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Area meetings, Aug. 18-20

Among the public government meetings coming up this week are:

August 21, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Niles leaves civil service to save souls

Preaching from Psalm 130 two weeks ago, Rev. Adrian Niles addressed the chapter's sixth verse.

August 21, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Youth minister adjusts to 'new normal' with spinal injury

ATLANTA -- Vester Lewis is getting used to what he calls "the new normal."

August 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


States may keep trying to reach water deal

While the case over water in Lake Lanier is scheduled to move into a federal courtroom later this year, the judge hearing the case says the states need to reach an agreement on their disputed issues.

August 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Hall job losses are few

While the state is facing its highest unemployment numbers in more than a decade, the Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Hall County, had the fewest job losses in July, according to figures from the Georgia Department of Labor.

August 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Tropical storm's trek could bring it to North Georgia

The remnants of Tropical Storm Fay could bring some heavy rains into north Georgia near the end of the week, forecasters believe, though the path it will take remains uncertain.

August 20, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


New tax board greeted with pay questions

The two new members of the Hall County tax assessors board got a tumultuous welcome at the board's meeting Friday.

August 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Hall County to increase ambulance fees

A trip in an ambulance soon may get pricier.

August 20, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Jury selection will continue Monday in death penalty trial

Jury selection for Hall County's first locally prosecuted death penalty trial in nine years will go into a second week.

August 19, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Couple withdraws request for equestrian facility

After months of tension between neighbors, Lora Cushard's request to operate an equestrian facility from her Murrayville home ended anticlimactically when she withdrew her rezoning request at Thursday's Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting.

August 19, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Gainesville Parks and Recreation will have new office hours

Beginning Sept. 2, Gainesville Parks and Recreation will have new office hours at its main office in the Gainesville Civic Center.

August 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


State budget cuts trickle down to local schools

The state's projected budget shortfall of $1.6 billion this year is forcing Gov. Sonny Perdue to order cuts in education funding that will affect kindergarten through 12th-grade districts, technical colleges and four-year universities.

August 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Injured school administrator faces more surgery

A week after an accident that came close to claiming his life, Johnson High School Assistant Principal Mike Adcock remains in critical condition, but officials are hopeful for a good long-term prognosis.

August 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


City’s Public Safety building on drawing board

Representatives of the design firm Heery International presented their plans for the Gainesville's future police department and municipal court building Thursday morning to the City Council.

August 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Getting its ACT together: Georgia's scores improve while nation's scores decline

Georgia high school seniors made gains on the ACT this year, while the national average for the college entrance exam fell.

According to the state Department of Education, the state's composite ACT score rose to 20.6 in 2008, up from 20.3 in 2007. The national average of 1.3 million students' scores fell to 21.1, down from 21.2 last year. In all ACT subjects - English, reading, math and science - Georgia's scores increased, bumping the state to 41st in national ACT rankings for 2008, up from 44th last year and from 47th in 2002.

August 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


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Hall’s sewer system ready for growth

On his way out of office, Gary Gibbs spoke these prophetic words in December 2004: The key to Hall County's future is running sewer up Ga. 365 in North Hall.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Father’s Day takes on different meaning for new dad

Since the moment they found out Karen Jones was pregnant, friends and family flooded her and husband Dustin with baby care books and all manner of advice, but nothing could have truly prepared the couple for what was to come. Namely, the moment when they came home with their newborn daughter.

June 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Ask The Times: Sorority houses closer to the street than some

The new sorority houses at Brenau on Prior Street spoil the look and feel of the college campus. Did the college have to get special zoning variances or exceptions to build them so close together and so close to the street?

June 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Decrease in Hall gang activity attributed to deportation program

The arrest last month of an alleged MS-13 gang member in Flowery Branch was one of the more recent appearances of the Salvadoran group in Hall County.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Some teachers spend summers right back at work

Teachers work hard from August through May.

June 19, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


Flowery Branch plans for more art downtown

Flowery Branch City Planner John McHenry is looking for more ways to incorporate art into the downtown area.

June 19, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Local


Oakwood poultry producer Wayne Farms plans public stock sale

An Oakwood-based poultry producer is forging ahead with plans for an initial public stock offering.

June 19, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Dawsonville man guilty of murder, believed cellmate was the devil

Believing his cellmate was the devil, John Darrell Setchel grabbed 72-year-old Ronald Sailers off of the top bunk in the Hall County Jail and slammed his head into the ground until he died, prosecutors said Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Judge rejects Georgia’s motion to dismiss water wars case

A Maine lawyer overseeing the latest legal battle in the tri-state water wars has denied Georgia's motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Florida in the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 19, 2015 | Jeff Gill | 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


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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