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Two Hall County schools earn state honors

Two Hall County schools are among more than 275 Georgia public schools recognized Wednesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue and state Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox for improvement and achievement during the 2007-2008 school year.

November 23, 2008 | From staff reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Lean Cuisine frozen chicken meals recalled

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is alerting consumers to the recall of some Lean Cuisine frozen chicken meals manufactured by Nestlé Prepared Foods Co. of Springville, Utah.

November 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Transfer will cover Flowery Branch's budget shortfall

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday to transfer $71,697 from this year's budget to cover a shortfall in the 2007-08 budget.

November 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hagen Creek community may get new neighbors

North Hall could see another mega development built alongside the future Hagen Creek, the planned community approved by Hall County in January.

The development, called Cane Creek, would be a commercial and residential development sitting next to Hagen Creek near Lula.

November 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Organization plans fundraising gala to offset state budget cuts

Rebecca Davis hopes a certain puppy will bring in some much needed funding and attention for abused children at the Hope & Healing Harvest Fest Saturday.

The gala, which will feature a silent auction, food and live music, aims to raise money for the Children's Center for Hope and Healing. The center, formerly called the Family Relations Program, provides counseling to children who are the victims of sexual abuse.

November 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Mayor mistaken on claims about emergency response during August tornadoes

During at least two meetings in the last week, Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras incorrectly told audiences that county "islands" within the city limits caused a problem with emergency responses to the Office Depot shopping center when a tornado hit it in late August.

Figueras twice told audiences that the city's emergency responders were the first to arrive on the scene when a tornado hit the Office Depot shopping center - a county island - on Aug. 26, and then had to wait for permission from the county to begin relief efforts.

November 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Retired teachers praise decision

ATLANTA - More than 300,000 active and retired educators across the state heaved a collective sigh of relief Wednesday after the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia board of trustees voted to keep retired educators' guaranteed semi-annual cost-of-living adjustments intact.

November 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Group announces dates for heating program

The Georgia Department of Human Resources will help pay heating costs for natural gas, electricity, heating oil or liquid propane. One-time payments will be made by checks issued to the home energy suppliers on behalf of eligible households.

November 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Traffic signal project may ease driving woes

Navigating Jesse Jewell Parkway or Browns Bridge Road can test the patience of any motorist, especially during rush hour and other busy times of the day.

November 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Judge nixes new trial for ex-fiance

A judge refused to grant a new trial Wednesday in the much-publicized case of the jilted bride.

November 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Marijuana grower faces life sentence

A Blairsville man faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole for growing marijuana on National Forest land.

Andrew N. Cox, 45, was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court in Gainesville this week on charges of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and attempting to manufacture marijuana, officials said.

November 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deal: GOP in opposition mode

The 110th Congress appears headed toward a partisan close, with Senate Democrats backing legislation that would direct some of the money in the $700 billion Wall Street bailout to the auto industry, and the White House and Republicans saying help for automakers should not come from the rescue plan.

November 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cleveland volunteers renovate building for free clinic

For months, a storefront on Cleveland's downtown square has had its doors painted with the message, "Coming soon: White County free clinic."

November 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Pioneering Camp Fire Girls leader Martha Hope dies

Martha Hope, who devoted much of her life to programs for girls of Northeast Georgia, has died following a period of declining health.

November 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


First woman to serve on Jefferson City Council dies

JEFFERSON - The first woman to serve on the Jefferson City Council passed away Monday.

November 22, 2008 | | Local


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NGMC takes steps to guard against Ebola

With heightened concerns about the Ebola virus spreading beyond West Africa, Northeast Georgia Medical Center is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations about controlling the disease.

September 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Library’s annual book sale attracts a crowd

The Gainesville library was full of people Sunday as the Friends of the Hall County Library System's biggest annual book sale in years came to a close.

September 22, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


US Census reports states income drops to 5-year low in Hall

The median household income in Hall County is at its lowest level in five years and is below both the Georgia and national averages, according to recent numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

September 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Hall schools to celebrate signing of US Constitution

Hall schools are celebrating the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with patriotic contests and displays.

September 22, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall dive team seeks possible Lanier drowning victim

A 28-year-old man fell into Lake Lanier and did not resurface in a probable drowning over the weekend, law enforcement officials said.

September 21, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


It’s wait-and-see for physicians over Hall County’s planned clinic

Representatives of local retail pharmacies have expressed concern about Hall County's plans to open a clinic and pharmacy for employees next year, arguing local government should not compete unfairly with the private sector.

September 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Missing videotape cuts murder trial short

Prosecutors and Hall County Sheriff's Office officials do not know what happened to a videotaped 2006 interview that was involved in a murder case years later.

September 21, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Drivers wanted to help seniors

Seniors in Hall County will have a new transportation method available in 2015.

September 21, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Area experts warn against rising Islamic State terror

Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard believes those wondering whether the Islamic State's reach could extend into middle America should remember or learn what happened in Beslan, Russia, in September 2004.

September 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


World Language Academy immerses students in languages, culture

September 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Harvest of Hope’s message: Living with cancer, not dying from it

Cancer patients came together with other survivors, doctors and vendors Saturday at the annual Harvest of Hope at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville.

September 20, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Artists share works at annual Art in the Square

A picture-perfect Saturday greeted visitors as area artists set up shop in the downtown Gainesville square for the 11th annual Art in the Square festival.

September 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County Schools prepare for new direction

If the Hall County School District becomes a charter system, Superintendent Will Schofield said the change will cost more in time than in dollars, requiring a large amount of training and professional development.

September 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County officials finalizing SPLOST project list

Hall County officials are finalizing a category list for projects to be funded by a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax. They hope to present that list to voters during public input meetings later this fall.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Meth charge dropped after only spaghetti sauce found on spoon

Drug charges have been dropped against a Commerce woman after crime lab analysis confirmed her claim that a spoon she had in a vehicle leading to her arrest did not contain methamphetamine residue but spaghetti sauce.

September 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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