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University of North Georgia celebrates its inaugural year

The University of North Georgia did not waste much time in celebrating its final approval, as a rolling tour of university dignitaries hit the road to each of the institution's four campuses.

January 11, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local

Gainesville school board mulls proposal to join charter systems group

A group headed by a former state lawmaker is attempting to rally charter school systems throughout the state to band together under one flag to share ideas and petition legislators.

January 10, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local

University of North Georgia earns final approval

It's finally official.

January 08, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local

Class Notes: Calkins named Gainesville school board chairwoman

The Gainesville City Schools Board of Education will be under new leadership to start 2013.

January 08, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local

New university almost ready for unveiling

On Monday, students will again fill the campuses at North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College, and faculty will again open their office doors and take to the white board for another semester.

January 05, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local

Hall retailer charged in sale of fake pot

On Thursday, Hall County drug enforcement officials made their first arrest of a local retailer illegally selling synthetic marijuana since Georgia banned all forms of the substance last March.

January 04, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local

Georgia State Patrol hangar dedicated at Gainesville airport

More than 100 people, including the state's governor, helped officially welcome the Georgia State Patrol's aviation division to its new home Friday at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

January 04, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local

25 Hall, Gainesville school employees retired in December

The retirement paperwork for more than two dozen employees of local school systems was processed in December, nearly nine months after it was announced that waiting until the end of the school year could cost retirees serious money.

January 03, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local

No one seriously injured in school bus wreck

No one was seriously injured Thursday afternoon after a wreck between a tractor-trailer and a school bus, officials said.

January 03, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local

Hall County returns to school; safety remains 'top priority'

Wednesday marked the first day back in school for Hall County students after news of the Connecticut school shooting that claimed the lives of 26 students and school staff spread throughout the nation and world.

January 03, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local

Class Notes: North Georgia listed in top 100 best value public schools in the nation

For the third year in a row, North Georgia College & State University has been named to Kiplinger's Personal Finance's list of 100 best values in public colleges in the nation.

January 01, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local

Farm bill extended to prevent high milk prices

Leaders in Washington agreed late Monday to an extension through September of the 2008 farm bill, a move that could end talk of doubling milk prices.

January 01, 2013 | Lee Johnson | Local

Hall Hamlets: Community remains quiet and secluded

Travelers wandering west on Dawsonville Highway out of downtown Gainesville traverse the winding road that connects Hall County's seat to its neighboring Dawsonville, passing old country stores and newly built gas stations alike.

December 30, 2012 | Lee Johnson | Local

Event organizers search for plan B beyond Ga. Mountains Center

For more than three decades, the Georgia Mountains Center has played host to job fairs, gun shows, concerts, graduations and even a wrestling match or two.

December 29, 2012 | Lee Johnson | Local

Milk prices could rise without federal action

Come Tuesday, grocery bills could be higher with a potential hike in milk prices looming.

December 28, 2012 | Lee Johnson | Local

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