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Laid-off teachers face exit decision

The 100 or so Hall County teachers laid off earlier this month were given until Friday to determine how they would end their teaching careers in the system.

March 15, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


What if voters say 'no' to SPLOST?

Many local officials say that if SPLOST VI does not come through, neither will some of the big projects they hoped to fund with the tax.

March 14, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville City Council rebuffs plan for mayoral elections

A state lawmaker's effort to give Gainesville voters a chance to weigh in on the idea of an elected mayor is being resisted by members of the Gainesville City Council, some of which say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

March 14, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood and Ashley Fielding hblackwood@gainesvilletimes.com, afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Spring foliage is just down the road

Bill Lott maneuvers his way down a leaf-covered embankment in the Thompson Mills Forest and crouches next to a patch of small, pine-shaped plants covering the forest floor.

March 14, 2009 | By Katie Dunn kdunn@clickthepaper.com | Local


A special trip for a Special Olympian

Katy Wilson has many reasons to be proud.

March 14, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Retailer donates cameras to Hall County law enforcement

In domestic violence cases, the camera never lies.

March 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flood watch issued for Northeast Georgia as steady rains move in

A full day of steady rain has led the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for Northeast Georgia and other areas of the state through Monday morning.

As much as 2 to 3 inches of rain is expected in the area tonight and Sunday. A total of 0.35 inch of rain fell between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. today at the NWS recording station at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

March 14, 2009 | | Local


Mellow Mushroom coming to old Rudolph's location

A historic home on Green Street that was once a setting for fine dining will reopen in three months as a pizza franchise.

March 14, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall Progress 2009 promoting passage of sales tax on Tuesday

The "Vote Yes" signs are all over Gainesville's Green Street, as are advertisements in The Times.

March 14, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville High fans proud despite tough loss

MACON - After Gainesville High's heartbreaking 59-56 loss to Westover in the state Class AAA basketball semifinals Friday night at the Macon Centreplex, the Red Elephant faithful who made the two-hour drive remained proud of their team.

March 14, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Federal stimulus may help fund teachers' salaries

State school superintendent Kathy Cox told local school districts Friday that some federal stimulus funds can be used to pay teacher salaries.

March 14, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Online sting nets Kennesaw man in Gainesville

A Kennesaw man who traveled to Gainesville with the intentions of having sex with a 14-year-old girl was arrested Thursday, Hall County Sheriff's officials said Friday.

March 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Four arrested in meth raid by local drug unit

Four people were arrested on charges of trafficking methamphetamine following a monthlong undercover operation by the Gainesville-Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, officials said Friday.

March 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Brownies go scouting for bears

FLOWERY BRANCH - A group of Brownies earning their final merit badges for the year decided they want to design their project around something that would help children less fortunate or in distress.

March 13, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mix of prescription drugs killed Hoschton teen, authorities say

HOSCHTON - Authorities say a lethal concoction of prescription narcotics killed Brittane Nichole Brown, a 14-year-old Jackson County Comprehensive High School freshman found dead at a Hoschton home in December.

March 13, 2009 | By Katie Dunn kdunn@clickthepaper.com | Local


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2nd man arrested in West Avenue shooting

The case involving a June 5 shooting death at a West Avenue apartment has moved to Superior Court, and a second man connected to the case has been brought into police custody.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cockfighting suspicion leads to man's arrest on pot charges

A Hall County man arrested Wednesday in relation to growing marijuana also is suspected of being involved in cockfighting, Hall County officials said in a news release.

July 18, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch approves property tax increase

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved the city's first millage rate increase since 2006.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

No one was hurt Thursday when a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 985 southbound shut down the highway for a time.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man sentenced to life without parole for rape

A Gainesville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday on charges of rape and false imprisonment, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville man convicted of attempted murder

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of attempted murder in connection with an October 2012 knife attack, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Lesson seven: Kick, hands, kick, hands

Wednesday marked my second-to-last adult swim lesson at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. It also marked my first time swimming across the pool, a full 25 yards, from the three-foot side of the pool to the six-foot side.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Alto man sentenced to 25 years in child molestation case

An Alto man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole following a conviction of aggravated child molestation, among other charges.

July 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County yet to feel state revenue windfall

State revenues are increasing this year over last, but economic hiccups remain and local governments have yet to see the payoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville fan program eases seniors’ swelter

Gainesville residents are trying to find ways of keeping cool in the summer heat that won't empty their wallets.

July 17, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Demolition of Lanier Plaza begins, to take 2-3 weeks

Demolition of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is underway.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Wreck injuries not life-threatening

All three occupants involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lula on Tuesday came away from the collision without life-threatening injuries, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jonathan S. Munger said Wednesday.

July 17, 2014 | | Local


Perdue, Kingston visit Hall County, try to woo voters

David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, each rolled through Hall County on Wednesday, hoping to turn out the vote in the July 22 runoff.

July 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


End of course tests show area high schoolers struggling in math

Scores released Wednesday show math remains a struggle for students locally and statewide.

July 17, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Former Flowery Branch woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

TEXARKANA, Texas - A former Flowery Branch resident who had minor acting roles in film and television was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

July 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


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