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Gainesville woman named DOT district administrative officer

GAINESVILLE - The Georgia Department of Transportation recently announced the appointment of a Gainesville woman to the position of District Administrative Officer.

February 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Public schools are recruiting teachers

TeachGeorgia.org, the official teacher recruitment Web site for Georgia's public schools, plans to hold a free information session 6-7 p.m. Tuesday.

February 05, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hall commission approves Portofino site

Following five Hall County residents' vehement opposition to a 261-home development on Lake Lanier, Hall County Commissioners approved the 217-acre venture at Thursday's board meeting with a 4-1 vote.

February 05, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Flowery Branch depot in line for a shine

Downtown improvements are chugging along in the old railroad town of Flowery Branch.

February 04, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


College students, judge debate impact of 'Jena Six' protests

Gainesville State College students discussed the parameters of a 2006 racially charged incident in Jena, La., inviting municipal court Judge Hammond Law to participate Wednesday.

February 04, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Cold weather, economic woes hit residents with double-barrel winter blast

When temperatures across Northeast Georgia dropped into the teens shortly after New Year's Day and again last weekend, residents had little choice but to run their furnaces almost nonstop.

February 04, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Poultry industry shows off research, technology to customers at expo

ATLANTA - For the poultry industry, this is the big one: acres of equipment that handle everything from eggs to processed chickens and everything in between.

The 60th annual International Poultry Expo may not be the biggest show held at the Georgia World Congress Center, but for the poultry industry, this is the granddaddy of them all.

February 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


School funding from state is ‘going backward’

ATLANTA - An education advocacy group released its top 10 issues for 2008 on Wednesday, giving no issue any particular priority.

But it was clear from the discussions that followed with education reporters statewide that how to pay for education will get a lot of legislative attention this year.

February 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Two Lanier Tech projects included in governor's proposed spending plan

ATLANTA - The agency that oversees Georgia's technical colleges presented its $387 million budget request Wednesday to a joint meeting of the House and Senate appropriations committees.

The 2009 budget package includes funds for an expansion of Lanier Technical College's campus in Cumming and a new building for the college in Dawsonville.

February 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Smoke inhalation killed woman in New Holland fire

Authorities have narrowed the cause of a fire that claimed the life of a Gainesville woman Tuesday night to two possibilities: smoking or candles.

Diane Vinson, 55, died in the fire on East Main Street in a neighborhood of mill houses in the New Holland area of Gainesville, according to Hall County Coroner Marion Merck. An autopsy conducted Wednesday concluded that Vinson died from smoke inhalation, Merck said.

February 04, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Doctor's old-fashioned medical care starts with a $1,600 price tag

Imagine having a doctor who's available by cell phone 24 hours a day, who handles your care personally if you're hospitalized, who doesn't rush through your appointment so he can see his next patient.

February 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville school board can't decide on permanent chairman

The Gainesville school board voted Tuesday night to keep a chairman-of-the-month rotation through June, but, on the advice of board attorney Phil Hartley, selected an acting chairman to sign legal documents.

February 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man accused of practicing law without license

Finees Casado looked the part of a lawyer and acted the part, but lacked the credentials, authorities say.

Casado, who operates Casado's Associates LLC, a storefront office on Jesse Jewell Parkway offering assistance in immigration and tax matters, faces possible grand jury indictment after being charged with felony theft by deception last month.

February 03, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Warmer weather coming this week

Despite the freezing rain that fell on Hall County for part of Tuesday, it seemed that few problems lingered into the evening.

That's likely a welcome relief to local folks and officials who spent the end of last week and the weekend dealing with almost back-to-back weather events that dumped snow and a bit of ice across the region.

February 03, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Power wheelchair soccer team carries the legacy of its founder in North Georgia

At about 5 p.m. every Wednesday, the North Georgia Screamin Eagles start gearing up to practice one of the rarest sports in the state of Georgia.

Unlike other sports teams, the Screamin Eagles have no need for special shoes that make them run faster or jump higher. They only need eight guys, a soccer ball, charged batteries and a guard.

February 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Valentine’s Day murder conviction appealed to Georgia Supreme Court

The attorney for the go-between in a Valentine's Day murder-for-hire scheme argued for an appeal Monday on the grounds of unlawfully obtained and unsuppressed phone records.

September 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Michelle Obama stumps for Nunn in US Senate race

ATLANTA - First lady Michelle Obama debuted on the 2014 campaign trail Monday in Georgia, where Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is working to pick up a key seat for Democrats.

September 09, 2014 | By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press | Local


US Senate candidates spar over immigration

Politics appear to be at the heart of President Barack Obama's decision last week to delay unspecified executive action on immigration until after the November mid-term elections.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Chick-fil-A director, customers reminisce about S. Truett Cathy

Area Chick-fil-A customers on Monday remembered Chick-fil-A's founder for his business model and personal values. S. Truett Cathy died early Monday morning at 93.

September 09, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall looks to buy new firetruck

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is set to approve about $1 million in spending on Thursday for the purchase of a new firetruck with an aerial platform.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall business code changes still in contention

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is still considering revisions to the business license code months after changes were first proposed.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula plans for the end of SPLOST

Lula is developing a backup plan in case Hall County's special purpose local option sales tax is not extended after it expires next year.

September 09, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school system considers going charter

The Hall County School District is hoping to become a charter system next year, but it's a decision that hinges on the Georgia Department of Education's interpretation of just what a charter system is.

September 09, 2014 | | Local


State board member to address Common Core standards in Gainesville

A public hearing is set for tonight in Gainesville on Common Core standards in Georgia schools.

September 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Planning board to hear request for brewery today

Pap Datta hopes to turn Gainesville into the next hub of the craft beer industry, and he will ask the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tonight to rezone a brick warehouse along Maple Street, near Wild Wing Café, so he can launch Left Nut Brewing Co.

September 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


NY Times reporter comments on beheadings of journalists

Reporters covering dangerous areas of the world go through special training before they start working their first story overseas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter told a Gainesville audience Monday.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia ethics commission fires director

September 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Hall may play role in future passenger rail

Gainesville-Hall County figures prominently in passenger and commuter rail proposals in the Georgia Department of Transportation's new long-range rail plan.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Two camping hot spots open this winter

Those who enjoy cool weather camping can rejoice: The Army Corps of Engineers plans to have two of its Lake Lanier campgrounds open through March.

September 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school board raises superintendent's pay

Whenever the Hall County Board of Education has tried to give a bonus to Superintendent Will Schofield in recent years, he has turned it down.

September 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


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