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Hall tax assessor resigns

The chairman of Hall County's Board of Tax Assessors resigned Friday after the district attorney wrote a scathing letter that stopped short of bringing criminal charges for misuse of taxpayer money.

Emory Martin Jr., who served on the board since the late 1980s, was accused of misappropriating more than $60,000 by padding per diem time sheets and taking $100 per day payment for days when he did not work.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson school board approves more room for schools

The Jefferson City Schools Board of Education has approved the removal of the annex building at Jefferson High School in exchange for more classroom space and a larger cafeteria.

"Jefferson High School only has three classrooms available for future growth," said John Jackson, school system superintendent. "There is also a kitchen problem (at the high school). It's the smallest one in the entire school system."

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Unemployment rate steady in Gainesville, increases statewide

While statewide employment hit a 16-year high in September, Gainesville's jobless rate remained the same. While the state has not released localized percentages for September, in August Gainesville's rate of unemployment was 5.5 percent, up 0.2 percent from July.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Park stings net range of suspects

From all walks of life, they have come to tiny Lula Park.

Men seeking anonymous, casual sexual encounters in the woods repeatedly have propositioned undercover officers there over the course of a six-month sting operation that was prompted by complaints.

October 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Emergency helicopter is coming to Gainesville

Considering that Hall County is home to the region's largest hospital, many people are surprised to learn there has never been an air ambulance service stationed in Gainesville.

But that will change later this month. LifeNet Georgia, which currently operates a helicopter out of a base in Jefferson, is leasing the helipad at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park campus.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jackson County residents can get rid of tires for free

If you have old tires lying around, you may want to load them up and head over to the Jackson County Transfer Station.

On Saturday, Keep Jackson County Beautiful and the Jackson County Solid Waste Department will be sponsoring a scrap tire collection day.

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gang members charged in confrontation

Three teenage gang members were arrested Wednesday night in connection with a confrontation involving a knife at a Georgia Avenue home.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lacking state money, Gainesville trims resurfacing projects

A slightly slimmer version of the street resurfacing project that the Gainesville City Council took off the table last week will go forward with or without funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

October 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Humane Society of Hall County: Fewer strays, fewer euthanizations

As of July 1, the number of animals accepted by the Humane Society of Hall County will drop drastically. That's when the nonprofit organization will end its contract with Hall County Animal Control and will no longer take in strays brought to the shelter by officers.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Luncheon puts focus on facing breast cancer

It was a day to think pink.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Used bookstore holds 24-hour Read-A-Thon to boost Alliance for Literacy

Roughly 60 teenagers from Lanier Career Academy and Gainesville State College will be spending tonight reading quietly. And these teens aren't on restriction this weekend. They're participating in Hall Book Exchange's first Read-A-Thon fundraiser to benefit the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy.

October 20, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Church holds fundraiser for North Georgia food bank

People went to First Baptist Church in Gainesville on Thursday to fill their bowls to raise money and awareness for hunger in the community at the second annual Empty Bowls Luncheon.

The luncheon is a localization of a national fundraiser, which combines pottery and philanthropy to raise awareness of hunger and raise funds for food banks. Proceeds from the event benefit the Georgia Mountain Food Bank Fund at the North Georgia Community Foundation.

October 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville State gets OK for new design and technology for theater degree

Wednesday at its October meeting, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved Gainesville State College's Bachelor of Fine Arts in design and technology for theater degree.

October 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Flowery Branch to phase in water, sewer rates for apartment complex

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday to phase in over a year new sewer and water rates for TreePark apartments off Thurmon Tanner Parkway.

With a hike in rates this summer, the complex "had a utility bill for water and sewer that rose (about) 143 percent, which was obviously quite a shock to their budget," City Manager Bill Andrew told the council.

October 19, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


$600,000 grant may help schools' shortfall

The State Board of Education awarded the Gainesville school system $600,000 in federal grant funds to support the development of the system's charter school system.

October 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Cheerleading coach accused of molesting student

A Gainesville man and cheerleading coach has been charged with molesting one his students.

April 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities see rise in identity theft in last days of tax season

In the past eight days, potential victims of identity fraud filed in to the Hall County Sheriff's Office in droves to make a report.

April 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Medical campus planned across from new hospital

The newly opened Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton in South Hall will have a large healthcare neighbor across the street in the next year or so.

April 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cancer survivors attend annual Relay for Life dinner

A teenage girl and an elderly man may not have much in common.

April 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Eyes on the Road: North Hall passing lane to become left-turn lane

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to convert a northbound passing lane on U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway at Jess Helton Road in North Hall County into a northbound left turn lane.

April 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Papa’s Pizza To-Go owner resubmits deannexation request

Businessman Chris Nonnemaker has reapplied for deannexation from Clermont, fulfilling a pledge he made at the April 7 Town Council meeting.

April 14, 2015 | Times Staff Reports | Local


Planning board keeps buffer requirement for office proposal

An office development proposed for Thompson Bridge Road is on its way to City Council review after the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board made its recommendation Tuesday to require a 25-foot buffer.

April 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

Students at Georgia's public colleges and universities will see tuition increases this fall, after university system officials Tuesday backed increases including a 9 percent per semester boost at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

April 14, 2015 | Associated Press | Local


Area teachers humble in accepting recognition as masters at their craft

Teachers are more than educators, they are facilitators of life experiences.

April 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


The Local Agenda: City manager’s budget to be unveiled Thursday

Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett will unveil his proposed 2016 fiscal year budget Thursday morning during a work session.

April 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall family unharmed by Monday night garage fire

A family escaped without injury Monday night when a fire started in the garage of their Gainesville home.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County courts shuffle in annex plan

With the preliminary plan for reopening of the courthouse annex, the functions of the Hall County Courthouse will shift around like checkers on a checkerboard, said court administrator Reggie Forrester.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Oakwood OKs parking ordinance

Oakwood City Council unanimously, but unsmoothly, gave its first OK Monday night to an ordinance restricting parking in residential areas.

April 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Board discusses new school for South Hall

The southern portion of Hall County is booming, and the school board is planning for growth.

April 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall man arrested after trying to improve roadway at daughter’s wreck site

Shannon Hamilton's trip to the White County bridge in mid-March was a father's worst nightmare - identifying his 16-year-old daughter, Cecily, as one of two fatal wreck victims.

April 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


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