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Village at Deaton Creek involved in nationwide EPA settlement

Four of the nation's largest homebuilders, including one with a major residential development in Hall County, have agreed to pay $4.3 million in fines for failing to control runoff at construction sites in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall County budget plan won’t increase tax rates

The Hall County budget for fiscal year 2009 was presented at Thursday afternoon's commission meeting to mixed reviews.

The budget, presented by Hall County Finance Director Michaela Thompson, did not increase the millage, or tax rate - in fact a slight decrease is proposed - and was drafted to make cuts to counteract lower revenues and a slumping economy.

June 23, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Ingles grocery sprouts in South Hall

The expansion of new retail shopping in South Hall County gains another player on Saturday as Ingles, the North Carolina-based supermarket chain, opens a store at 4260 Winder Highway, near the Martin Road intersection.

"This is an 80,000-square-foot store with a pharmacy, a fuel center and a car wash," said Ron Freeman, chief financial officer of Ingles.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Volunteers help send greetings to soldiers overseas

"Worst-case scenario, if you send a MARSgram to a guy on a ballistic-missile submarine that only surfaces every three months, he probably won't get it for a few months," Chuck Leming said.

Leming, the Georgia MARS training officer, was not talking about the candy bar nor the red planet. Leming was referring to a way of messaging soldiers overseas, the MARSgram.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Company wins national award for completion of Hall jail

"On time and on budget" was the mantra when Hall County's $54 million jail was built on Barber Road last year.

June 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Camp’s art mirrors life

Like kids in a candy shop, the class eagerly crowded around the drawers and boxes of the art supply station. They sifted their fingers through the assortment of supplies, which included everything from seashells and sequins to Popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville schools: Ballowe doesn’t have the answers

Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe was unable to provide definitive answers Wednesday for why the district has amassed a $6.6 million deficit over two years or why this year's budget has huge spending increases in several areas.

Instead, Ballowe pushed off specific questions about the district's spending to chief financial officer Janet Allison.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water babies: Little ones learn to swim at Green Street pool

Sunshine and splashes abounded Thursday as kids, with the help of kickboards and their parents, made their way around the Green Street Pool during the Water Babies class.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


Gainesville denies schools' request for tax collection waiver

Gainesville City Council voted Thursday morning to deny the Gainesville school board's request to not charge the system the city's 1 percent fee for property tax collection and sending out tax notices.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ceremony marks end of first phase of Flowery Branch streetscape project

Melting ice cream and a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of Flowery Branch's phase one streetscape project.

Former DOT Chairman Mike Evans and state Rep. James Mills, who were instrumental in securing the funding for the $321,000 project, spoke to the crowd of about 30 people at the celebration Wednesday afternoon in the railroad depot.

June 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


All Hall high schools expected to meet AYP requirements

Based on preliminary data, the Hall County school system expects all six of its high schools to make "adequate yearly progress" this year, Superintendent Will Schofield said.

Lanier Career Academy, its evening high school, doesn't have enough students in any "subgroup" - or category of students based on race, ethnicity and other factors - to be considered for making adequate progress.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Woman gets jail term for illegally signing abortion papers

A Hall County woman is spending a year in jail after she illegally gave written permission for her son's 16-year-old girlfriend to have an abortion at a Chamblee clinic.

Cindi C. Cook, a 44-year-old resident of Flowery Branch, pleaded guilty to violating the state's Parental Notification Act and interfering with the custody of a minor in a DeKalb County court last week.

June 23, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville charter school pitch clears committee, moves to full state board

A committee of the State Board of Education has recommended approval of the Gainesville school system's application to become a charter school system.

The Charter Schools Committee voted 4-to-1 Wednesday to send Gainesville's application to the full state board. The panel also voted 3-to-2 to approve the Marietta city systems application and 5-to-0 on the application of the Decatur city schools.

June 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Spending, not revenue, ­source of budget problem for city schools

Gainesville city school officials keep talking about revenue shortfalls, but budget numbers show that the school district has been shelling out plenty of money this fiscal year.

The district projects that by June 30, the end of this fiscal year, it will have spent $50.8 million, or $3.2 million more than the $47.6 million projected in expenditures when the City Board of Education approved the 2007-08 budget last June.

June 23, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man fined for grazing cows

A Helen man has been fined for trespassing in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

June 23, 2008 | | Local


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Boy Scouts honor Silver Beavers

The Boy Scouts of America Northeast Georgia Council were host to the 2014 Council Recognition Ceremony and Reception on Saturday at First Baptist Church on Green Street.

August 10, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Hall County looks to alter contract bid process

Hall County officials met last week to discuss possible changes to the way bids are solicited and contracts are awarded, particularly in regards to purchasing orders.

August 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Wrestlers dive into Hall County for youth fundraising event

Hall County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chad Mann traded his khakis for a tuxedo as the emcee for the "Brawl in the Hall" benefit Saturday night in the North Hall Community Center.

August 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flash flood warning in effect overnight as storms move through

Evening thunderstorms in Northeast Georgia could bring floods, heavy winds and hail, the National Weather Service warns.

August 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Church honors slain man in school supply giveaway

In an effort to reunite the community, Voices of Faith North church is honoring a slain Gainesville man today in a school supply giveaway.

August 09, 2014 | | Local


Gainesville Legion to dedicate pavilion on Lanier

The American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post 7 is dedicating its refurbished pavilion at 11 a.m. today at 2343 Riverside Drive, Gainesville.

August 09, 2014 | | Local


Schools weather stormy conditions

August 09, 2014 | BY CARLY SHAREC AND GREG BREAZEALE | Local


Gainesville officials balk over clinic’s expansion

An area real estate firm is asking the city of Gainesville to abandon a portion of Broad Street between Prior and Spring streets so it can connect the properties it owns there, including The Longstreet Clinic building, and pave the way for potential future expansion.

August 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Special education senior relies on hard work, competitiveness

August 09, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


'John Doe' who died in Gwinnett was Brenau professor

The man called "John Doe" found after suffering a heart attack in Gwinnett County has been identified as John Philip Rogers, an adjunct professor at Brenau University.

August 08, 2014 | | Local


Four charged with trafficking meth in Hall

Four people were charged with methamphetamine trafficking in three incidents this week in Hall County, including one that authorities say involved a couple bringing an infant to a drug deal.

August 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


SafeKids plans bike helmet giveaway in Clermont

Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County will host a bike helmet giveaway for kids ages 5-10 from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Hall County Sheriff's Office North Precinct in Clermont.

August 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville apartment fire displaces 4 people

An apartment fire Thursday night in Gainesville displaced four people, according to the Gainesville Fire Department.

August 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Boy hit by vehicle and dies in Commerce

An 8-year-old boy riding a bicycle Wednesday in Commerce died after being hit by a vehicle, according to authorities.

August 08, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


Georgia House Speaker David Ralston: Dismiss State Bar complaint

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


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