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Students will get a breather during CRCT tests

Hall County and Gainesville students will get a one-day break between the high-stakes parts of the state's basic-skills tests they'll take later this month.

April 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


New superintendent named for Habersham schools

CLARKESVILLE - A Hart County school administrator has been named superintendent of the Habersham County school system.

April 13, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville, Hall County high school graduation rates are solid

With a 2007 graduation rate of 81 percent, or 10 points above the state average, Gainesville High School has become a destination for some 40 school districts statewide "to learn more about our success," said campus principal Mike Kemp.

April 13, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Parents, students, educators worry that new HOPE rules can leave behind ‘best and the brightest’

Students, parents and educators complained Tuesday night about last year's eligibility changes in the much-coveted HOPE Scholarship and its effects on students taking challenging courses.

April 13, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


The power of young minds

LULA - East Hall High School psychology students are trying to have a positive effect on a Lula Elementary School third-grade class and maybe enrich their lives in the process.

April 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Life


Sardis Elementary examines whether charter school status could help close academic achievement gap

Principal Jan Hughes sees a wide academic achievement gap between "children of poverty and children of wealth" at Sardis Elementary School.

April 11, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


School boards to talk money on Monday

With an eye toward the Gold Dome and growth in their backyards, the Gainesville and Hall County school systems are gearing up for budget season.

April 09, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Schoolhouse rock

GAINESVILLE - McEver Elementary School students are putting down the pens and pencils after school and picking up the bow and violin.

April 08, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Life


A memory to grow on

GAINESVILLE - Ione Thompson died Nov. 28, but her spirit lives on at Brenau University's Child Development Center.

April 08, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Life


Daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, filmmaker Rory Kennedy, visits Brenau to talk about work

GAINESVILLE - Rory Kennedy, youngest daughter of the late Attorney General and U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, spent Thursday in Gainesville at Brenau University, meeting with students and talking about her documentary work.

The Women's Center at Brenau University and Office of the Provost co-sponsored the event, with other financial support coming from Gainesville lawyer Wyc Orr and his wife, Lyn, who funded the Aileen Grace and Emogene Gaskins Women's Studies Endowment in honor of their mothers.

April 07, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


2 injured, 1 seriously, in Hall bus wreck

GAINESVILLE - A Hall County school system bus was involved in a wreck on Gillsville Highway at Holly Springs Road in East Hall at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

No students were on the bus at the time, and the driver of bus 2711 was not injured other than suffering some pain in her knee, said Gordon Higgins, school system spokesman.

April 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Record number of Hall students make Governor's Honors

GAINESVILLE - A record number of Hall County high school students have been selected to attend the Governor's Honors Program at Valdosta State University later this year.

April 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Flowery Branch High students waiting for broadcasting equipment

FLOWERY BRANCH - The broadcasting lab has been finished since Jan. 4, but nearly $110,000 in equipment has yet to arrive.

April 06, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Committed to lead

GAINESVILLE - Education ran in the family and would overcome him as well.

But Ken Martin didn't know that as a Mercer University graduate with a biology degree. He pursued another career - fiber-optics testing for AT&T - before he discovered his true calling.

April 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Life


East Hall Middle's Casas places 6th in statewide spelling bee

ATLANTA - A word of Dutch origin ended an East Hall Middle School eighth-grader's third and deepest run as a spelling bee champion.

April 02, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Good weather propels Ga. 347 work

Orange construction barrels are scattered across 7 miles of Ga. 347 as road crews are taking advantage of the summer's good weather to move along two separate widening efforts in what is Hall County's biggest road project.

September 02, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Businesses benefit from improved weather on Lanier

Today marks the unofficial end of a summer that has Lake Lanier visitors, businesses and tourism watchers wishing they could bottle for future years.

September 01, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia Rideshare lot goes unused

A Georgia Rideshare lot off Exit 17 at Interstate 985 has become more of a truck terminal and homeless haven than a commuter parking lot five years after it was built.

August 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


County considers closing part of South Hall road

Hall County is considering whether to close part of a dirt and gravel road that links two major South Hall roads in response to resident concerns about dumping in the area.

August 30, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Road work at Clarks Bridge resumes after 45-day wait

Construction crews have been back at work this week at Clarks Bridge, where a replacement project had stalled for 45 days to ensure the support for a retaining wall had compacted and settled as needed.

August 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Dock permit process to begin again Sept. 16

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin accepting applications Sept. 16 for the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

August 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man gets 12 years in prison for 6-year-old’s death

A lost videotaped interview contributed to a murder defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

August 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Loan to boost Oakwood sewer plans

Braselton received a state loan Tuesday that will enable Oakwood to tap into a long-anticipated sewer project involving the two cities.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County accepting bids on trail project

A longtime plan to build a bicycle/pedestrian path cutting through a portion of historic Chicopee Village is closer to reality.

August 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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