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West Hall High School briefly evacuated

West Hall High School students were evacuated to the school gym this morning after an electrical room failure caused several circuit breakers to trip inside the school, officials said. There was no fire and no injuries, though one girl with a history of anxiety attacks was taken to a local hospital for observation, officials said.

December 19, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Fire at West Hall High cancels classes today

A Thursday night fire destroyed a large outdoor electrical transformer at West Hall High School, where dozens of emergency workers responded and heavy black smoke could be seen rising into the air.

The school building was not damaged and no one was injured, but classes were canceled for today for lack of power in the building.

December 19, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Pancake breakfast, pep rally tour on today’s schedule for Flowery Branch Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch High School varsity cheerleaders have painted their South Hall city red and black - literally.

December 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Heavy rain will help, not solve, Lake Lanier's water woes

Steady showers that settled over Gainesville on Wednesday and Thursday dumped just shy of 4 inches of rain, raising the level of Lake Lanier.

December 19, 2008 | Edie Rogers | Local


Lula woman died of natural causes

A Lula woman found dead in her home Wednesday morning died of natural causes.

December 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Heavy rains cause minor sewage spill in Lula

Early morning rains caused a small sewage spill this morning at the Hood Street Pump Station in Lula.

Lula officials estimate that between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., heavy rains caused a nearby creek to flood and exceed the capacity of the pump station. Fewer than 100 gallons of raw sewage were spilled.

December 19, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Cagle says Georgia's 'resilient' economy will bounce back

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Thursday that he believes Georgia can rebound from the current recession in good shape.

December 19, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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


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2 arrested in South Hall burglaries

A Gainesville couple are in custody after Hall County authorities linked them to a string of residential burglaries in South Hall.

November 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


West Hall focuses on community ahead of big football game

For West Hall High Principal Scott Justus, tonight's football game is less about the result and more about the community the team's winning season has inspired.

November 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County not ready to forsake Tumbling Circle railroad crossing

The Hall County Board of Commissioners wants answers from the Georgia Department of Transportation and state lawmakers about why the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing has been closed despite the county's objection.

November 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Flowery Branch to lift suspension of Growlers on Main license early

Flowery Branch's Growlers on Main will reopen a week after being shuttered by the city for violations of its alcoholic beverage license.

November 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Clermont approves resolution on voting wards

Clermont approved changes to its charter that would divide the town into four voting wards.

November 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Sales tax meeting draws few Hall residents

If Hall County officials thought additional public input meetings would generate greater turnout and broader interest in a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, they got a rude awakening Thursday night.

November 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall chamber recognizes industry leaders

Hall County industry leaders are manufacturers, transporters, bread makers and more.

November 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Old Man Winter to fall on Georgia this weekend

Get out the quilts and bring in the dogs: Winter's making another early visit.

November 13, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Badge & Bar: Habersham prison program tackles inmate education

A new program hosted at a Habersham prison will work to educate inmates and help them reach high school diplomas or GEDs, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday.

November 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Georgia Gives Day offers online opportunities for charitable giving

Today marks Georgia Gives Day, an online effort to raise money for charities throughout the state.

November 13, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Elected leaders want to talk more before setting road project priorities

A group of top elected leaders balked Wednesday at approving a draft list of prioritized road projects through 2040, saying they needed first to discuss each project individually in a work session.

November 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch shuts down Growlers on Main temporarily

It's closing time - at least temporarily - for the popular Growlers on Main draft beer business in downtown Flowery Branch.

November 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Featherbone event honors area entrepreneurs

Some of North Georgia's best business leaders were honored Wednesday for their expertise and ingenuity in their fields.

November 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Victim of fatal plane crash remembered fondly

To tackle her fear of heights, Ann-Margaret Johnston took to the skies. By her side was flight instructor Kelly Chandler, a staple in the Gainesville aviation community, who died Monday night.

November 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville man charged with shooting, wounding girlfriend

Authorities said they believe a Gainesville man shot his live-in girlfriend Wednesday morning, with the bullet grazing her forehead.

November 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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