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Officials charge man in mobile home fire

Hall County fire officials filed criminal charges against a man who accidentally set fire to a vacant mobile home early Friday morning.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Florida lawmakers want study of ACF river system

A U.S. senator and a U.S. representative from Florida have introduced legislation calling for a comprehensive study of the water management, needs and conservation along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


No one injured in Hickory Hills house fire

No one was injured in a fire that destroyed an upscale, three-story home on Hickory Hills Drive early Friday, officials said.

June 24, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood and Stephen Gurr hblackwood@gainesvilletimes.com; sgurr@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Fundraiser honors life of slain hiker Meredith Emerson

Meredith Emerson would have turned 25 this Friday. But instead of celebrating, her family and friends can only reflect on her absence from their lives.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Candidates address Lake Lanier worries

DAWSONVILLE - Local and state candidates vying for votes in the upcoming July 15 primary told members of the Lake Lanier Association on Monday that they would do whatever it takes at the regional, state and national level to slow outtake and refill the lake.

June 24, 2008 | BY MICHELE HESTER Times regional staff | Local


Livestock requests bother residents at Hall planning meeting

Chickens and horses were a point of contention for many Hall County residents at Monday's packed planning commission meeting.

Lora and Paul Cushard drew a crowd of unhappy neighbors when they asked the commission to rezone their property to allow them to operate a commercial equestrian center.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hamrick fighting higher trash fees

With the wave of at least three hands today, Gainesville residents soon will have more to pay for what they throw away.

A $2.20 increase in trash collection and recycling fees is imminent for Gainesville residents if the Gainesville City Council votes the same way today as it did two weeks ago, when four out of five council members voted in favor of the hike.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Voters register for primary elections deadline

Monday was the last day to register to vote in the July 15 Hall County primary elections, and Interim Director of Elections Charlotte Sosebee-Hunter said the elections office saw a steady, but typical, stream of voters in the office.

About 55 people came to register, but Sosebee-Hunter attributed the number to the fact that voters have other options for registration. She said numbers were much higher before 1995, when a number of other options became available for voters.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Police ID man found dead in Buford home

Gwinnett authorities have determined the identity of a Decatur man who was found dead June 12 at a home on Buford Dam Road.

June 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville schools to consider tax note next Tuesday

The Gainesville school board will convene Tuesday to consider using a tax anticipatory note to help finance the school system until it receives property tax revenues this fall.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Family escapes house fire

A fire caused about $100,000 in damage Thursday morning to a house off Dawsonville Highway, officials said. A woman and three teenage children escaped the fire without injury.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Adult day care enlists flamingos for fundraiser

It's a sight that has some Gainesville drivers wondering if they're hallucinating. Did they really see a yard full of pink flamingos?

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Parents riled at Banks school official

Angry Banks County parents want an assistant principal fired after she reportedly made about 100 fifth-graders drink from a fountain that may have been contaminated with urine.

Some 25 parents have retained Cornelia attorney Chan Caudell, though no lawsuit has been filed. They are seeking the ouster of Lori Rylee, the assistant principal at Banks County Elementary School in Homer.

June 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville school board to vote on budget Monday night

The Gainesville school board is set to vote tonight on a $50 million-plus 2008-09 budget that carries a potential increase in the property tax rate of nearly 21 percent.

As of Sunday night, a copy of the budget was not available. The Times has requested a copy of the line-item budget as soon as it becomes available for board members.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood planners consider requests for new businesses

The Oakwood Planning Commission recommended approval on two annexation requests Monday for a possible commercial property and a child care center.

Frank Turk asked the commission to recommend annexation of a .19-acre tract at 3916 Hilldale Road and rezoning it from Hall County agricultural residential to Oakwood highway business. Turk, who is a member of the city planning commission, recused himself from the vote.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Class Notes: Brenau opening Florida campus

Brenau University recently received approval to spread its reach beyond Georgia's borders.

May 10, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Free workshop aims to help residents save hemlock trees

The time to inspect your hemlock trees is now, according to the Save Georgia's Hemlocks nonprofit organization.

May 10, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Fun for funds: Adult spelling bee supports literacy

Not all spelling bees are created equal.

May 10, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Local


Gainesville native to join SpaceX as rocket scientist

Gainesville native Benjamin Klein is about to realize the dream shared by young and old alike.

May 10, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Vision 2030 group recommends names for Hall’s new trail system

Hall County's burgeoning trail system may get a new name and logo this week, as officials hope to stir interest in area pedestrian and bicycling pathways.

May 10, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Forsyth’s Central Park losing bike trail

May 09, 2015 | By Kelly Whitmire Forsyth County News | Local


Foster recruiting for Division of Family and Children Services gets funding boost

With a staff of seven at her disposal, Rebecca Davidson is out meeting with families across North Georgia to see if their family tree can take one - or two - more children.

May 09, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


University of North Georgia lengthens its global reach

Not many American universities have pending agreements with universities in countries like Serbia and Vietnam, but the University of North Georgia does.

May 09, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall County workers may get pay hikes next year

Though there appears to be little appetite for new programs or hiring, Hall County officials are coming to a consensus on giving employees a cost of living adjustment, merit increase or some other pay hike in the next budget.

May 09, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jaemor Farms visitors savor a hand-picked taste of spring

Jaemor Farms opened its strawberry fields to the public Saturday for the second annual Strawberry Festival, and the people of Northeast Georgia met them at the gate.

May 09, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Area residents hit the lake, enjoy summerlike weather

The bass weren't hitting Saturday at Balus Creek Park on Lake Lanier.

May 09, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Man recovering after being stabbed while jogging Friday

A man who was jogging in his neighborhood Friday night was stabbed after two suspects approached him and asked for money, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

May 09, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Annual Relay for Life event to kick off May 15

Celebrating, remembering and fighting back are the cornerstones of Relay for Life, with this year being no exception.

May 09, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


‘Saying thanks’ to our moms on their special day

What kind of gift should you buy for Mother's Day? Jewelry? Flowers? Something more specific?

May 08, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Group marks 25th anniversary of American Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act Legacy Tour made a stop Friday at First Baptist Church in Gainesville to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the historic passing of the ADA on July 26, 1990.

May 08, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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