raises money for Hall County Humane Society

The annual Putting for Pets Mini Golf Tournament will serve up fun and funding for the Humane Society this Saturday at the Oaks Miniature Golf course in Oakwood.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Health spotlight: Environmental concerns force asthmatics to pay more for life-saving inhalers

To protect the Earth's thinning ozone layer, millions of asthma patients are being forced to change how they take their medication.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch ready to increase water, sewer rates

Flowery Branch customers may have to pay at least 20 percent more each month for water and sewer starting in July, as well as a new monthly service charge for city utilities and solid waste.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Pastor’s son-in-law takes over at Harmony Street Baptist Church

Willard Thomas stepped down Sunday as pastor of Harmony Street Baptist Church after what he described as nearly 27 years of "preaching, practicing and promoting old-time religion."

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


A refresher on watering rules

It's summertime, the living's easy, but it may not be so easy to remember the rules for outdoor watering.

Although Gainesville officials returned to observing the state's level 4 drought restrictions several months ago, the City Council did not make the move official until Tuesday.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Alleged gang member arrested after graffiti painted

Authorities charged a Gainesville teen with violation of Georgia gang laws after he was allegedly seen spray-painting gang-related graffiti in a mobile home park Wednesday.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Georgia Police & Fire Games draw hundreds of participants to Hall County

Pushing cars. Climbing walls. Shooting with pinpoint accuracy.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


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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


Class Notes: School board meets at new locale today

The Gainesville City School Board will have its regular meeting today at 6 p.m. in the municipal courtroom at the public safety complex on Queen City Parkway.

July 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Unidentified pregnant pedestrian killed in NE Hall County

A pregnant woman was killed late Sunday night as she crossed Ga. 365 near Mud Creek Road, according to law enforcement officials.

July 20, 2014 | From staff reports | Local




Recent drownings bring back scary memories for Dahlonega man

About 10 people die every day in America from drowning.

July 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Parents cope with loss from fatal crash

Samuel Martin must drive past the scene of his son's death every day.

July 20, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Lanier Tech reorganization to help make programs consistent

Lanier Technical College has appointed its first dean of Allied Health as part of a reorganization designed to make instruction across its five campuses more consistent.

July 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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