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Ingles grocery sprouts in South Hall

The expansion of new retail shopping in South Hall County gains another player on Saturday as Ingles, the North Carolina-based supermarket chain, opens a store at 4260 Winder Highway, near the Martin Road intersection.

"This is an 80,000-square-foot store with a pharmacy, a fuel center and a car wash," said Ron Freeman, chief financial officer of Ingles.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Volunteers help send greetings to soldiers overseas

"Worst-case scenario, if you send a MARSgram to a guy on a ballistic-missile submarine that only surfaces every three months, he probably won't get it for a few months," Chuck Leming said.

Leming, the Georgia MARS training officer, was not talking about the candy bar nor the red planet. Leming was referring to a way of messaging soldiers overseas, the MARSgram.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Company wins national award for completion of Hall jail

"On time and on budget" was the mantra when Hall County's $54 million jail was built on Barber Road last year.

June 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Camp’s art mirrors life

Like kids in a candy shop, the class eagerly crowded around the drawers and boxes of the art supply station. They sifted their fingers through the assortment of supplies, which included everything from seashells and sequins to Popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville schools: Ballowe doesn’t have the answers

Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe was unable to provide definitive answers Wednesday for why the district has amassed a $6.6 million deficit over two years or why this year's budget has huge spending increases in several areas.

Instead, Ballowe pushed off specific questions about the district's spending to chief financial officer Janet Allison.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water babies: Little ones learn to swim at Green Street pool

Sunshine and splashes abounded Thursday as kids, with the help of kickboards and their parents, made their way around the Green Street Pool during the Water Babies class.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville denies schools' request for tax collection waiver

Gainesville City Council voted Thursday morning to deny the Gainesville school board's request to not charge the system the city's 1 percent fee for property tax collection and sending out tax notices.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ceremony marks end of first phase of Flowery Branch streetscape project

Melting ice cream and a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of Flowery Branch's phase one streetscape project.

Former DOT Chairman Mike Evans and state Rep. James Mills, who were instrumental in securing the funding for the $321,000 project, spoke to the crowd of about 30 people at the celebration Wednesday afternoon in the railroad depot.

June 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


All Hall high schools expected to meet AYP requirements

Based on preliminary data, the Hall County school system expects all six of its high schools to make "adequate yearly progress" this year, Superintendent Will Schofield said.

Lanier Career Academy, its evening high school, doesn't have enough students in any "subgroup" - or category of students based on race, ethnicity and other factors - to be considered for making adequate progress.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Woman gets jail term for illegally signing abortion papers

A Hall County woman is spending a year in jail after she illegally gave written permission for her son's 16-year-old girlfriend to have an abortion at a Chamblee clinic.

Cindi C. Cook, a 44-year-old resident of Flowery Branch, pleaded guilty to violating the state's Parental Notification Act and interfering with the custody of a minor in a DeKalb County court last week.

June 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville charter school pitch clears committee, moves to full state board

A committee of the State Board of Education has recommended approval of the Gainesville school system's application to become a charter school system.

The Charter Schools Committee voted 4-to-1 Wednesday to send Gainesville's application to the full state board. The panel also voted 3-to-2 to approve the Marietta city systems application and 5-to-0 on the application of the Decatur city schools.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Spending, not revenue, ­source of budget problem for city schools

Gainesville city school officials keep talking about revenue shortfalls, but budget numbers show that the school district has been shelling out plenty of money this fiscal year.

The district projects that by June 30, the end of this fiscal year, it will have spent $50.8 million, or $3.2 million more than the $47.6 million projected in expenditures when the City Board of Education approved the 2007-08 budget last June.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man fined for grazing cows

A Helen man has been fined for trespassing in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Kids learn how to stay out of harm's way through teamwork

Hannah Gilbert first attended what is now called Advance Camp seven years ago, as a 9-year-old elementary school student learning about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

June 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch man dies in Florida wreck

A Flowery Branch man was killed Tuesday night and two Vero Beach, Fla., residents suffered serious injuries when their vehicles collided on Interstate 95 near Indrio Road in St. Lucie County, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

June 22, 2008 | By Sarah Prohaska The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post | Local


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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


The Local Agenda: State legislators to discuss issues over breakfast

Legislators representing Hall County under the Gold Dome are scheduled to talk about the upcoming legislative session at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast.

December 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Brenau construction remains on schedule

The extensive construction on Brenau University's campus is well underway and right on schedule for completion next year.

December 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall commissioners discuss tennis court repairs

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Monday took up the issue of tennis court repairs at the Village at Deaton Creek in Hoschton.

December 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall to release sales tax projects list

Residents planning to attend a final public input meeting Thursday on a proposed extension of the special purpose local option sales tax should have some projects to consider if they go.

December 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville church OKs easement for new housing

City officials received the green light from an area church on an easement for a new housing development into the church parking lot.

December 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Deputies searching for man suspected in stabbing

A man was stabbed Monday and the suspected attacker is on the run, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

December 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


State ethics agency faces more changes

ATLANTA - After a stinging audit and a staffing overhaul, the state ethics commission looks to a new year that could bring even more significant changes.

December 08, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: Gainesville school board supports naming field for Cabbell

The Gainesville City Board of Education recognized the late E.L. Cabbell at its Dec. 1 meeting and voiced support for naming a city field after him.

December 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Christmas on Green Street brings cheer to Gainesville

On Sunday afternoon in Gainesville, one of the city's busiest thoroughfares was shut down for the annual Victorian-themed Chistmas on Green Street.

December 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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