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Gainesville schools low on cash, might extend tax note to keep paying bills

The Gainesville school board is considering extending its current tax anticipation note because the school system has collected only 26.3 percent of expected revenues so far this year.

November 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Plans for mixed-retail development head to Oakwood City Council

OAKWOOD - The Oakwood Planning Commission gave its OK Monday night to rezonings and annexations for a proposed mixed-retail development that may someday feature a big-box anchor and high-rise hotel.

November 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia Municipal Association worries about trauma care, taxes

COMMERCE - With the start of the 2009 legislative session just around the corner, Georgia Municipal Association officers are warning local officials to keep a watchful eye on state legislation.

November 22, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


East Hall basketball team drives and dishes for Meals on Wheels

The East Hall High School boys basketball team took a break from school Tuesday morning to go as a team and deliver meals to senior citizens in Hall County with Meals on Wheels.

November 22, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Banks-Jackson-Commerce Medical Center will leave the baby business

Banks-Jackson-Commerce (BJC) Medical Center has announced it will stop delivering babies as of Dec. 9.

November 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


2009 Gainesville water rates still uncertain

Hamrick said the council has asked Randall's staff to look at the feasibility of postponing a rate change or calculating a different rate increase.

Gainesville water customers may not know until next month what they will be paying for water and sewer in 2009.

November 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


South Hall home destroyed in Tuesday night blaze

Firefighters from four Hall County fire stations responded to a South Hall blaze that destroyed a home on Thompson Mill Road Tuesday night.

November 22, 2008 | | Local


Italian marble gazebo to grace Brenau entrance

Brenau University is undergoing some renovations and rearranging some landmarks.

November 22, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Winter takes wind out of fall weather

Those cold weather types must be having a blast.

November 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Chaplain in Iraq: Music can be our solace

Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location.

November 22, 2008 | By Doug Collins douglas.collins@blab.afcent.af.mil | Local


Weak economy hasn’t stopped donations to United Way

Although many businesses and individuals are facing tough financial times, that hasn't stopped them from giving back to the community.

November 22, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Adults help students plant tulips on school campus

As the mercury threatens to dip below freezing, New Holland Core Knowledge Academy students, faculty and staff braved the elements to plant nearly 700 tulip bulbs Tuesday on school grounds.

November 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


School board talks technology during tour

More than $9 million of Hall County school system funds were allocated for classroom technology in the past three years, and school board members visited four schools Monday to see how those funds were implemented.

November 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Georgia DOT to hold meeting about Lula bridge project

A public meeting on a proposed bridge replacement and road alignment on Ga. 52 in Lula is set for Dec. 2 at Lula Elementary School.

November 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County marks rabies case No. 41

Hall County marked its 40th case of rabies last Friday, but the epidemic shows no sign of slowing down.

November 21, 2008 | From staff reports | 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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