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School board has yet to see tentative budget

Time is running out for Gainesville school board members to give thoughtful review to a tentative $50 million-plus budget for next year that carries a potential increase in the property tax rate of nearly 21 percent.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Sales of Hayes plant will keep wheel factory in business

BBS International, a maker of lightweight wheels for higher-end sports and passenger cars, has acquired the Hoboken, Belgium, operation of Hayes Lemmerz International and has signed a deal to buy the real estate and some equipment of the Hayes Lemmerz subsidiary located in Gainesville.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cornelia teen dies after traffic accident

A 19-year-old Cornelia woman died at a Macon hospital Sunday hours after her car collided with a dual-wheeled truck in Milledgeville, the city's police officials said.

Caroline Phillips Bagwell of Cornelia was driving south on U.S. 441 in Milledgeville shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday when her 2001 Volvo struck a large Chevrolet Silverado that was headed in the opposite direction, Milledgeville Police Deputy Chief Richard Malone said Monday.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville schools propose 14.4 percent tax hike

Faced with a multimillion-dollar deficit and with no detailed budget in front of them, Gainesville school board members nonetheless voted 4-1 Monday night to approve a $53.24 million tentative spending plan for the next fiscal year.

June 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Attorney says feds erred in charging Forsyth deputy, family with human trafficking

CUMMING - The attorney for a Forsyth County sheriff's deputy and two of his family members accused of human trafficking says the government got it wrong.

June 24, 2008 | By Julie Arrington Times regional staff | Local


State legislators talk about possible bill to dissolve Gainesville school system

State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, fired a large salvo at the Gainesville City Board of Education meeting Monday night by suggesting the school system could be dissolved by an act of the General Assembly.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Rotary Club honors Sheriff Cronic

Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic was honored this week by the Rotary Club of Gainesville with the W. Lee Arrendale Award for Vocational Excellence.

June 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Family pet returns five years later thanks to microchip

You could call it a microchip miracle.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Rentals outpace ownership

With the economy effecting everything from gas prices to grocery shopping, many people have made changes in anticipation of a recession.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Bus rides are free for today

Leave the car at home and hop on the Red Rabbit for free today for the third annual "Dump the Pump" day.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


New leader to take National Guard unit into Afghanistan

A local National Guard battalion performed a time-honored tradition with a change of command ceremony Sunday at the Falcons complex in Flowery Branch.

The 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment ushered in Maj. Matt Smith, who will replace Lt. Col. Andy Hall as the new commander of the battalion, headquartered in Winder.

June 24, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Audit of Gainesville schools results in $33M in adjustments

State audits of the Gainesville school system identified the same problem in 2005 and 2006 and resulted in accounting adjustments of more than $33 million over a two-year period.

June 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


State ranks Hall low in minority health care

State officials say Hall County is among the worst in Georgia when it comes to minority health care, but they're not sure why.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Schools discuss later start in ’09

Representatives from local school districts said they will consider pushing the start of the 2009-2010 school year back to late August.

Georgia Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox has suggested school districts across the state weigh the pros and cons of postponing the 2009-2010 school year to allow the state Department of Education time to include scores from the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests students may retake in June 2009.

June 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville approves higher trash pickup fees

In two weeks, Gainesville residents will pay more for their garbage collection, but their property tax rates will stay the same.

June 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Hall inmate indicted 3 days after slaying

The suspect in the murder of a Hall County Jail inmate was indicted on a murder charge just three days after the slaying.

October 09, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Flat Creek restoration work poised to get underway

Work could start in November on a new round of efforts to help with flood protection and water quality in Gainesville's Flat Creek watershed.

October 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Badge and Bar: Probable cause hearing set in cellmate murder case

A probable cause hearing has been set in the case of an inmate accused of killing his cellmate at the Hall County Jail.

October 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Greenway connections to be explored in Forsyth County

Forsyth County plans to explore the possibility of creating connections to the popular Big Creek Greenway through bicycle trails in District 4.

October 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Business group supports tax extension in Dawson County

Dawson County is voting on extending the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax in the Nov. 4 election, and the local chamber is getting behind it.

October 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Husband won’t be charged in fatal car wreck that killed community leader

No charges will be filed against William Robert "Bob" Johnson, who the Georgia State Patrol said failed to yield in a Sept. 30 wreck that killed his wife, Nola "Erice" Johnson.

October 08, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Behind the scenes of Kelly’s ouster as police chief

Concerns about employee morale and a silent mutiny within the Gainesville Police Department were on the minds of city management and human resources officials when they interviewed candidates to fill the role of major in mid-August, just weeks before Chief Brian Kelly resigned.

October 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Jarrard left Riverside over 'management decision'

Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard left Riverside Military Academy over a managerial disagreement, according to an email sent Wednesday to parents.

October 08, 2014 | Jennifer Brown | Local


Chamber discusses, addresses health at expo

People took advantage of free health screenings Wednesday at the HealthSmart Expo in Gainesville.

October 08, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Two juvenile judges appointed to Hall, Dawson circuit

Two Hall County attorneys have been announced as the new juvenile court judges serving the Northeastern Judicial Circuit.

October 08, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Ga. signs agreement to deepen Savannah harbor

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | Local


Officers practice for active shooter scenarios

October 08, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Improvements to start at Ramsey Road, Ga. 365

Some work is starting on improvements, including a traffic light, at Ramsey Road and Ga. 365 in northeast Hall County.

October 08, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Clermont eyeing Nov. 13 vote on electoral wards

Clermont is moving forward on proposed changes to the North Hall County city's charter that would divide the town into four voting wards.

October 07, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cellmate accused of slamming inmate’s head into concrete floor

A man incarcerated in the Hall County jail allegedly slammed his cellmate's head against the concrete floor, killing him, according to warrants.

October 07, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


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