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Gainesville to submit charter system application to state

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville school system is vying to become one of the state's first charter school systems.

At its annual retreat Saturday, the City Board of Education voted to submit its application to the Georgia Department of Education.

January 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall, Gainesville school boards set for retreats

GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville City and Hall County boards of education plan to meet separately Saturday for annual retreats, a time when board members typically focus on big-picture issues.

The Gainesville board will talk about its "mission, visions and beliefs," and Hall County will conduct Georgia School Boards Association training.

January 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


'You can’t pledge to a flag when you don’t have a flag'

GAINESVILLE - All East Hall High School students now have a flag to salute when they say the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning.

"When I taught here, everybody had a flag in their room. But, for whatever reason through time, the (flags) kind of dwindled away," said principal Jeff Cooper.

January 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Two more school principals to leave at end of 2007-08

Hall County school system principals Wayne Colston of Mount Vernon Elementary and Terry Dover of Lula Elementary have announced they are retiring after this school year.

January 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hearings set for new World Languages Academy

GAINESVILLE - Public information hearings have been scheduled for the Hall County school system's planned new World Languages Academy.

January 21, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Language academy could be permanent home for much traveled South Hall students

A group of South Hall families who have seen their children moved in and out of three elementary districts over this decade could find a home in Hall County's new World Languages Academy.

January 20, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Newest members of the Gainesville Board of Education get to work

GAINESVILLE - No time to bask in becoming Gainesville City Board of Education's newest members Monday night.

Maria Calkins and Sammy Smith jumped right into a critical issue, the school system's application for charter system status.

January 19, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


County school officials rethink ‘block schedule’

GAINESVILLE - Hall County schools' teachers and administrators are looking at revising the "block schedule," with changes to come possibly as early as next school year.

The block schedule initially was put in place "to get kids to more courses, or at least the opportunity to take more courses," said Sally Krisel, the district's assistant director of teaching and learning.

January 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


ITBS scores hold or improve in Hall schools

Early results on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills show that Hall County students in second through eighth grades districtwide improved or stayed at the same level in five of six subject areas.

January 18, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall County Teacher of the Year: Joel Aquino

OAKWOOD -- Joel Aquino spent years traveling the world with companies mining in exotic places, including a $13 billion gold and copper find in Laos.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


New school board members will be sworn in Monday

GAINESVILLE - A swearing-in ceremony for the Gainesville City School Board of Education's new members is set for Monday.

Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff will swear in Maria Calkins and Sammy Smith at the beginning of the board's monthly work session, which begins at 5 p.m.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville Teacher of the Year: Dawn Barry

GAINESVILLE -- On the first week of school, Dawn Barry takes her kindergartners on a tour of the school with the help of Curious George.

January 17, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


A look ahead: More class room is coming

The Gainesville and Hall County school systems will go full swing in 2008 building three schoolhouses estimated to cost a combined $74 million.

January 16, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Johnson students soon must wear photo IDs

GAINESVILLE - Soon after the spring semester starts Tuesday, Johnson High School students will be required to wear photo identification badges or they won't be able to attend classes.

The 1,150-student school at 3305 Poplar Springs Road in South Hall is testing out the new program for the Hall County school system, modeling much of what it will do after a photo ID program in its second year at Gainesville High School.

January 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Man with mask and gun stole car, victim says

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville police are looking for two men who forced two people out of their pickup truck late Wednesday, shooting at and injuring the passenger and then driving away in the vehicle.

Police also are looking for two other men who then trailed behind the stolen truck in another vehicle.

January 15, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ report calls out governor’s Water Supply Program

An environmental watchdog group's annual "Dirty Dozen" report criticizes Gov. Nathan Deal's $300 million Water Supply Program, which includes an undetermined amount for the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Spout Springs project bumped to No. 2 on priority list

Transportation planners have reshuffled priorities in a long-range plan for Gainesville-Hall County, now making Spout Springs Road widening its No. 2 project.

October 22, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


DOT readies for winter with ‘salt barn’

The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking advantage of some sunny, fall days to better respond as needed to frigid, snowy winter days.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gainesville man ID’d as pilot in Thursday plane crash

A Gainesville man was identified Monday as the person killed in a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport last week.

October 21, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood gives final OK to 50 percent tax hike

Oakwood City Council gave its final OK Monday to increasing the South Hall city's property tax rate by about 50 percent.

October 20, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall trail plans get second wind

As a lifetime bicyclist and co-owner of a Gainesville bicycle store, Nathan O'Neill more than welcomes the idea of a developed network of area trails.

October 19, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tree planting project at corps parks could start in November

Gainesville is poised to plant 180 trees at three Army Corps of Engineers parks as part of an "environmental stewardship" plan tied to the Clarks Bridge replacement project.

October 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Federal agency probing Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials have taken over the investigation of a single-engine plane crash near Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Investigation begins into Thursday's fatal plane crash

A Gainesville diesel mechanic turned rescuer Thursday as a single-engine plane crashed and burned in front of his workplace, killing one of two occupants and seriously injuring the other.

October 17, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Early projects list shows Ga. 211 widening as top priority

A Norcross consultant helping to develop a long-range transportation plan for Gainesville-Hall County has ranked the widening of Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway in South Hall as the area's No. 1 priority.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Former Lanier Islands CID director dies in car wreck

A Roswell man who had worked to create a self-taxing district along Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway in South Hall County has died.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Fla., Ga. again attacking each other in water wars

Both Florida and Georgia are again firing shots at each other in a 1-year-old water wars case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood votes to raise taxes by 50 percent

Oakwood residents and homeowners will see their property tax rate jump by 50 percent.

October 13, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Number of uninsured in Hall County is dropping

The number of uninsured Hall County residents has dropped to its second-lowest level in five years, according to recent numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

October 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood mulls major tax hike as debt, bills pile up

For 15 years, one of the things Oakwood residents and businesses could count on was a mostly steady tax rate.

October 12, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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