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Local contractors may get preference from Gainesville

The Gainesville City Council may soon legally move forward with an ordinance that would allow them to prefer local contractors on city construction jobs, but it may not get them very far.

June 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


East Hall Middle meets 'AYP' for first time in 9 years

For nearly a decade, East Hall Middle School has been mired in negative labels concerning its academic progress.

The skies finally began clearing Wednesday.

June 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Corps selects YMCA of Atlanta to develop Bethel Park

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided to turn over management of Bethel Park, a 62-acre corps property on Lake Lanier in Forsyth County, to the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta.

The YMCA has been trying since 2003 to develop a residential camp at the site. The corps was set to award the lease to the YMCA in 2006, but local residents around Bethel Park complained to the Forsyth County Commission.

June 15, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville officials: Budget memo at center of schools' financial mess might not exist

Nearly two weeks after Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe recommended a 20 percent tax hike to make up for a nearly $7 million deficit in the school system's budget, school officials have yet to produce a March 2006 letter that he claims is at the center of the school system's financial debacle.

June 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Indictment accuses former manager of swiping $548,000 from doctor's office

A once-trusted employee who worked for a Gainesville doctor for more than 25 years stands accused of embezzling more than half a million dollars from his office.

June 15, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


As gas prices skyrocket, so does Red Rabbit ridership

More people rode the Red Rabbit this year than ever before, making Hall Area Transit one of the fastest-growing bus systems in the country.

June 15, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Flowery Branch passes budgets after cutting $400,000 in capital spending

Flowery Branch sewer, water and solid waste customers soon could be paying a new service charge to balance the city's utilities fund budget passed Wednesday.

Flowery Branch City Council approved a $2,390,310 sewer, water and solid waste budget for fiscal year 2009, effective July 1. They also passed a $3,498,691 general fund budget for the upcoming year.

June 15, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


2 teens are charged in pellet gun attack

Two recently graduated Gainesville High School student-athletes were arrested Wednesday, accused of shooting a woman in the face with a pellet gun from a moving car.

June 15, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Sewage spill near Walnut Creek

Nearly 70,000 gallons of sewage spilled onto the ground and into a tributary of North Walnut Creek on Wednesday, but a Gainesville Public Utilities official says the water should be back to its normal quality in a couple of days.

June 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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


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Board discusses new school for South Hall

The southern portion of Hall County is booming, and the school board is planning for growth.

April 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Hall man arrested after trying to improve roadway at daughter’s wreck site

Shannon Hamilton's trip to the White County bridge in mid-March was a father's worst nightmare - identifying his 16-year-old daughter, Cecily, as one of two fatal wreck victims.

April 13, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ex-CIA agent weighs in on Cuban relations to group at UNG

As a former CIA agent, military veteran and native Cuban, Col. Felix Rodriguez has an impassioned opinion of U.S. relations with Cuba.

April 13, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Chad Black appointed as Hall deputy fire chief

Hall County Fire Services announced Monday that Chad Black had been appointed to the position of deputy fire chief.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gas leak causes closure at Gaines Ferry and McEver roads

A gas leak caused a shutdown of Gaines Ferry Road at McEver Road toward Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch on Monday, fire officials said.

April 13, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Filing tax returns messier, more complex than ever

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other recent changes to the tax code, filing an annual return appears more complicated than ever.

April 13, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Northeast Georgia History Center brings past to area families

The Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University invited the community to attend Sunday's family day event, which focused on the 1940s. The event was held from 1-4 p.m. and provided visitors with hands-on activities, historical performers and several demonstrations that called for volunteers.

April 13, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


Georgia families risk fines in resupplying medical marijuana

ATLANTA - Patients who have to go out of state to get cannabis oil say they will face risks and hurdles even after medical marijuana becomes legal in Georgia on Thursday.

April 13, 2015 | Bill Hendrick Associated Press | Local


Dahlonega in early stages of downtown pedestrian improvements

Anthony Smith knows the value of "foot traffic" at The Fudge Factory, a long-time fixture on the Dahlonega square.

April 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residential parking issue resurfaces Monday night at Oakwood City Council

A proposed ordinance restricting parking in residential areas returns to the Oakwood City Council Monday night.

April 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Business couple to speak at Brenau

Jack Welch and Suzy Welch will share their business advice with the public at 7 p.m. April 30 in the Brenau University Pearce Auditorium.

April 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Man dies in Banks County wreck

A 41-year-old Martin man died in an early Sunday wreck in Banks County.

April 12, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau hosts 2015 Fashion Show at Pearce Auditorium

The Brenau Collections 2015 Fashion Show took place at the Pearce Auditorium on the Brenau University campus. About 400 people on campus were expected to attend the public and private events making up May Day weekend including the fashion show.

April 12, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Restrictions may limit child care

Thousands of Georgia children, many of whom may live in Hall County, could be turned away from child care funding because of restrictions that began in February.

April 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Boys & Girls Clubs host leadership workshop

On Saturday, Sisters of Today and Tomorrow hosted its Sisters Circle and Leadership Workshop, "Awakening the Dream in Me" at the Hall County Boys & Girls Teen Club,, for a group of girls that ranged from 11-18 years old.

April 12, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Local


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