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Water restrictions eased for public utilities, not residents

Gainesville and Hall County will remain under level four drought restrictions as they have been since last October, state officials said at Tuesday's meeting of the state drought response committee.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gas prices pose budget problems for Hall County schools

Fearing the price of fuel could go higher, the Hall County Board of Education is discussing whether to increase the proposed fuel budget for fiscal year 2009.

Jewel Armour, executive director of operations for the school system, told board members Monday night that he had budgeted between $3.90 and $4 per gallon for the coming year's purchase of 480,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 60,000 gallons of gasoline.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City schools at least $1.7 million short for next fiscal year

Though still early in the Gainesville school system budgeting process, the projected spending for fiscal year 2008-09 exceeds the income by $3.3 million.

Janet Allison, finance chief for the district, told the City Board of Education Monday night that expenses are estimated at $52.9 million and revenues at $49.6 million.

May 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hearing set for proposed drug-testing expansion

A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. May 19 on a proposal plans to expand the Hall County school system's random drug-testing program.

May 17, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hikers want to recognize Appalachian Trail with new car tag

If you're a bicyclist in Georgia, you can get a license plate for your car reminding others to "Share the road." You can also get specialty plates proclaiming your love for NASCAR or for your alma mater.

But if you're a hiker, there is no plate that depicts your favorite pastime. That could soon change, however.

May 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall's future life aquatic coming via Frances Meadows Center

It won't be long before the Frances Meadows Center will be all wet.

May 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Sergeant wants to help other Hispanic people to achieve

Sgt. Jose Rogerio Tapia quietly made history last month.

Tapia, an 18-year veteran of the Hall County Sheriff's Office, became the first person of Hispanic ethnicity to reach the rank of sergeant in local law enforcement history. Neither the sheriff's office nor Gainesville Police Department has had a Latino reach that supervisory rank before.

May 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Developer, residents gearing up for final fight over gas station

In what may be the final round between an Atlanta developer and the residents from a community for those 55 and older, the Gainesville City Council is set to decide if it is appropriate to allow a RaceTrac gas station on the edge of a neighborhood that originally barred all auto-related businesses.

May 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Georgia aims to defend drought plan against Florida's attacks

The director of the state Environmental Protection Division said Tuesday that the state is readying a response to Florida's allegations that Georgia is using more than its fair share of water from the Chattahoochee River.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Some speak out against development at Hall planning meeting

A developer's proposal to construct nine office warehouses on Old Winder Highway drew about 20 protesters to the Hall County Planning Commission meeting Monday.

The voices of opposition succeeded in convincing the planning commission to recommend Hall County Commissioners deny the developers' rezoning request when it comes before the commission on May 22 for final action.

May 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville votes for RaceTrac gas station; resident says they were betrayed by City Council, mayor

Seasons on Lanier residents won the first battle against the Atlanta developer trying to change their neighborhood, but it was Easlan Capital of Atlanta Inc. who won the war.

May 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


GHS 9th-graders get new principal

Gainesville High School's Freshman Academy has a new principal.

May 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Colleges, hospital team up to train lab techs

Most people have heard that Georgia needs more doctors and nurses. But they may not be aware that there's also a serious shortage of allied health workers.

May 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall sets public hearing on school drug tests

A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. May 19 on a proposal plans to expand the Hall County school system's random drug-testing program.

May 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Officials name slaying suspect

Authorities arrested Donnie G. Poland just after 10 p.m. Saturday and charged him with one count of felony murder in the home invasion shooting death of a West Hall retiree.

On Thursday afternoon, Hall County Sheriff's deputies arrived at a home on Monroe Circle and discovered that 69-year-old Max Eugene "Gene" Baggett was killed by a gunshot to the head. Baggett's wife had discovered his body at about 5 p.m. that day.

May 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Sales tax meeting draws few Hall residents

If Hall County officials thought additional public input meetings would generate greater turnout and broader interest in a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, they got a rude awakening Thursday night.

November 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall chamber recognizes industry leaders

Hall County industry leaders are manufacturers, transporters, bread makers and more.

November 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Old Man Winter to fall on Georgia this weekend

Get out the quilts and bring in the dogs: Winter's making another early visit.

November 13, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Badge & Bar: Habersham prison program tackles inmate education

A new program hosted at a Habersham prison will work to educate inmates and help them reach high school diplomas or GEDs, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday.

November 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Georgia Gives Day offers online opportunities for charitable giving

Today marks Georgia Gives Day, an online effort to raise money for charities throughout the state.

November 13, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Elected leaders want to talk more before setting road project priorities

A group of top elected leaders balked Wednesday at approving a draft list of prioritized road projects through 2040, saying they needed first to discuss each project individually in a work session.

November 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch shuts down Growlers on Main temporarily

It's closing time - at least temporarily - for the popular Growlers on Main draft beer business in downtown Flowery Branch.

November 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Featherbone event honors area entrepreneurs

Some of North Georgia's best business leaders were honored Wednesday for their expertise and ingenuity in their fields.

November 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Victim of fatal plane crash remembered fondly

To tackle her fear of heights, Ann-Margaret Johnston took to the skies. By her side was flight instructor Kelly Chandler, a staple in the Gainesville aviation community, who died Monday night.

November 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville man charged with shooting, wounding girlfriend

Authorities said they believe a Gainesville man shot his live-in girlfriend Wednesday morning, with the bullet grazing her forehead.

November 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County reimbursed for firetruck involved in July training accident

Sutphen, the manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July accident that seriously injured three Hall County firefighters, has now reimbursed the county for the purchase cost of the truck and taken possession of the rig, according to documents obtained by The Times and interviews with county officials.

November 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities say man shot girlfriend in the forehead

Authorities believe a Gainesville man shot his live-in girlfriend this morning, with the bullet grazing her forehead.

November 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Elected leaders want more discussion before OK’ing road project priorities

A group of top elected leaders balked this morning at approving a draft list of prioritized road projects through 2040, saying they needed first to discuss each project individually in a work session.

November 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tractor-trailer accident snarls traffic on I-985

An accident involving two tractor-trailer trucks has mangled the morning commute on Interstate 985.

November 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Good News at Noon blesses new property

To the sounds of "Amazing Grace" and "I'll Fly Away," Gainesville homeless shelter and ministry Good News at Noon blessed its new property Tuesday evening on Davis Street.

November 12, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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