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Jackson County school system plans cuts to jobs, night sessions

JEFFERSON - The Jackson County Board of Education approved a plan Wednesday morning to save more than $3 million by reducing its work force, implementing a furlough plan and eliminating the regional evening school program.

March 25, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Hester gets life in prison for murder

Troy Hester apologized Wednesday to the family of murder victim Allison Brownell but stopped short of admitting he shot her, while his attorney continued to maintain the convicted killer's innocence.

March 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Spell’s former employees exonerated

Three people who worked for Ponzi schemer Wendell Spell's heavy equipment company have been dropped as defendants in a lawsuit filed by 16 former investors.

March 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Tax allocation district amendment likely will sail to approval

School tax money may be available for redevelopment projects in Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Oakwood this year if a constitutional amendment passes through the state Senate as easily as it did the House.

March 25, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville breaks ground on its future public safety building

About a week after county voters agreed to a 1 percent sales tax to fund its construction, Gainesville officials broke ground Wednesday on the city's future public safety facility.

March 25, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Flowery Branch gets a TAD busy

FLOWERY BRANCH - The first order of business for Flowery Branch's new tax allocation district advisory committee was lending a hand with a $15 million downtown project that has been in the works for more than two years.

March 25, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rain cancels Saturday kids events, live music

Kids events and live music planned as part of the fifth annual Downtown Gainesville Gran Prix Criterium have been canceled due to the forecast of rain.

March 25, 2009 | | Local


Flood watch issued as heavy rain moves in

Keep your umbrella handy. You're going to need it for the next four days.

Heavy rain is moving into the region today, and by the time it stops raining Saturday night, forecasters are saying up to 4 inches of rain could fall. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of north and central Georgia -- including Gainesville -- until Saturday night.

March 25, 2009 | Mitch Clarke | Local


Banks will drop complaint if city gives up radar

Hall County Commissioner Bobby Banks said Tuesday he is willing to drop his complaint against the city of Gainesville's annexation requests if the police department will verify that it will not apply for a radar permit.

March 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville, Dahlonega receive grants to help preserve history

Gainesville and Dahlonega are on their way to preserving pieces of history after receiving federal historical preservation grants.

March 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Attorney: Spell is ‘absolutely broke’

Victims of a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors for as much as $60 million may have a hard time getting any money back.

March 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


School nurse takes quick action to aid ill student

A West Hall Middle School nurse's quick medical attention may have saved the life of a seventh-grader Tuesday.

March 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Precious cargo requires tough school bus driver rules

Two weeks ago, there was a minor accident in Cleveland involving a White County school bus. No one was injured, and no students were on the bus.

March 24, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Need help paying for prescriptions? Visit Thursday's bus tour

Local residents who have lost their insurance and need help paying for prescription medications can find help Thursday.

March 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Group plans tribute for National Guard unit headed abroad

A two-hour celebration filled with patriotic tributes is planned as a send-off Thursday for Charlie Company, a Gainesville-based Army National Guard unit headed to Afghanistan.

March 24, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Officials: West Hall Middle administrators manipulated test data

Two former administrators at West Hall Middle School were censured for manipulating Adequate Yearly Progress numbers in 2010, officials confirmed this month.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Class Notes: UNG partners with neurological facility

Students at the University of North Georgia will soon have internship opportunities at a special facility for patients with neurological disorders.

October 20, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites

The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


$750K grant to fund Department of Juvenile Justice service program

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice received a $750,000 federal grant for a re-entry program, with the intent to have a pilot program identified by next month.

October 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


No one hurt in Atlanta Highway house fire

No one was injured in house fire Sunday evening on Atlanta Highway in Gainesville, fire officials said.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville center to provide counseling for abused boys

Nearly one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Cagle faces challenge from Democrat Stokes in quest for 3rd term

Georgia's competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate have dominated media coverage in the run-up to the general election Nov. 4, overshadowing other contests.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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