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Hall schools ease tax increase estimate

Taxpayers still will likely pay more in taxes for the Hall County school system, but not as much as earlier expected.

June 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Good News gets help finding good doctors

Free clinics for the poor are seen as a partial solution to the nation's health care crisis. But most of these clinics are staffed by volunteer physicians, and many practicing doctors aren't able to take time out of their hectic lives to participate.

June 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall's new fire station will increase protection

Firefighters are still settling in after their first week at Fire Station 2's new home in Clermont while neighbors are enjoying lower insurance premiums.

June 18, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Dog days of summer come early with high temperatures

The heat of summer has arrived in full, blazing glory. And about a month or two ahead of schedule, according to meteorologist Mike Griesinger.

June 18, 2008 | | Local


Petition calls for removal of Gainesville superintendent

A petition is circulating among Gainesville residents for the removal of Steven Ballowe as superintendent of the Gainesville school system.

June 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Retired Army corpsman plunges into task of updating aging manuals

When he retired in 2006, Jerry Barnes thought of taking it easy and doing the things he enjoyed, like doting on his new grandson and being a passionate fan of Virginia Tech football.

June 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City schools' lunch money unaccounted for

What happened to the lunch money?

June 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ex-firefighter confesses to touching teen

A judge rejected a former longtime Hall County firefighter and paramedic's request for special first-offender treatment in a sexual battery case Thursday, instead requiring that the defendant register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Hall County Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin sentenced 41-year-old John A. Bond to five years probation after he pleaded guilty to improperly touching a 15-year-old girl not related to him who was staying in his home in 2006. The sentence was negotiated between Bond's lawyer, Dan Sammons, and prosecutors with the Hall County District Attorney's office.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Homeless man severely burned in fire

An elderly homeless man was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital with severe burns after a vacant mobile home caught fire Thursday afternoon at an Athens Highway mobile home park.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said the man, whose name and age were not confirmed Thursday, suffered third-degree burns to about 40 percent of his body.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Suspect in road rage slaying enters not guilty plea

Hugo Tepanca never met Jose Vargas before a chance encounter in traffic six weeks ago, authorities say.

But investigators believe a confrontation between the two men as they drove on a Gainesville street ended in bloodshed, with Tepanca behind bars on charges of committing a murder prompted by road rage.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lyman Hall, Myers elementary schools shed 'needs-improvement' label

Preliminary data shows that Lyman Hall and Myers elementary schools will shed their needs-improvement labels this year, said Will Schofield, superintendent of the Hall County school system, on Thursday.

June 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deputies provide teen driver education

Like most new drivers, getting behind the wheel with mom or dad in the car isn't exactly the most relaxing of experiences for 15-year-old Lauren Gregory.

"It's kind of stressful driving with them," Gregory said.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


A graceful balloon race to the Atlantic

French author Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg lifted from London during the 19th century in a hot air balloon intending to travel around the world in 80 days.

June 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County confirms 23rd rabies case

The number of confirmed rabies cases in Hall County this year has climbed to 23.

June 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jordan: Reporter wants to keep her feet on terra firma

As a kid, I didn't flinch when dared to climb the tallest magnolia tree in the neighborhood.

June 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Lula: $1.9M in sales tax extension would be spent on roads, water/sewer, parks

Lula estimates it could get $1.9 million from a proposed five-year extension of the special purpose local option sales tax.

November 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


New details emerge in jogger's sexual assault case

A Hall County Sheriff's Office investigator testified a man suspected of sexually assaulting a teenage girl returned her to her jogging path Nov. 2 with his girlfriend driving the car.

November 17, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County's Sugar Hill Elementary wants to create program of choice

Sugar Hill Elementary School presented a tentative plan to the Hall County school board Monday for the creation of a Talent and Career Program of Choice.

November 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Tennessee suspends Gainesville grad Johnson amid sexual assault investigation

Tennessee has suspended leading tackler A.J. Johnson, a Gainesville High graduate, and defensive back Michael Williams amid a sexual assault investigation.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Gainesville City Schools changes attendance policy

Gainesville City Schools wants its students to miss less than six school days a year.

November 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Sprinklers cause false alarm at Gainesville's Fair Street School

A faulty sprinkler head in an elevator shaft Monday morning caused children to be evacuated from Fair Street School.

November 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville, Hall County reach deal on Ahaluna development

Officials from Hall County and the city of Gainesville have reached an agreement that will allow for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier.

November 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Miller loses Senate president pro tem vote

State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, lost the vote Monday for Senate president pro tem in the Georgia legislature.

November 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Former Gov. Sanders dies, was key force in Hall’s early growth

Carl Sanders was Georgia's governor but also a huge contributor to Hall County's early growth.

November 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Space heater blamed for mobile home fire

An electric space heater too close to a Christmas tree has left five people without a home.

November 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville doctor part of group battling Ebola

A Gainesville physician is doing his part to free the Ebola virus' deadly grip on his native Sierra Leone, and he is hoping the hard work of a group he belongs to will pay off soon.

November 16, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


State lawmakers press forward on medical cannabis

November 16, 2014 | BY CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press | Local


Rooster’s Perch opens new downtown location

Last weekend, The Rooster's Perch, a local meeting place for people with and without disabilities, opened the doors to a brand-new central location at 210 Bradford St. in Gainesville with hopes of growth for its patrons and the community.

November 16, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


Class Notes: Dyer named to UGA College of Education Board of Visitors

Merrianne Dyer, former Gainesville City Schools superintendent, was recently named to the University of Georgia College of Education's inaugural Board of Visitors.

November 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Private company to operate dorms at UNG

Students residing on the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus may notice changes over the next year.

November 16, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


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