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Audit of Gainesville schools results in $33M in adjustments

State audits of the Gainesville school system identified the same problem in 2005 and 2006 and resulted in accounting adjustments of more than $33 million over a two-year period.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


State ranks Hall low in minority health care

State officials say Hall County is among the worst in Georgia when it comes to minority health care, but they're not sure why.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Schools discuss later start in ’09

Representatives from local school districts said they will consider pushing the start of the 2009-2010 school year back to late August.

Georgia Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox has suggested school districts across the state weigh the pros and cons of postponing the 2009-2010 school year to allow the state Department of Education time to include scores from the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests students may retake in June 2009.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Respecting Old Glory for Flag Day

It's a familiar setting as night is settling in. A light breeze brushes past the porch, ruffling the American flag hung outside on the flagpole in the gathering darkness. But something about this scene is wrong.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Death penalty trial for 2002 double homicide set for August

A judge has set a trial date for Hall County's first death penalty trial in nine years.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Forsyth to sue corps over Bethel Park

The Forsyth County commission has decided to pursue legal action against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the battle over Bethel Park.

June 24, 2008 | BY FRANK REDDY Times regional staff | Local


Woman struck by vehicle flown to Atlanta hospital

A woman has been flown to an Atlanta hospital and is in stable condition after being run over in the driveway of her Christopher Court home, according to reports.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


‘Tough cops’ are put to the test

The bright and early morning was pierced by the sounds of gunfire, rattling chain-link fences and shouting as law enforcement officials vied for the championship of the "Tough Cop" competition, part of the weeklong Georgia Police & Fire Games.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


Kitchen inspections

May 23

June 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


June 30 budget deadline not absolute for Gainesville school board

The debt-straddled Gainesville school system can go into next fiscal year, starting July 1, without approving a 2008-09 budget, but it must account for expenses and revenues through a monthly "spending resolution" it submits to the state.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville jury awards $3.5 million in teen’s death

A Gainesville jury on Tuesday found General Motors negligent in a rollover crash that killed a 14-year-old boy, awarding what may be a record amount to the parents who brought a federal lawsuit against the auto maker.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville approves higher trash pickup fees

In two weeks, Gainesville residents will pay more for their garbage collection, but their property tax rates will stay the same.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


American Legion's July 4 fireworks show moves to Laurel Park

Gainesville's traditional July 4 fireworks show is getting a makeover this year.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Chestatee Middle makes progress

Chestatee Middle School is the Hall County school system's latest school to receive good news about its status under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


'Tough Fire' trials put firefighters to the test

They made it look easy.

June 24, 2008 | | Local


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Collins on downed Malaysian jet: ‘World deserves answers’

Northeast Georgians weighed in Friday to the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukrainian airspace.

July 19, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Area real estate market again on the move

A few fluctuations in the local real estate market in recent months haven't changed the positive trend lines in home sales, according to brokers.

July 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Snakes alive! It’s a busy summer for serpents

Hall County resident Jennifer Sargent has found three snakes in her yard over the past six weeks.

July 19, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Driver in fatal June wreck tested positive for meth

A Gainesville woman behind the wheel in a June wreck that killed five people, including three children, had methamphetamine in her system, according to a toxicology report released Friday by the Georgia State Patrol.

July 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Camp helps kids face loss

Camp Braveheart, founded in 1996 by the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, is a weeklong summer camp designed to help children who have experienced a significant loss in their family. The camp is free of charge. Volunteer camp counselors are joined by licensed social workers and an art therapist to help the grieving campers at Cedar Hill Enrichment Center in Gainesville.

July 18, 2014 | | Local


Plans for new school in Mundy Mill neighborhood still on track

With two elementary schools near capacity, Gainesville City Schools is going forward with plans to build a new elementary school in the Mundy Mill neighborhood.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Museum to be first of its kind in Georgia

A museum dedicated to education is one step closer to reality in Flowery Branch.

July 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


New test designed to allow for more truck drivers, improve safety

Georgians will be seeing more trucks on the highway in coming years - at least, if economic development plans pan out as the governor's office expects.

July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Jumping right in: A swimmer at last

Until my adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, there was no way I would go into a pool past my shoulders.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State jobless patterns are not felt locally

The rising jobless rate in Georgia doesn't reflect the local employment picture, area business leaders say.

July 18, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Early voting for runoff ends today

Today is the last day to vote early for Tuesday's runoff election.

July 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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


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