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Local governments: No new taxes this year

Taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief - taxes will not go up this year.

Hall County cut more than $5 million to keep costs down. And both Hall County and Gainesville school systems will maintain the same millage rates as fiscal year 2009.

June 08, 2009 | By Melissa Weinman and Jessica Jordan mweinman@gainesvilletimes.com; jjordan@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Regions property could become green space

Now that the legal struggle is settled, the site of the Regions Operations Center on Jesse Jewell Parkway may one day be turned into green space.

The 1.23-acre tract was not part of the original plan for City View Center - a planned high-rise hotel and office complex touted as a keystone of redeveloping Gainesville's Midtown. Now that Gainesville City Center owns the property as part of an out-of-court settlement with Regions, developer Wendell Starke said he still has no plans to incorporate the tract into his development. Doing so would only delay the development more than the lawsuit ...

June 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County may use SPLOST to pay sewer debt

South Hall sewer users could avoid the high sewer rates proposed by the county earlier this year.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided at its Monday work session to use SPLOST VI funds to help pay the debt owed on the Mulberry Creek Sewer Project. An actual vote will come at Thursday's 5 p.m. board meeting.

June 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


As Relay for Life grew, so did the traffic

As Hall County Relay for Life participants recover from this past weekend's overnight walkathon, they also might be trying to shake off memories of the traffic crunch at Road Atlanta.

Some 22,000 people attended the American Cancer Society's annual fundraiser, compared to 10,000 last year, creating a logjam at the track off Winder Highway.

June 08, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville teachers concerned about planned salary cut

A flat $100 to $200 pay cut proposal has new and more experienced Gainesville school system teachers squaring off.

In a Monday meeting in which the Gainesville school board tentatively adopted a $51 million general fund budget, school board members fielded comments from several teachers who voiced concerns regarding the proposed pay cut, which would last no longer than two years.

June 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Budding chefs learn skills in new school program

Drew Smith may just be heading to the eighth grade, but she is already taking steps to plan out her future as an adult.

Instead of wasting away on her sofa all summer, the budding chef decided to enroll in a culinary summer camp to further sharpen her cooking skills.

June 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Missing Lumpkin County teen found safe in Alabama

A Lumpkin County teenager who disappeared in May has been found, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office.

Hannah Thompson, 16, was found unharmed Thursday in Etowah County, Ala.

June 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson officials start budget talks

JEFFERSON - It's nearly halfway through the current fiscal year and the city of Jefferson is getting started on the 2010 budget.

Monday's City Council work session marked the first budget presentation discussion for the upcoming year. Unlike many other municipalities, the Jefferson fiscal year is the same as a regular calendar year instead of beginning in July.

June 08, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lula professor wins $1,000 a week for year in lottery

A Piedmont College professor is feeling "surprised" following a $52,000 lottery win.

Robert Wainberg, 55, of Lula won $1,000 a week for a year from matching five out of six winning numbers plus the Free Ball in the May 27 Win for Life drawing.

June 08, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville teachers disagree on pay cut calculations

A flat $100 to $200 monthly pay cut proposal has new and more experienced Gainesville school system teachers squaring off.

June 08, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall may use SPLOST funds to pay debt on Mulberry project

South Hall sewer users could avoid the high sewer rates proposed by the county earlier this year.

June 08, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Police: Commerce man kills young grandson

COMMERCE - Police say a Jackson County man has shot and killed his 6-year-old grandson and wounded his wife before being shot by police.

Police said Sunday they shot 55-year-old Robert L. Clark after he opened fire on police.

June 08, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


2 colleges team up to expand course offerings

Young Harris College and North Georgia Technical College are working together to bring more coursework to both students at both institutions.

June 07, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Summer makes an early entrance this week

The summer heat that Georgians know well is arriving this week.

June 07, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Screamin’ Eagles look for landing at nationals

It's been another successful season for the Screamin' Eagles.

June 07, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


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Sheriff’s Office seeks help in identifying remains

Human remains were found in October in East Hall County and the Hall County Sheriff's Office is now seeking help identifying the person.

December 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Monday stabbing suspect found, arrested

The suspect in a Monday stabbing was found at a Gainesville motel Tuesday and arrested, said Hall County Sheriff's Office Deputy Nicole Bailes.

December 10, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


No one injured in school bus incident

Ladders on top of a van crashed into a school bus this morning, shattering glass in two rear windows, which fell on students. No one was cut or otherwise injured.

December 10, 2014 | From staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Eyes on the Road: McEver work taking longer than expected

Fixing McEver Road's pavement woes is taking longer than Hall County officials expected.

December 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Agency seeks gifts for seniors, children

Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging and Chick-fil-A are teaming up this holiday season to provide Christmas gifts to needy area seniors and children.

December 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Continuous flow intersection construction to begin in early '15

Georgia's first continuous flow intersection is set to begin construction early next year.

December 10, 2014 | By AMANDA HEAD ahead@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Ministry seeks help with backpacks to aid area homeless

A New Walk church in Gainesville is seeking backpacks to distribute to homeless people in the area.

December 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


SPLOST draft list includes roadwork, 911 upgrades

Hall County government officials on Tuesday released a draft list of potential SPLOST VII projects, including potentially $46.7 million budgeted for road improvement projects.

December 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cagle urges 'big and bold' approach to transportation issues

ATHENS - In the face of a nationwide infrastructure crisis, Georgia needs to be "big and bold" in meeting its long-term transportation needs, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told a large gathering of transportation officials Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Family offers forgiveness as man sentenced for killing grandmother

Ronnie Quqomeki Rucker didn't know his grandmother Lula Bell Howard, 70, had died as he talked with investigators after he stabbed Howard at her home.

December 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local




Brenau gets green light on physical therapy doctorate program

Brenau University will soon be accepting and educating future doctors of physical therapy.

December 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville planning board OKs one request, denies another

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board met Tuesday night to discuss requests for a rezoning and a zoning amendment.

December 09, 2014 | | Local


Suspect identified in Monday stabbing

The suspect and victim in a stabbing Monday morning have been identified.

December 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


US unveils federal law enforcement profiling curbs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing.

December 09, 2014 | By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Local


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