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Gainesville becomes a renter's market, for better or worse

The majority of Gainesville's population is more inclined to rent rather than own property inside the city limits, a city report states.

January 26, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


New Gainesville High principal fills role of a lifetime

When LaCrisia Larkin was in middle school, she was afforded the opportunity to play a part in "Conrack," a 1974 film based on the book "The Water is Wide" by Pat Conroy.

January 25, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


Class Notes: Gainesville High gets permanent leadership

On Tuesday, during the Gainesville City Schools Board of Education meeting, LaCrisia Larkin was named as the permanent principal of Gainesville High School.

January 22, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


Schools look to 2013-14 calendars

With the opening of Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School's new building scheduled for this year, Gainesville City Schools has had to expand its options for the 2013-2014 school calendar.

January 22, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


Plan would alter Gainesville's downtown streetscape

Plans were introduced for an expansion of Gainesville's downtown streetscape, this time spreading off the square.

January 21, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


Ga. colleges 1 step closer to new funding plan

Georgia colleges may want to prepare to ditch their familiarity with the way they are currently funded.

January 19, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


Gainesville City Council suggests idea of public safety tax on nonprofits

Although Gainesville officials said it was "just a thought," talk of looking into "public safety" taxes or fees for the area's property tax-exempt entities surfaced Friday at the City Council's work retreat.

January 19, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


Flu cases up in Hall County

Since 2002, the United States has had only two flu seasons that have affected more people than this year's. One of those seasons, the 2009-10 season, included the H1N1 pandemic.

January 17, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


High school group encourages random acts of kindness

A student organization at Johnson High School is encouraging classmates - all 1,300 of them - to show a little kindness in the hallways this spring.

January 16, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


Class notes: Hall schools to offer online SAT prep course

Hall County Schools is planning to launch an online SAT preparation course for 250 interested students prior to the March 9 opening of test season.

January 15, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


Hall County Schools makes minor safety upgrades

Nearly two weeks into classes following the holiday break, safety remains a priority for school officials.

January 14, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


UNG kicks off 4th year of lecture series

Starting today, an annual discussion program produced by the Foreign Policy Association and presented by the University of North Georgia will kick off an eight-week series to explore the international economy and world politics.

January 13, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


State helping with new school science standards

Georgia will look at new set of science standards for its public schools once they are released at the end of March.

January 13, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


Teacher evaluation results are ‘skewed’

Last spring, about 5,800 teachers were evaluated under a state pilot program, with almost 20 percent earning the top rating of exemplary and less than 1 percent of teachers classified as "ineffective," according to a study conducted by the state Department of Education.

January 11, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


Deal wants funding increase for HOPE scholarship

Gov. Nathan Deal stated he will push to increase funding for the HOPE scholarship program following the start of the 2013 legislative session Monday.

January 11, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local


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