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Retired Hall County administrator not gone yet

Hall County Administrator Jim Shuler officially retired Monday after more than 30 years of working for the county. But he won't be going too far just yet.

"I still have roots here," Shuler said. "I'll always be connected to Hall County; I grew up here. Hall County's basically been my only employer, and Hall County's the only place I've ever lived."

July 04, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch water, sewer rates increase today

Flowery Branch's new water and sewer rates take effect today.

The Flowery Branch City Council voted June 18 to approve the higher rates, which distinguish between customers inside and outside the city and customers whose accounts with the city predate June 2000.

July 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


DOT scales back for Fourth of July

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending project-related lane closures on all interstate and major state system highways through Sunday night to ease July Fourth weekend traffic congestion. Lanes will be clear between noon Thursday and 5 a.m. Monday.

July 04, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Cancer activist dies

A Gainesville woman who shared her story of living with terminal cancer died Thursday, 11 months after being diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Kaye Carlton, 67, was profiled in The Times in March. She wanted to publicize her illness in order to encourage others to get screened.

July 04, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville school board keeps financial wheels rolling for 30 days

The Gainesville city school board unanimously approved a continuing resolution to allow the school district to operate on 30-day budget periods until the board can approve a fiscal year 2009 budget.

July 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Despite new state law, there's no merlot to go in Gainesville

More than 100 new laws took effect in Georgia at the stroke of midnight. However, there are administrative hurdles to be cleared for one law and a needed change of Gainesville ordinance for another.

July 04, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood and Ashley Fielding | Local


First female trooper sues state patrol

Francis Bennett made headlines nearly 30 years ago as a pioneer in the Georgia State Patrol.

July 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville school budget won’t be ready for Monday’s deadline

Despite weeks of wrestling with numbers, members of the Gainesville school board determined Saturday that they will not be able to finalize a fiscal year 2009 budget by the time the new budget year begins Tuesday.

July 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


American Legion post marks 60 years at ball

In the weekend before the Fourth of July, 125 members of the Gainesville community came together Saturday evening to honor and remember those who served in the armed forces.

July 03, 2008 | By Allison Shuler ashuler@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Equipment helps find Alzheimer's, other patients who wander away

FLOWERY BRANCH - Authorities searched for three hours before they found the autistic child, the grandson of a Gainesville-Hall County Pilot Club member, who had gone missing.

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Church celebrates USA with 'God and Country' event

Wearing patriotic costumes and with flags fluttering on their little vehicles, the children circled the parking lot of First United Methodist Church in Gainesville.

The "Trike-tilla" parade of tricycles and little red wagons served as a main attraction at Sunday's God and Country Patriotic Day at the church at 2780 Thompson Bridge Road.

July 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hard work by Hall's school resource officers earns national honor

New public safety programs in Hall County's schools, from drug dogs to driver education, have earned the Hall County Sheriff's Office a national distinction.

July 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Healthy Monday: MRI-friendly pacemaker is being tested at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

For people with heart problems, having an implanted cardiac pacemaker can be a lifesaver. But there's a big disadvantage: If you need a magnetic resonance imaging test to diagnose an illness or injury, you can't have it.

And it's not for the reason you might think.

July 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Race becomes issue in Gainesville school dispute

Men's faces beaded with sweat as they loosened their ties to escape the humidity lingering after the summer afternoon's storm. And one mother's face carried warnings for her children squirming in the church pews.

July 03, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


From novice to expert, women take on triathlon for health, not glory

Early Sunday morning, at the sound of a quack, more than 750 women filled Lake Lanier for the 2nd Annual Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta Triathlon. The participants, ages 13-67, came from dozens of states across the country.

Held at the Lake Lanier Islands resort, the race consisted of swimming one-third of a mile, biking 18 miles and running three miles.

July 03, 2008 | By Allison Shuler | Local


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Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


False alarm at poultry lab

One person is being treated for minor respiratory issues after an incident at the Georgia Poultry Lab Network in Oakwood, said Scott Cagle, spokesman for Hall County Fire Services.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Cumming school locked down for medical procedure

A medical lockdown involving the need to assist a staff member at Whitlow Elementary School in Cumming led to a reminder by the Forsyth County school system that not every lockdown means a crisis is unfolding.

October 17, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawson County Authorities seek man impersonating officer on college campus

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is asking people to be on the lookout for a man impersonating an officer on a local college campus.

October 17, 2014 | Times Regional staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation

The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.

October 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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


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