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Residents give ideas to improve libraries

A group of nearly 20 Hall County residents and elected officials gathered Monday at Blackshear Place Library in Oakwood to brainstorm improvement ideas for Hall County libraries.

Adrian Mixson, Hall County Library System director, said the purpose of the focus group was to determine how library patrons' needs regarding facilities, services and programs might change during the next five years.

April 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Holly tree pruning will block off lane of downtown traffic

GAINESVILLE- It's not Christmas, but they'll still be trimming the holly tree.

Gainesville motorists should be advised that the Green Street lane that turns right onto E.E. Butler will be blocked off this afternoon while Jackson EMC prunes the Green Street holly tree.

April 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


An exercise in auctioneering: Uptown Fitness equipment sold to pay taxes

They came in search of the elusive bargain, and some found it Tuesday as Gainesville and the Hall County Tax Commissioners office sold some of the equipment at the former Uptown Fitness on Bradford Street.

April 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Car theft, chase lead to arrest of Talmo teenager

An 18-year-old Talmo resident is being held in the Hall County Jail without bond after he allegedly fired a gun at someone, stole a car and fled from deputies Sunday morning.

April 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Uptown Fitness Center equipment up for auction

The Hall County Tax Commissioners Office and the city of Gainesville will host an auction from 8 to 10 a.m. today at the former site of Uptown Fitness Center at 131 Bradford St.

April 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Forum on HOPE set for tonight

A forum on changes made last year in HOPE scholarship grade-point average calculations is set for 7 tonight at the Hall County school system offices at 711 Green St.

April 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville braces for less money in budget

GAINESVILLE - The city of Gainesville may be running on a slimmer budget in the coming fiscal year than in years past.

A lag in construction and an uncertain economy has Gainesville's financial experts projecting revenues for this fiscal year to be less than had been expected. But Gainesville City Manager Brian Shuler insists the outlook is not so grim.

April 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


14 arrested for underage drinking at Buford party

Two Buford residents have been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and keeping a disorderly house after 14 teenagers were arrested for underage drinking at their home early Sunday morning.

April 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Sardis Elementary examines whether charter school status could help close academic achievement gap

Principal Jan Hughes sees a wide academic achievement gap between "children of poverty and children of wealth" at Sardis Elementary School.

April 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fair Street center's grand opening gives Southside a boost

The Fair Street Neighborhood Center officially opened for business Sunday with a dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting.

April 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kidney transplant patient rides his bike for charity

Peter Kite has battled adversity since the day he was born. But now the Dawsonville resident is focused on making life easier for others.

Kite, 39, has endured two consecutive kidney transplants. A congenital defect caused his kidneys to fail by the time he was 13, when he received a living donor transplant from his mother.

April 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Lawyers sponsor run for a good cause: helping those in the court system to recover

As a run up to Law Day, Gainesville lawyers are running for a cause.

April 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shearing day gets woolly

Despite gray skies and chilling temperatures, more than 300 people flocked to Wauka Valley Farm near Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the spring shearing of Lynn Johnson's 59 sheep.

For the seventh year, Johnson invited the public to her 40-acre farm that rests under the steadfast watch of Wauka Mountain.

April 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County court clerk legally pockets passport fees

When Hall County Clerk of Court Dwight Wood began processing passport applications in his office in 1991, they came trickling in a few per week, offering a modest supplement to his regular salary from fees of $7.50 each he kept as personal compensation.

April 10, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Service means a great deal

It was a great day for Hall County on Saturday when the First United Methodist Church held its second annual Great Day of Service.

Lynda Askew and Letrell Simpson, who served as co-chairwomen for the event, planned more than 40 community projects for 843 volunteers. Askew said that the day was a tremendous success.

April 10, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


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Experts shed light on health care law

Change was the overarching theme at a Tuesday forum on health care law at Brenau University's downtown center in Gainesville.

August 13, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Hall County still pressing Gainesville to annex 'islands'

Hall County officials are still jabbing at Gainesville's decision to annex unincorporated "islands" last year, asking the city for an update on its plans with regard to additional properties.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Two Hall County schools placed on state’s alert list

Two Hall County schools are on the state's radar as a result of a lack of progress in student achievement over a three-year period.

August 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Planning board tables talk of Broad Street abandonment

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tabled a request Tuesday from Medical Arts Properties, a local real estate firm, to have the city abandon a portion of Broad Street between Prior and Spring streets.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89

NEW YORK - Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood's most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89.

August 12, 2014 | By Ryan Parker And Dennis Mclellan Los Angeles Times | Local


Group alleges illegal religious practices at Chestatee High School

August 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Roads group balks on Ga. 347 funding

Funding for Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway improvements between McEver Road and Lake Lanier Islands hit a bump Tuesday, when a roads planning group decided to hold off assigning money for the project.

August 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Judge: Board must hear fired deputies’ case again

A ruling by the Civil Services Board to reinstate two Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies who were fired after an inmate escaped must be voted on again.

August 12, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County schools enroll refugee children

Eleven Central American refugee students have enrolled at Chicopee Woods Elementary, with another five expected to enroll soon.

August 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


National Guardsmen help tackle Honduran drug violence

Lawlessness stemming from rising drug trafficking and violent gang attacks has resulted in thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border from Central America in recent months, seeking refuge.

August 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


CASA info session set for today; class begins Aug. 26

The Hall-Dawson CASA program will have an informational meeting today, and its training will officially begin Aug. 26.

August 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Varied businesses scolded by board for underage drinking

A diverse group of businesses was disciplined Thursday by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners for underage alcohol sales.

August 12, 2014 | From Times regional staff | Local


The Local Agenda: Board to address Cherokee Bluffs project’s budget

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday to approve a $2.8 million project budget for Cherokee Bluffs Park.

August 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula skips to phase 3 in downtown project

Lula is playing leapfrog as it prepares to open bids on the third phase of an effort to spruce up downtown.

August 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tour shows connection between farmers and UGA

New faculty with the University of Georgia stopped at Jaemor Farms on Monday as part of a statewide tour designed to illustrate the connections between university research and economic development in the state.

August 12, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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