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Officials: Bus fire wasn’t arson

Arson has been ruled out as a cause of a fire Friday that destroyed eight Gainesville city school buses, Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada said Wednesday.

May 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County avoids tax increase with cuts

Hall County's budget for next year includes cuts and employee layoffs within the county but avoids raising taxes.

May 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Superintendent wants some exempt from pay cuts

Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield said Wednesday he is recommending nurses, paraprofessionals and national board-certified teachers be exempt from an anticipated 2 percent to 3 percent pay cut this upcoming school year.

May 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Realtor wants 2 tracts annexed in Flowery Branch

A Flowery Branch Realtor has petitioned Flowery Branch City Council to annex two tracts totaling nearly 11 acres and zone them as highway business.

May 27, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Retired teachers await their state checks

About 9,000 retired educators in Georgia are waiting on checks following the conclusion of a five-year class action lawsuit against the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia.

May 26, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kids can get a free ride to the library

For kids in Gainesville, reading over the summer pays.

May 26, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Governor, interior secretary to see areas affected by drought

Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Ken Salazar will meet with Gov. Sonny Perdue today to tour and discuss areas previously affected by drought.

May 26, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Man gets life sentence for killing chaplain

The case of a Clermont chaplain killed in December by a man he tried to help was closed Tuesday with a guilty plea, though much of the reasoning behind the murder of Frank Harris Jr. may forever remain unexplained.

May 26, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch schedules sewer plan meeting to discuss environmental impact

Flowery Branch plans to hold a public hearing June 17 on the eventual doubling of capacity at its plant off Atlanta Highway.

May 26, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


15 die in Memorial Day weekend accidents

Though a rainy Memorial Day weekend kept people off Georgia's lakes, 15 people died on the state's roads during the 78-hour holiday period.

May 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Family worries about daughter; officials think teen ran away

Lumpkin County authorities believe a 16-year-old teenager who disappeared nine days ago ran away from home.

But whether Hannah Thompson left her father's home willingly on May 18 makes no difference to her family members. They still are worried.

May 26, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


More people volunteer for American Cancer Society Relay for Life, but donations decline

The economy may be in a recession, but American Cancer Society officials say support is strong for its annual Relay for Life fundraisers.

May 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Rainy weather keeps holiday weekend quiet

The rain may have put a damper on Memorial Day weekend, but it did keep fatalities and drownings to a minimum.

May 25, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Honor Guard keeps watch over graves

For 24 hours, there was a sheriff's deputy marching each minute in the name of the fallen.

May 25, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Parade is a hit despite clouds

Gainesville's patriotism was in full bloom despite gray skies Monday as American veterans marched down Green Street in the annual Memorial Day Parade.

May 25, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Atlanta Street and the front lines of poverty, crime

The signs are everywhere around Peppers Market, at the corner of Atlanta Street and EE Butler Parkway in Gainesville.

June 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia State Championship races through Lula

Competitive bicyclists descended on Lula Saturday for The Georgia State Championship Road Race.

June 20, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Gainesville man charged with trafficking $40K worth of meth

Officials with Hall County Sheriff's Office arrested a 27-year-old Gainesville man Friday following an investigation involving more than 400 grams of methamphetamine.

June 20, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Junior League has more room to feed the future

All good things need room to grow.

June 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall OKs safety improvements on Union Church Road

Safety improvements on a short but treacherous stretch of Union Church Road in South Hall County could take place within the next year.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


More non-Hispanics visit authentic ethnic eateries

Fernando de Aguero could tell Jay Blanton all about his favorite taqueria.

June 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Hall’s sewer system ready for growth

On his way out of office, Gary Gibbs spoke these prophetic words in December 2004: The key to Hall County's future is running sewer up Ga. 365 in North Hall.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Father’s Day takes on different meaning for new dad

Since the moment they found out Karen Jones was pregnant, friends and family flooded her and husband Dustin with baby care books and all manner of advice, but nothing could have truly prepared the couple for what was to come. Namely, the moment when they came home with their newborn daughter.

June 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Ask The Times: Sorority houses closer to the street than some

The new sorority houses at Brenau on Prior Street spoil the look and feel of the college campus. Did the college have to get special zoning variances or exceptions to build them so close together and so close to the street?

June 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Decrease in Hall gang activity attributed to deportation program

The arrest last month of an alleged MS-13 gang member in Flowery Branch was one of the more recent appearances of the Salvadoran group in Hall County.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Some teachers spend summers right back at work

Teachers work hard from August through May.

June 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flowery Branch plans for more art downtown

Flowery Branch City Planner John McHenry is looking for more ways to incorporate art into the downtown area.

June 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Oakwood poultry producer Wayne Farms plans public stock sale

An Oakwood-based poultry producer is forging ahead with plans for an initial public stock offering.

June 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Dawsonville man guilty of murder, believed cellmate was the devil

Believing his cellmate was the devil, John Darrell Setchel grabbed 72-year-old Ronald Sailers off of the top bunk in the Hall County Jail and slammed his head into the ground until he died, prosecutors said Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Judge rejects Georgia’s motion to dismiss water wars case

A Maine lawyer overseeing the latest legal battle in the tri-state water wars has denied Georgia's motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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