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Hall tax board under fire again

A watchdog citizens' group alleges the county's chief appraiser incorrectly received a homestead exemption and owes almost $900 in back property taxes.

The allegations come months after an investigation and subsequent resignation of the former chairman of the board of tax assessors.

December 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Falcons’ fans fired up for semifinal road trip

Another road trip for Flowery Branch High football fans?

Not a problem.

December 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Local


North Georgia gospel trio gets Grammy nod

A couple of hometown girls received a nod in Thursday night's Grammy nominations.

December 13, 2008 | Kristen Morales | Local


Brenau University bestows honors on 3

Two community leaders and a longtime educator were honored at a ceremonial dinner Thursday night by Brenau University.

December 13, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Florida man acquitted of child molestation

A 20-year-old Florida man who faced a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years and lifetime registry as a sex offender if convicted of child molestation was acquitted by a Hall County jury Friday.

Joshua Stewart, who was 17 when he was accused of molesting a 4-year-old girl he was baby-sitting in an Athens Highway mobile home, wept after the jury found him not guilty on two counts of aggravated child molestation, his lawyer said.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


No connection between chaplain and murder suspects, police say

CLEVELAND - A chaplain who was robbed, stabbed and run over in a Cleveland neighborhood Sunday apparently had no connection to his killers other than the gesture of kindness he extended to them, authorities confirmed Thursday.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Family of suspect charged in chaplain's murder offers condolences

Family members of a Cleveland man charged in the murder of a youth minister reached out Friday with condolences.

December 13, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Shelters share holiday wish lists

While most shoppers are busy compiling their lists of gifts that need to be purchased for loved ones this holiday season, many area shelters are hoping they will add a few items for those who are less fortunate.

"With the economy being so bad, we are seeing more and more women in need of our services than ever before," said Sylvia Stoltzfus, executive director of My Sisters' Place.

December 13, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lobbyist: $2.5 billion state shortfall makes money tight for cities

City officials in Northeast Georgia are going to have to be prepared for what may come out of a state legislative session in which lawmakers are walking in facing a $2.5 billion budget shortfall, a municipal lobbyist said Thursday.

December 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Got your flu shot? Less than half of health care workers do

You've probably seen the public service announcements on TV recently about "the faces of influenza." These commercials urge you to get a flu shot if you're at risk for flu, or if you're a caregiver for someone who is.

December 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Skaggs: Grant helps scientists study soybean genes

For millennia, people have grown soybeans and turned them into useful products like oil and livestock feed. But when it comes to understanding why a soybean grows, blooms or produces like it does, researchers are left with unanswered questions.

December 12, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Local


Jilted bride case over as ex-fiance pays judgment of $150,000

The case of the jilted bride is officially over.

December 12, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Schools get $3.1 million grant for career academy

Hall County schools and Lanier Technical College finally received the green light for a joint $3.1 million state grant to fund Lanier Charter Career Academy, which will include a culinary arts school and public restaurant.

The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia awarded six charter grants Thursday totaling $16.7 million to public school system and technical college partnerships statewide.

December 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Emergency-kit shoe boxes may save some lives

Sometimes a shoe box is more than a shoe box. Sometimes, it can be a lifeline during an emergency.

December 12, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Work contracts OK’d to improve appearance, roadwork at Lake Lanier Islands

BUFORD - The Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority has approved contracts for additional roadwork and cosmetic enhancements to the primary bridge at the 1,100-acre resort.

December 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Riverside alumnus returns home to recruit for West Point

Michael Sims is spending his spring break from college back home in Gainesville.

March 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Wisdom Project lectures to focus on senior citizens

Education is a lifelong endeavor.

March 15, 2015 | By Caroline Watts intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Wreck kills 2 White County teens

Two White County teens were killed in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday west of Cleveland.

March 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Homeowners face upstream battle over Lake Knickerbocker

James Lester remembers Lake Knickerbocker well when he settled off Ledan Road in 1976.

March 15, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


College students can seek options before taking on loan debt

When students graduate with their bachelor's degrees, they're likely feeling a sense of accomplishment. Yet more than two-thirds also are thousands of dollars in debt from student loans.

March 15, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Law officers, 4-H BB rifle team gather for annual fun event, fellowship

The occasional ricocheted BB didn't hinder the mood on Saturday morning when the Hall County 4-H Club was joined by members of the Gainesville Police Department and Hall County Sheriff's Office for the 10th annual Cops and Kids BB Gun Challenge.

March 14, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Area lawmakers sift through survivors of Crossover Day at state legislature

The buildup to Crossover Day at the state Capitol in Atlanta was more subdued this year than last.

March 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Irish eyes smiling during Irish Band Jam in Flowery Branch

The sky was gray but the streets of downtown Flowery Branch were green on Saturday as the second annual Irish Band Jam brought a bit of the Emerald Isle closer to home.

March 14, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Habitat for Humanity of Hall County builds home for family in need

After living for years in a country riddled with religious persecution, civil war and militant rule, the Khai family feels blessed to be in America.

March 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Infinity and beyond: Students find 3.1415 (plus) reasons to celebrate Pi Day

You might not think an irrational number could get hundreds of kids excited, but in Hall County it does.

March 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | 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


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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