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Gainesville schools weigh budget cuts; deficit is $6.6 million

The Gainesville school system has launched into serious number-crunching mode as it moves toward knitting together a final budget for the next fiscal year.

June 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Manhunt nabs four suspects in outlet mall robbery

Four suspects in a foiled burglary attempt at a Dawsonville outlet mall were arrested Tuesday morning after an hourslong manhunt in northern Forsyth County.

June 21, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


Oakwood council pushes illegal immigration issue

The topic of illegal immigration was resurrected at an Oakwood City Council meeting Monday.

Councilman Gary Anderson asked the city attorney for an update on whether the city had an ordinance allowing law enforcement to deport illegal immigrants living within the city.

June 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Onstage and off, 'Honk' shows 'it's OK to be different'

"Honk," the Gainesville Children's Musical Theatre Workshop's musical adaptation of the children's classic "The Ugly Duckling," is filled with laughs and lessons both on the stage and behind the scenes.

June 20, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville school board hopes for City Council help

The Gainesville school board is looking for budget relief wherever it can find it, including asking City Council to waive for one year the fee it charges to send out property tax notices and collect taxes on the district's behalf.

June 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville schools one step closer to charter status

A state committee set up to review applications of charter school systems has voted to recommend that the remaining petitions for charter system status, including one from the Gainesville City Schools, be approved by the State Board of Education.

The Charter Advisory Committee made its recommendation on Friday, and it was announced Monday. In addition to Gainesville, the systems seeking charter status are the city systems in Decatur and Marietta, as well as Chattahoochee County schools.

June 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Area lane closings

Area lane closures

June 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Chinese acrobats perform as part of Brenau art series

Kids, don't try this at home. Three performers lifted a fourth into the air with only their legs, gracefully raising their other limbs outward, looking like a willowy pink flower atop a small round platform.

Performers spun umbrellas and tables like tops using just their feet. Others leapt and flipped through rings simultaneously, in different directions. One performer stood on tiptoe on another's head. The cast dazzled the audience with color, agility and a hint of suspense as they defied gravity with grace.

June 20, 2008 | | Local


Property taxes increase 4.27 percent for Hall County schools

The school tax rate is rising for Hall County property owners.

June 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Budget cuts take 11 jobs at Hall County Health Department

Six employees of the Hall County Health Department will lose their jobs at the end of this month as a result of budget cuts.

Dr. David Westfall, director of District 2 Public Health, which administers health departments in Hall and 12 other Northeast Georgia counties, said he was lucky he didn't have to give more people the bad news.

June 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Salmonella scare takes tomatoes off some menus

Got a craving for fresh tomatoes?

Whether you can find any today depends on where you decide to eat or shop. Hall County restaurants and supermarkets have had differing responses to a federal advisory on tomato safety.

June 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


County could freeze hiring

A slumping economy and soaring fuel prices have inspired in Hall County a pessimistic but cautious outlook for the next fiscal year.

Hall County commissioners recommended a yearlong hiring freeze for open positions among other cuts in a meeting Monday. Starting July 1, hiring for any of the 43 open positions would require approval by the board of commissioners or the county administrator.

June 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Sen. Isakson says No Child Left Behind law needs to improve

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. told Hall County school administrators on Monday that he is hopeful of administrative changes to the No Child Left Behind Act that will help systems like Hall County that have an influx of non-English speaking students.

June 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Heart association encourages people to train for CPR, defibrillator use

Don't be afraid to save a life.

June 19, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Helen balloon race ends in a slow tie

Not only did neither competitor in this year's Helen to the Atlantic balloon race make it to the finish line, organizers also had to declare the race a tie.

June 19, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


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Schools keeping up with growing enrollment

Hall County Schools have seen a lot more students over the past five years, but a lot fewer teachers.

August 16, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Ask The Times: Public school students have right to pray

If you've been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

August 15, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Chestatee High School vandalized

Chestatee High School was hit with graffiti Thursday night, but it is not clear if the graffiti was related to the recent controversy about prayer at the school.

August 15, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Race into a Wicked Weekend

Friday was an open practice day for The Wicked Weekend remote-controlled racing event at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville to get drivers used to the track with qualifying beginning today and the final day of racing beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday. This year's crowd of racers is expected to be larger than last year's 350-racer event at the track on the 120-foot-by-240-foot arena footprint.

August 15, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville man arrested after 7 different drugs seized from home

A Gainesville man faces nine different charges relating to the possession of seven different drugs.

August 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Ga. 347 improvements are funded once again

In an emergency meeting Friday, the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization funded Ga. 347 improvements, a reversal from its vote earlier this week.

August 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Prayer controversy prompts community reaction

August 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Credit union tallies $15K for injured firefighters’ fund

In nearly a month since a ladder truck fell, residents of Hall County have raised more than $15,000 for three injured Hall County firefighters.

August 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County moving on health clinic without Gainesville

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to proceed with opening a pharmacy and health clinic to serve county employees.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man sentenced to 6 months in Social Security benefit thefts

Federal prosecutors said a South Georgia man has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing children's Social Security benefits.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Handgun training event looks to put a stop to human trafficking

A handgun training event, "Taking Aim at Human Trafficking," will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in Gainesville.

August 14, 2014 | Times staff | Local


The Medical Center Foundation seeks golf tourney beneficiary

Plans are in the works to select a beneficiary for the 2015 Medical Center Open Golf Tournament.

August 14, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Population may not grow as fast, new estimates show

Hall County's population might double by 2040, not triple, as is forecast in Hall's current long-term transportation plan.

August 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safety work set on Union Church Road

Plans are moving forward to improve safety on a short but treacherous stretch of Union Church Road in South Hall County.

August 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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