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Rep. Rogers passes on seat in Senate

State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, said Sunday he no longer has his eye on switching legislative chambers.

August 02, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Schools try to make progress while addressing special-needs students

The federal No Child Left Behind mandate was passed in 2001 to hold schools accountable for getting students to meet grade-level standards, earning schools their Adequate Yearly Progress stamp of approval.

August 02, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Campers earn a longer stay at state parks by volunteering

HELEN - Although they live in Florida, Dorothy and Ron Vedder know more about Unicoi State Park and Lodge in Helen than most Georgia residents.

August 01, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Genesis Council holds tea

Future debutantes gathered on Saturday for a kickoff tea party, close to 50 years after the last cotillion ball took place in Gainesville.

Ten girls age 15 and 16 have signed up for the event, which will consist of monthly meetings to teach about faith and community service, said organizer Qiana Keith. The monthly classes and service-oriented events will culminate in the spring with The Belles of the Sister You Are Beautiful debutante program.

August 01, 2009 | Kristen Morales | Local


Jefferson church members changed by mission trip to Belize

JEFFERSON - When Rev. Joe McKechnie was trying to figure out where his church, Arbor Pointe United Methodist, should go for its foreign mission trip, Belize kept popping into his mind.

August 01, 2009 | BY KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Local


Spout Springs Road about to get busier with new Flowery Branch High opening

Here's a simple equation for the coming school year: A new South Hall high school equals a batch of new traffic for already busy Spout Springs Road.

August 01, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Local


Cornelia’s Big E Festival is like a reunion for Elvis tribute artists

CORNELIA - Whether it was the hip-churning moves on stage or the humidity, performers and fans could feel their temperatures rising at Saturday's 10th annual Big E Festival in Cornelia.

August 01, 2009 | Edie Rogers | Local


Wounded vet ‘humbled’ by fundraiser

DAHLONEGA - Spc. Andrew "Sully" Sullens had to come home to see that his efforts overseas were appreciated.

August 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Three gang members charged in June armed robbery

Three suspected gang members have been charged in the June armed robbery of a taxicab driver, authorities said.

Jordan Manzo, 17, of Lula, Antonio Jesus Davila, 17, of Gainesville, and Jesus Alberto Flores, 18, of Gainesville, were arrested Thursday by the Gainesville-Hall County Gang Task Force, officials announced Friday night.

August 01, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Lilburn man drowns in Lake Lanier

A 70 year-old Lilburn man drowned Saturday in Lake Lanier near Sawnee Campground.

The victim was identified as Osvaldo Braziunas of Planters Row in Lilburn, according to Sgt. Eric Silveus of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Division.

August 01, 2009 | By Staff Reports news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Plans for homeless shelter may change

The grand opening of a men's shelter in Toccoa and a 21-mobile home unit family shelter was scheduled for today in Gainesville, but Family Unit Recovery Center Founder and CEO Sonya Rose now has a different idea.

July 31, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Public input sought on reservoir plan

Area residents are invited to learn about the proposed Glades Reservoir and share their thoughts at a public meeting Thursday.

July 31, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Clothes giveaway draws grateful crowd

Caring Hands Ministries gave away free children's clothes Friday at Faith Outreach Church in Cleveland, and one thing was certain: It was a sight to see.

July 31, 2009 | Carolyn Crist | Local


Jefferson schools’ charter goals on hold, for now

Progress waits for no one, but it does pause for budget constraints.

July 31, 2009 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Lawmaker out to ban all student-teacher sexual contact

Two recent cases involving teacher-student relationships have spurred a state legislator to clear up any question about such romantic trysts in Georgia.

July 31, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Local


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Student activities take hit after state waivers at UNG

More than three-quarters of University of North Georgia student groups on the Gainesville campus will face budget cuts this year.

July 02, 2015 | By Kristen Oliver and Hailey Van Parys koliver@gainesvilletimes.com and intern@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Tips to stay safe for 4th of July

Take a national holiday, add alcohol, fast boats and boxes of fireworks and you get this year's Fourth of July weekend for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources on Lake Lanier.

DNR rangers will partner on six different boats patrolling different zones of the lake this weekend.

July 01, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


UNG’s increased budget goes toward employee costs

An increased budget at the University of North Georgia for fiscal year 2016 reflects increased costs for employees, according to university officials.

July 01, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Local


In the Community: Girl Scout earns award for card drive

Natalie Antoinette Enzmann, 13, was presented the Silver Award in May for her work as a Girl Scout to gather cards for the crew of the USS Virginia submarine.

July 01, 2015 | | Local


Badge and Bar: Hit-and-run suspect’s vehicle described; victim in fair condition

Georgia State Patrol gave further information on the vehicle suspected in a hit and run with a pedestrian June 25 on Clarks Bridge Road.

July 01, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Drivers worry how new gas tax will be used

Motorists in Gainesville on Wednesday expressed mixed reactions to the new 26-cent-per-gallon state excise tax on gasoline, with some surprised to learn they'll now be paying more at the pump.

July 01, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Driver who hit child buying ice cream won’t be charged

The driver who hit a Gainesville boy buying ice cream Sunday will not be charged, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

July 01, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


New director named at Good News Clinics

A registered nurse and longtime employee of Good News Clinics has been named executive director of the organization, which provides medical and dental care to uninsured Hall County residents who can't afford it.

July 01, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Fireworks stands pop up ahead of law change

Over the border from Jason Sillay's lakehouse on Lake Hartwell was the free sale of bigger and better fireworks in South Carolina.

June 30, 2015 | Nick Watson | Local


Courier services, taxis affected by rising fuel costs

Business owners like Leroy Ervin and Beba Knezevic watch gas prices pretty closely, and both are bracing themselves for the rising fuel costs projected to take effect Wednesday.

June 30, 2015 | Frank Reddy | Local


Eyes on the Road: New transit fares, route tweaks set for Wednesday

New Gainesville Connection fares and bus routes are set to take effect Wednesday.

June 30, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Local


Public agencies brace for fuel tax, but helped by lower gas prices

Local governments, schools and public agencies are bracing for the impact of a 26-cent-per-gallon state excise tax on gasoline, which will contribute to $850 million or more in revenue for road and bridge projects across Georgia, that takes effect Wednesday.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Banks County building new sports complex

The Banks County Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a groundbreaking for its Windmill Park Sports Complex at 10 a.m. July 14.

June 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


Library board selects new director, approves new budget

Lisa MacKinney will oversee a better than $2.62 million budget that eliminates worker furloughs as the new director of the Hall County Library System.

June 30, 2015 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Challenged Child and Friends names Castell family services director

Challenged Child and Friends has named Creystal Castell as its family services coordinator.

June 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | Local


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