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Shuler to get 11 weeks of severance pay

Former Gainesville City Manager Bryan Shuler will receive an 11-week severance package, one week for each year he worked for the city, a divided City Council decided Thursday morning.

With a 3-2 vote, the council agreed to pay Shuler a total of $28,520.80. Mayor Myrtle Figueras referred to the decision as a "financial settlement" with Shuler, who resigned suddenly last month, just days after he was placed on administrative leave while officials investigated sexual harassment allegations against him.

December 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Jefferson school officials say system should make it through budget troubles

JEFFERSON - Although state funding was cut by more than $200,000, Jefferson City school system officials are optimistic that the system will be able to make it through the year without those extra funds.

December 19, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


No one hurt in fire that damages apartment house

Residents of a small apartment building off Jesse Jewell were able to safely escape a fire that badly damaged an upstairs apartment Thursday night.

December 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall residents fear county's plan to increase sewer rates

Residents from the Village at Deaton Creek packed the Georgia Mountains Center to voice their concerns about proposed sewer rate increases at the Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday.

December 19, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall, Gainesville schools honored for closing achievement gap

The state Board of Education awarded two of four statewide grants to Hall County and Gainesville school systems in recognition of the systems' progress in closing the achievement gap between students who are economically disadvantaged and those who are not.

Each school system will receive $50,000 in federal Title I Distinguished Districts grant awards. Compared to school districts across the state, Hall County and Gainesville school systems made the greatest gains in the 2007-2008 school year in closing the scoring gap on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test and the Georgia High School Graduation Test. The gap often exists between ...

December 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


More people are applying for seasonal jobs

While most businesses tend to hire more employees during the holiday season to cover higher customer volume, current unemployment rates have created an unbalanced ratio of available positions compared to available applicants.

"We usually bring in a few extra people to help process all of the holiday packages, and this year is no exception. We're not adding more positions than we had last year, but we aren't hiring fewer people either," said Bimbo Briscoe, the co-owner of Mail Boxes Etc. on John Morrow Parkway in Gainesville.

December 18, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall records 42nd rabies case

On Wednesday, Gainesville-Hall County Animal Control reported the county's 42nd rabies case of the year.

December 18, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


More rain coming tomorrow

Almost 1.6 inches of rain had fallen in Gainesville since this morning, and more is on the way tomorrow.

December 18, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Area dog lovers help to rescue spaniels

There were just shy of 101 of them, and they weren't Dalmatians, but there were more than 50 English springer spaniels rescued from a Midwest puppy mill thanks to the dedication of several North Georgia dog lovers.

Volunteers for English Springer Rescue America Inc., an organization that aims to rescue, rehabilitate and find new homes for springers, took on more than 50 springer spaniels and delivered them to foster homes across the country this past weekend.

December 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Autopsy should help authorities decide if Lula woman died of foul play

Hall County sheriff's officials said the results of an autopsy being conducted today on the body a woman found dead Wednesday morning in her home in Lula should help them determine whether foul play was involved.

December 18, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch council gives its approval for sewer agreement

FLOWERY BRANCH - Over the vocal protests of two councilmen, the Flowery Branch City Council voted Wednesday morning to OK an agreement with Hall County regarding the Spout Springs Water Reclamation Facility.

December 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia: Wastewater plant must be repaired

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued an ultimatum to a privately owned wastewater treatment plant in Cumming: Fix it or shut it down.

"There have been a number of violations through the years," said Sam Buckles, municipal team manager for the EPD's regional office in Cartersville.

December 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Rain may help Lanier avoid new low

The state climatologist said Wednesday that he believes this week's rain could keep Lake Lanier from reaching a new all-time record low.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


‘Big Buddy’ thanks business owner for role in grandchild’s adoption

Gov. Sonny Perdue came to Gainesville on Tuesday in his role as "Big Buddy," the name he is called by his grandchildren.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Perdue won’t wait for Washington aid

Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday that he is not basing his plans for the state in 2009 on mere prospects of help from the Obama administration.

December 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Gwinnett County youth dies after falling from moving vehicle

A 6-year-old Gwinnett County boy died Saturday from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan.

April 14, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Class Notes: Students eligible for scholarships

Students from area high schools have until May 1 to apply for this year's Junior Achievement scholarship.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election

Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.

April 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Fewer low-level offenders going to jail, statistics show

It may be too soon to tout a lowered re-offending rate or a quantifiable dollar amount saved to taxpayers, but a reverberation of statewide criminal justice reform is being noted by one local entity: the Hall County Correctional Institute.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

The iconic fountain on Brenau University's front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau's longtime figures.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Campaigns may rake up even more money under new rules

A recent Supreme Court ruling allows individuals to donate to any number of federal candidates they want and promises to pour millions more dollars into an election system already swamped in money.

April 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Animal shelter works to raise funds, awareness

Wagging tails, barking, laughter and smiles were found on the Gainesville square Saturday as the Hall County Animal Shelter held the first Mutts On Main fundraising event.

April 12, 2014 | Charles Phelps | Local


Coinciding cleaning events beautify county

Under a clear weekend sky, volunteers on land and water did some spring cleaning to make Hall County a bit more pristine.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Deal to sign criminal justice bill at Gainesville event

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign the third phase of his criminal justice reforms today at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Fifth fire in 3 days destroys North Hall home

Fire destroyed a house Saturday afternoon, causing $150,000 in damage, not including the contents.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Shred Day raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a Shred Day event Friday in Gainesville to benefit Hall County Relay for Life. The public was invited to bring their documents to be shredded and to offer a donation. The Times Relay for Life team also will host a community yard sale at The Times from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 26. Residents interested in participating can rent a space for $20, with proceeds from space rentals going to Relay. Participants will need to provide their own tables. For more information or to reserve a space for the yard sale, call Dana Erwin ...

April 12, 2014 | | Local


Fire destroys shop

A fire Friday night at a personal shop in the 5600 block of Raintree Trace caused $70,000 of damage to the structure and contents, authorities said.

April 12, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


UNG club sponsors event to support LGBT community

Students at the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus gathered Friday to silently support members of the school's LGBT community.

April 12, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Local


Drug court graduates do well, statistics show

Hall County's drug court program is an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders. Successful completion ensures there is never a conviction on their record.

April 12, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


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