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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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Oakwood mulls major tax hike as debt, bills pile up

For 15 years, one of the things Oakwood residents and businesses could count on was a mostly steady tax rate.

October 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


The Times yard sale raises money for Relay for Life

The Times held a yard sale in its parking lot Saturday. All proceeds from the semi-annual event went to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

October 11, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


It's off to Market for Gainesville festival

The second weekend in October marks the beginning of Mule Camp Market, the three day festival that fills Gainesville's downtown square with a wide variety of tents, food vendors and entertainment for the whole family.

October 11, 2014 | Elise Perkins | Local


Special Olympians fill fields with smiles

Even a bit of wet weather couldn't douse the sunshine found on the fields and in the stands at Saturday's State Fall Games by Special Olympics Georgia.

October 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Tumbling Circle railroad crossing to close

The Georgia Department of Transportation is closing the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing near Old Oakwood Road.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Water issues not a big focus in state races

Two decades of "water wars" between Georgia, Florida and Alabama are barely registering as a skirmish in political races leading up to the Nov. 4 election.

October 11, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fifth annual Giant Book Sale benefits local organizations

The fifth annual Giant Book Sale opened Friday, benefitting Our Neighbor Inc. and The Next Chapter Bookstore. It continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 111 Spring St. More than 10,000 books are available, categorized by subject and most sold for $3 or less.

October 11, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Former lieutenant indicted in Hall sheriff’s office data deletion case

A former lieutenant with the Hall County Sheriff's Office was indicted Wednesday, accused of intentionally deleting sheriff's office data.

October 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville officials mum on fire department interviews

It is now unclear whether Gainesville officials will hold interviews with fire department personnel next week, or at any point, to discuss workplace morale and other concerns.

October 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County explores outsourcing payroll processing

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has given the go-ahead for staff to seek bids from payroll services companies.

October 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Former newspaper contractor sentenced to jail for theft

Gabrielle Veronica Gibson of Buford, formerly an independent contractor who delivered newspapers to stores for The Times, was sentenced to jail time and probation on Monday on a charge of theft by taking.

October 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Rabid skunk found in South Hall

A rabies case has been reported in South Hall County in the area of Candler Highway/Calvary Church Road.

October 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Forsyth County's UDC changes made official

October 10, 2014 | Times regional Staff | Local


Dawsonville annexation disagreement continues

October 10, 2014 | Times regional staff | Local


2 challenge Deal in governor’s race

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal faces a stiff challenge in his re-election bid this year as state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, rallies Democrats to his candidacy and Libertarian Andrew Hunt works to make inroads for an increasingly popular third party.

October 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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