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Jackson County school system plans cuts to jobs, night sessions

JEFFERSON - The Jackson County Board of Education approved a plan Wednesday morning to save more than $3 million by reducing its work force, implementing a furlough plan and eliminating the regional evening school program.

March 25, 2009 | By Claire Miller Times regional staff | Local


Hester gets life in prison for murder

Troy Hester apologized Wednesday to the family of murder victim Allison Brownell but stopped short of admitting he shot her, while his attorney continued to maintain the convicted killer's innocence.

March 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Spell’s former employees exonerated

Three people who worked for Ponzi schemer Wendell Spell's heavy equipment company have been dropped as defendants in a lawsuit filed by 16 former investors.

March 25, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Tax allocation district amendment likely will sail to approval

School tax money may be available for redevelopment projects in Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Oakwood this year if a constitutional amendment passes through the state Senate as easily as it did the House.

March 25, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville breaks ground on its future public safety building

About a week after county voters agreed to a 1 percent sales tax to fund its construction, Gainesville officials broke ground Wednesday on the city's future public safety facility.

March 25, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Flowery Branch gets a TAD busy

FLOWERY BRANCH - The first order of business for Flowery Branch's new tax allocation district advisory committee was lending a hand with a $15 million downtown project that has been in the works for more than two years.

March 25, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Rain cancels Saturday kids events, live music

Kids events and live music planned as part of the fifth annual Downtown Gainesville Gran Prix Criterium have been canceled due to the forecast of rain.

March 25, 2009 | | Local


Flood watch issued as heavy rain moves in

Keep your umbrella handy. You're going to need it for the next four days.

Heavy rain is moving into the region today, and by the time it stops raining Saturday night, forecasters are saying up to 4 inches of rain could fall. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of north and central Georgia -- including Gainesville -- until Saturday night.

March 25, 2009 | Mitch Clarke | Local


Banks will drop complaint if city gives up radar

Hall County Commissioner Bobby Banks said Tuesday he is willing to drop his complaint against the city of Gainesville's annexation requests if the police department will verify that it will not apply for a radar permit.

March 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville, Dahlonega receive grants to help preserve history

Gainesville and Dahlonega are on their way to preserving pieces of history after receiving federal historical preservation grants.

March 24, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Attorney: Spell is ‘absolutely broke’

Victims of a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors for as much as $60 million may have a hard time getting any money back.

March 24, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


School nurse takes quick action to aid ill student

A West Hall Middle School nurse's quick medical attention may have saved the life of a seventh-grader Tuesday.

March 24, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Precious cargo requires tough school bus driver rules

Two weeks ago, there was a minor accident in Cleveland involving a White County school bus. No one was injured, and no students were on the bus.

March 24, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Need help paying for prescriptions? Visit Thursday's bus tour

Local residents who have lost their insurance and need help paying for prescription medications can find help Thursday.

March 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Group plans tribute for National Guard unit headed abroad

A two-hour celebration filled with patriotic tributes is planned as a send-off Thursday for Charlie Company, a Gainesville-based Army National Guard unit headed to Afghanistan.

March 24, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Pay is main morale issue for Gainesville firefighters

Inadequate pay for Gainesville firefighters is causing attrition within the department and costing city taxpayers dearly, according to multiple sources in the fire department.

October 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wind keeps balloon festival grounded Saturday

Saturday was a bit too breezy for the hot air balloons to fly during the fifth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, but that didn't stop the fun. Wind and weather permitting, the balloons will try again beginning at 8 a.m. today.

October 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Poor give more in Hall County

Despite their deeper wallets, wealthier Georgians give less to charity than their lower-income neighbors, a study shows.

October 19, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Hall County officials questions learning in the age of assessment

For Will Schofield, the question about testing is not whether it has value, but when enough is enough.

October 19, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Kids sample the spooky side of nature at Elachee

Darth Vader and an armed storm trooper talk to a ninja turtle as Dorothy passes by in glittery red slippers.

October 18, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 killed in I-985 wreck in Gwinnett County

Two people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Interstate 985.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Heroin suspect gave false name, Hall County officials say

A Lula man arrested on heroin trafficking charges has now been placed under an immigration hold.

October 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville to pay rent on square parking lot

Gainesville officials are prepared to cut a $4,766 check to Don Carter Realty as "rent" payment for the use of the parking lot tucked between the downtown square and the Brenau Downtown Center.

October 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safe Kids recognizes local volunteers, pros for protecting children

It takes a village to raise a child.

October 17, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Supporters get preview of Smithgall Woodland Legacy garden

Supporters and local dignitaries gathered Friday at a preview party and reception to celebrate the anticipated May 2015 opening of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville: A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

October 17, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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