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City schools' lunch money unaccounted for

What happened to the lunch money?

June 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Ex-firefighter confesses to touching teen

A judge rejected a former longtime Hall County firefighter and paramedic's request for special first-offender treatment in a sexual battery case Thursday, instead requiring that the defendant register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Hall County Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin sentenced 41-year-old John A. Bond to five years probation after he pleaded guilty to improperly touching a 15-year-old girl not related to him who was staying in his home in 2006. The sentence was negotiated between Bond's lawyer, Dan Sammons, and prosecutors with the Hall County District Attorney's office.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Homeless man severely burned in fire

An elderly homeless man was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital with severe burns after a vacant mobile home caught fire Thursday afternoon at an Athens Highway mobile home park.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said the man, whose name and age were not confirmed Thursday, suffered third-degree burns to about 40 percent of his body.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Suspect in road rage slaying enters not guilty plea

Hugo Tepanca never met Jose Vargas before a chance encounter in traffic six weeks ago, authorities say.

But investigators believe a confrontation between the two men as they drove on a Gainesville street ended in bloodshed, with Tepanca behind bars on charges of committing a murder prompted by road rage.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lyman Hall, Myers elementary schools shed 'needs-improvement' label

Preliminary data shows that Lyman Hall and Myers elementary schools will shed their needs-improvement labels this year, said Will Schofield, superintendent of the Hall County school system, on Thursday.

June 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Deputies provide teen driver education

Like most new drivers, getting behind the wheel with mom or dad in the car isn't exactly the most relaxing of experiences for 15-year-old Lauren Gregory.

"It's kind of stressful driving with them," Gregory said.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


A graceful balloon race to the Atlantic

French author Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg lifted from London during the 19th century in a hot air balloon intending to travel around the world in 80 days.

June 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Hall County confirms 23rd rabies case

The number of confirmed rabies cases in Hall County this year has climbed to 23.

June 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Jordan: Reporter wants to keep her feet on terra firma

As a kid, I didn't flinch when dared to climb the tallest magnolia tree in the neighborhood.

June 16, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Official: Lake manual's update to be a challenge

ATLANTA - The man who has the task of updating the 50-year-old operating manuals for two river systems in Georgia said Thursday that the region has abundant water resources, they just need to be where people need them and can use them.

June 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Fishermen find drowning victim

Fishermen on Thursday discovered the body of a man who has been missing in Lake Lanier since drowning in early May.

Hall County Sheriff's Maj. Jeff Strickland said an autopsy confirmed the identity of the man as 46-year-old Broderick Bradford and that Bradford died from drowning. No foul play was suspected, Strickland said.

June 16, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Local contractors may get preference from Gainesville

The Gainesville City Council may soon legally move forward with an ordinance that would allow them to prefer local contractors on city construction jobs, but it may not get them very far.

June 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


East Hall Middle meets 'AYP' for first time in 9 years

For nearly a decade, East Hall Middle School has been mired in negative labels concerning its academic progress.

The skies finally began clearing Wednesday.

June 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Corps selects YMCA of Atlanta to develop Bethel Park

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided to turn over management of Bethel Park, a 62-acre corps property on Lake Lanier in Forsyth County, to the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta.

The YMCA has been trying since 2003 to develop a residential camp at the site. The corps was set to award the lease to the YMCA in 2006, but local residents around Bethel Park complained to the Forsyth County Commission.

June 15, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Gainesville officials: Budget memo at center of schools' financial mess might not exist

Nearly two weeks after Gainesville schools Superintendent Steven Ballowe recommended a 20 percent tax hike to make up for a nearly $7 million deficit in the school system's budget, school officials have yet to produce a March 2006 letter that he claims is at the center of the school system's financial debacle.

June 15, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Old Man Winter to fall on Georgia this weekend

Get out the quilts and bring in the dogs: Winter's making another early visit.

November 13, 2014 | From staff and wire reports | Local


Badge & Bar: Habersham prison program tackles inmate education

A new program hosted at a Habersham prison will work to educate inmates and help them reach high school diplomas or GEDs, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday.

November 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Georgia Gives Day offers online opportunities for charitable giving

Today marks Georgia Gives Day, an online effort to raise money for charities throughout the state.

November 13, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Elected leaders want to talk more before setting road project priorities

A group of top elected leaders balked Wednesday at approving a draft list of prioritized road projects through 2040, saying they needed first to discuss each project individually in a work session.

November 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch shuts down Growlers on Main temporarily

It's closing time - at least temporarily - for the popular Growlers on Main draft beer business in downtown Flowery Branch.

November 13, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Featherbone event honors area entrepreneurs

Some of North Georgia's best business leaders were honored Wednesday for their expertise and ingenuity in their fields.

November 13, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Victim of fatal plane crash remembered fondly

To tackle her fear of heights, Ann-Margaret Johnston took to the skies. By her side was flight instructor Kelly Chandler, a staple in the Gainesville aviation community, who died Monday night.

November 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville man charged with shooting, wounding girlfriend

Authorities said they believe a Gainesville man shot his live-in girlfriend Wednesday morning, with the bullet grazing her forehead.

November 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Hall County reimbursed for firetruck involved in July training accident

Sutphen, the manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July accident that seriously injured three Hall County firefighters, has now reimbursed the county for the purchase cost of the truck and taken possession of the rig, according to documents obtained by The Times and interviews with county officials.

November 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Authorities say man shot girlfriend in the forehead

Authorities believe a Gainesville man shot his live-in girlfriend this morning, with the bullet grazing her forehead.

November 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Elected leaders want more discussion before OK’ing road project priorities

A group of top elected leaders balked this morning at approving a draft list of prioritized road projects through 2040, saying they needed first to discuss each project individually in a work session.

November 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tractor-trailer accident snarls traffic on I-985

An accident involving two tractor-trailer trucks has mangled the morning commute on Interstate 985.

November 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Good News at Noon blesses new property

To the sounds of "Amazing Grace" and "I'll Fly Away," Gainesville homeless shelter and ministry Good News at Noon blessed its new property Tuesday evening on Davis Street.

November 12, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Eyes on the Road: Elected leaders to weigh in on road priority list

A group of top Hall County elected leaders gets its chance to weigh in on a preliminary list of road projects in a long-range transportation plan.

November 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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