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Authorities investigate boat explosion

One of three people burned when a boat caught fire while refueling Saturday morning at Bald Ridge Marina remained hospitalized Tuesday, friends said.

May 18, 2008 | BY JULIE ARRINGTON Times regional staff | Local


Health fair coincides with Older Americans Month

A health fair geared toward seniors drew a small crowd to the South Hall Community Center Tuesday.

Marci Summer, manager of the community center, said the second annual Active Generation Health Fair provided free blood pressure checks, healthy snacks and auditory information to folks 55 and older. Health fair participants received information about the services available to seniors through Hall County resources.

May 18, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


In third year of drought, water park is proposed in Buford

Environmentalists say they're dumbfounded about a real estate company's proposal to build a 200,000-square-foot water park in Buford while the state remains in a drought.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Water restrictions eased for public utilities, not residents

Gainesville and Hall County will remain under level four drought restrictions as they have been since last October, state officials said at Tuesday's meeting of the state drought response committee.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gas prices pose budget problems for Hall County schools

Fearing the price of fuel could go higher, the Hall County Board of Education is discussing whether to increase the proposed fuel budget for fiscal year 2009.

Jewel Armour, executive director of operations for the school system, told board members Monday night that he had budgeted between $3.90 and $4 per gallon for the coming year's purchase of 480,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 60,000 gallons of gasoline.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


City schools at least $1.7 million short for next fiscal year

Though still early in the Gainesville school system budgeting process, the projected spending for fiscal year 2008-09 exceeds the income by $3.3 million.

Janet Allison, finance chief for the district, told the City Board of Education Monday night that expenses are estimated at $52.9 million and revenues at $49.6 million.

May 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hearing set for proposed drug-testing expansion

A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. May 19 on a proposal plans to expand the Hall County school system's random drug-testing program.

May 17, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hikers want to recognize Appalachian Trail with new car tag

If you're a bicyclist in Georgia, you can get a license plate for your car reminding others to "Share the road." You can also get specialty plates proclaiming your love for NASCAR or for your alma mater.

But if you're a hiker, there is no plate that depicts your favorite pastime. That could soon change, however.

May 17, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall's future life aquatic coming via Frances Meadows Center

It won't be long before the Frances Meadows Center will be all wet.

May 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Sergeant wants to help other Hispanic people to achieve

Sgt. Jose Rogerio Tapia quietly made history last month.

Tapia, an 18-year veteran of the Hall County Sheriff's Office, became the first person of Hispanic ethnicity to reach the rank of sergeant in local law enforcement history. Neither the sheriff's office nor Gainesville Police Department has had a Latino reach that supervisory rank before.

May 17, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Developer, residents gearing up for final fight over gas station

In what may be the final round between an Atlanta developer and the residents from a community for those 55 and older, the Gainesville City Council is set to decide if it is appropriate to allow a RaceTrac gas station on the edge of a neighborhood that originally barred all auto-related businesses.

May 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Georgia aims to defend drought plan against Florida's attacks

The director of the state Environmental Protection Division said Tuesday that the state is readying a response to Florida's allegations that Georgia is using more than its fair share of water from the Chattahoochee River.

May 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Some speak out against development at Hall planning meeting

A developer's proposal to construct nine office warehouses on Old Winder Highway drew about 20 protesters to the Hall County Planning Commission meeting Monday.

The voices of opposition succeeded in convincing the planning commission to recommend Hall County Commissioners deny the developers' rezoning request when it comes before the commission on May 22 for final action.

May 17, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville votes for RaceTrac gas station; resident says they were betrayed by City Council, mayor

Seasons on Lanier residents won the first battle against the Atlanta developer trying to change their neighborhood, but it was Easlan Capital of Atlanta Inc. who won the war.

May 17, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


GHS 9th-graders get new principal

Gainesville High School's Freshman Academy has a new principal.

May 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Judge hears arguments in appeal involving escape, jailer firings

A senior Superior Court judge heard arguments Wednesday involving two terminated Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies and an inmate who escaped in July 2013.

March 18, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Gainesville store clerk arrested on drug charges

A store clerk at AMAL Convenience Store was arrested Wednesday after authorities said they found roughly 2« pounds of suspected synthetic marijuana in her possession.

March 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local




Annual Girl Power event to focus on unleashing possibilities

Being a girl in middle and high school can be tough, but a Northeast Georgia organization wants to offer support to these young women.

March 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


2 honored at 90th annual Gainesville Kiwanis Club banquet

A Chestatee High School student and a longtime Gainesville square businessman were recipients Tuesday night of two awards at the Gainesville Kiwanis Club's 90th annual awards banquet.

March 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Several Hall road projects have no money

Several Hall County projects have federal funding uncertainty, but at least three cited last week by Georgia Department of Transportation District Engineer Brent Cook have no funding certainty at all.

March 18, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


North Georgia Community Foundation accepting philanthropist, leadership nominees

The North Georgia Community Foundation, celebrating its 30th year, is accepting nominations for its Philanthropist of the Year and Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy awards.

March 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


UNG hosts regional STAR student gala

Some of the region's finest and highest-achieving students are headed to bright futures at some of the country's top colleges.

March 18, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | 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


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


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