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40 years later: Gainesville judge recalls relationship with RFK

On the morning of June 5, 1968, Sidney O. Smith Jr., then a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Georgia, was at home alone in Gainesville.

His family had left for a beach trip. Shaving in front of the bathroom mirror, Smith had turned on the radio for the morning news, not expecting what he heard.

June 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


RaceTrac gets thumbs up at Seasons

A RaceTrac gas station will stand on what was formerly the commercial retail portion of the Seasons on Lake Lanier planned unit development after all.

However, managers of the gas station will be barred from receiving deliveries between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

June 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville State educator a finalist for top job at Middle Georgia

W. Michael Stoy, Gainesville State College's vice president for academic affairs, has been named one of two finalists for president at Middle Georgia College.

June 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Medical center honors nurse for years of dedication

Even before Jim Gardner, president of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, finished announcing Linda Niles as the 2008 employee of the year, the entire room had risen to its feet in thunderous applause.

June 15, 2008 | | Local


Heart association recommends monitoring blood pressure from home

If you're diabetic, you know you're supposed to check your blood sugar every day.

But if you have high blood pressure, chances are you only get your pressure checked a few times a year, when you go to a doctor's office.

June 14, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Flowery Branch set to discuss budget today

Nearly $400,000 of new sewer and water ventures will have to wait so the Flowery Branch City Council can balance its sewer and water fund for the upcoming year, Mayor Diane Hirling said.

June 14, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville school board keeps superintendent memo secret

Already mired in a controversy about a $7 million budget shortfall, Gainesville school board members caught more public heat Monday night when they refused to disclose a May 19 memo from Superintendent Steven Ballowe.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Battle lines drawn between superintendent, Gainesville school board

The often-controversial tenure of Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe appears in doubt after battle lines were drawn this week between Ballowe and members of the City Board of Education.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


550 kids could lose after-school program at YMCA

Problems within the Georgia Department of Education are causing the Georgia Mountains YMCA to struggle with how to keep 550 at-risk kids in an after-school program when school starts in August.

June 14, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Suspect arrested after three-hour manhunt

A Gainesville man was captured and arrested on numerous charges Monday night after allegedly fleeing from sheriff's deputies in a car and later on foot, authorities said.

June 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Residents can comment on Gainesville's budget

Gainesville taxpayers will have a chance to comment about how the city spends its money at tonight's first budget hearing.

June 14, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


No summer break for school projects

There's no summer vacation for construction workers at area schools. In fact, work has hit high gear as crews try to wrap up work at the new Chestnut Mountain Elementary School, which opens in August for the 2008-09 school year.

"We're putting floor tiles down, cleaning, landscaping, putting in final drives," said Jerry Huguley, construction manager for the Hall County system.

June 14, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia state parks: More fun than a treadmill

Though it's being marketed with a goofy gopher mascot, a new state parks initiative has a serious goal: helping Georgians improve their health.

On Monday afternoon in Savannah, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the Get Outdoors Georgia campaign, an effort to promote state parks not just as a place for picnics but as an opportunity to exercise.

June 13, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall County school board to begin drug screenings of drivers

The Hall County School Board voted Monday to expand random, mandatory drug testing to all permitted student-drivers as well as student-athletes for the 2008-09 school year.

Until now, the school system has conducted random tests only on student-athletes.

June 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Math, reading retests available for some grades

Certain students will be allowed to retake the math and reading sections of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests this summer, and the state will count the highest score, Eloise Barron said Monday at the Hall County School Board meeting.

Barron, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, said third-grade students will be able to retest in reading, and students in fifth and eighth grades will be able to retest in both math and reading.

June 13, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


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Career Coach plans visits to 2 Hall County sites

The Workforce Development Career Coach plans visits within the next week to two sites in Hall County.

January 20, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Former Gainesville police commander Harold Black dies at 86

After serving his country as a Marine in Korea, Harold G. Black came back to Gainesville and served the community for 32 years.

January 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Woman killed in Sardis Road wreck

A Gainesville woman was ejected from her vehicle and killed Tuesday afternoon after a wreck on Sardis Road.

January 20, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County Board of Education approves spending $70,000 for calculators

The Hall County Board of Education approved $70,000 Tuesday at its regular meeting for the purchase of classroom calculators.

January 20, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gainesville City Council OKs tax district funding

Gainesville City Council approved three requests Tuesday for tax allocation district funding.

January 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Legacy Link shows off new Oakwood offices

Legacy Link celebrated its grand opening Tuesday in Oakwood with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the building, which offers more space than its predecessor in Gainesville.

January 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local




Lanier Islands in talks to draw second hotel

Lanier Islands is hoping to draw a second hotel to the South Hall County resort within 18 months, sales director Mike DiLeone said Tuesday.

January 20, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


MLK Day renews spirit of activism

'I go to the movie and I go downtown

January 20, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall County Commissioners to discuss SPLOST, Gateway Centre

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution this week to formally approve a special purpose local option sales tax voter referendum.

January 19, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville couple discovers decapitated animal on Leach Road

It was the usual Monday morning drive to work on Jan. 12 for Alice Brock down Leach Road, when something caught her eye that made her turn around.

January 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Economic Outlook Breakfast Jan. 27 at Forsyth Conference Center

Ticket sales have begun for one of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce's most popular annual events.

January 19, 2015 | | Local


Area pastor Stephen Samuel says Martin Luther King Jr.'s call for justice was from God

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made a call for justice that can be heard across generations.

January 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Car break-in foils proposal for Gainesville couple

Jonathan Cochran had planned last Friday night over the last few months.

January 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall Solicitor-General Woodard named to family violence commission

Hall County Solicitor-General Stephanie D. Woodard has been appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal as a new member of the state Commission on Family Violence.

January 19, 2015 | | Local


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