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Schools save by outsourcing services

A decrease in maintenance staff and competitive pricing have led the Hall County School District to outsource a variety of services.

March 31, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Feeding nearly 200K, all in one afternoon

Ryan Sanders, assistant program manager with Stop Hunger Now, milled around the crowded room wearing a shirt emblazoned with "Rice Goes Last."

March 30, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area school officials: Buses not overcrowded, extremely safe

The standard length of a school bus seat is 39 inches - that's 13 inches per student, mind you.

March 30, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Experts: Put those iPads (and phones, and televisions, and computers) away

Nairika Cornett has always kept her children's exposure to technology to a minimum, but it was a hassle.

March 30, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Promgoers reminded to avoid alcohol, drugs

Tonight marks the official beginning of prom season, with two high schools unleashing their celebratory juniors and seniors on the roads.

March 28, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Smoking ban heading to campuses

University of North Georgia junior Ty Poole waved his electronic cigarette around while sitting in his car on the Gainesville campus.

March 28, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


UNG students test drones to be controlled by thoughts

Cayce Koehler gently placed the headset - which looks like a pair of headphones with tentacles - on his head.

March 27, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Best friends set to compete on Wheel of Fortune

Twenty years ago, Breana Cagle and Bethany Lind became best friends when they attended the first grade at Oakwood Elementary School together.

March 26, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


State school superintendent race draws 15 candidates

It's a nice gig for the person who can get it.

March 26, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Students face ethical decisions in real-life experiences

A plate of dropped food, possible copyright infringement and using a company discount for friends were all situations Hall County high school students faced Tuesday.

March 26, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County Schools opens doors to those outside district

Students who don't live in the Hall County School District will now have an opportunity to come inside - if space allows.

March 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Hall County Schools to hire more teachers

More students will equal more teachers in next year's county school budget.

March 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Reading winners: Centennial Arts Academy team takes state competition

For many, reading may be a leisurely activity to enjoy during a quiet afternoon. For 10 Centennial Arts Academy students, it's a sport.

March 23, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Area schools grapple with how to educate student refugees

Holyer Gomez Mendoza crossed the choppy Rio Grande in a small boat before U.S. officials caught him and later decided to admit him to the country as a refugee.

March 22, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Tug of war over ROTC deal

Gainesville Board of Education members will take some time next month to look over the contract the high school shares with the U.S. Navy for the junior ROTC program.

March 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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Articles By Author - Carly Sharec


State leaders open career opportunities for students

There's a gap between the number of skilled trade professionals leaving career fields and the number of promising youth ready to take the reins.

April 24, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Johnson High’s special education students raise morning flags

Some very special students are now responsible for the daily raising of the flag at Johnson High School.

April 23, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Bus donations to help Gainesville schools

Gainesville Middle School Principal Ken Martin has a lot of use for an extra school bus.

April 23, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gainesville schools set timetable for budget

A slight increase in expected property tax revenue and funds coming from the state are two factors being considered as Gainesville Board of Education members prepare for budget discussions.

April 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Most local schools improving, according to state measurement

Most Hall County schools and some Gainesville schools have improved in the past year, according to the state's new scoring guidelines.

April 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Performance scores to be released for area schools

Individual school scores could possibly go down this year, but that's ultimately a good thing according to state officials.

April 21, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Many like changes to state’s health insurance plan

State employees, including teachers, are a little bit happier with their health benefit plans following some changes.

April 20, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Tuition rates to increase at public institutions

Tuition rates are rising once again at public colleges and universities in Georgia, including the University of North Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Day care parade a moment for celebrating, remembering

Heather Webb started crying in the atrium of her son's day care as she embraced Quinsha Cheeks.

April 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


In political advertising, there are few rules

With some hotly contested races in this year's election, including for the U.S. Senate and governor, the onslaught of political campaign advertising is just beginning.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Plane forced to land on highway in Commerce

A plane en route to Gainesville had to make an emergency landing in Commerce Sunday after the pilot reported "intermittent engine and power failure."

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Deal signs criminal justice reform bill into law

One in three Georgia inmates will return to prison within three years of being placed on parole, but a new state law aims to reduce those numbers and help nonviolent offenders get back to work.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Gas station on McEver Road robbed Sunday

Deputies were called to the scene of a gas station robbery Sunday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Women’s careers change slowly

Women have made strides in many career areas, but it's still tough to break into some, including science, technology, engineering and math.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


School resource officers brush up on safety protocol

When the kids are away, school resource officers get in their training.

April 12, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


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