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Habersham County's new superintendent could start July 1

Application documents are available for viewing for Robert Costley, who has been given the Habersham County school board's OK as its new superintendent.

April 13, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Parents, students, educators worry that new HOPE rules can leave behind ‘best and the brightest’

Students, parents and educators complained Tuesday night about last year's eligibility changes in the much-coveted HOPE Scholarship and its effects on students taking challenging courses.

April 13, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Church hopes to buy building to house mission

St. Michael Catholic Church has signed a contract to purchase the current building of Emmanuel Baptist Church as a mission. The $1.3 million contract is contingent upon the church's ability to raise $300,000 in donations and pledges by the end of April.

Emmanuel Baptist, located at 177 Atlanta Highway, is in a business district that is dominated by businesses owned by or catering to Latino clientele. It backs up to a residential area that is also primarily populated by Hispanics.

April 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Residents give ideas to improve libraries

A group of nearly 20 Hall County residents and elected officials gathered Monday at Blackshear Place Library in Oakwood to brainstorm improvement ideas for Hall County libraries.

Adrian Mixson, Hall County Library System director, said the purpose of the focus group was to determine how library patrons' needs regarding facilities, services and programs might change during the next five years.

April 12, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Holly tree pruning will block off lane of downtown traffic

GAINESVILLE- It's not Christmas, but they'll still be trimming the holly tree.

Gainesville motorists should be advised that the Green Street lane that turns right onto E.E. Butler will be blocked off this afternoon while Jackson EMC prunes the Green Street holly tree.

April 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


An exercise in auctioneering: Uptown Fitness equipment sold to pay taxes

They came in search of the elusive bargain, and some found it Tuesday as Gainesville and the Hall County Tax Commissioners office sold some of the equipment at the former Uptown Fitness on Bradford Street.

April 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Car theft, chase lead to arrest of Talmo teenager

An 18-year-old Talmo resident is being held in the Hall County Jail without bond after he allegedly fired a gun at someone, stole a car and fled from deputies Sunday morning.

April 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Uptown Fitness Center equipment up for auction

The Hall County Tax Commissioners Office and the city of Gainesville will host an auction from 8 to 10 a.m. today at the former site of Uptown Fitness Center at 131 Bradford St.

April 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Forum on HOPE set for tonight

A forum on changes made last year in HOPE scholarship grade-point average calculations is set for 7 tonight at the Hall County school system offices at 711 Green St.

April 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville braces for less money in budget

GAINESVILLE - The city of Gainesville may be running on a slimmer budget in the coming fiscal year than in years past.

A lag in construction and an uncertain economy has Gainesville's financial experts projecting revenues for this fiscal year to be less than had been expected. But Gainesville City Manager Brian Shuler insists the outlook is not so grim.

April 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gas station at Seasons on Lanier still a no-go

In the tussle between Seasons on Lanier residents and the bankrupt neighborhood's potential new developer, Easlan Capital of Atlanta Inc. has been granted a timeout.

April 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Former county parks director works in Arcade

Deborah Mockus, who served for five years as director of Hall County Parks and Leisure Services, is now city administrator for the Jackson County town of Arcade. Mockus left Hall County's employment in mid-March.

"She was not asked to leave," said County Administrator Jim Shuler, calling her departure "mutually agreed upon."

April 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Northeast Georgia Health System says Barrow hospital's lawsuit has no merit

Northeast Georgia Health System officials have denied allegations that they did not follow Georgia's certificate-of-need rules when applying to build a new hospital in Braselton.

April 12, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville City Council, school board hold joint meeting

The Gainesville City Council and the Gainesville school board met Monday to discuss matters that affect both.

April 12, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


14 arrested for underage drinking at Buford party

Two Buford residents have been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and keeping a disorderly house after 14 teenagers were arrested for underage drinking at their home early Sunday morning.

April 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Schools aim students for careers, not just college

College isn't for everybody.

November 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Brenau takes top mediation team award

Brenau University took top honors Saturday in the 15th annual International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament held at the Gainesville campus.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


CASA honors veteran juvenile judge Jolliff at fundraiser

After a quarter of a century, a stalwart of the Hall County Juvenile Court was honored Saturday night for his dedication to children of abuse or neglect.

November 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Festival with a message: HemlockFest concludes Sunday

HemlockFest, a family-friendly festival with an environmental theme, continues through 4 p.m. today at Starbridge Retreat, 396 Starbridge Road, Murrayville.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville officials weigh in on fire department concerns

After weeks of silence, top Gainesville officials are now speaking out about concerns that inadequate pay is causing attrition and low morale in the city fire department.

November 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Brenau hosts International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament

Students from around the world are competing at Brenau University this weekend to see who is the best peacemaker.

November 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Outdoor burn causes forest fire in Hall County; no injuries reported

Two acres of wooded area were burned Friday afternoon, believed to have been caused by an "unattended outdoor burn," according to Hall County Fire Services interim deputy chief Chad Black.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


3 treated for breathing problems when fire system malfunctions

Hall County Fire Services determined three workers suffered breathing problems and respiratory irritation Friday after a fire suppression system malfunctioned.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Hall County fire personnel, man with garden hose extinguish structural fire at home

Hall County Fire Services responded Friday morning to reported structure fire at a Heritage Crossing home.

November 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Roll up your sleeve and keep the flu bug at bay

A co-worker calls in sick Monday. Another calls Tuesday. By the end of the week, it feels like sickness has wiped out your whole office.

November 08, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Local


Report: Motorcyclist was thrown 16 feet in fatal crash

A motorcyclist in an Oct. 8 crash was thrown 16 feet from his motorcycle after veering off a Lula road, according to a Georgia State Patrol report.

November 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall sheriff to appeal deputies’ reinstatement

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch will appeal the reinstatement of two deputies involved in an inmate's escape, County Attorney Bill Blalock said Friday.

November 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Mother, daughter charged in Flowery Branch prostitution sting

A Flowery Branch mother and daughter were arrested Friday and charged with prostitution following an investigation into Internet ads.

November 07, 2014 | | Local


Car knocks out power at Gainesville apartment complex

A car hit an apartment building Friday afternoon causing minor damage and knocking out power to most of the complex.

November 07, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


First Friday concert to start early

The First Friday concert with the Fly Betty Band on the downtown square in Gainesville will start at 7:30 p.m. instead of 8.

November 07, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


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