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Authorities probe possible connection in hiking case, N.C. presumed killing

ATLANTA - Authorities are exploring a possible link between the disappearance of a female hiker and the presumed killing of an elderly couple from North Carolina last October.

January 18, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


A perfect fit: Playhouse grants wish

Joshua Robbins was one of thousands of people who dropped a raffle ticket into a bucket outside several playhouses displayed on the Gainesville square at Mule Camp Market in October.

Local high school construction students spent months carefully crafting each playhouse to be raffled off to benefit Habitat for Humanity, and raised a total of $17,000 for the home-building agency.

January 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


County school officials rethink ‘block schedule’

GAINESVILLE - Hall County schools' teachers and administrators are looking at revising the "block schedule," with changes to come possibly as early as next school year.

The block schedule initially was put in place "to get kids to more courses, or at least the opportunity to take more courses," said Sally Krisel, the district's assistant director of teaching and learning.

January 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Annual service honors Confederate Lt. Gen. Longstreet

The life and death of Alta Vista Cemetery's most renowned figure was honored Sunday afternoon with a three-volley rifle salute by Confederate re-enactors.

January 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


ITBS scores hold or improve in Hall schools

Early results on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills show that Hall County students in second through eighth grades districtwide improved or stayed at the same level in five of six subject areas.

January 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Search for missing hiker to be scaled back today

The Associated Press

January 18, 2008 | | Local


Forest Service may ban off-road vehicles from trails

Citing environmental concerns, officials with the Chattahoochee National Forest say they want to permanently close an area used by off-road vehicles.

January 18, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Man dies in wreck after train collision

A Maysville man was killed Friday afternoon when his truck was struck by a train in Commerce.

January 17, 2008 | | Local


Modular home builder still battling Gainesville

GAINESVILLE -- Grant Smereczynsky is hoping the third time's the charm in his ongoing battle against the city of Gainesville.

January 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County Teacher of the Year: Joel Aquino

OAKWOOD -- Joel Aquino spent years traveling the world with companies mining in exotic places, including a $13 billion gold and copper find in Laos.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Raising Young Minds: Gainesville, Hall top teachers

Each year, teachers at every school in Gainesville and Hall County pick the best of their peers to be honored for dedication to education. Each teacher was asked to submit information about their jobs, as well as career and educational backgrounds. The following is based on information each one provided and from personal profiles on school Web sites:

January 17, 2008 | | Local


Teachers of year cultivate young minds

Each year, teachers at every school in Gainesville and Hall County pick the best of their peers to be honored for dedication to education.

January 17, 2008 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


New school board members will be sworn in Monday

GAINESVILLE - A swearing-in ceremony for the Gainesville City School Board of Education's new members is set for Monday.

Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff will swear in Maria Calkins and Sammy Smith at the beginning of the board's monthly work session, which begins at 5 p.m.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


More and more shore: Lanier cleanup goes on

It looked more like a dump than a lakeshore.

January 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Gainesville Teacher of the Year: Dawn Barry

GAINESVILLE -- On the first week of school, Dawn Barry takes her kindergartners on a tour of the school with the help of Curious George.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Gainesville man arrested after 7 different drugs seized from home

A Gainesville man faces nine different charges relating to the possession of seven different drugs.

August 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Ga. 347 improvements are funded once again

In an emergency meeting Friday, the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization funded Ga. 347 improvements, a reversal from its vote earlier this week.

August 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Prayer controversy prompts community reaction

August 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Credit union tallies $15K for injured firefighters’ fund

In nearly a month since a ladder truck fell, residents of Hall County have raised more than $15,000 for three injured Hall County firefighters.

August 15, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County moving on health clinic without Gainesville

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to proceed with opening a pharmacy and health clinic to serve county employees.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man sentenced to 6 months in Social Security benefit thefts

Federal prosecutors said a South Georgia man has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing children's Social Security benefits.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Handgun training event looks to put a stop to human trafficking

A handgun training event, "Taking Aim at Human Trafficking," will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in Gainesville.

August 14, 2014 | Times staff | Local


The Medical Center Foundation seeks golf tourney beneficiary

Plans are in the works to select a beneficiary for the 2015 Medical Center Open Golf Tournament.

August 14, 2014 | Times staff | Local


Population may not grow as fast, new estimates show

Hall County's population might double by 2040, not triple, as is forecast in Hall's current long-term transportation plan.

August 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Safety work set on Union Church Road

Plans are moving forward to improve safety on a short but treacherous stretch of Union Church Road in South Hall County.

August 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Riverside confers first entrepreneurial leadership award

Riverside Military Academy took the first step Thursday in establishing a scholarship fund for families who cannot afford tuition without financial assistance.

August 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville: 4th side of downtown square for sale

Plans to develop the fourth side of the downtown Gainesville square have fallen through and the property owner is now looking to sell the site.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Schools struggle with religious expression on campus

For faculty at public schools, there is a fine line between the right to express personal religious belief and the need to respect the range of beliefs held by students.

August 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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