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Gainesville school board hopes for City Council help

The Gainesville school board is looking for budget relief wherever it can find it, including asking City Council to waive for one year the fee it charges to send out property tax notices and collect taxes on the district's behalf.

June 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville schools one step closer to charter status

A state committee set up to review applications of charter school systems has voted to recommend that the remaining petitions for charter system status, including one from the Gainesville City Schools, be approved by the State Board of Education.

The Charter Advisory Committee made its recommendation on Friday, and it was announced Monday. In addition to Gainesville, the systems seeking charter status are the city systems in Decatur and Marietta, as well as Chattahoochee County schools.

June 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Area lane closings

Area lane closures

June 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Chinese acrobats perform as part of Brenau art series

Kids, don't try this at home. Three performers lifted a fourth into the air with only their legs, gracefully raising their other limbs outward, looking like a willowy pink flower atop a small round platform.

Performers spun umbrellas and tables like tops using just their feet. Others leapt and flipped through rings simultaneously, in different directions. One performer stood on tiptoe on another's head. The cast dazzled the audience with color, agility and a hint of suspense as they defied gravity with grace.

June 20, 2008 | | Local


Property taxes increase 4.27 percent for Hall County schools

The school tax rate is rising for Hall County property owners.

June 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Budget cuts take 11 jobs at Hall County Health Department

Six employees of the Hall County Health Department will lose their jobs at the end of this month as a result of budget cuts.

Dr. David Westfall, director of District 2 Public Health, which administers health departments in Hall and 12 other Northeast Georgia counties, said he was lucky he didn't have to give more people the bad news.

June 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Salmonella scare takes tomatoes off some menus

Got a craving for fresh tomatoes?

Whether you can find any today depends on where you decide to eat or shop. Hall County restaurants and supermarkets have had differing responses to a federal advisory on tomato safety.

June 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


County could freeze hiring

A slumping economy and soaring fuel prices have inspired in Hall County a pessimistic but cautious outlook for the next fiscal year.

Hall County commissioners recommended a yearlong hiring freeze for open positions among other cuts in a meeting Monday. Starting July 1, hiring for any of the 43 open positions would require approval by the board of commissioners or the county administrator.

June 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Sen. Isakson says No Child Left Behind law needs to improve

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. told Hall County school administrators on Monday that he is hopeful of administrative changes to the No Child Left Behind Act that will help systems like Hall County that have an influx of non-English speaking students.

June 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Heart association encourages people to train for CPR, defibrillator use

Don't be afraid to save a life.

June 19, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Helen balloon race ends in a slow tie

Not only did neither competitor in this year's Helen to the Atlantic balloon race make it to the finish line, organizers also had to declare the race a tie.

June 19, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Book details Gainesville State professor's struggle with son's addiction

It took Theresa Dove-Waters 14 years to write her book, "Not My Son, Not on Mother's Day."

June 19, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Officer: Hiker who fell to her death knew trail well

The Yonah Mountain trail, from which a Sautee teenager fell to her death Saturday, was well-known and well-traveled to her and her friends, a White County Fire official said Sunday.

"It's something they've done all the time. They've lived in the county all their lives," said Ana Newberry, public information officer for White County Fire Department .

June 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Fire spreads from man's car to house

No one was injured in a fire that burned about half of Calvin Sargent's home.

June 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Propane tank fire hospitalizes man

Jeff Tupper of 6430 Ivey Springs Drive was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and treated for minor burns he received when a propane tank malfunctioned on his back deck.

June 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Council urges Congress to keep historic tax credit

The Gainesville City Council has joined other municipalities across the state in signing a letter of support for the federal historic tax credit, which offers incentives for the reuse of historic buildings to drive economic development and create new jobs.

April 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Missing Lumpkin County 3-year-old found dead in pond

A child has been found dead after having been reported missing from the Hemlock Trail area of Lumpkin County today, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office.

April 15, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Health system plans Dawson expansion

Officials with Northeast Georgia Health Systems last week confirmed the hospital has purchased a building on Ga. 400 with plans to expand medical services in Dawson County.

April 15, 2015 | By Michelle Hester The Times regional staff | Local


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


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