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Retirement for teachers may change

ATLANTA - A proposed change to the way Georgia doles out teacher pensions has retired educators angry that the state wants to change a 40-year-old policy on cost-of-living adjustments.

October 22, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Local


Event gives hope, support to cancer survivors

Pink was the fashion statement of choice Saturday at the eighth annual Harvest of Hope.

October 22, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Wall Street’s tumult worries some residents

While the economic outlook darkened even further with bad reports on layoffs and consumer confidence, Friday was one of the quietest days since the financial meltdown began a month ago. Wall Street's tumultuous week turned out to be its best in five years.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 127 points Friday, but turned in the strong week because of two huge days of gains - a record 936-point jump on Monday and an increase of 401 points Thursday.

October 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Thurmon Tanner project may go to Monroe contractor

A Monroe contractor has been named as the apparent low bidder for the last leg of a planned extension of Thurmon Tanner Parkway, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said Friday.

Gary's Grading and Pipeline Co. submitted the lowest bid out of 11 bidders on the project Friday, spokesman Mark McKinnon said.

October 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall company investigated for fraud

A Gainesville business is the focus of a wide-reaching criminal investigation that could involve dozens of victims and losses in the millions.

Hall County Sheriff's Col. Jeff Strickland confirmed Friday that officials are conducting a financial crimes investigation into North Georgia Equipment Sales, an Aviation Boulevard business that deals in heavy equipment.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Two merchants arrested on charges of gambling at convenience store

Two merchants were arrested at a Flowery Branch convenience store Thursday on charges of making cash payouts for video gambling machines.

October 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


North Hall rabies case marks No. 38 this year

Hall County has recorded its 38th case of rabies this year, continuing an unprecedented epidemic of the fatal disease in wild animals.

October 21, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall tax assessor resigns

The chairman of Hall County's Board of Tax Assessors resigned Friday after the district attorney wrote a scathing letter that stopped short of bringing criminal charges for misuse of taxpayer money.

Emory Martin Jr., who served on the board since the late 1980s, was accused of misappropriating more than $60,000 by padding per diem time sheets and taking $100 per day payment for days when he did not work.

October 21, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Jefferson school board approves more room for schools

The Jefferson City Schools Board of Education has approved the removal of the annex building at Jefferson High School in exchange for more classroom space and a larger cafeteria.

"Jefferson High School only has three classrooms available for future growth," said John Jackson, school system superintendent. "There is also a kitchen problem (at the high school). It's the smallest one in the entire school system."

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Unemployment rate steady in Gainesville, increases statewide

While statewide employment hit a 16-year high in September, Gainesville's jobless rate remained the same. While the state has not released localized percentages for September, in August Gainesville's rate of unemployment was 5.5 percent, up 0.2 percent from July.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Park stings net range of suspects

From all walks of life, they have come to tiny Lula Park.

Men seeking anonymous, casual sexual encounters in the woods repeatedly have propositioned undercover officers there over the course of a six-month sting operation that was prompted by complaints.

October 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Emergency helicopter is coming to Gainesville

Considering that Hall County is home to the region's largest hospital, many people are surprised to learn there has never been an air ambulance service stationed in Gainesville.

But that will change later this month. LifeNet Georgia, which currently operates a helicopter out of a base in Jefferson, is leasing the helipad at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Lanier Park campus.

October 20, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jackson County residents can get rid of tires for free

If you have old tires lying around, you may want to load them up and head over to the Jackson County Transfer Station.

On Saturday, Keep Jackson County Beautiful and the Jackson County Solid Waste Department will be sponsoring a scrap tire collection day.

October 20, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Gang members charged in confrontation

Three teenage gang members were arrested Wednesday night in connection with a confrontation involving a knife at a Georgia Avenue home.

October 20, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lacking state money, Gainesville trims resurfacing projects

A slightly slimmer version of the street resurfacing project that the Gainesville City Council took off the table last week will go forward with or without funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

October 20, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Polls open until 7 as Hall County voters decide on extending special sales tax

Polls are open until 7 p.m. today across Hall County as voters decide on a one-cent special purpose local option sales tax.

March 17, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Sugar Hill Elementary receives visit from governor’s office

At Sugar Hill Elementary School, 5-year-old students are learning how to make PowerPoints and film instructional videos.

March 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Reward offered for man missing since June ’14

A $500 reward is available for information leading to the discovery of a man missing since June 7.

March 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Former Hall County jailer pleads not guilty in drug case

A former Hall County jailer accused on smuggling charges pleaded not guilty Monday at an arraignment in U.S. District Court.

March 17, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


The Local Agenda: Pilgrim takes over Hall GOP

Debra Pilgrim was elected chairwoman of the Hall County Republican Party on Saturday at the organization's convention.

March 17, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall, Gainesville schools score high School Climate Star Ratings

Hall County and Gainesville City schools offer students a pretty good environment for learning and developing.

March 17, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville City Schools won't make up snow days

Gainesville City Schools will not ask its students to stay late this year to make up for lost school days.

March 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall schools works to lower near $1M price tag for modular units at Johnson High

Johnson High School is growing, and it needs space to accommodate students.

March 16, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


North Forsyth woman dies in single-vehicle wreck

March 16, 2015 | BY KAYLA ROBBINS Times regional staff | Local


Authorities suspect foul play in death of man found in taxi

Authorities suspect foul play in the death of a Hispanic man found in a taxi in East Hall.

March 16, 2015 | | Local


Suspect in $150K meth bust arrested in Las Vegas after escaping Hall authorities

A man is now in custody following an investigation into about $150,000 worth of methamphetamine found at two locations in Hall County in December.

March 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Authorities identify woman killed, man injured in boat wreck

Authorities released the identities involved in a boating incident that killed a Buford woman and injured a man Sunday night off Ga. 369 in the Chestatee Bay area of Lake Lanier.

March 16, 2015 | Times staff reports | 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


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