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Baker applauds MySpace's move to protect young users

Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker applauded MySpace's decision to take steps to protect youngsters from sexual predators and bullies, including searching for ways to verify users' ages.

January 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia attorney general: Follow MLK's example, change the world

Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker exhorted Brenau University audience members Thursday afternoon to act on Martin Luther King Jr.'s example and do their part to improve society.

January 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


School officials decide on when to close schools

GAINESVILLE - Ahh, a snow day. Good news for students and often a tough call for superintendents.

January 29, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Brenau schedules fifth annual online summit

Some 60 Brenau University instructors who teach at least part of their classes online are gathering this week for the college's annual Online Facilitator Summit.

January 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Info meetings on Hall County's World Languages Academy canceled

Cancellation of classes in the Hall County school system also means the cancellation of information meetings that were set today for the district's planned new World Languages Academy.

A meeting in English with Spanish translation had been set for 8-9 a.m. at Chicopee Woods Elementary School and an English-only meeting had been set for 6-7 p.m. at Chicopee Woods.

January 28, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Morris to seek re-election to Hall school board

GAINESVILLE - Hall County Board of Education member Nath Morris said he plans to run for re-election this year.

"These are exciting times in Hall County (schools), and I want to continue to be a part of (them)," Morris said.

January 27, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall school board approves new elementary attendance zones

Friendship, Spout Springs and Chestnut Mountain elementary schools have new attendance boundaries beginning in the fall.

January 26, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Hall schools have $10 million technology wish list

GAINESVILLE - The Hall County school system has a $10.6 million technology wish list.

Aaron Turpin, who is about to take over as the district's technology chief, talked Saturday with the Board of Education about a variety of projects, some high-dollar and some becoming more urgent than others, throughout the system.

January 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


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


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A dark day in history

For Betty Martin, Thursday's dedication of the Cooper Pants Factory historic marker hit home in a very personal way.

October 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Millions in Hall County road funds evaporate

The Hall County area is expected to receive about $1.4 billion for road projects through 2040 from local, state and federal sources, government officials learned Thursday.

October 31, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Tri-state water management group being explored

A private group trying to positively influence a protracted water war is edging forward with plans for a possible "transboundary" water management institute.

October 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Eyes on the Road: Traffic light study ongoing at South Hall intersection

The Georgia Department of Transportation is still collecting data regarding a possible traffic light at an intersection on a newly opened stretch of Ga. 347.

October 29, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Library director asks board to review operating hours

The Hall County Library System may begin a review of operating hours based on worries about future finances going sour.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Gym of ‘36 makeover staying true to roots

Don't be alarmed, area history buffs and longtime Gainesville residents. The boarded-up windows don't mean the hallowed Gym of '36 is going into decline.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lake group privately hashing out water management plan

Jim McClatchey said he hopes a private water group can still produce its own water management plan for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin, which includes Lake Lanier.

October 28, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Kubota expanding, plans to create 650 jobs

Kubota Manufacturing of America plans to expand its headquarters in Gainesville, creating 650 jobs and investing $100 million into the project over the next several years.

October 27, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Oakwood plans only hearing on 2015 budget

Now that it has approved a significant tax increase to support its 2015 budget, Oakwood City Council is looking to nail down the spending plan itself.

October 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Lives lost in pants factory fire after 1936 tornado to be commemorated by marker

October 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


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


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