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Mayors' Christmas Motorcade collects gifts for mental health hospital patients

Imagine being in a hospital for a month with no visitors, no reminders of home and no other connection to the world outside of the four walls in your room.

December 11, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gainesville council silent on Shuler’s severance

Gainesville City Council members refused Wednesday to discuss whether they properly awarded former City Manager Bryan Shuler a $76,000 severance package when he resigned suddenly last month amid allegations of sexual harassment.

December 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Budget cuts force senior aid agency to drop services

About 750 people are on a waiting list to receive services from Legacy Link, the Area Agency on Aging in Gainesville. But they might remain on that list indefinitely, as state budget cuts have curtailed the agency's ability to provide services.

"The first round of cuts came in August," Legacy Link director Pat Freeman said. "About $193,000 in state funding was removed from our budget. We lost money for our wellness program, and we lost a staff person who had been helping with planning for long-term needs."

December 11, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Former Gainesville city manager was accused of sexual harassment

Former Gainesville City Manager Bryan Shuler was placed on administrative leave three days before he resigned while officials investigated anonymous allegations of sexual harassment, city records show.

December 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Study says cheating is on the rise at US schools

Dishonest habits are on the rise in schools according to a new national study, and local educators say the temptation to cheat may be particularly strong for Georgia students concerned about obtaining state college scholarships.

December 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Friends start fund to aid family of slain minister

Students and educators in the Hall County school system are coming together to support the family of the late Frank Harris Jr., who was found dead in front of a Cleveland home early Monday.

December 11, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Group urges people to rescue a pet for the holidays

With many people seeking to bring home a fuzzy friend for the holidays, some local groups hope they will consider rescue dogs.

December 11, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Challenged Child and Friends celebrates Christmas and kids

Volunteers for Challenged Child and Friends decorate Christmas trees as part of the annual Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for the organization. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday at the Buisson Barn, 6354 J.F. Jay Road, Gainesville, on the shore of Lake Lanier, and features uniquely decorated trees and wreaths, along with original jewelry and artwork. All proceeds benefit children at Challenged Child and Friends, which provides support and education to children. The gala starts at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $80. For tickets or more information, call 770-535-8372, ext. 120.

December 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jefferson students carol for cash, class credit

JEFFERSON - To the untrained eye, Jefferson Elementary School may seem like any other school. But the school has something that most others do not.

December 11, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Hall County schools look for ways to save money

In an attempt to "get ahead of the curve," the Hall County school board is considering $11.5 million in potential cost-saving measures to balance next year's budget.

December 10, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


After snow flurries, better weather on the way, for a while

Some light flurries hit Gainesville on Monday, with snow showers and less than a half-inch accumulation predicted overnight in the North Georgia mountains.

December 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Love Light tree warms spirits

It was a Christmas tree "lighting" that took place about a mile away from the actual Christmas tree. But that didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits.

December 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Abit Massey gets key to Gainesville in honor of service

If anyone deserves the key to the poultry capital of the world, it would be the 48-year president of the Georgia Poultry Federation.

December 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


State DNR honors Elachee director Timpone

The Georgia Board of Natural Resources has chosen Andrea Timpone, executive director of Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville, for the 2008 Rock Howard Award.

December 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Former diversion center now probation check-in site

Using inmate labor, the Georgia Department of Corrections has converted the former residential diversion center on Aviation Boulevard into a day reporting center.

December 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Gainesville planning board OKs one request, denies another

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board met Tuesday night to discuss requests for a rezoning and a zoning amendment.

December 09, 2014 | | Local


Suspect identified in Monday stabbing

The suspect and victim in a stabbing Monday morning have been identified.

December 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


US unveils federal law enforcement profiling curbs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing.

December 09, 2014 | By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Local


The Local Agenda: State legislators to discuss issues over breakfast

Legislators representing Hall County under the Gold Dome are scheduled to talk about the upcoming legislative session at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast.

December 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Brenau construction remains on schedule

The extensive construction on Brenau University's campus is well underway and right on schedule for completion next year.

December 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall commissioners discuss tennis court repairs

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Monday took up the issue of tennis court repairs at the Village at Deaton Creek in Hoschton.

December 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall to release sales tax projects list

Residents planning to attend a final public input meeting Thursday on a proposed extension of the special purpose local option sales tax should have some projects to consider if they go.

December 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville church OKs easement for new housing

City officials received the green light from an area church on an easement for a new housing development into the church parking lot.

December 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Deputies searching for man suspected in stabbing

A man was stabbed Monday and the suspected attacker is on the run, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

December 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


State ethics agency faces more changes

ATLANTA - After a stinging audit and a staffing overhaul, the state ethics commission looks to a new year that could bring even more significant changes.

December 08, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


Class Notes: Gainesville school board supports naming field for Cabbell

The Gainesville City Board of Education recognized the late E.L. Cabbell at its Dec. 1 meeting and voiced support for naming a city field after him.

December 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Christmas on Green Street brings cheer to Gainesville

On Sunday afternoon in Gainesville, one of the city's busiest thoroughfares was shut down for the annual Victorian-themed Chistmas on Green Street.

December 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Improving economy drives up auto sales

Automobile dealerships in Gainesville are seeing huge upticks in sales this year, believed to be on the upswing due to lower interest rates and higher consumer confidence.

December 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Possible sales tax projects will be topic of 2 meetings this week

Area residents have two chances this week to hear or give input about a new round of the special purpose local option sales tax.

December 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Work could extend Hall landfill's life

A plan to fill in space at the Hall County landfill could extend the facility's lifespan, but time is of the essence to do the work.

December 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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