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Lanier Tech students get their first taste of flames

Patrick Knight and two of his classmates from the fire sciences program at Lanier Technical College plopped down on the curbside, exhausted and drenched with sweat, and got a critique of their performance as aspiring firefighters.

May 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Governor opens Laurel Park Boat Ramp

Gov. Sonny Perdue and other state and local officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the Laurel Park Boat Ramp, the first mega-ramp to open under Perdue's Go Fish Georgia initiative.

May 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Stephens throws hat in for Deal’s seat

Former State Senate Majority Leader Bill Stephens has several Hall County movers and shakers on board for his campaign to succeed Nathan Deal as U.S. congressman for Georgia's 9th Congressional District.

May 27, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Officials: Bus fire wasn’t arson

Arson has been ruled out as a cause of a fire Friday that destroyed eight Gainesville city school buses, Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada said Wednesday.

May 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County avoids tax increase with cuts

Hall County's budget for next year includes cuts and employee layoffs within the county but avoids raising taxes.

May 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Superintendent wants some exempt from pay cuts

Hall County schools Superintendent Will Schofield said Wednesday he is recommending nurses, paraprofessionals and national board-certified teachers be exempt from an anticipated 2 percent to 3 percent pay cut this upcoming school year.

May 27, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Realtor wants 2 tracts annexed in Flowery Branch

A Flowery Branch Realtor has petitioned Flowery Branch City Council to annex two tracts totaling nearly 11 acres and zone them as highway business.

May 27, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Retired teachers await their state checks

About 9,000 retired educators in Georgia are waiting on checks following the conclusion of a five-year class action lawsuit against the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia.

May 26, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Kids can get a free ride to the library

For kids in Gainesville, reading over the summer pays.

May 26, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Governor, interior secretary to see areas affected by drought

Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Ken Salazar will meet with Gov. Sonny Perdue today to tour and discuss areas previously affected by drought.

May 26, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Man gets life sentence for killing chaplain

The case of a Clermont chaplain killed in December by a man he tried to help was closed Tuesday with a guilty plea, though much of the reasoning behind the murder of Frank Harris Jr. may forever remain unexplained.

May 26, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flowery Branch schedules sewer plan meeting to discuss environmental impact

Flowery Branch plans to hold a public hearing June 17 on the eventual doubling of capacity at its plant off Atlanta Highway.

May 26, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


15 die in Memorial Day weekend accidents

Though a rainy Memorial Day weekend kept people off Georgia's lakes, 15 people died on the state's roads during the 78-hour holiday period.

May 26, 2009 | From staff reports | Local


Family worries about daughter; officials think teen ran away

Lumpkin County authorities believe a 16-year-old teenager who disappeared nine days ago ran away from home.

But whether Hannah Thompson left her father's home willingly on May 18 makes no difference to her family members. They still are worried.

May 26, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


More people volunteer for American Cancer Society Relay for Life, but donations decline

The economy may be in a recession, but American Cancer Society officials say support is strong for its annual Relay for Life fundraisers.

May 26, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


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Hall County Master Gardeners host annual expo

The annual Spring Garden Expo, hosted by the Hall County Master Gardeners, is in full bloom. The event kicked off Friday at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

April 03, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Roofer sustains serious injuries after 30-foot fall from house in Flowery Branch

A man working on a roof in Flowery Branch suffered moderate to severe injuries after falling roughly 30 feet Friday morning.

April 03, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Ask the Times: New hospital in Braselton doesn’t have trauma status

Is the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton hospital a Level II trauma center like the one in Gainesville?

April 03, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Boat fatality case from 2012 returning to Hall County court

A Forsyth man's lawsuit to be released from the Hall County Jail spent three weeks in federal court before returning to Hall County Superior Court.

April 03, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville departments lay out goals for next fiscal year

More Gainesville departments have laid out their goals and priorities for the next fiscal year as City Manager Kip Padgett prepares to unveil his proposed budget later this month.

April 03, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Tech College’s relocation plan gets thumbs up from business, government leaders

Just how great is the need for relocating Lanier Technical College?

April 03, 2015 | BY JOSHUA SILAVENT AND KRISTEN OLIVER jsilavent@gainesvilletimes.com, koliver@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Tom Smith is chosen new top Red Elephant

Gainesville High School will have a new principal starting this fall.

April 03, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Job fair draws 900 to Civic Center

Brent Hill came to Thursday's job fair with a mission: Get back on his feet.

April 02, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall lawsuit involving former jail inmate dismissed

A lawsuit brought against Hall County by a former jail inmate has been dismissed.

April 02, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Flowery Branch special election will be in June

Two new members will join the Flowery Branch City Council as of June.

April 02, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Ice storm clean up runs county $300,000 so far

As Hall County continues to clear streets of tree limbs and remove other debris from roadways left by the ice storm in mid-February, officials have begun to tally the costs.

April 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Library board seeks impact fees from Gainesville, Oakwood

The Hall County Library System Board of Trustees is pushing for Gainesville and Oakwood to begin collecting impact fees from new development and construction to support local libraries.

April 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


5-year-old child dies after being hit by car

A 5-year-old boy riding his scooter was struck by an oncoming vehicle Tuesday and later died, according to Gainesville police.

April 02, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville parks budget likely to shrink as capital spending wanes

The Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department will see a more than 14 percent decrease in its budget next year if staff has its way, with the majority of cuts related to operations and capital projects.

April 02, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Quinlan's Rembrandt is ‘a step into art history’

A day after her 104th birthday, Lessie Smithgall and her family on Thursday unveiled the largest gift in the Quinlan Visual Arts Center's history.

April 02, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


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