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Academy's new building was decades in the making

ATHENS - The new brick building on Oglethorpe Avenue that houses Rutland Academy may have been finished in 2008, but its true beginnings stretch back 40 years to a woman who wanted to help children with special needs.

February 02, 2009 | BY CLAIRE MILLER Times regional staff | Local


Woman who died in East Hall fire is identified

On Sunday, Hall County Coroner Marion Merck identified the victim of an early Saturday house fire as Patsy Rider of East Hall.

February 02, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Count on drizzle, but not snow

According to today's forecast, the groundhog is likely not to see his shadow in Gainesville, signaling an early spring.

February 02, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Super Bowl commercial features Road Atlanta

The car explodes onto the screen while rock music from the Smashing Pumpkins blares in the background.

February 02, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


New tax could pay for roads

Motorists have plenty of time to consider the workday as their foot switches between gas pedal and brake on Spout Springs Road.

February 02, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Health companies complain as Medicare reduces payments for oxygen therapy

Home health companies that provide oxygen therapy are unhappy about new Medicare rules that limit reimbursement, and they warn that the policy change could harm patients.

February 02, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


It hasn't been a winter wonderland so far

Today is Groundhog Day, and whether or not the chubby rodent sees his shadow, we can predict one thing with absolute certainty: There will be six more weeks of winter.

February 02, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Woman who died in East Hall house fire identified

A 62-year-old woman was found dead in a house fire in East Hall early Saturday, fire officials said.

February 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


City leaders want golf course to make par

Gainesville City Council will hold a planning retreat this week, and officials say the profitability of the city's municipal golf course will be on the agenda.

February 01, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Tumbling tourism: Travel destinations try to lure winter visitors

The cold weather and gray skies of winter don't inspire many people to leave home. But deals available at nearby travel destinations could change their minds.

February 01, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


300 people attended Vietnamese New Year celebration

Their legs flew all over the stage as the four young men danced to the taped music, a mixture of dance tunes. A couple of them broke into a Christian rap song.

February 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lessie Smithgall’s ‘story’ recounts 97 years of seeking the road less traveled

Condensing 97 years into 202 pages isn't easy, but Lessie Smithgall has done it.

January 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Carnival brings Super Bowl fun to Hall County

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, but families got a head start on the fun Saturday at the third annual Super Bowl Carnival held by Hall County Parks and Leisure.

January 31, 2009 | Megan Gill | Local


Shoot house practice gives Rangers on-target combat training

BRASELTON - Spc. Daniel Garcia of the 5th Army Ranger Training Battalion had quite the task in front of him. He had to pull a thin sled with a dummy wounded soldier on it 250 feet, lie down and aim his semi-automatic weapon at a target 50 feet away and shoot four rounds each into the remaining targets from different distances.

January 31, 2009 | Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Fire drill for firemen

JEFFERSON - It was like a scene straight off the pages of Fahrenheit 451.

January 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Hall looks to buy new firetruck

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is set to approve about $1 million in spending on Thursday for the purchase of a new firetruck with an aerial platform.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall business code changes still in contention

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is still considering revisions to the business license code months after changes were first proposed.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula plans for the end of SPLOST

Lula is developing a backup plan in case Hall County's special purpose local option sales tax is not extended after it expires next year.

September 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school system considers going charter

The Hall County School District is hoping to become a charter system next year, but it's a decision that hinges on the Georgia Department of Education's interpretation of just what a charter system is.

September 09, 2014 | | Local


State board member to address Common Core standards in Gainesville

A public hearing is set for tonight in Gainesville on Common Core standards in Georgia schools.

September 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Planning board to hear request for brewery today

Pap Datta hopes to turn Gainesville into the next hub of the craft beer industry, and he will ask the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tonight to rezone a brick warehouse along Maple Street, near Wild Wing Café, so he can launch Left Nut Brewing Co.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


NY Times reporter comments on beheadings of journalists

Reporters covering dangerous areas of the world go through special training before they start working their first story overseas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter told a Gainesville audience Monday.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia ethics commission fires director

September 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall may play role in future passenger rail

Gainesville-Hall County figures prominently in passenger and commuter rail proposals in the Georgia Department of Transportation's new long-range rail plan.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Two camping hot spots open this winter

Those who enjoy cool weather camping can rejoice: The Army Corps of Engineers plans to have two of its Lake Lanier campgrounds open through March.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school board raises superintendent's pay

Whenever the Hall County Board of Education has tried to give a bonus to Superintendent Will Schofield in recent years, he has turned it down.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Senate candidates tackle the blame game

ATLANTA - Who's to blame for Washington gridlock?

September 08, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy and Adam Beam Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: Community service work set at Centennial

Fifth-graders at Centennial Arts Academy will be helping soldiers, the homeless and the elderly for their service learning projects this year.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


3rd annual Soggy Doggy Pool Party closes out summer

Area dogs and their owners gathered at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center Sunday for some fun in the water at the third annual Soggy Doggy Pool Party. Dogs of all sizes splashed around in the pool throughout the afternoon and competed in contests like best game of fetch and best tricks. The canine pool party, sponsored by Gainesville's parks and recreation department, is held each year after the pool closes for the season.

September 07, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Fire survivor to speak at United Way event

John O'Leary survived burns to his entire body, and will tell his story of survival and redemption Thursday to the United Way of Hall County.

September 07, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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