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Burning teddy bear was legal, jury says

The destruction by fire of a teddy bear was upheld as lawful by a Hall County Superior Court jury Tuesday.

May 11, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


More than 10,000 gallons of sewage flows into Flat Creek

More than 10,000 gallons of sewage spilled out of a manhole and into Flat Creek Tuesday, and the city's environmental services administrator says construction debris could be to blame.

May 11, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Spelling for literacy: Groups compete in annual bee for charity

You don't have to be in grade school to become a spelling bee champion.

Tonight, all types of people - young, old, religious, industrious and scholastic alike - will mouth off, using their best orthographic skills at the 17th Annual Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy and The Times.

May 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Virtual meetings could cut costs for substitute teachers, gas reimbursement

Hall County school officials are discussing ways to cut costs in the wake of rising fuel and electricity costs.

May 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Better burn that yard waste by sundown Wednesday

If you've got a pile of yard debris you want to burn, you've got less than two days left to do it. After sundown Wednesday, open burning will be banned in Hall County until Oct. 1.

May 10, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Tax rebate checks begin appearing today

It's almost like Christmas in July.

May 10, 2008 | Kristen Morales Harris Blackwood | Local


Official says bus driver at fault in wreck

Two elementary school students were treated for minor injuries Monday evening after their school bus driver caused a wreck on Atlanta Highway, officials said.

Hall County School bus 9827 was carrying 28 students from Martin Elementary at about 3 p.m. Monday when it struck a vehicle that had stopped in front of the bus on Atlanta Highway, according to Gordon Higgins, director of community relations for Hall County Schools.

May 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Modular home lawsuit still unresolved

After three years, there has been no final decision on whether Gainesville officials violated Grant Smereczynsky's civil rights by not allowing him to complete construction on a modular home within the city limits.

In the three years since Smereczynsky was ordered to stop construction on a home in the Waters Edge subdivision, a lawsuit he filed against the city has made an interesting journey, appearing in Hall County Superior Court three times and United States District Court twice.

May 10, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville plant will build for Nissan

ZF Transmissions has been selected to produce an automatic transmission for a 2010 Nissan vehicle and will expand its Gainesville operations to produce the new product.

"The order from Nissan is a major success for ZF and confirms our strategy to intensify business with Japanese automakers," said Wolfgang Vogel, member of the board of management of ZF and group executive of the commercial vehicle and special driveline technology division. "This opportunity furthers the excellent working relationship between Nissan and ZF."

May 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Residents recall ‘good, bad and ugly’ history of Southern heritage on Confederate Memorial Day

Hoop skirts and Confederate soldier garb was the fashion Sunday at Redwine United Methodist Church.

May 09, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Mars to pay $23 billion for Wrigley; gum maker's biggest plant is in Flowery Branch

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., which has the largest gum-making plant in the company's worldwide empire in Flowery Branch, has accepted a $23 billion buyout offer from privately held Mars Inc.

May 09, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Chicken cook-off heats up Gainesville afternoon

"It's events like this that make us want to live in Gainesville," said Robb Owens, a member of the North American Chicken Grillers Association International cook team.

May 08, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Local


The Titans: 25 people who helped build Gainesville, Hall County

Rafe Banks Sr.

May 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Sheriff’s citizens academy graduates 39

Some 39 people graduated from the spring 2008 session of the Hall County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy. The graduates were addressed and praised by Sheriff Steve Cronic as well as the keynote speaker, C. Andrew Fuller, senior judge, Hall County Superior Court.

May 08, 2008 | | Local


Giles knows he has big shoes to fill

Mike Giles, 46, has served as senior vice president of the Georgia Poultry Federation since 2000. He will assume the post of president at the beginning of 2009, succeeding Abit Massey, who will become president-emeritus.

May 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


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Dentistry offers pleasant experience for kids

When dental hygienist Margaret Conrad arrives at work in the morning, she's not greeted by the quiet beige walls and elevator music of a typical dentist's office. Instead she hears upbeat pop tunes and sees a colorful mural of life under the sea.

July 15, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Fire rating may lower insurance in Hall County

An improved insurance rating for Hall County Fire Services could spell financial relief for some residents, according to county officials.

July 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


TV 18 funding causes confusion

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the city of Gainesville last week to continue splitting the cost of operating the local government channel, TV 18.

July 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fifth lesson: Breaststroke practice ends in disappointment

The first class of my second week of taking adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center was more of a sink than a swim.

July 15, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


New hospital in Braselton seeks employees

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton is "on track" to filling 500-600 positions needed to staff the new South Hall hospital, which is set to open next spring, a hospital official said Monday.

July 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Garth Brooks reveals tour info to Gainesville man

After a weekend of anticipation, Andy Roberts finally got a call from Garth Brooks announcing the first stop on his worldwide tour.

July 15, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Local


Junior League distributes food at new location

Junior League of Gainesville and Hall County continues to help local families by providing food to the needy, but the group's move to a new office location stalled growth with a low turnout at last month's distribution.

July 15, 2014 | | Local


Oakwood OKs short-term loan

Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to take out a short-term loan of up to $400,000 to cover expenses.

July 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville considers road project agreement

Gainesville City Council will meet tonight to vote on an agreement with the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority about constructing a road in the Chicopee Mill Industrial Center that will open for property development.

July 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local




Longstreet Society celebrates 20-year anniversary

The Longstreet Society held a volunteer work day Saturday to clean up the grounds and do minor repairs to the Piedmont Hotel for the society's 20th anniversary.

July 14, 2014 | Alexandra Smith | Local


Gainesville host of World War II reunions dies

Asa Autry's military devotion extended way beyond his service in World War II.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: School board meetings in Gainesville to change venue

Starting July 21, Gainesville's regular Board of Education meeting will be held on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the municipal center on Queen City Parkway.

July 14, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Forsyth planning new parks on Lanier

July 14, 2014 | By Megan Reed Times regional staff | Local


Syfan Logistics to expand, add 50 jobs

Gainesville-based Syfan Logistics is in expansion mode, planning to hire about 50 people and spend about $2 million more by the end of this year.

July 14, 2014 | Greg Breazeale | Local


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