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Laid-off teachers face exit decision

The 100 or so Hall County teachers laid off earlier this month were given until Friday to determine how they would end their teaching careers in the system.

March 15, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


What if voters say 'no' to SPLOST?

Many local officials say that if SPLOST VI does not come through, neither will some of the big projects they hoped to fund with the tax.

March 14, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville City Council rebuffs plan for mayoral elections

A state lawmaker's effort to give Gainesville voters a chance to weigh in on the idea of an elected mayor is being resisted by members of the Gainesville City Council, some of which say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

March 14, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood and Ashley Fielding hblackwood@gainesvilletimes.com, afielding@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Spring foliage is just down the road

Bill Lott maneuvers his way down a leaf-covered embankment in the Thompson Mills Forest and crouches next to a patch of small, pine-shaped plants covering the forest floor.

March 14, 2009 | By Katie Dunn kdunn@clickthepaper.com | Local


A special trip for a Special Olympian

Katy Wilson has many reasons to be proud.

March 14, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Retailer donates cameras to Hall County law enforcement

In domestic violence cases, the camera never lies.

March 14, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Flood watch issued for Northeast Georgia as steady rains move in

A full day of steady rain has led the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for Northeast Georgia and other areas of the state through Monday morning.

As much as 2 to 3 inches of rain is expected in the area tonight and Sunday. A total of 0.35 inch of rain fell between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. today at the NWS recording station at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

March 14, 2009 | | Local


Mellow Mushroom coming to old Rudolph's location

A historic home on Green Street that was once a setting for fine dining will reopen in three months as a pizza franchise.

March 14, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall Progress 2009 promoting passage of sales tax on Tuesday

The "Vote Yes" signs are all over Gainesville's Green Street, as are advertisements in The Times.

March 14, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville High fans proud despite tough loss

MACON - After Gainesville High's heartbreaking 59-56 loss to Westover in the state Class AAA basketball semifinals Friday night at the Macon Centreplex, the Red Elephant faithful who made the two-hour drive remained proud of their team.

March 14, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Federal stimulus may help fund teachers' salaries

State school superintendent Kathy Cox told local school districts Friday that some federal stimulus funds can be used to pay teacher salaries.

March 14, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Online sting nets Kennesaw man in Gainesville

A Kennesaw man who traveled to Gainesville with the intentions of having sex with a 14-year-old girl was arrested Thursday, Hall County Sheriff's officials said Friday.

March 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Four arrested in meth raid by local drug unit

Four people were arrested on charges of trafficking methamphetamine following a monthlong undercover operation by the Gainesville-Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, officials said Friday.

March 13, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Brownies go scouting for bears

FLOWERY BRANCH - A group of Brownies earning their final merit badges for the year decided they want to design their project around something that would help children less fortunate or in distress.

March 13, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Mix of prescription drugs killed Hoschton teen, authorities say

HOSCHTON - Authorities say a lethal concoction of prescription narcotics killed Brittane Nichole Brown, a 14-year-old Jackson County Comprehensive High School freshman found dead at a Hoschton home in December.

March 13, 2009 | By Katie Dunn kdunn@clickthepaper.com | Local


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Police charge man with murder in Gainesville hotel slaying

The man Gainesville police were seeking in connection with a Jan. 10 homicide at Sun Suites Hotel now has been charged with murder in the case.

January 15, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Gainesville fire department wants to expand recruit school

Difficulty finding qualified firefighters has prompted the Gainesville Fire Department to request expanding its recruit school.

January 15, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Badge and Bar: Inmate accused of killing cellmate to undergo further mental evaluation

John Darrell Setchel, 24, of Dawsonville was indicted on Oct. 8 in the death of Ronald Sailers, 72, of Murrayville. Setchel is accused by authorities of slamming Sailers' head into the concrete floor repeatedly three days before the indictment.

January 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local




Drones, robots key to Georgia's agriculture growth, experts say

In the next decade, the poultry industry in Georgia could include drones and robots performing tasks done today by human hands.

January 14, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Gov. Nathan Deal promises more funding for education, transportation, child welfare reform

Gov. Nathan Deal called on lawmakers to support substantial new funding for public education, transportation projects and child welfare reform in his State of the State speech Wednesday at the Capitol in Atlanta.

January 14, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Frank Norton Jr. urges North Georgia to push becoming 2nd-home market

North Georgia should strive to become a "second-home mecca" for affluent Atlantans seeking weekend escape, real estate executive Frank Norton Jr. said during his annual Native Intelligence report Wednesday night at the Gainesville Civic Center.

January 14, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Funeral homes report vehicles broken into, stretcher stolen

A stretcher was stolen out of a vehicle at one local funeral home and vehicles were broken into at two other local funeral homes earlier this month.

January 14, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Gainesville man indicted in kidnapping teen jogger

A Gainesville man accused of kidnapping a 17-year-old jogger and attempting to rape her was indicted Monday.

January 14, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Full text of Governor Nathan Deal's State of the State address

Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston, President Pro Tem Shafer, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, members of the consular corps, my fellow Georgians:

January 14, 2015 | | Local


Foster care training process frustrates some

With hundreds of children needing foster care homes in North Georgia, Sara Griffith of Murrayville decided she wanted to be part of the solution.

December 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


From foster to forever: Some parents seek adoption

With big dreams come the possibility of worst nightmares.

October 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Where do we go from here?

October 19, 2014 | BY NICK WATSON and BEKAH PORTER | Local


Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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