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Pedal patrol: In effort to save gas, Flowery Branch buys bicycles for officers

Add bike helmet to the Flowery Branch police uniform.

July 01, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Marshals make sure city’s up to code

Imagine a department established to protect Gainesville residents and their property. Its employees wear guns and badges; they write citations.

July 01, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Roadwork on I-985 Exit 22 should clear up soon

Road construction work has made traveling around Exit 22 at Interstate 985 a little more challenging in the past couple of months, as frequent motorists to the area have discovered. But work is winding down as road crews put the finishing touches on the project.

The state has completed adding turn lanes at the entrance and exit ramps at I-985 and U.S. 129. Also, workers have finished adding turn lanes in the median that take motorists traveling northbound on U.S. 129 to the southbound and northbound entrance ramps.

June 30, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Marketing firm, farm market earn chamber business awards

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce awarded a farm market and a public relations firm with its top business awards Thursday.

June 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Want good mileage? This ride runs on mustard

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is hard to miss. When the 27-foot-long fiberglass hot dog on a giant bun zips along the highway, it elicits plenty of stares.

"It's like being in a parade all the time when you're driving down the road because you're waving all the time," Wienermobile driver, or "hotdogger," John Woodbridge said.

June 30, 2008 | | Local


Perfect attendance records rewarded

Some days it was freezing cold outside the blankets. Other days, students just might not have felt so good.

Regardless of the temptation to play hooky, about 2,000 Hall County and Gainesville city school students had perfect attendance for the 2007-08 school year, according to Will Schofield, superintendent for Hall County Schools.

June 30, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Suspects sought in attempted robbery of taxi driver

Gainesville police are investigating a late-night attempt to rob a local taxi driver, according to reports.

The department's investigation surrounds a report from a Uni-Taxi driver that he was struck in the head with a handgun after driving two men to the intersection of Mill Street and Patricia Drive at about 2 a.m. Thursday, according to a report from Gainesville Sgt. Johnny Ray.

June 30, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville sales tax collections down, city manager says

Gainesville's sales tax collections have declined significantly because of the slowing economy, City Manager Bryan Shuler told City Council members Thursday.

Shuler said income statements from the April collections of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax were lower than that month's collections have been since April 2005.

June 30, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Nominees for new judgeship named

The committee that will provide Gov. Sonny Perdue with a short list of candidates for Hall County's new state court judgeship received six nominations by the close of the submission deadline.

According to an e-mail release from the state Judicial Nominating Commission, the nominees are, in alphabetical order, Benjamin Bagwell, Larry Baldwin, William M. Brownwell Jr., Tom Csider, Ann Schuler and William Sykes.

June 30, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Job seekers trying to 'persevere'

A not-so-rosy job market didn't deter the crowd from coming to search for potential employment Wednesday at the 2008 Job Fair.

June 29, 2008 | | Local


Spike in rabies cases taxes animal control

Wednesday morning, officers with Hall County Animal Control began performing a ritual for the 26th time this year.

After a raccoon captured last Friday in the Six Gun Drive area of East Hall turned out to be carrying rabies, officers had to visit every house within a half-mile radius. They warned residents that they should get their pets vaccinated, and that they should be on the lookout for any wild animals behaving strangely.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville High principal hired by Glynn County

Gainesville High School campus principal Mike Kemp is leaving to become assistant superintendent for student achievement for the Glynn County school system.

June 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


'Extreme drought' conditions return to Northeast Georgia

Well, the reprieve didn't last long. State climatologist David Stooksbury said Wednesday that most of Northeast Georgia, including Gainesville, is back in an extreme drought.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


CRCT results show Hall probably will meet requirements

It looks like Hall County schools will meet the standards of "adequate yearly progress" for the first time since the federal No Child Left Behind Act began, educators said.

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests scores released this week suggest the Hall County school system, which has been a "needs-improvement" school system for the past several years, will make AYP when the state Department of Education makes its first AYP determinations of the year in mid-July.

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


City schools' staff to talk about additional budget cuts

The superintendent of Gainesville city schools will meet with the school system's administrative staff today to identify more cuts for the 2009 fiscal year budget.

Superintendent Steven Ballowe said he will sit down with the staff to determine which of the staff's recommended cuts will be most effective in trimming the tentative $61.6 million budget. Ballowe also said the staff is working on a budget that will create a greater surplus of funds at the end of the 2009 fiscal year, which starts Tuesday and ends June 30, 2009, to pay off more of the school system ...

June 29, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | 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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