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Jefferson school officials say system should make it through budget troubles

JEFFERSON - Although state funding was cut by more than $200,000, Jefferson City school system officials are optimistic that the system will be able to make it through the year without those extra funds.

December 19, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


No one hurt in fire that damages apartment house

Residents of a small apartment building off Jesse Jewell were able to safely escape a fire that badly damaged an upstairs apartment Thursday night.

December 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall residents fear county's plan to increase sewer rates

Residents from the Village at Deaton Creek packed the Georgia Mountains Center to voice their concerns about proposed sewer rate increases at the Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday.

December 19, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall, Gainesville schools honored for closing achievement gap

The state Board of Education awarded two of four statewide grants to Hall County and Gainesville school systems in recognition of the systems' progress in closing the achievement gap between students who are economically disadvantaged and those who are not.

Each school system will receive $50,000 in federal Title I Distinguished Districts grant awards. Compared to school districts across the state, Hall County and Gainesville school systems made the greatest gains in the 2007-2008 school year in closing the scoring gap on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test and the Georgia High School Graduation Test. The gap often exists between ...

December 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


More people are applying for seasonal jobs

While most businesses tend to hire more employees during the holiday season to cover higher customer volume, current unemployment rates have created an unbalanced ratio of available positions compared to available applicants.

"We usually bring in a few extra people to help process all of the holiday packages, and this year is no exception. We're not adding more positions than we had last year, but we aren't hiring fewer people either," said Bimbo Briscoe, the co-owner of Mail Boxes Etc. on John Morrow Parkway in Gainesville.

December 18, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall records 42nd rabies case

On Wednesday, Gainesville-Hall County Animal Control reported the county's 42nd rabies case of the year.

December 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


More rain coming tomorrow

Almost 1.6 inches of rain had fallen in Gainesville since this morning, and more is on the way tomorrow.

December 18, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Area dog lovers help to rescue spaniels

There were just shy of 101 of them, and they weren't Dalmatians, but there were more than 50 English springer spaniels rescued from a Midwest puppy mill thanks to the dedication of several North Georgia dog lovers.

Volunteers for English Springer Rescue America Inc., an organization that aims to rescue, rehabilitate and find new homes for springers, took on more than 50 springer spaniels and delivered them to foster homes across the country this past weekend.

December 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Autopsy should help authorities decide if Lula woman died of foul play

Hall County sheriff's officials said the results of an autopsy being conducted today on the body a woman found dead Wednesday morning in her home in Lula should help them determine whether foul play was involved.

December 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch council gives its approval for sewer agreement

FLOWERY BRANCH - Over the vocal protests of two councilmen, the Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday morning to OK an agreement with Hall County regarding the Spout Springs Water Reclamation Facility.

December 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia: Wastewater plant must be repaired

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued an ultimatum to a privately owned wastewater treatment plant in Cumming: Fix it or shut it down.

"There have been a number of violations through the years," said Sam Buckles, municipal team manager for the EPD's regional office in Cartersville.

December 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Rain may help Lanier avoid new low

The state climatologist said Wednesday that he believes this week's rain could keep Lake Lanier from reaching a new all-time record low.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


‘Big Buddy’ thanks business owner for role in grandchild’s adoption

Gov. Sonny Perdue came to Gainesville on Tuesday in his role as "Big Buddy," the name he is called by his grandchildren.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Perdue won’t wait for Washington aid

Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday that he is not basing his plans for the state in 2009 on mere prospects of help from the Obama administration.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall plans to extend radio system

Hall County made the first steps toward extending its massive 800 MHz radio system after applying for a grant from Homeland Security to build three new sites.

December 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Key crossing has reopened on new White County parkway

Tesnatee Gap Valley Road reopened at Ga. 115 in Cleveland on Wednesday, six days ahead of schedule, as part of work on the Appalachian Parkway.

July 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Habersham deputy sheriff indicted in no-knock warrant case that injured toddler

A federal grand jury has indicted a Habersham County deputy sheriff on charges of falsifying information to obtain and execute a "no-knock" search warrant for ...

July 22, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local




Performers prepare for ballet event Friday

The International Ballet Gala Performance will be held Friday at the Brenau Downtown Center Theatre.

July 21, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Four-legged police aides get trained

Gainesville Police Sgt. Jim Von Essen lobbed his keys, a wallet and a plastic shotgun shell into high grass.

July 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Trail network meeting planned in August

A meeting to talk about plans and ideas for the newly dubbed "Highlands to Islands" trail could take place in August.

July 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville stormwater upgrades a tough sell to public

Outreach, education and community meetings will be a critical part of selling Gainesville residents on the need for a new utility to pay for upgrades ...

July 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Poultry industry leader Nathaniel Ashe dies

Nathaniel "Nat" E. Ashe, an area poultry industry leader, died Monday at the age of 86.

July 21, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Jury to begin deliberation Wednesday in felony murder case

The defense rested before 3 p.m. Tuesday in the felony murder case for David William Keener in the death of Randall Huling.

July 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville Councilman Bob Hamrick says he's retiring

Gainesville City Councilman Bob Hamrick shocked his colleagues Tuesday when he announced that he will not seek reelection in November and plans to retire at ...

July 21, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Timetable moving up for Spout Springs road widening

Hall County could start buying property in mid-2016 for the Spout Springs Road widening project, earlier than previously thought thanks to voters passing the 1-cent ...

July 21, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Murder trial begins for man convicted last week in homeless beating

Removing his jacket, defense attorney Dan Sammons approached the witness stand and grabbed the trash can in Superior Court on Monday.

July 21, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville stormwater fee program moving forward

Gainesville City Council will approve an agreement today with an Atlanta engineering consultant to develop a comprehensive stormwater management program, which includes implementing a "rain ...

July 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula OKs street improvement project

More improvements to downtown Lula's appearance could take place later this year.

July 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville school board remembers Gus Whalen

Gainesville City Schools are still mourning the loss of one of their most notable and best-loved Red Elephants.

July 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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